GOP Voter Suppression

GOP voter supression
Stephen Colbert highlights GOP voter suppression efforts around the country
Last night, Stephen Colbert looked at all the Republican voter suppression efforts across the country in GOP-controlled state legislatures with restrictive voter ID laws. And by all means, if you come across a right-winger who complains about “voter fraud” and the need for photo IDs, show them this clip from Stephen. This needs to go viral. Because other than for the 27% of crazy dead-enders, the rest of America can at least be reasoned with if you lay out the case for them. And in this clip, Stephen lays it out brilliantly.

Voter Suppression Bills Sweep the Country
A wave of voter suppression legislation is emerging from newly elected GOP governors and Republican legislators that would make it much more difficult for traditional Democratic constituencies to vote — just in time for the 2012 election. About a dozen states are are actively considering legislation that would make voting much more difficult for college students, minorities, the elderly and the disabled. In some states, like Ohio, it is estimated that close to one million people would be affected by these changes.

An editorial in the New York Times linked this wave of voter suppression to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). On ALEC’s website, there is a “Voter ID Act” link that is only accessible to members. But Campus Progress obtained a copy of the ALEC Voter ID Model Legislation that provides a roadmap to this coordinated assault on voter rights. Most of the bills being debated require a specific list of state-issued IDs to vote, like a birth certificate, or in Texas, a handgun license. Some end “same day” voter registration often used by students. In others, college student IDs are often not acceptable or other hurdles are created. College students were a key demographic in President Obama’s successful 2008 campaign.

GOP Voter Suppression Plan: Seven Tactics To Block Your Vote in 2012
If you live in a state where voting is becoming tougher, plan ahead to register, to get the right ID and to know where you can vote.

If you are a member of a racial minority, student or young voter, working poor, elderly or disabled, your ability to vote may be a lot harder in 2012—especially if you live in states that have a history of racial repression during the Civil Rights Movement. Simply put, the Republican Party knows which segments of society helped to elect President Obama and other Democrats in 2008, knows tens of millions of these people did not vote in the 2010 midterms, and has worked very hard to stop these people from voting again next year.

Proposed Repeal Of Ohio Voter Suppression Law: Victory Or Cynical Ploy?
Last year, Gov. John Kasich and other Ohio Republicans enacted a sweeping “elections reform” law to allowing poll workers to refuse to tell voters where they can vote, shortens the state’s early voting period, ban in-person early voting on Sundays, and prohibit boards of election from mailing absentee ballot requests to voters. Ohio voters responded by successfully collecting hundreds of thousands of signatures and forcing a repeal referendum. Though the law would otherwise have gone into effect for this year’s presidential election, the successful petition drive put the reforms on hold for this year –and it will die unless voters back in in the November elections.

Bill Hopes To Kill Voter Suppression, Intimidation
DENVER (CBS4)- Colorado voters play an important role in the upcoming November election. That’s why one state lawmaker wants to make sure every voter is able to cast a ballot.

Sen. Irene Aguilar, a Democrat representing Denver, is sponsoring a bill that would make it a felony to deliberately deceive voters. Some examples are robo calls that provide the wrong voting place, flyers that announce the incorrect day to vote and other acts of voter suppression and intimidation.

On the eve of the 2008 election, hundreds of voters in Pueblo received a recorded phone call that stated their polling place had changed. Only later would those voters realize it was a con.

“Voter suppression has been a tactic for a long time. It used to be pretty blatant,” said Aguilar.

Colbert exposes Koch brothers’ voter suppression in Wisconsin
Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert joked Thursday that if Wisconsin voters were going to follow the instructions from Koch brother-funded Americans for Prosperity then they might as well send their absentee ballots to Santa.

“Americans for Prosperity has even sent out these actual helpful absentee ballot applications to Democratic districts,” Colbert explained. “Now, they had to rush these to print, so some people have complained about inaccuracies, but it’s minor stuff, like instead of instructing you to send your ballot to the local municipal clerk, where ballots are officially collected, the address on this ballot is ‘Absentee Ballot Application Processing Center,’ which, and this is interesting, does not exist.”

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