When Rosanell Eaton was 21 years old and living in segregated North Carolina, she became one of the first African Americans in her county registered to vote, after successfully completing a literacy test that required her to recite the preamble to the Constitution. But now, at 92 years old, she faces new obstacles under the voter suppression law signed by Gov. Pat McCrory (R) Monday. For one thing, she may not qualify for the voter ID card required under the new law, because the name on her birth certificate is different from the name on her driver’s license and voter registration card. Reconciling this difference will be a costly and time-consuming administrative endeavor. For another, she has participated in early voting since it was instituted in the state. Now, it’s been cut back a week.
She is one of several individuals who, along with civil rights groups, are already suing the state for what may be the most restrictive voting law in the nation. Other restrictive new provisions in the law include the elimination of same-day registration and early registration for high schoolers in advance of their 18th birthday, and prohibiting certain kinds of voter registration drives that tend to register low-income and minority voters.
Ann Coulter lays it all out - if you, and by extension Republicans in Congress don’t agree with her point of view, particularly on immigration, then the GOP deserves to die.
Democrats terrify Hispanics into thinking they’ll be lynched if they vote for Republicans, and then turn around and taunt Republicans for not winning a majority of the Hispanic vote.
This line of attack has real resonance with our stupidest Republicans. (Proposed Republican primary targets: Sens. Kelly Ayotte, Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio.) Which explains why Republicans are devoting all their energy to slightly increasing their share of the Hispanic vote while alienating everyone else in America.
It must be fun for liberals to manipulate Republicans into focusing on hopeless causes. Why don’t Democrats waste their time trying to win the votes of gun owners?
As journalist Steve Sailer recently pointed out, the Hispanic vote terrifying Republicans isn’t that big. It actually declined in 2012. The Census Bureau finally released the real voter turnout numbers from the last election, and the Hispanic vote came in at only 8.4 percent of the electorate — not the 10 percent claimed by the pro-amnesty crowd.
The sleeping giant of the last election wasn’t Hispanics; it was elderly black women, terrified of media claims that Republicans were trying to suppress the black vote and determined to keep the first African-American president in the White House.
She, of course, has it completely backwards and ignores evidence that undermines her premise.
Even many Republicans realize that changing demographics threaten Republican strongholds, including Texas and could turn those states into battlegrounds, further limiting the party’s reach beyond a regional party.
Republicans have repeatedly engaged in a war on women, looking to undermine their right to choose. They have voted innumerable times to restrict the right to abortions, engaging in more votes at the state and federal level than any number of jobs bills that would help improve the economy.
Republicans have repeatedly engaged in efforts to restrict access to the polls, including various efforts to require identification to vote. Now, while I tend to agree with efforts to show some form of identification to prevent fraud or abuse, Republicans take this further and are looking to depress turnout in minority areas.
As for why there might be a decline in Hispanic voting in the past national election could be that those voter depressing techniques are starting to hit home - the size of the Hispanic population isn’t declining. In other words, ignoring the Hispanic community is done at your own peril.
The reason that the GOP would deserve to die is because its current composition in Congress has steadfastly refused to compromise on pretty much everything. Negotiations and compromise are verbotten. Cutting deals is sufficient to demand calls for excommunication from the rank and file.
And this brings me back to Coulter’s reasoning that the party deserves to die. She thinks that those who are willing to compromise and work out an immigration deal are the reason that the GOP should die out. Instead of those obstructionists who refuse to do any manner of governance unless they get their own way and have in the past allowed the debt ceiling to be exceeded resulting in a credit rating loss for the US Government, Coulter takes her ire out on Republicans who realize that compromise and governing go hand in hand.
Coulter’s approach is to marginalize a fast-growing population and instead claim that the amnesty approach is nothing more than a sop to big business and that the GOP wouldn’t benefit from reaching out to the Hispanic community. Moreover, Coulter’s approach will pretty much alienate everyone who isn’t solidly social conservative or a Tea Partier.
