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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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Election Night Hot Spots…

What’s up with those not so red anymore states?  That seems to be the question on everyone’s minds. 

I live in one of them, Virginia.  I actually just made what I assume is my last volunteer effort for the Obama-Biden/Warner/Connolly tickets today.  A last minute literature drop on doors.  Now this should have been quick and painless.  It’s a door hang and you are out…however I didn’t make it till about 5:30 PM.  UGH!  Have you ever tried to find houses in the dark?  It’s not a good time!  We did manage to finish our packet, and I’m calling it a wrap.  I hope it was enough. 

States to keep an eye on:  Virginia, Georgia, and Indiana.  All will have numbers out early.  All three were thought to be Republican strongholds.  Virignia is showing Barack Obama with about an 8 point lead (depending on your poll), and the other two states are close.  We NEED one to go blue!!  Two would be great!  And three would mean I could pop open a bottle of super cheap champagne, drink a fair amount, go to bed, and then wake up on November 5th with a hangover, but delighted.

So go vote Virginia!  I want my home state to be the first “red state” to be a “blue state” tomorrow night!!!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081103/ap_on_el_pr/watching_the_returns;_ylt=AsFdVlfYWzWQ5oDTJ5uuMuBp24cA



Obama – Sweeping the Nation, One State at a Time…

Blue states, red state, and purple states…Oh my.  This reminds me of the time I made a political map.  Now my hubby is a big Republican (yeah I know YUCK, but he’s a good guy so I’ll keep him), so I made this map and sent it to him.  I made the entire country blue, except Utah.  When he asked why I’d bothered to leave Utah blue, I told him I didn’t want it and I’d let him have it. 

These are exciting times for me.  I never thought I’d get to see a map as blue as it is (with the exception of the one I made)!! 

Barack Obama has an 8 point lead in Colorado.  I knew they’d come around.  A friend of mine in the state of Colorado has to be pretty happy about that.  Those were her llamas I posted earlier.  Thanks again Teri for the great pics!!  Llamas for Obama, how do you not like that??

Even Indiana is a toss up at this point.  I have to say I’m kind of suprised by that one!!

And have I mentioned that Virginia is going blue this election!  Whoo hoo baby whoo hoo!!!

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/29/poll.wednesday/index.html




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