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Republicans want to commit vote fraud so they won’t lose to Obama again!

2011-06-11
Normally, I would try to write something eloquent, but this editorial and the following comments just say it all:
New York Times Online Editorial:
They Want to Make Voting Harder?
Published: June 5, 2011 
One of the most promising recent trends in expanding political participation has been allowing people to vote in the weeks before Election Day, 
either in person or by mail. Early voting, which enables people to skip long lines and vote at more convenient times, has been increasingly 
popular over the last 15 years. It skyrocketed to a third of the vote in 2008, rising particularly in the South and among black voters supporting 
Barack Obama.

And that, of course, is why Republican lawmakers in the South are trying desperately to cut it back. Two states in the region have already 
reduced early-voting periods, and lawmakers in others are considering doing so. It is the latest element of a well-coordinated effort by 
Republican state legislators across the country to disenfranchise voters who tend to support Democrats, particularly minorities and young people.

The biggest part of that effort, imposing cumbersome requirements that voters have a government ID, has been painted as a response to voter fraud, 
an essentially nonexistent problem. But Republican lawmakers also have taken a good look at voting patterns, realized that early voting might have 
played a role in Mr. Obama’s 2008 victory, and now want to reduce that possibility in 2012.

Mr. Obama won North Carolina, for example, by less than 15,000 votes. That state has had early voting since 2000, and in 2008, more ballots were 
cast before Election Day than on it. Mr. Obama won those early votes by a comfortable margin. So it is no coincidence that the North Carolina House 
passed a measure — along party lines — that would cut the early voting period by a week, reducing it to a week and a half before the election. The 
Senate is preparing a similar bill, which we hope Gov. Beverly Perdue, a Democrat, will veto if it reaches her.

Republicans said the measure would save money, a claim as phony as saying widespread fraud necessitates ID cards. The North Carolina elections board, 
and many county boards, said it would actually cost more money, because they would have to open more voting sites and have less flexibility allocating 
staff members. Black lawmakers called it what it is: a modern whiff of Jim Crow.

More than half of the state’s black votes were cast before Election Day, compared with 40 percent of the white votes. A similar trend was evident 
elsewhere in the South, according to studies by the Early Voting Information Center, a nonpartisan academic center at Reed College in Oregon. 
Blacks voting early in the South jumped from about 13 percent in 2004 to 33 percent in 2008, according to the studies, significantly outpacing 
the percentage of whites.

One of the biggest jumps was in Georgia, where, over the objections of several black lawmakers, the Republican-dominated Legislature passed a 
bill in April that would cut back in-person early voting to 21 days, from 45 days. Florida just cut its early voting period to eight days, from 14. 
Florida also eliminated the Sunday before Election Day as an early-voting day; election experts note that will eliminate the practice of many 
African-Americans of voting directly after going to church.

Outside the region, the Republican-dominated Legislature in Ohio, a perennial battleground state, is about to restrict early voting, a move that 
Democrats say amounts to voter suppression and discrimination.

Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia now allow some form of early voting, a relic from the days when everyone seemed to agree that 
more voters were better for democracy. Republicans have recently decided that a larger electorate can hurt them. 

comment one (from Texas):
Texas spent millions of dollars and several years searching for proof of voter fraud. Their search turned up exactly 2 instances of voter fraud, 
and the entire mission was deemed a ridiculous waste. Consequently, our governor, who wants to be your president, devoted the entire 2009 
legislative session to the issue of Voter ID. It did not pass, relevant legislature did not get addressed, and a special session had to be called. 
That governor was re-elected in 2010 (!?!), and now has a Supermajority in the state legislature. They passed Voter ID, as one of several 
'emergency bills'.

To those who cavalierly recite the multiple occasions to present a government ID, I would like to point out the following: 
There are several different documents that a governmental agency may issue with your name: a birth certificate, a driver's license, 
a state ID, a passport, a social security card, a military ID, a college student ID, a divorce decree, to name the most common. 
In Texas, when the name does not exactly match on each of these documents, the Department of Motor Vehicles will not issue or re-issue 
a driver's license or state identification card. The driver's license or state identification card is the only ID that has the owners' name, 
photo and address, which would satisfy the requirement that the voter is who he claims to be, and is voting in the correct precinct. 
When this happens, (and I have seen it five or six times myself, which is more than the total instances of Texas voter fraud), it is usually 
an older person, whose identification cards were created in an era where it did not matter as much. To remedy this, the senior citizen must go to 
court, petition for a name change, send a fingerprint card to Austin to have a background check done, prove to the Judge that they are who 
they say they are, and have the court issue an order that officially changes their name. They then have to obtain a new identification card 
from every agency that has a different variation of their name. The total cost is around $500.00, and it takes almost 2 months for the 
background check. I have helped an 88-year old woman go through this process. Most seniors will not have the luxury to spend their time and 
money this way.
KathyV 
Houston 
June 6th, 2011 
9:48 am 

comment two (from China):
I am not an American, but i am flat out disgusted at the inference in this report. At a time when many people around the world are clamouring 
for democracy, and looking to America for their inspiration they see this chicanery. Shout out this story from the rooftops, and may democracy prevail. 
liam 
shenzhen, china 
June 6th, 2011 
1:53 pm
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