Voters - Six States a' Screwing
Arizona - This state has a long history of disenfranchising voters, especially Native Americans, and state elections officials are doing their level best to live up it. For example, Arizona is the only state in the nation to require proof of citizenship for voter registration. They require Native Americans to produce forms of ID that don't exist, and in Maricopa County (Phoenix) they dumped 70 percent of new voter registrations for lack of photo identification.
Indiana - With the large number of competitive House races, Indiana officials are busy purging voters from the registration rolls as fast as they can. In fact, they're doing it without due process, and estimates are that between 8 and 23 percent of all registered Indiana residents are in danger for lack the "proper" kind of photo ID. And how hard is it get that state approved ID? HARD! Residents are being dumped into a requirements minefield, while being given false and misleading information by state departments.
Ohio - You've all heard of OH Sec. of State Kenneth Blackwell's "80 lb." rule for voter registration card stock? "If it's not submitted on a paper type that doesn't exist, we dump your registration." Well, the shenanigans in Ohio don't stop there. Blackwell has made the penalties for minor infractions of registration procedures so onerous (12 months in prison and $2500 in fines for turning registration cards late, for example) that registration drives in Ohio have practically ceased.
California - Ahhh...land of the never ending Diebold controversy. Voting machine slumber parties (officials taking the machines home for weeks before elections); Hacker contests to see who can most effectively compromise the infernal devices; Report coverups; Illegal certifications; Decertifications; Illegal recertifications; Voters being dumped from registration rolls for mismatches in state internal databases. The fun never ends.
Florida - The only state that is likely to go from abysmally bad to worse. Like Ohio, Florida now has fines that are so stiff, that registration drives have ceased. But as if that weren't enough, Florida state law now endorses the concept of arbitrary challenges to the right to vote. In other words, any bozo (or hired Republican thug) can challenge your right to cast a ballot and state officials must toss it in favor of a "provisional ballot" that will likely never be counted.
Missouri - This is one of the few states that tolerates different registration standards in different parts of the state. In other words, black and Democratic St. Louis gets a much more rigid standard than white, Republican St. Louis County thanks to former Gov. Ashcroft. And what are they doing about it? Nothing! In fact, they're going to make it worse with a new photo ID law derisively called the "Jim Talent Protection Act" (after Senator Talent R-MO). Knock 200,000 Democrats off the voter rolls and Senator Talent, in a close battle this year, wins.
Read this article if you can. It's an eye opener.
so all we have to do is out-thug the republicans, and the election is ours! (insert evil laughter and ominous rubbing-together of bony hands here)
Uh...Mr. (NOT) Ishmael, right you are. Just thought that some readers might not like having even to look at the annoying Flash ad, but thanks for the reminder.
One man, one vote! But which man?
Mary, I thought that recent legislation relaxed the requriement for judges to agree to a challenge?
Cartledge, Lew "...the land that was a great democracy." Republicans are fixing that for us.
Kathy, that is a really Machivellian trick.
Chuck, at least that's something. I'm not really up on this race, but I had thought that it was much closer. Has Strickland widened the gap a lot recently?
Betty, no argument here.
Sumo...what you said.
Yeah. Sort of. The poll that I was talking about was in the Sunday 7/31 Columbus Dispatch. Previously (about mid-June) Strickland was ahead by about 14 points, so he's apparently gaining even more ground.
Of course Blackwell, as Secretary Of State is going to be counting the votes. Counting the votes in the race he's running in! How ridiculous is that???
That, added to the blatant voter registration suppression and DIEBOLD will make anything close suspect.
Ditto for Ohio my friend!
This I did know about, and it stinks. The dude should resign, or recuse himself, or something!