The Republican Party's war on voting

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    On March 7, 1963, civil rights activists were brutally beaten by police in Selma, Alabama, during the infamous "Bloody Sunday" march, for advocating for the right to vote. This week, forty-seven years later, today's civil rights leaders retraced the march from Selma to Montgomery, protesting what NAACP President Ben Jealous calls "the greatest attack on voting rights since segregation."

    Since the 2010 election, Republicans have waged an unprecedented war on voting, with the unspoken but unmistakable goal of preventing millions of mostly Democratic voters, including students, minorities, immigrants, ex-convicts and the elderly, from casting ballots in 2012. More than a dozen states, from Texas to Wisconsin and Florida, have passed laws designed to impede voters at every step of the electoral process, whether by requiring birth certificates to register to vote, restricting voter registration drives, curtailing early voting, requiring government-issued IDs to cast a ballot, or disenfranchising ex-felons.

    Within days, the crucial battlegrounds of Pennsylvania and Virginia will become the latest GOP states to pass legislation erecting new barriers to voting. If, as expected, the new laws lead to fewer Democrats casting ballots in November, both states could favor Republicans, possibly shifting the balance of power in Congress and denying Barack Obama a second term.

    Pennsylvania will be the ninth GOP state since 2010 to require a photo ID in order to vote; the state's law mandates a government-issued ID or one from a college or nursing home. According to a study by the Brennan Center for Justice, 11 percent of U.S. citizens lack a government-issued ID, but the numbers are significantly higher among young voters (18 percent), voters 65 or older (18 percent) and African-Americans (25 percent). Based on these figures, as many as 700,000 Pennsylvanians may not be able to vote in the next election. (Pennsylvania Secretary of State Carol Aichele claims 99 percent of Pennsylvanians possess the proper ID, which seems unlikely given the state’s large student, elderly and African-American population).

    GOP War on Voting Targets Swing States | Ari Berman | Politics News | Rolling Stone
     
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    Waaaahhh! You need a picture ID to buy a beer, for fuck's sake!
     
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    It is all about democrats being able to cheat easily.

    Nothing more.....
     
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    War on women, war on voters, war on whatever. What stupid rhetoric, but normal from Chris.

    Negged for being a fearmonger.
     
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    Man, I can't keep up on how many wars we're fighting:

    War on the poor
    War on the middle class
    War on blacks
    War on latinos
    War on the evironment
    War on science
    War on health care
    War on education
    War on seniors
    War on gays
    War on women
    War on children

    ....and now War on voters!
     
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    O said he marched in selma.
     
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    Suppressing the black vote is a proud Republican tradition.

    I wonder how many older Republicans who find out they can't vote will change to the Democratic Party.
     
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    What black vote are Republicans trying to suppress?

    You'll provide some sort of supported examples, right? Or, if you just want to keep farting out your ass, pardon my interruption.
     
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    You mean like this?




    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neGbKHyGuHU]"Security" patrols stationed at polling places in Philly - YouTube[/ame]
     

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