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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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Franken Takes the Lead

Al Franken has taken the lead for the first time in the hotly contested Senate race in Minnesota.  My joy has apparently stirred some people up.  Guess what?  That brings me even more joy.  I find it amusing that Republicans cry that Franken has no experience to be 1 0f 100, but yet they had no qualms about Sarah Palin being second in line to push the damn button.  And don’t give me she was a damn mayor and governor.  That’s pathetic and you know it. 

I will also admit I am not a Norm Coleman fan.  I was a Paul Wellstone Minnesota Democrat.  I truly believe he was one of the great politicians of our time.  Honest.  Open.  Fair.  Concerned about his state and country.  Norm Coleman won after desecrating Senator Wellstone’s funeral.  He ran a dirty race while he was alive, so it shouldn’t have been surprising.  I will not be sorry to see Norm Coleman leave the Senate and vacate Paul Wellstone’s seat.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gMpTmr96V5hKIfyHT4Av4jsVQgrQD955SAHG0



Mouahhaahhaahhahahaha…
December 19, 2008, 10:44 am
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That’s my evil laugh, in case you are wondering!  I just read something that delighted me!  Norm the Worm Coleman is leading by a mere 5 votes in Minnesota. 

What does that mean?  I’m glad you asked…it means…Al Franken may just be sworn in as the newest Senator from Minnesota!

I’m keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed!!

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/19/minnesota.senate.race/index.html



Missing Ballots in Minnesota
December 4, 2008, 9:07 pm
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Well one of the ugliest races for Senate in 2008 has been delayed yet again. This time due to missing ballots. To be precise, 130 missing ballots.

Team Franken is pleased the state is doing everything it can to find these ballots. Team Coleman…not so pleased. They aren’t even sure there are missing ballots. I would love to ask Team Coleman if they are so sure they’ve won the election, why are they so afraid of actually counting the votes???

So the plot thickens in the Minnesota Senate race recount…and we haven’t even begun to talk challenged ballots!

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/04/minnesota.recount/index.html



Franken Fights for Senate Seat…
December 2, 2008, 7:47 pm
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And the Democrats are holding their breath to see if they can get to 60!  Team Franken is claiming to be within 50 votes of freshman Republican Norm Coleman.  Coleman won in 2002, after Senator Paul Wellstone’s plane went down.  To me, and other Wellstone fans, that will always be his seat.  In my mind, had Senator Wellstone lived, there’d be no Norm Coleman to beat.

Naturally the Coleman team is claiming the count is much more in his favor. 

I guess we’ll have to wait and see how many votes are tossed, and how many uncounted absentee ballots actually get counted.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/scorecard/



Franken Loses Critical Ruling
November 26, 2008, 1:23 pm
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Today Minnesota’s Canvassing Board denied Al Franken’s request to include 12,000 absentee ballots in the current recount.  These ballots apparently are being discounted due to technicalities.  Minnesota law requires they not be counted.  The Franken Campaign is still hopeful that up to 6,400 ballot may have been mistakenly thrown out.  It is unknown whether the ballots will be looked at again to ensure valid ballots are counted.

This is not good news for Team Franken.  However, with approximately 80% of the vote counted, 3594 ballots are being challenged by both sides.  Team Coleman is challenging 1836 and Team Franken is challenging 1758.

Damn it.  I can’t say I’m thrilled with Minnesota’s voting laws right now.  I also can’t say I’m thrilled with the idea of keeping Norm the Worm Coleman in the Senate for another 6 years. 

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/11/26/minnesota.recount/index.html



The Tale of Ole and Lena…
November 25, 2008, 7:03 pm
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Not really, but just as amusing.  Things look to get infinitely more interesting in Minnesota as the recount continues.  The Franken camp is claiming Coleman now leads by a mere 84 votes.

In addition, Team Franken is alleging there are missing ballots.

http://www.startribune.com/politics/national/senate/35074544.html?elr=KArksD:aDyaEP:kD:aU2EkP7K_t:aDyaEP:kD:aUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU




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