In other words, she’s preaching to the same tired old party that keeps talking about outreach with one hand, but holding up Not Wanted sign with the other.
The Not Wanted sign is the one that Coulter keeps waving around wildly. She just doesn’t realize it.
As an aside, when I quoted Coulter’s quip she relies on quotes/research done by Steve Sailer, who happens to be from the VDare crowd - not exactly the most reliable of sources when it comes to, well, anything. See here, and here for a sampling.
ALEIGH The state House passed a bill Wednesday requiring voters to show a photo ID when they go to the polls in 2016, after an emotionally charged debate that underscored North Carolina’s political polarization.
House Republicans pushed through the measure saying that the public demanded more stringent ballot security at polling places, that voter fraud was more prevalent than is understood, and that in a modern, mobile society fewer election officials personally knew voters.
“Our system of government depends upon open and honest elections,” said Rep. David Lewis, a farm equipment dealer from Dunn and a Republican. “Having people prove who they say they are as a condition of voting makes sense and guarantees that each vote is weighted equally and cumulatively determines the outcome of elections.”
But the move was strongly opposed by Democrats who said a photo ID would create longer lines at the polls, make it harder for the elderly, African-Americans and some students to vote, and would unconstitutionally create different categories of voters.
“This bill would attempt to turn back the strong voting we’ve had in North Carolina,” said Rep. Garland Pierce, a Baptist minister from Laurinburg, noting that the Tar Heel state had the 12th-highest turnout in the country last November.
It may be an American’s right to vote on Election Day, but that right was hampered in last November’s elections by excessively long waits, a limited number of voting machines, a lack of Spanish-speaking translators and — in one case — an “intimidating” police presence at the polls.
Those were just a few of the stories that people told legislative members of both the House Voter and Election Committee and the Senate Rules Committee on Saturday morning. The special session was dedicated to hearing testimony on unexpected and unpleasant challenges facing New Mexico voters in last November’s general election.
“There’s no such thing as a perfect election, but it’s always troubling to hear of issues on Election Day,” said Maggie Toulouse Oliver, who has served as county clerk for Bernalillo County since 2007. She was one of about 20 people offering first-hand testimony — and also the only county clerk to show up for the event.
Others — many of whom spoke Spanish during the hearing — told first-hand stories of waiting at least three hours in lengthy lines and finding very little guidance in the way of signage or Spanish-language documents. Many said that officials and volunteers manning polling sites asked them for photo identification documents despite the fact that they had their voter registration card on them.
Bilingual access to all state services is in the New Mexico Constitution.
Voter turn-out activists, take note of this testimony:
Uribe garnered a rare laugh during the relatively somber proceedings when he said one way to lure older voters to the polls is to offer them a ride in a limousine. “It’s cheaper to rent a 15-seat limo for five hours than to get a 15-seat van for the day,” he said. “You offer them a ride to the polls in a van and they say ‘no.’ You take a 15-seat limo, they all jump in.”
Read the whole article here: Joint Panel Hears About Election Day Challenges - the Santa Fe New Mexican
See another article about the hearings here: Ugly Showdown in Chaparral, New Mexico, on Election Day.
This was not supposed to have been an easy year for U.S. liberals. After the Tea Party wave of 2010 and the unprecedented flood of money brought in by the Citizens United ruling, the deck was stacked against many on the left. But liberals fought back and won: this was the year of resilience.
The fight against right-wing voter suppression was perhaps the biggest success. More than half the states in this country considered voter ID laws, and some lawmakers were open about their intent. Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Mike Turzai put it simply: “Voter ID, which is going to allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania- done.”
But it wasn’t done. Voting rights advocates successfully blocked that law in Pennsylvania, and blocked similar laws in Wisconsin and beyond. Obama went on to win the state’s electoral votes.
Despite the odds, the massive liberal ground game ultimately overcame the billionaire boys club.In Florida, voter suppression measures backfired and inspired many voters to go to the polls, where some stood in line for six or seven hours, waiting to vote. But eventually all the ballots were casts, and the voice of the people was heard.
