Florida Republicans Crack Down On Voting

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Nothing but trouble.
The Florida House passed a highly controversial overhaul of election laws on Thursday, which critics say would grossly undermine the fabric of democracy and help ensure a Republican victory in the 2012 election.

Supporters of the legislation say that the changes would prevent voter fraud, while the bill's opponents bemoan its potential to disenfranchise young voters, women and the constituency responsible for President Barack Obama's 2008 victory in Florida.

In a Friday editorial, the St. Petersburg Times addressed the most alarming provisions of the bill, which comes with he 2012 presidential election on the horizon and all 160 seats in the Legislature on the ballot. 

Chief among their concerns are the burdensome requirements placed on groups that conduct massive voter registration drives, such as the League of Women Voters and the NAACP. The Senate version seeks to cut the early voting period -- which was a boon for Obama and the Democrats in 2008 -- from 15 days to seven days.

It gets worse.

Even more outrageous, both the House and Senate would overturn 40 years of sound public policy by no longer allowing someone who has changed his or her address to update that information at the polling place and cast a regular ballot. The House bill is slightly different, only barring a polling place change of address if the voter has moved out of the county.  
It still gets worse.

Anyone who has changed a name, such as a newly married woman, would also not be able to update that information at the polls. Therefore, those mostly affected are college students, women and renters, not your typical Republican leaning bunch.

They would have to cast provisional ballots. And according to the Times, more than half of provisional ballots cast in the last election were thrown out.  



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SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

So the repubs, led by Scott, finally noticed how many in this state cannot stand them. So now they are going out of their way to prevent people from voting. Is it just me or does this sound completely unconstitutional?

Anonymous
Anonymous

The Republicans don't give a flying fuck about the constitution. This is just the latest incarnation of what the Republicans call "vote caging" - stopping people from voting.

Look at the way Katherine Harris purged the voter rolls of likely Democratic voters in 2000 - that was the election fraud that gave "W" Bush the US Presidency.

Look at Arizona's anti-Hispanic legislation:----------http://www.gregpalast.com/behi...

[...] In 2008, working for Rolling Stone with civil rights attorney Bobby Kennedy, our team flew to Arizona to investigate what smelled like an electoral pogrom against Chicano voters ... directed by one Jan Brewer.

Brewer, then Secretary of State, had organized a racially loaded purge of the voter rolls that would have made Katherine Harris blush. Beginning after the 2004 election, under Brewer's command, no less than 100,000 voters, overwhelmingly Hispanics, were blocked from registering to vote. In 2005, the first year of the Great Brown-Out, one in three Phoenix residents found their registration applications rejected.

That statistic caught my attention. Voting or registering to vote if you're not a citizen is a felony, a big-time jail-time crime. And arresting such criminal voters is easy: after all, they give their names and addresses.

Reporter Palast in guard tower over Joe Arpaio's jail, Maricopa County, ArizonaSo I asked Brewer's office, had she busted a single one of these thousands of allegedly illegal voters? Did she turn over even one name to the feds for prosecution?

No, not one.

Which raises the question: were these disenfranchised voters the criminal, non-citizens Brewer tagged them, or just not-quite-white voters given the José Crow treatment, entrapped in document-chase trickery?

The answer was provided by a federal prosecutor who was sent on a crazy hunt all over the Western mesas looking for these illegal voters. "We took over 100 complaints, we investigated for almost 2 years, I didn’t find one prosecutable voter fraud case."

This prosecutor, David Iglesias, is a prosecutor no more. When he refused to fabricate charges of illegal voting among immigrants, his firing was personally ordered by the President of the United States, George W. Bush, under orders from his boss, Karl Rove.

Iglesias' jurisdiction was next door, in New Mexico, but he told me that Rove and the Republican chieftains were working nationwide to whip up anti-immigrant hysteria with public busts of illegal voters, even though there were none.

"They wanted some splashy pre-election indictments," Iglesias told me. The former prosecutor, himself a Republican, paid the price when he stood up to this vicious attack on citizenship.

But Secretary of State Brewer followed the Rove plan to a T. The weapon she used to slice the Arizona voter rolls was a 2004 law, known as "Prop 200," which required proof of citizenship to register. It is important to see the Republicans' latest legislative horror show, sanctioning cops to stop residents and prove citizenship, as just one more step in the party's desperate plan to impede Mexican-Americans from marching to the ballot box.[...]

Myperspectiveis
Myperspectiveis

Well, this type of action is only allowed because people are to apathetic and are always "waiting to see" what is going to happen. It's "We the People's" inaction that allow different groups to put a penguin hold, a stranglehold, and a choke-hold on democracy for their own benefit.

These nefarious plots seem to mainly be stopped by individual citizens who take the initiative to investigate the politicians. All our State Attorney's Offices seem to be in collusion with these groups and a tool in their nefarious plots. We as citizens of a democratic country have to be better and become more engaged and involved in our municipal governments. It must start at home, then work its way outward to the county, then to the state, then to the federal.

Our civic duty does not begin and end on on election day. It should be a continuous living part of us. Not just a practice, but a lifestyle that we should eat, live, and sleep. When we chose not to participate, we only have ourselves to blame for the state of our communities and corrupt environment that our hands off approach to gov't fosters. I know I am personally becoming more active in my municipal government trying to make a difference first in my own community and then branch it out to all parts of this country. I started by writing a blog, which you can read at www.myperspectiveis.blogspot.c..., then getting involved in the Community Action Team whose main purpose is to educate and elevate the residents of District 2 in the City of Deerfield Beach, and now trying to energize and galvanize the residents of that district toward a common goal of making our community better, today!

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