Baron Dave Romm (barondave) wrote,
Baron Dave Romm

Voter suppression mainly in swing states

States’ Actions to Block Voters Appear Illegal New York Times, Oct. 8, 2008:

Tens of thousands of eligible voters in at least six swing states have been removed from the rolls or have been blocked from registering in ways that appear to violate federal law, according to a review of state records and Social Security data by The New York Times.

The actions do not seem to be coordinated by one party or the other, nor do they appear to be the result of election officials intentionally breaking rules, but are apparently the result of mistakes in the handling of the registrations and voter files as the states tried to comply with a 2002 federal law, intended to overhaul the way elections are run.
I knew that was a bad law. Never trust conservatives to make voting laws. They're still trying to enshrine the cheating from the 2000 election.
Still, because Democrats have been more aggressive at registering new voters this year, according to state election officials, any heightened screening of new applications may affect their party’s supporters disproportionately. The screening or trimming of voter registration lists in the six states — Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Nevada and North Carolina — could also result in problems at the polls on Election Day: people who have been removed from the rolls are likely to show up only to be challenged by political party officials or election workers, resulting in confusion, long lines and heated tempers.
In Michigan, some 33,000 voters were removed from the rolls in August, a figure that is far higher than the number of deaths in the state during the same period — about 7,100 — or the number of people who moved out of the state — about 4,400, according to data from the Postal Service.

In Colorado, some 37,000 people were removed from the rolls in the three weeks after July 21. During that time, about 5,100 people moved out of the state and about 2,400 died, according to postal data and death records.
We're seeing systemic voter suppression built into laws passed by Bush and the Republican Congress which were supposed to prevent the very thing they are encouraging. The fox is in the chicken coop. Over and above other voter suppression activities (such as the attempt in Montana earlier this week), and over and above any election fraud on Nov. 4 itself, we need to come out in force to defeat some very evil people.

I ask all my Republican friends who are reading this: Why aren't you putting Country First? This is a serious Culture War issue and you're on the wrong side. Why aren't you, who value patriotism higher than individual accomplishment, aghast at what people are doing in your name?

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