Not everyone had an easy time accepting the defeat, especially Karl Rove, who’d spent three hundred million dollars trying to win an election, and failed. Despite the odds, the massive liberal ground game ultimately overcame the billionaire boys club.
The Secretary of State in Nevada has asked the State legislature to consider a voter ID law that he has proposed.
Under his proposal, which lawmakers will consider in 2013, the photos on residents’ driver’s licenses would be placed electronically with their voter registration records and in the poll books at election locations. People without any identification, but who are registered, would be required to have their pictures taken by poll workers and sign an affidavit that they are the person they represent the first time they vote.
What is surprising is that the Sec’y of State is a Democrat. And what is different about this Voter ID law is that the ID is maintained by the election officials. Hence although it is called a voter ID law, voters are spared the burden of acquiring an ID.
Miller has himself suggested that voter ID is a solution in search of a problem. And he also admits that the program will cost many millions of dollars. But the strategy is clearly to neutralize the Republican effort at voter suppression by satisfying their explicit concern for ID without satisfying their real aim to disenfranchise those who don’t really deserve to vote anyway: poor people and minorities.
Although Republicans, not Democrats, generally have championed voter ID laws, Miller said the Minnesota secretary of state, who is a Democrat, proposed the photo ID bill, and the Republican legislators opposed it.
“I am not sure why they would oppose it,” Miller said. “It suggests to me you are after something else.”
I support the bipartisan law. One (just one) of it’s provisions are about Voter ID. Anytime I support ID., it is in the context of working within HAVA.
Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA): an overview
In the aftermath of the 2000 election and its many logistical issues, congress passed a bipartisan measure, the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA), in order to reform many facets of the voting process and increase voter education and turnout. Its goals include the replacement of voting machines, voter registration reform, better access to voting for the disabled and poll worker training. Congress set a date by which each goal must be completed, and provided federal funds to help with the process as long as they implement a plan and allocate a small amount of state funds to the effort. In addition, HAVA has successfully created the Election Assistance Commission in order to better facilitate federal elections.
HAVA provides funds in order for states to replace outdated voting machines, create a system of provisional balloting, create a computerized voter registration system, train poll workers and change election day procedures. Provisional balloting allows a person who’s name does not appear on the voter roll to cast a ballot which will be reviewed and checked later on. New election day procedures improve access for the disabled and require that a new voter who registered by mail show identification the first time that they vote.
In addition, as a result of HAVA, a new federal voter registration form was created in order to make it easier for a new voters to register. In addition, if someone fills out a provisional ballot, and it is rejected as a ballot for the current election, it will serve as a voter registration form for the next election. New voting equipment is required to give the voter a “second chance” meaning that if there is a possible mistake on the ballot, they must be notified about it before leaving the polling place.
HAVA also calls for more voter education, a “Voters Bill of Rights” to be posted in all polling places, election day registration and the ability for anyone to request an absentee ballot for any reason.
Although many of the goals were set to be completed before the 2004 elections, the ultimate goals of HAVA are set to be completed before the 2006 elections.
Election Assistance Commission
The Election Assistance Commission was created in order to help facilitate federal elections. The Commission is responsible for guiding states in their compliance with HAVA and helping to pursue the specific objectives that HAVA states.
The Commission is responsible for researching matters that relate to elections, managing funds related to grants and other special projects related to HAVA, developing a system for testing election systems throughout the country, creating the aforementioned national voter registration form and creating annual progress reports for Congress.
Yes you read that title correctly. Since the primary in May PA voters have been told that they must have a photographic ID with an expiration date. So here we are a few weeks away from the general election in November and hidden away on back pages of local newspapers it is quietly stated that if you are voting in your regular polling place you do not need ID. PA is going to have a lot of confused voters in November. As I have stated before I have thought this particular law to be one of the most idiotic laws passed in PA. Read the story from Newsworks: newsworks.org