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Keeping It Straight
By Bob Moore, Lake Havasu City, AZ
Thoughts from a true American on happenings both locally and nationally.
Sunday, August 18, 2013

REPUBLICANS ARE TERRIFIED OF THE AMERICAN VOTER

By Bob Moore


The war on minority, young and poor voters rages on as Republican controlled states continue to restrict the right to vote. Laws have been passed in more than a dozen states - and with the Supreme Court decision striking down a key element of the Voting Rights Act - more Republican controlled states are entering the picture.

The laws passed include requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote, restricting voter registration drives, curtailing early voting, disenfranchising ex-felons and mandating government-issued photo identification to cast a ballot. The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law (a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice) has stated, "These new laws make it significantly harder for more than 5 million eligible voters to cast ballots" and notes, "These new restrictions fall most heavily on young, minority and low-income voters, as well as on voters with disabilities." Further, the Center says, "States with restrictive voting laws now comprise 70 percent of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency – including crucial swing states like Florida, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin."

In an effort to make the right to vote a continuing right of all American people, the Democrats introduced in 2011 the "Voter Empowerment Act," aimed at expanding voting rights for all Americans - Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike. Representative John Lewis, a civil rights hero, said, "The ability to vote should be easy, accessible and simple. Yet there are practices and laws in place that make it harder to vote today than it was even one year ago. The sponsors of this act believe we need to take action or risk losing the liberties we have enjoyed. We should be moving toward a more inclusive democracy, not one that locks people out."

Some of the new federal standards proposed in the bill would allow for registering to vote at government institutions such as the DMV, allowing people to register to vote online, easily update their voter registration information when they move and adopting Election Day registration nationwide (states with same-day registration have the highest voter turnout in the nation). It would guarantee 15 days of early voting before Election Day, granting the right to vote for ex-felons after they've served their time, ban deceptive ads aimed at suppressing voter turnout, and prevent election officials from working for political campaigns (i.e. Katherine Harris of Florida).

Wendy Weiser, director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center said, "The Democratic leadership is taking voting reforms very seriously. This legislation addresses the real problems in our system of elections, not the fictitious ones."

Since the 2010 election, Republicans have breathlessly hyped the phantom menace of "voter fraud" in order to pass new voting restrictions that will reshape the electorate in the GOP's favor, needlessly politicizing American elections and ignoring the real deficiencies in our electoral system. And to date the actual cases of voter fraud are so small as to be statistically immeasurable as a percentage of the votes cast.

Examples of voter suppression include 9 million voters who could not vote, according to MIT, because of "problems" with their voter registration (13 percent), long lines at the polls (11 percent), uncertainty about the location of their polling place (nine percent) or lack of newly required "proper" ID (seven percent). An additional 51 million eligible Americans are not registered to vote representing almost one in four voting eligible citizens disproportionately representing low-income voters, people of color, and younger Americans. Of the 146 million Americans registered to vote in 2008, 131 million voted – a turnout rate of 90 percent. So the biggest problem in U.S. elections isn't that people aren't voting, but that they are not registered to vote.

States like Florida have cracked down on voter registration drives, forcing non-partisan groups such as the League of Women Voters and Rock the Vote to completely abandon their voter registration efforts. In North Carolina, Republican lawmakers came up with cutting the early-voting window in half, ending Sunday voting and eliminating same-day registration. States are imposing restrictions on university and college students, refusing them the right to vote in the state where they live and attend school - a violation of federal law.

Following the 2010 election, 25 laws and two executive actions were put into effect in 19 Republican controlled states to make it harder to vote. But the efforts backfired as the federal courts (now emasculated by the Supreme Court) blocked 10 of the laws as young minority voters - the admitted target of the Republicans - formed a larger share of the electorate in 2012 than they did in the 2008 election.

As we moved into 2013, 55 new voting restrictions have been proposed in 30 Republican controlled states, with the majority - not surprisingly - of these restrictions being implemented in the South. Following the Supreme Courts disastrous decision regarding section five of the Voting Rights Act (almost unanimously approved by Congress), more Republican controlled states have stepped up their efforts to prevent the poor, the young and elderly from having access to the election process.

The Republicans claim - through their spokesperson Reince Priebus - that they are sincere about reaching out to minority voters and bringing minority communities into the party's tent. If that is true then the Republican Party needs to tell their state representatives that they are going in entirely the wrong direction.

