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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/



Election Night…

Well this has brought out so many feelings in me…

First off my husband and I do not see eye to eye when it comes to politics.  He works in the political arena…meaning we have been “campaigning” for the last 18 months.  Seriously…I have often felt that this election was never going to come.  I’ll be grateful to have his Republican ass at home…so I can gloat! 

Now, it’s very exciting tonight to see Obama sweeping the nation.  Big wins for us in Ohio and probably Florida…we shall see.  I am still waiting to see if my state of Virginia does me proud.  The damn polls have been closed for over 2 1/2 hours and we don’t know the outcome.  Count the bleeping votes already! 

I am disappointed to see my hope of a clear majority in the Senate not coming true.  Although, that majority would have been counting that bastard Lieberman…so…you do the math.  I say kick his ass out of our anything.  That traitor can take a hike.  I would like to remind people that the two Maine “RHINOs” (Collins and Snowe) will hopefully vote with us! 

Quite honestly, I don’t know about anyone else, but I am EXHAUSTED.



Mississippi in Play Now Too???

Who would have thought?  Not I!  Democratic challenger Ronnie Musgrove is giving Roger Wicker a run for his money in the state of Mississippi. 

So we’ve got how many Republican seats in trouble now???  Lets see…Georgia, Kentucky, Alaska, New Hampshire, Virginia, Colorado, New Mexico, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oregon…and now Mississippi.

Who’s next?  Oklahoma?  Maine?  Nebraska?

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/30/ms.senate/index.html




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