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Voter Suppression and Voter ID Laws 101

There are approximately 314,000,000 people living in the United States. In 2008 a little over 129,000,000 voted. According to a link I found on factcheck.org (http://www.factcheck.org/2009/01/2008-voter-turnout/) 61.6% of those that could legally vote did.

It’s amazing to me that more people don’t vote. Voting may be one of the greatest rights we have in this country. Second amendment enthusiasts keep your panties on, until I’m able to own a nuke I don’t want to hear a word from you, but that’s another argument for another day.

Campaigns are constantly trying to encourage voters to vote. Right? Well…yes and no. They want you to vote, but only if it is likely you will vote for them. That’s how you win, right? Wrong. I agree, you should energize, convince and campaign for people to vote for you, but you shouldn’t disenfranchise others or create laws that make it harder for others to vote.

Is this really a problem?

Yes, in fact it is. There are 19 states that have been hard at work attempting to change their laws that make it harder for some to vote. They are: Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Texas, Kansas, and Wisconsin.

Here’s a breakdown of each state’s political leadership by party.

Total Democratic Control of State Government:

West Virginia

Governor – D

Senate – D

House – D

Majority of State Gov has Democratic Control:

Rhode Island 

Governor – Independent

Senate – D

House – D

Total Republican Control of State Government:

Alabama

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Florida

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Georgia

Governor – R

Senate  – R

House – R

Indiana

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Kansas

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Maine

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Michigan 

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Mississippi

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Pennsylvania

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Ohio

Governor – R

House – R

Senate – R

South Carolina

Governor – R

Senate  – R

House – R

Tennessee

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Texas

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Virginia

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Majority of State Gov has Republican Control:

New Hampshire

Governor – D

Senate – R

House – R

Wisconsin

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – D

Are you noticing a trend?  The majority of prohibitive voter id laws are in red states.  Shocking?  Not hardly.

Here’s a nifty little link which will take you to a website with an interactive map of the US.  You can simply click on your state to get voter laws.  You may want to check it out as we near election season.

http://campusprogress.org/articles/interactive_map_voter_suppression_efforts_by_state/

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Georgia Called for Chambliss…
December 2, 2008, 9:16 pm
Filed under: election 2008, politics, Uncategorized | Tags: , , ,

Damn.  Not much to say beyond that.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/02/AR2008120200761.html



Georgia Polls Close
December 2, 2008, 7:20 pm
Filed under: election 2008, politics, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , ,

Hopefully it won’t take long to see some results.  I’ve got my fingers crossed that Jim Martin is the next Senator to represent the State of Georgia.  I for one will throw a party if Saxby Chambliss is the next Republican casualty.

This outcome of this seat will tell if the Democrats will get their much needed and wanted 60 seat majority.  Now if someone would just give me some damn numbers, I’d be a happy camper right now.

Updates…well maybe I should have kept my mouth shut.  We are getting smoked in Georgia right now.  Only 9% is in, but if this keeps up I’m going to bed one sad puppy.  The link below will take you to resuts.

http://www.wjbf.com/jbf/news/election_results

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/02/georgia.senate/index.html



Obama on his Way to Georgia…Nope, but they’ve got Ludacris?

Another little tid bit that makes you double check the validity of the source.  Apparently Ludacris is on his way to campaign for Jim Martin.  I’ll admit this perplexes me a bit…what’s up with Georgia??

Although, I guess I’d rather have Ludacris than Sarah Palin…but hey that’s just me.

http://www.ajc.com/traffic/content/metro/stories/2008/11/30/gasenate1201_web.html



Chambliss, Cocky or Secure?

Saxby Chambliss.  Every time I hear that name the first thing that comes to mind is the little vomit taste in my mouth.  I’ll admit, I’m no lover of the freshman Senator from Georgia.  In fact, I really just feel pure rage and utter contempt.  Max Cleland is the second thought that flashes through my mind, or maybe it’s the first and it causes the vomit taste. 

I’m hoping the good old boy from the South takes a tumble.  I guess like everyone else, I’ll have to wait for the results from the run off on December 2nd to see if the Democratic Challenger, Jim Martin, has done enough to swing the state of Georgia into the land of purple. 

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1108/16058.html



Chambliss and Martin Running Neck and Neck
November 25, 2008, 6:51 pm
Filed under: election 2008, politics, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , ,

Many polls have Chambliss and Martin in a pretty tight race.  Some have Chambliss leading, but within the margin of error.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/2008/11/ga-senate_tight_as_a_tick.html?nav=rss_blog



Turning Out the Vote in Georgia

Republicans aren’t the only ones bringing heavy hitters to the Georgia for the Senate seat runoff.  President Clinton made an appearance last Wednesday and Al Gore was out this weekend supporting Democratic challenger Jim Martin.  Apparently the President Elect has made a radio ad, but no appearance is planned. 

I still think he needs to get to Georgia!  It very well may end up being the key to holding the Senate with a 60 seat majority. 

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/11/23/gore.campaign/index.html




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