The Republican controlled legislature and the Republican governor of North Carolina wasted no time in passing and signing into the law the most disgusting voter suppression laws seen in this nation since the early 1950s. The voter ID component of the bill is so onerous that IDs held by public, municipal employees including city, county and state are not satisfactory as proof of identification. The state-issued IDs for students at state colleges and universities or state-issued IDs held by anyone on public assistance are also not valid forms of identification. In violation of federal law, the new regulations will not allow students from out of state who attend colleges or universities in N.C. to vote in N.C. The state's figures indicate over 300,000 residents do not now have an acceptable form of identification.

The reason for this - and other "new" rules - is because of the massive "voter fraud" that took place in North Carolina between 2000 and 2012 - a total of two (2) alleged cases of voter impersonation. It should be pointed out that three people died during the same period by eating Pop Rocks in the state. The state has also drastically cut the early voting and absentee voting periods, instituted polling location restrictions so onerous that thousands of people will not be able to vote - for example one northwestern city has had polling locations slashed to just one that will serve nearly 10,000 people and offers a total of 35 parking spaces. In addition, polling locations will not be allowed to remain open until everyone on line has been allowed to vote - the polls will close at 7 p.m. no matter what. The cost - that will burden N.C. taxpayers - is estimated at $20 million to implement the new restrictions.

It is unfortunate that so many people do not fully comprehend what is taking place in the way of voter suppression - particularly in the area of voter ID. They have bought into the nonsense told them by the propaganda heads of the Republican party - the likes of Limbaugh, Beck, and Hannity, along with other shouting heads that actually know nothing but parrot the words handed to them by the party. Demanding identification for voters is not the problem - in fact, virtually no one could categorically say such an idea is a bad one. What is a problem is the mandate that voters must present a special state voter ID card. The usual forms of ID - driver's license, state-provided ID, passports, or other forms will not be accepted (it might be suggested that voting ID requirements for Arizona be researched). In order to meet the new state laws, voters will have to obtain the special Voter ID card and the majority of states with the new laws have either cut back severely on motor vehicle office hours and staffing (in some cases closing locations in mostly minority areas) or made it impossible to obtain the ID anywhere except at the county seat. These actions make it increasingly difficult for seniors, the handicapped and the poor to obtain the newly required voter ID. So defending new voter ID regulations shows a complete lack of knowledge as to what Republicans are doing in the arena of voter suppression.

It is shameful a nation that preaches democracy around the world is now evidencing itself as one of the great frauds in the world as we see more and more attempts by the Republicans to block the rights of American citizens to go to the polls and have their voices heard. As I have maintained previously, we need federal laws governing both registration and voting because it has become evident the Republicans are working diligently to disenfranchise as many of "those" people as possible. When states cannot operate in a fair and equitable manner in the treatment of its citizenry then the federal government must step in to protect the constitutionally guaranteed right of every citizen to vote. We should take pride in our efforts to make voting easier for every American - not throw up partisan roadblocks hiding being the canard off "voter fraud."



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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013
Article comment by: Bob Moore

“You have posted the Black Panther lies so many times.”

I have never posted one single untruth regarding the non-incident that was tossed out by The Criminals justice department prior to Obama taking office.

”… they did threaten people, called them crackers right as they were going to vote, scared them with their garb and night sticks.”

Still incorrect as it has been every single time since you started posting it five years ago. Why do you insist upon posting the same tired, disproved garbage wee in and week out?


Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: Origional Kingman Resident

@ Janice

"good for you mr. moore bout time more people spoke out instead of these other wannabe know-it-alls who really know nothing."

You sure know how win voters over.


Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

You have posted the Black Panther lies so many times.

Eric Holder ended up throwing it out, they did threaten people, called them crackers right as they were going to vote, scared them with their garb and night sticks.

What they did was illegal but white hating Holder always intervenes if blacks are involved.

Case in point. Trayvon Martin. Another case. Australian runner going to school in Oklahoma, shot dead in back by 15 year old black who danced in delight afterwards, had made anti white racist comments on social media prior.

Holder and Obama. NOT A WORD. White House? Huh? What? Didn't hear about it. Sure they didn't.


Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Article comment by: Bob Moore

“You must get so tired of being wrong - on the Volt, now this, so many more.”

You must get so tired of always being wrong - from birther nonsense to voting for JFK and now a bogus list.

The inherent problem with not doing your own research and relying on trash put out on some right wing website is that you wind up looking foolish.

The majority of the groups, etc you listed no longer exist, having been shut down when ACORN went out of business in 2010. The others show no connection whatsoever to the former ACORN.

“I have a list of 174 ACORN organizations still operating under ‘new’ names…”

No, you have a list of names that have nothing to do with the former ACORN and there is no evidence connecting them.

