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Iowa Republicans Rally Behind Same Day Voter Registration. For Republicans

Iowa Republicans Rally Behind Same Day Voter Registration. For Republicans

If there’s a policy position Republicans seem eager to rally behind, it is the need to stop the nefarious “voter fraud” through strict Voter ID measures and an attack on same-day voter registration. State-by-state Republicans push the need to keep the polls protected by making it as onerous as possible to register and vote.

Except in Iowa at the caucuses Tuesday. In an effort to boost voter participation, Iowa Republicans will be able to register to vote that day so that they may take part in the caucus.

As it stands, only nine states continue to allow same-day registration. Those states are Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Maine has already taken the first step in pushing back against these restrictive measures, while Minnesotans are braced for Voter ID to become a major issue in the 2012 election cycle.

Not only will Iowa Republicans have the opportunity to register at the polls on Tuesday, they won’t have to present a valid form of photo ID to cast a vote.

If it wasn’t clear before that these attacks on voting rights are simply about trying to drive down Democratic participation, it should be now.

 

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8:47AM PST on Jan 5, 2012

The regressive Republican Party of No is obstructionist, mean-spirited, thuggish, religiously fanatical, scientifically ignorant, corrupt, hypocritical, xenophobic, racist, sexist, homophobic, evolution and global warming denying, oily, anti-environment, anti-health, anti-consumer, anti-choice, anti-education, anti-99%, union busting, Medicare and Social Security slashing, fiscally irresponsible, authoritarian, selfish, greedy, out-of-touch, lacking compassion, warmongering, and otherwise dangerous.

NEVER vote for Republicans.

9:12PM PST on Jan 4, 2012

Not surprised at the news, thanks.

2:51PM PST on Jan 4, 2012

ha ha ha silly repugs....

3:12AM PST on Jan 4, 2012

you can't have ti both ways

10:22PM PST on Jan 3, 2012

WATCH OUT REPUBLICANS. WE WILL MAKE SURE THIS BACKFIRES ON YOU....BIG TIME!! VOTE AND ELECT DEMOCRATS!

8:57PM PST on Jan 3, 2012

Frequently older people do not have photo IDs. They no longer drive, and unless you don't have an account at the bank you use, photo IDs are not required. How many times must you register as a voter in your precinct? There are many ways that areas can purge voter lists. To disenfranchise people based on requiring picture IDs is archaic at best. I am most definitely against voter fraud.....look at what his supporters tried for Newt Gingrich.

6:39PM PST on Jan 3, 2012

Republicans can't be trusted, period.

6:13PM PST on Jan 3, 2012

If you're an American Citizen, and you can prove it without doubt - you should be able to register to vote on polling day - as a Republican, Democrat or anything else.

However - I'm confused - because just the other day if I remember correctly, there was a Care2 article OPPOSING the need to prove citizenship before you can register to vote. Some confusion here perhaps Jessica?

Whatever..... the only reason for people to register as Republicans, Democrats or Independents anyway, is for the purpose of the primaries - can't have any pesky Democrats confusing the primaries by voting for the worst Republican candidate, or vice versa, now can we?

5:17PM PST on Jan 3, 2012

So they only want ID if your what? Black, hispanic, old, or vote democrate. Hypocrites just does not do them justice.

4:50PM PST on Jan 3, 2012

Diane O.: It seems right now you need protection from Iowan [R]s.

And we all need protection from the continuning [R] hypocrisy.

Speaking of which.....you say: "What kind of people don't have a checking account or a driver's license? Very very few." You have a point: very very few people older than 18 don't have driver licences. Most of them that do, have their own cars, and those that don't usually drive a relative's or friend's car. And most of the very very few who don't have divers licences do use public transportation or take cabs at various times. My point is this: except for a very very few people, adult Americans are required to pay directly for car insurance. Of those very very few who don't pay for auto insurance directly, others are paying indirectly for them when cars/trucks are 'borrowed', OR they are paying for insurance indirectly through the fares they are charged to ride in public transportation. So every adult American is already required to pay for auto insurance one way or another...there's just no way around the use of our transportation system. Likewise, it seems to me every adult American should be paying for health insurance...because there's also just no way around the use of our health care system.

Hypocrisy.

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