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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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Terry McAuliffe Puts a Toe in…
November 10, 2008, 10:05 pm
Filed under: Election 2009, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , ,

That’s right.  Hillary Clinton’s former campaign chairman and DNC Chairman has filed papers to set up a campaign committee to run for governor right here in my great state of Virginia.

I told you this was going to get interesting!

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1108/15480.html



Virginia’s Governor’s Race could get Interesting…

Well Virignia has a governor’s race coming up in 2009.  While the rest of the country is either still counting 2008 votes, or talking about 2010 and 2012 we’ve got a race that is beginning to show signs of life. 

Apparently the Republican running is Robert F. McDonnell.  He is a fiscal and social conservative.  On my side of the fence we’ve got Brian Moran, Creigh Deeds, and Terry McAuliffe (?) contemplating a run.  I’ve got a feeling this could get very very interesting.

I wonder though, now that Virignia’s gone blue…can it go back?!  Lets hope not!  I guess I’ve got some research to do in the next few weeks!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/07/AR2008110703306.html



Finally Virginia is Officially BLUE!!

Whew.  I’m watching with Holly (of Holly and Alyssa’s Excellent Campaign Adventures) and we are feeling pretty good right now!  We’ve done some campaigning and we are feeling victorious!!

By the way…at my voting place a woman there was talking about how she woke up and found her door hanger.  Guess what, after asking her where she lived…it was where my daughter and I left door hangers!

If anyone ever tells you one person can’t make a difference, I say HELL yes they can.  Change…now playing in theaters across the country!!

Barack Obama is the next President of the United States.  Thank God!



Virginia…Finally Doing Me Proud!
November 4, 2008, 11:25 pm
Filed under: election 2008, Uncategorized | Tags: , , ,

Okay…we’re starting to pull away in Virginia…they haven’t called it, but I am feeling much better.

And my boy Franken in Minnesota is doing better!  He’s leading, but there’s a lot to go tonight!



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.



Warner Wins Virignia…
November 4, 2008, 8:09 pm
Filed under: election 2008, Uncategorized | Tags: , ,

Not a shocker…but first state on our way to 60!




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