GOP Moving the Goal Posts Just in Time For the 2012 Election

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  1. George Costanza
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    In 2008, Obama may have won the state of Florida on the Sunday before election day when "Souls to the Polls" brought large number of Black and Latino voters to the polls to cast ballots after church. Florida had opened the polls two weeks early and in spite of that, there were long lines at all of the polling places, prompting the governor to issue an emergency order extending the hours for early voting. When it was all over, Obama had eked out a 51% win in the State of Florida.

    If the Republican-controlled legislature of the good state of Florida has its way, there will be no more of THAT. According to a front-page article in today's L.A. Times:

    Election laws tightening in Republican-run states - latimes.com

    What is this really all about? Election rules are being changed in Republican-controlled states in a way that will make it more difficult for demographic groups perceived to be Democatic, to get to the polls to vote.

    Slimy? You bet. But, then, this is politics . . . .
     
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    What - no comment from anyone on this? No one attacking the source of the article? No one disputing the basis for the article?

    Come ON . . . . :razz:
     
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    Let me get this right..... the rules changes are designed to only effect Democrats? That is your claim right?

    Explain to us why these changes would only impact Democrats and Obama supporters.
     
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    If Republicans had policies they could be proud of, they would run on them. But they know they are bad for America. That's is why they are behind all this voter suppression. They're a dirty party.

    Even when shown there's like 80 voter convictions out of a couple of hundred million votes, they will still use that as an excuse. They don't have anything else. They won't say, "Hey, we're dirty. We will screw the entire country to protect our rich friends. A dirty party plays dirty tricks". That would be too honest.
     
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    They're also working on some deal to award electoral votes proportionally (instead of winner-takes -all) in states they think will go to Obama. Penn was one of them, and there were one or two others. Basically, a way to strip electoral votes from the blue column, and add them to the red column, even if the lose popular vote in the state.
     
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    Ok so, requiring voters to actually prove they are who they say they are is A) voter suppression and B) directed at Democrats.

    been asking for a while now, How is this true? Explain it.

    Now we have States making routine changes to voting rules and you all claim it suppresses Democrats and Obama supporters. I REPEAT, explain how that is.
     
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    Sauce for the Goose Mr Scotty, The Odds will be Even.

    The Changes have no effect on Fairness. Complete non story.
     
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    In Oklahoma, the polls are open from 7 AM to 7 PM on election day. Employers are required to give you time to go vote on election day. You can request an absentee ballot ahead of time if you won't be able to make it to you polling place. I'm fine with that. Voting is a privelege and civic duty, not a convenience to be extended for political jerimandering by either side.
     
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    People who are marginal economically - people who've lost their homes, for example, who are couch-surfing, staying with friends, or sleeping in shelters or outside - people who are transients, who have legal problems, who have never had a regular job, who work for cash, under the table, or have substance-abuse problems or mental health issues or have been to jail - these are the people who are prevented from voting by government-issued-photo-ID laws.

    Republicans think these people are more likely to vote Democratic if they're able to vote; therefore Republicans want to prevent them from voting.
     
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    I wonder what the political makeup of the Florida Legislature was in 2008. It is Republican now. Was it Democrat then? If it was, I would accept your argument.

    if it wasn't, one then wonders why a Republican controlled Leglislature would authorize something that would help the other side.
     
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