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7 years ago
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Successful voting is going to be very important this year.  States are "cracking down" on the nonexistent problem of vote fraud, generally pushed by Republicans to distract us while they steal the election electronically or by challenging and disallowing thousands of voter registrations. 

We must show up in record numbers, and for that we must ensure that not only are our own IDs correct--our driver licenses or non-operator IDs must have our name spelled correctly and our current address--but we must also help others in states with restrictive ID requirements. 

Here is a great map showing the level of ID enforcement at the polls by state:

http://www.pewcenteronthestates.org/uploadedFiles/HAVA_Map2.pdf

Indiana, Georgia, and (surprise) Florida are the worst offenders.  Georgia and Florida are in play in November and so those of us in those states need to help get poor and elderly people to the DMV to get their IDs.  Sadly, we can't expect those IDs for free, altho to me the state ought to pay for IDs if it is going to make them a requirement to vote.  Sooner or later there will be a lawsuit equating fee-based IDs as a poll tax, but we can't count on that this year.

After the three worst states in yellow, there are plenty of states in red that require either a photo ID or two forms of non-photo ID.  People registering to vote in these states need to know about the two forms of acceptable ID if they do not have the photo ID.

The other important thing for newly registered voters is for them to keep their receipt and to confirm their polling place.  It is smart to request an early ballot as well, because that ballot is a certified record of their polling place.  It is not allowed to be wrong. 

Perhaps the most important aspect of the early ballot is that we can almost guarantee two events in November:

1) record turnout

2) GOP meddling and voter suppression tactics.

The early ballot defeats this.  If the lines are too long, if the machines are broken, if there are thugs intimidating people in line, none of that works on early ballots.  And the early ballot, if not mailed in time, can always be dropped off that the polling place on Election Day.

IF you want to help register poor/elderly voters, a great place to do that is a church.  Contact the pastor about setting up a day to take several people to register, or to obtain IDs at the DMV if necessary.  It will take a day out of your week but many of us have the flexible schedule to accommodate that.  Church bulletin boards can also spread the message, and are a great way to educate people about the ID requirements in their state (remember the 12 nuns in Indiana who were turned away).

This process must start now, so that we can finish it by October.

More info:

http://electiononline.org/

Let's get active!

forgot!
7 years ago

The best place to get the info for your state is the website for your Secretary of State.  All the rules will be clearly stated.

7 years ago
Obama Plans Voter Registration Drive In 50 States

Chicago Tribune   |  John McCormick   |   April 25, 2008 09:25 AM


Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign is planning to unveil a "massive" voter registration drive, one that will reach all 50 states and seeks to boost confidence in him as a potential general election candidate. A senior campaign official is expected...

7 years ago

How Obama Ended Up On (And Off) The Michigan Ballot: The Untold Story

6 years ago

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6 years ago

Joe sed:

The other important thing for newly registered voters is for them to keep their receipt and to confirm their polling place.  It is smart to request an early ballot as well, because that ballot is a certified record of their polling place.  It is not allowed to be wrong. 

Perhaps the most important aspect of the early ballot is that we can almost guarantee two events in November:

1) record turnout

2) GOP meddling and voter suppression tactics.

The early ballot defeats this.  If the lines are too long, if the machines are broken, if there are thugs intimidating people in line, none of that works on early ballots.  And the early ballot, if not mailed in time, can always be dropped off that the polling place on Election Day.

I have an important clarification to make:

In states that require ID, especially photo ID, First Time Voters SHOULD NOT use the Mail In "Absentee" Ballot, because they have not been ID'ed officially, and the mail-in votes of first-time voters CAN BE DISCARDED.  That's right.  They can be thrown out.

Registered voters who have voted AT LEAST ONCE can use the mail-in ballot without fear of vote discard and are still encouraged to do so, in addition to voting early in person.

New voters are encouraged to do the following: in states that allow EARLY VOTING, vote early at your county commissioner's office.  This way, your ID is confirmed and your vote is confirmed, and you dodge all the crap that could go down on November 4.  Early voting can start in September in states that have it.

I encourage EVERYONE to vote early (but not often) to protect your vote, and to encourage and help others to do the same.

6 years ago

That's a really good idea Joe.

GOP Attacking Your Vote
6 years ago
Obama Doesn't Sweat. He should.

by Greg Palast

In swing-state Colorado, the Republican Secretary of State conducted the biggest purge of voters in history, dumping a fifth of all registrations. Guess their color.

In swing-state Florida, the state is refusing to accept about 85,000 new registrations from voter drives – overwhelming Black voters.

In swing state New Mexico, HALF of the Democrats of Mora, a dirt poor and overwhelmingly Hispanic county, found their registrations disappeared this year, courtesy of a Republican voting contractor.

In swing states Ohio and Nevada, new federal law is knocking out tens of thousands of voters who lost their homes to foreclosure.

My investigations partner spoke directly to Barack Obama about it. (When your partner is Robert F. Kennedy Jr., candidates take your phone call.) The cool, cool Senator Obama told Kennedy he was “concerned” about the integrity of the vote in the Southwest in particular.

He’s concerned. I’m sweating.

It’s time SOMEBODY raised the alarm about these missing voters; not to save Obama’s candidacy – journalists should stay the heck away from partisan endorsements - but raise the alarm to save our sick democracy.

http://www.gregpalast.com/obama-doesn%e2%80%99t-sweat-he-should/#more-2056

Wake Up Ohio: You Are Not Registered!
6 years ago

http://www.miller-mccune.com/article/662

No one is registered until they have used VotePoke to prove it.  That is the attitude we need here.

Get people moving on this while there is time.  We have less than 60 days to the election, and registration cutoff is around 30 days away in most states.

30 days.  1 month.  Time is flying.  Get moving.

ANOTHER Ohio setback
6 years ago

The full 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati upheld a lower court ruling that Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner must use other government records to check thousands of new voters for registration fraud.

A three-judge panel of the 6th Circuit had disagreed last week, but the full court's ruling overturns that decision.

Ohio Republicans had sued Brunner, a Democrat. Her spokesman had no immediate comment Tuesday.

About 666,000 Ohioans have registered to vote since January, with many doing so before the contested Democratic primary election last March between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Since then, Ohio Republicans have filed a series of challenges to the registrations and Brunner's administration of election rules. They have helped voters file lawsuits against local boards of election over registration rules, absentee ballot requests and a weeklong period that allowed registration and voting on the same day.

Brunner previously said there was no way to set up the system with such speed.

Last week, a three-judge panel of the 6th Circuit had sided with Brunner, but after hearing an appeal the full panel sided with the GOP and U.S. District Judge George C. Smith in Columbus. Smith had ordered Brunner to develop a way to verify voter registration information and make it available to local election boards.

OK, Ohioans: time to recheck your registration, and write to your local newspaper against the Republican plan to disenfranchise voters.  And if you know an Ohioan, bug 'em.  Ohio is lucky to have a Democratic Sec of State, but that doesn't prevent GOP challenges.