Posts Tagged ‘disenfranchisement’

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Voter disenfranchisement, old school style

September 19, 2012

Up early today, and spent my time writing a new diary on Daily Kos now. I think it was the problems that led me to abandon faith — hypocrisy, injustice, evil — that have made them a continuing interest for me to this day. In this case, it’s the disenfranchisement of felons, many former ones with their prison time served and debts paid, who continue to suffer the loss of their supposedly inalienable liberty, their right to vote.

Naturally, southern states, conservative governments, Republicans…the usual suspects…crop up in this version of voter suppression as well.

Quick edit: This diary got rescued by the rangers, so it will have some visibility during the afternoon, which is nice. It seems as if a lot of my diaries get a rescue, probably because I am not a popular writer. They pick out the more deserving ones, though. This is one I’d like to be seen.

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Just to liven things up a bit in PA

July 19, 2012

This is kind of old news, so I won’t bother with a Daily Kos article. But there are some folks in Beaver County that I see defending PA’s new voter ID law and crowing about voter fraud and such. The typical excuses. Unfortunately, to use the old quaint line, we have you on videotape!

That’s Mike Turzai, Republican state house majority leader, explaining exactly why voter ID was passed in PA. We all know why this was done; there’s no point in making excuses. So, I wrote a letter to the editor, which will hopefully get printed and cheer the relatives up – some of them mentioned missing my letters.

In response to those defending voter ID in Pennsylvania, I must remind you that you are all, in fact, busted. Mike Turzai, Republican majority leader in the state house, has been recorded, it’s even on YouTube: “Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania — done.”

You can all quit pretending there was some compelling interest in voter fraud, which is no more common than being struck by lightning. If you were genuinely interested in a balanced approach, help voters get ID instead of sticking them with the chores and fees necessary to get it, in essence establishing a new poll tax. It would have been better to start sometime other than right before a presidential election.

And it would have been prudent not to brag openly about the political advantage sought by and for Republicans as demographic shifts make their base increasingly irrelevant. That’s really the important part. If you’re going to disenfranchise voters, best to keep quiet about it. But Republicans in Pennsylvania couldn’t contain their glee, and so we all know the truth.

It is up to everyone else in the state to make them pay in November. Good luck.

With any luck this will actually be in the paper in a few days, guess you’ll see (or not). In general they seemed to always have room.