Wednesday October 3, 2012, 12:27 pm
Republican leaders realize cannot win this election. They lack the leadership, and their policies run contrary to what the American people want. They are also starting to realize that they cannot buy the election. Democratic volunteer presence on the ground dwarfs the best Republicans can buy. That said, Republicans have more ways to steal an election than a blue dog has GOP fleas. Here’s another. They are trying to fool voters into believing that they have been disenfranchised, and in some states, they are using your tax dollars to do it.
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 12:51 pm
Sometimes it's the myths that are believed that out-trump the facts: "BUT that won’t help if voters stay home, because they believe that they need ID that they do not have to vote. Rachel Maddow and Joan Fitz-Gerald discuss how Republicans are still trying to disenfranchise legitimate voters, even in places where courts rejected their voter suppression laws."
Thanks for helping everyone realize that getting out the vote is important along with ensuring people know the ID laws did not prevail so they can still vote without it.
I'd send a green star if I could!
I have read that many poll judges, those who man the tables are not being told about the changes in many states that now will allow otherwise, disenfranchised voters to vote as normal. Some states have long required ID and this time tried to require more ID, that has been over ruled in most states.
What is wrong with just following the actual laws? Should a state want to change the law, then give people some time to comply, like the next election.
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 1:32 pm
Thanks Tom for your take on this and for providing the Maddow video clip. I have already voted and tomorrow will be taking 2 neighbors to the board of elections to register and Friday will be taking 3 others to vote early. No one should be intimidated and we as individuals must make sure we work to stop the excessive voter ID laws and regulations. Read and noted.
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 1:56 pm
"Republicans have more ways to steal an election than a blue dog has GOP fleas." Good one Tom!:)
I noticed that John Shimkus (R-IL) has signs out with dark Blue backgrounds with a row of white stars on red background - trying to trick Democrats? I HATE Shimkus!!!!!!!!
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 4:00 pm
Sir Walter Scott, 18th century Scottish novelist, poet and historian said “Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive.”
I am of the opinion still, that all states should come under the same laws for federal elections. What they do for state or municipal elections can be a state matter, but federal elections should come under federal laws. Here is what I see as necessary for federal elections as well as some advantages:
1) consistency of voter ID requirements nationally to reduce confusion by voters and election workers;
2) less discrimination in targeting Blacks, Hispanics, the elderly, students, the poor, etc;
3) consistency of election mechanics — early voting, absentee ballots, etc;
4) possible reduction in costs for court cases involving election issues;
5) more consistency in investigating voter fraud and electoral fraud;
6) a federal Election Commission that re-evaluates and sets constituency boundaries following a census keeps gerrymandering down;
7) mandatory scrutineers from each party at every polling station to ensure that fairness prevails;
8) no persons allowed in the polling station other than voters, poll workers and scrutineers.
It bothers me that so many may not vote because of all the deception, particularly around voter ID, that is being perpetrated by the Republican/Teabagger party. The disparity from one state to the next is atrocious yet the vote is for the same federal government.
Canada's voting system is not perfect by a long shot, and I want to see some changes. But there are some things that the US could learn from Canada in federal election consistency.
And another line from Sir Walter Scott that certainly Republican/Teabaggers would do to heed:
“A sound head, an honest heart, and an humble spirit are the three best guides through time and to eternity.”
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 4:26 pm
In 2005 during the bush administration, the justice department found little voter fraud. What the justice department did not do or failed to do was to follow up on electronic voting machines.
The Justice Department did not investigate the votes being electronically switched. Electronic voting machines, such as those made by Diebold and others, actually electronically changed the votes to favor bush in 2004.
In the State of Ohio, at least 70% of the 2004 voting records have been "lost". By law, records of the elections must be kept intact. Ohio was the state that gave the election to bushy. Yes, they (bush & cheney) won by a "quorum" to use bushy's exclaimed word.
The same situation can happen again as the republican pukes are desperate to win by any means including the theft of the election with the help of "programmed" electronic voting machines to favor the g o p ticket of rmoney and lying ryan.
In California, the Secretary of the State made sure that every single electronic voting machine was tested and certified prior to the actual elections.
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 5:47 pm
I have done absentee ballot for years, both in California and Washington. Am I asking a stupid question?
Don't all states have this option? I am going to say~ obviously not.
Thursday October 4, 2012, 2:07 am
"It is critically to not only defeat these Republican attempts at election theft, but also to make sure voters are informed that we defeated the Republicans, so Republicans cannot fool them by lying to them they can’t vote.
Make sure everyone you know can vote, knows they can vote, and does vote!!!" You are so right TC! But I am still horribly worried - all the opinions seem to be that the Repuglicons have stopped about 20,000.000 people from voting - which is far more than the margin that President Obama won with last time. Vote Democrat!
Thursday October 4, 2012, 7:42 am
It is beyond infuriating. The levels of hypocrisy are beyond belief. We need every voter out there, and I urge all of you to do your part to make sure every friend, neighbor and relative has a way to get to the polls early, and definitely on election day!!!
Thursday October 4, 2012, 10:07 am
For those of you who mailed in your ballot, please tell me, what happened to it? You don't know, do you? I can tell you that in the last election, half a million absentee ballots were never counted, on the flimsiest of technical excuses.