So once again simply posting garbage will not make it true – ever.

As I said earlier – try to keep up.


Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens



I have a list of 174 ACORN organizations still operating under "new" names, still on the public dole. From Cause of Action, Advocates for Government Accountability.

Word limit - here are some. You must get so tired of being wrong - on the Volt, now this, so many more.


List of Still-Active ACORN Entities, ACORN Allies, and Rebranded ACORN Organizations

5.A Community Voice (ACV)
6.ACORN Community Land Association of Pennsylvania
7.ACORN Community Land Association, Inc.
8.ACORN Global Enterprises, L3C
9.ACORN Loan Program
10.Action NC
11.Action Now
12.Action Now Institute
13.Action United
14.Action United Education Fund
15.Action United Political Action Committee
16.Advancement Project
17.Advancement Project California
18.Advocates and Actions
19.Affiliated Media Foundation Movement, Inc.
20.Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA)
21.Affordable Housing Centers of Pennsylvania
22.Agape Broadcasting Foundation, Inc.
23.Alliance for Justice (AFJ)
24.Alliance for Justice Action Campaign
25.Alliance Institute
26.Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment
27.Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment Institute


Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: Bob Moore

“Black Panthers standing outside a voting center in a Dem controlled state intimidating voters is ok though, right Anson?”

No, that is not “ok.” Why would you even ask such a question.

BTW – those two, who were members of the so-called New Black Panther Party and not actual Black Panthers, were standing outside of a polling location in a predominately black part of the city, were not intimidating anyone and were cleared of any actual wrong-doing by The Criminals Justice Department.

And what that piece of historical inaccuracy has to do with the Republicans working diligently to suppress the vote of minorities, seniors and students is…untenable.

So, anything else you would like to add?


Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: dv s

OMG---no wonder our country is so screwed up with people that think like you....!

I have to show ID for everything else why not voting, Because I am legal, I don't care where I have to prove it...


Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: Mandy Bull

Republicans are afraid.And they know how to lie.
Just keep that in mind when you vote this fall.


Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: Bob Moore

"ACORN never left us, goes under many different names, still gets all the government money. Citizens Consulting Inc, Project Vote, many more."

Nope, wrong the last time you posted it, wrong today and it will be wrong the next time you post it.

As I said - try to keep up.


Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: Another Thought

Since part of this conversation is about fraud, how about this:

" U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has released his birth certificate to reflect that he was born in Canada but says he will renounce citizenship from that country."

First off, how does one become a U.S. Senator when as a Dual Citizen, you lose your right to vote let alone become a Senator. You want fraud, there you have it. Oh, and before anyone responds, please do your research, no copy and paste please.


Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: The Root

Black Panthers standing outside a voting center in a Dem controlled state intimidating voters is ok though, right Anson?

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: mr. parker

You're completely wrong about voter id. It is to preserve the integrity of the vote. Voter fraud is much easier to prevent than to prove.

The real crime is that minorities and others can't enjoy some privileges that other folks can because they don't have a photo id. They apparently can't get a job either as that requires a photo id.

As far as the court repealing provisions of the voting rights act, it is 2013, not 1860 or 1960. It's time for the feds to move on and eliminate racism by dismantling so called "affirmative" action laws.
These lawsuits are a waste of time and are just used to scare minorities-purely political-Why?
It's already been decided.
Supreme Court case:
Crawford vs. Marion County Election board:
Photo id for voting: "is amply justified by the valid interest in protecting 'the integrity and reliability of the electoral process,'"
"We cannot conclude that the statute imposes 'excessively burdensome requirements' on any class of voters,"
John Paul Stevens, the most liberal member of the court at that time made those comments.


Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: janice palmer

good for you mr. moore bout time more people spoke out instead of these other wannabe know-it-alls who really know nothing.

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

BM:

I always keep up.

ACORN never left us, goes under many different names, still gets all the government money. Citizens Consulting Inc, Project Vote, many more.

Not at all defunded. One of the most fraudulent groups in our history and still raking in our money.


Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: Common Sense

When I read the headline, I thought "oh oh, more bs" and darned if I wasn't right. Repubs are not afraid of the American voter, they are concerned about the non-american voter, the multiple voter, the ineligible voter. Basically, people who vote who aren't eligilble.
Laws need to be changed on occasion, such as giving women, blacks, Indians the right to vote, when we realize a mistake has been made, but it still just means one vote for one eligible voter. To insure that, they ask they the voter show some sort of evidence that they are American citizens and eligible to vote. That doesn't sound like too much to ask.
All Republicans want to do is make sure that if you are voting --you are eligible to vote. No big conspiracy to keep people from voting. Democrats seem to want to let anybody walk up and vote, eligible or not, and do it as often as they want.


Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: justanobody sr

and what is wrong with verifying a voters ID??
do you want some illegal, or terrorist voting for a puppet president?
how about an illegal voting to RAISE your taxes?


Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: THE TEA PARTY IS ON KOCH

@Bob

the ultra-conservatives ARE scared. They can't understand why most Americans want to get into the middle class. All they think we need are queen bees (tea party) and drones (the rest of us). The conservatives are afraid that some one other than themselves will get what they have and they, the tea party, will not be able to maintain control. The republicans need to get over being scared and toss the tea party under the bus.


Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: The Fox Hound

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Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: Origional Kingman Resident

@ Northern Star

"Oh My, Linda. You must get out more. 3 comments on one article........ You need to start your own paper, because the people of the Daily Miner are quite tired of your opinions."

No, I think that certain people who believe that freedom of speech applies only to words they personally agree with may be tired of reading her opinions.

But, sadly for you, the KDM, unlike most print media, seems to be committed to allowing people with all sorts of views express their ideas in the comment area.

One of the principles of our society is the free expression of ideas.

The real question is, why do you feel compelled to read comments that disturb you so much? Perhaps you need to invest in a computer mouse with a scroll function.


Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

I find this interesting, anyone but me remember the Penn. State elected official who bragged the new Voter ID law in that state would hand Romney that state? It did not, in fact all these voter ID laws really have accomplished is create a backlash form us democrats, its been traditional for us to bus the seniors, those without transportation on election days to the polls, we now are busing them to the DMV then the Polls, of course with some time in between, but when one tries to deny a voter the right to vote it makes some angry enough to go that extra mile, the GOP has tried the southern strategy and it failed the last two cycles!

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: Jimi Lightfoot

Southern States now attempt to take their voting laws back into their hands. Democrats and liberals claim that those rednecks aren’t letting minorities vote, so the Democratic government needs to control those states.

Although the Democrats cannot prove one instance of voter disenfranchise or fraud...NOT ONE! (Holder would have lynched them)

But there are plenty of examples of Democratic voter fraud, including a Poll Worker that admitted, on camera, she voted for Obama 3 times.

Of course the Democrats want control of the polls and voting laws. It makes it easier to steal elections and subvert the American electoral process.

A woman has the right to choose but states don’t have the right to choose their laws.

We’re gonna change all that soon.


Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: Burt Depoe

The American vote ,you should be woryed about, Its sad when the electro votes and the college, that is shady.along with bribes, and promises.(I am layed off and never got a free phone)

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: NORTHERN STAR

Oh My, Linda. You must get out more. 3 comments on one article........ You need to start your own paper, because the people of the Daily Miner are quite tired of your opinions.

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: Bob Moore

Ms Athens

Three posts? Really? And yet I am restricted to only five total in a day! Amazing.

“What WOULD add to the integrity of the electoral process would be for ACORN to be totally defunded…”

Kind of pointless considering ACORN went out of business in 2010. Try to keep up.

“… and the liberals to quit cheating at the polls.”

And although asked dozens of times you have never been able to provide any proof of the nonsense.

John Fund is a rightie whose books are based on hyperbole with little in the way of facts – just utter nonsense, much like Barton, Corsi and Beck. I implore people to not waste money on anything published by these clowns.

And throughout all of your ranting you failed to address the thrust of the blog – the FACT that Republicans are hell-bent on taking the right to vote away from as many people as possible.


Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Taken from the website of the Brennan Center for (Justice???) Right!

>>>The Voter Empowerment Act, introduced by Reps. John Lewis, Steny Hoyer, James Clyburn, John Conyers, and Robert Brady, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, aims to increase accessibility, accountability and integrity in the electoral process. (ALL LEFT WING DEMOCRATS)

The bill would modernize voter registration by facilitating secure ways to take advantage of existing technology. This may include AUTOMATIC, ONLINE or SAME DAY VOTER REGISTRATION ......... The bill also restores VOTING RIGHTS TO PEOPLE WITH CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS. ,

Automatic, online and ESPECIALLY same day voter registration do NOT add to the integrity of the electoral process.

Good grief! This is EXACTLY what John Fund is talking about. And Lewis, Hoyer, Clyburn, Conyers.....four of the most liberal in government.

What WOULD add to the integrity of the electoral process would be for ACORN to be totally defunded and the liberals to quit cheating at the polls. It's very simple. Nationwide revival could help that along.



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