'Occupy the Voting Booth'-Thousands March to Protect the Vote

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    over the last year we've witnessed an unprecedented [color=#496a8b]gop war on voting, with a dozen republican governors and state legislators passing laws to restrict voter registration drives, require birth certificates to register to vote, curtail early voting, mandate government-issued photo ids to cast a ballot and disenfranchise ex-felons who've served their time. the brennan center for justice has estimated that "these new laws could make it significantly harder for more than [color=#496a8b]5 million eligible voters to cast ballots in 2012," and notes that "these new restrictions fall most heavily on young, minority and low-income voters, as well as on voters with disabilities."

    on saturday, in conjunction with un human rights day, thousands of activists and concerned citizens in new york city held a [color=#496a8b]march and rally to protest these restrictive new laws. the march began outside the new york headquarters of the koch brothers, who have given more than $1 million to the [color=#496a8b]american legislative exchange council (alec), the shadowy conservative advocacy group that has masterminded the push for new voter id requirements this year.
    protesters held signs that read "[color=#496a8b]koch bros & the 1%: undermining democracy."

    the march then continued to the un for a rally with civil rights leaders, good-government activists and voting rights experts....

    http://www.thenation.com/blog/165104/occupy-voting-booth-thousands-march-protect-vote?rel=emailnation

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    I didn't know about this. Thank you for posting.

    As we get closer to elections, I think we will see protests sprouting in every state. I won't be surprised if we see a few big ones in Washington, DC.

    The Tea Party will no longer have a stranglehold as they did the past 2 years.
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    How funny.......sure I can't be the only one who wonders at the fact that so many of these "disenfranchised" voters are from groups that heavily favor Democratic candidates?

    What I don't get is the outrage over felons not being allowed to vote. For as long as I can remember hearing it, a convicted felon surrenders both his passport (or the right to obtain one) and the right to vote for life....when did that change??

    And really: shouldn't someone who casts a ballot in this country be a CITIZEN of this country? 'Nuff said.
    Kyrshamarks, azhiker96, Jolie, and 5 others like this.
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    Along the same lines, many of us can't help but wonder why so many of these laws that claim to "protect" us from voter fraud (that nobody seems able to document) are aimed directly at people who tend to vote democratic.
    mediajunkie650 and aknottedyarn like this.
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    State Felon Voting Laws - Felon Voting - ProCon.org

    This includes a chart of the restrictions to voting by state. It is not as clear cut as many of us thought.

    No federal laws exist on felon voting per se. Felon voting has not been regulated federally although some argue that Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act can be applied to felon disenfranchisement and that Congress has the authority to legislate felon voting in federal elections.

    My personal belief is that if you have paid for your crime you should have the right to vote. Why would we continue to punish a person who has successfully turned his life around? If we continue to restrict people who have paid for their crime it is being used as a shaming tactic (in my mind). Don't we want people to grow and change? Become good citizens? Isn't voting part of good citizenship?
    Last edit by aknottedyarn on Dec 14, '11
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    Can felons get US Passports? Passport legal issues | US Passports Passports Online
    There are few restrictions on passports. Remember a passport is only really an internationally recognized ID card. It is not permission to do anything. Passports are routinely taken from people at the time of conviction, or before if there is a risk of flight. That is just a temporary situation.
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    I don't get the outrage on having to present a photo ID to vote. For crying out loud, you have to do that to rent movies in some places. Why not to vote? And why, for crying out loud, would ANYBODY who is a citizen want to make it easier for a non-citizen to vote?
    VivaLasViejas, azhiker96, Jolie, and 2 others like this.
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    I don't have many problems with having an ID. The issue can be one of which IDs are acceptable.

    I like seeing voting made as easy as possible. I once had to make an emergency trip out of town on election day. I had not done absentee voting as I planned to vote in the booth. I was happily surprised when I was allowed to do an absentee ballot in the airport. If restrictions on voting existed then which prevented me from voting it would have been sad. Now, having done it I think to curtail such things would be criminal.
    Our turnout for elections is so low. Anything that makes it lower decreases democracy. Things that increase turnout make it a more representative government. Why fear that? unless you are one of those power hungry forces such as the Koch bros. who really will do almost anything to get their agenda, even if it is not what is wanted by the people.
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    Quote from aknottedyarn
    I don't have many problems with having an ID. The issue can be one of which IDs are acceptable.

    I like seeing voting made as easy as possible. I once had to make an emergency trip out of town on election day. I had not done absentee voting as I planned to vote in the booth. I was happily surprised when I was allowed to do an absentee ballot in the airport. If restrictions on voting existed then which prevented me from voting it would have been sad. Now, having done it I think to curtail such things would be criminal.
    Our turnout for elections is so low. Anything that makes it lower decreases democracy. Things that increase turnout make it a more representative government. Why fear that? unless you are one of those power hungry forces such as the Koch bros. who really will do almost anything to get their agenda, even if it is not what is wanted by the people.
    Our state is now all vote-by-mail. And it hasn't really increased voter turnout. Additionally, when thousands of ballots don't get mailed out, which has happened, those folks are in a pickle.

    That being said, we requested absentee ballots about 20 years ago, because the DH was always working on Tuesdays...and working for him meant 37,000 feet, leaving before the voter places were open and getting back long after they closed. But then we always vote...some people don't
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    84 YEAR-OLD WISCONSIN VILLAGE TRUSTEE COULD LOSE HER VOTE

    Tuesday December 06, 2011 by Glen Moberg

    An 84 year old Village Trustee in the central Wisconsin community of Brokaw (BRO-caw) says she may lose her right to vote because of Wisconsin's new voter I.D. law. The case has now attracted the attention of the ACLU.

    Ruthelle Frank has lived in the same neighborhood in the Village of Brokaw for 84 years.

    She was delivered at home on August 21, 1927, and there were complications. Frank ended up partially paralyzed. But she persevered, and took pride in being a citizen. She's voted in every election since her first one in 1948.

    But Frank thinks she may miss the next election, because she doesn't have a driver's license, and she never got the birth certificate she needs for a state approved voter I.D.

    "My birth is registered in Madison," she says. "But my father's name is spelled wrong, and my mother's first name is spelled wrong."

    It costs $20 for a birth certificate, but Frank has been told that to get the information corrected, it could cost $200. She says she shouldn't have to spend a dime.

    "I'm not gonna put out any money in order to vote," she says. "I think it was even guaranteed in the Constitution, the right to vote."

    In 1996, Ruthelle Frank was elected to the Brokaw Village Board. She still serves there. But when she runs for re-election this spring, she worries that won't even be able to vote for herself....

    WPR Headline Story - 84 year-old Wisconsin village trustee could lose her vote


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