Republicans Are Finding Creative Ways to Block Your Vote

We have just a few weeks left before the people of Virginia will get to go and elect their politicians. Well, some of them will. The rest will find out they lost their ability to vote.

According to the News Leader, about 40,000 voters have been recently purged from the voting rolls, after county registrars were told to use their “best judgment” to decide if those who may potentially be out of state residents were supposed to be legally able to vote.

One registrar called the purge list “clearly inaccurate and unreliable,” after doing a brief review and noting that about 10 percent of those listed as ineligible actually were legally allowed to vote.

Trying to stop the purge is the Democratic Party of Virginia, who filed a lawsuit against the move. Defending the purge and the list they created are state officials, including Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Cuccinelli is the Republican candidate for governor during this upcoming election.

Voters who have been deactivated are being notified and can be added back on if there was a mistake. But there’s little doubt that in the process legitimate voters who show up to the polls and only then learn that they are no longer registered will see their votes hampered, if not rejected all together. Although conditional balloting will likely be an available option, it would take far more time to complete than a traditional vote would and may not make it through the additional vetting process to be included in vote totals.

There is no reason to suspect that people who were on the rolls and legitimately shouldn’t be allowed to vote in the state were about to swoop in and nefariously cast a vote, especially considering doing so is a crime, yet the GOP loves to use the specter of the illegal voter as a method to justify any voting restriction they can imagine.

In Kansas and Arizona, the states have moved beyond the voter purge and are proposing “tiered” voting systems for their own state elections. In a two-tiered system, only those with absolute proof of citizenship are allowed to vote in local elections. Without it, you can only have a ballot with federal races on it.

The message is simple: no ID, no say in your local government. It would target new, young voters, who may not have had IDs made yet, and older voters who have let their IDs lapse because they don’t need to keep their IDs with them. If it spreads to other states, it would eliminate or greatly impede same day registration and end any form of vouching that happens in states like Minnesota, where one registered voter can vouch for another in a locality and act as a witness that he or she is a legal voter in that district. Depending on the type of IDs required, it could block college students from voting, since a college ID wouldn’t verify citizenship and many students use that as their only ID form.

In other words, it would be directly used to impede the demographics most likely to vote for Democrats.

We saw controversial and likely unconstitutional voter ID laws and roadblocks to voting access pop up during the most recent legislative sessions, like the North Carolina law currently being challenged in the court. But as the news from Virginia, Arizona and Kansas shows us, the GOP is still looking for any and all ways to make sure as few people as possible are allowed to participate in the democratic process.

They truly fear what will happen if everyone can easily vote.

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven1 years ago

thanks for the article.

Margaret Goodman
Margaret Goodman4 years ago

Helen K. wrote, "We need UN peacekeepers to start overseeing our elections. :("

My recollection is that international vote monitors were sent to some states in the 2012 election, and that Texas threatened them with bodily harm.

Mike Kelly
Mike Kelly4 years ago

Tea Baggees like Joseph B., Jacob/Steve R. and his tea baggee brother, Del R. probably will never speak of Texass republican males latest move to disenfranchise women from the polls, and steal the election:

As of November 5, Texans must show a photo ID with their up-to-date legal name. It sounds like such a small thing, but according to the Brennan Center for Justice, only 66% of voting age women have ready access to a photo document that will attest to proof of citizenship. This is largely because young women have not updated their documents with their married names, a circumstance that doesn’t affect male voters in any significant way. Suddenly 34% of women voters are scrambling for an acceptable ID, while 99% of men are home free.

These republican Tea Billy males were put in their place by Senator Wendy Davis when she stood up and filibustered the new Texass Anti Choice bill. When it comes to the Tea Billy fear of women, Senator Davis says it best:

"When I think about women, and what women bring to the conversation politically, there's such an incredible power that comes from who we are. We fight like hell for everything we hold dear, and I think that's why we scare our counterparts so much."

Mike Kelly
Mike Kelly4 years ago

Tea Baggees like Joseph B., Jacob/Steve R. and his tea baggee brother, Del R. lover to scream about the 1 voter in FIFTEEN MILLION votes cast commits "voter fraud." They do this to distract from Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's purging of 38,000 voters from the polls. Those 38,000 voters can go to the polls on election day with their I.D. and the doctor who delivered them in a U.S. hospital, and they still will be denied their right to vote.

Russell L.
Russell L4 years ago

I was wondering if this vote blocking could hurt repubs as much as any other voter. I mean come on, there are a lot poor ignorant repubs that live in poor areas where our wonderful caring right wingers are trying to block voting. Could they not just be shooting them selves in the foot? They seem to be doing a very good job of that lately!

Lori Hone
Lori Hone4 years ago

Republican's are as disgusting as they are cry babies. RECALL ALL REPUBLICANS! Or at least stop voting for them.

Mike Kelly
Mike Kelly4 years ago

(Continued from Below)

By the way, Del R. I looked up your new word: "boneing" and the dictionary asked me if I meant to type in "bonding", "bonging", or "boning". There are English Second Language and remedial reading courses available in adult night school. Give it a shot. It's never too late to learn a new language.

Mike Kelly
Mike Kelly4 years ago

Del R. "Mike.. Won by 5 million votes? REALLY... You sir are needing to go back to school and boneing up on how our elections are run."

OK, Del R., let me rephrase that: No election has ever been influenced by "Voter" fraud. None. Not one. Everyone knows this, even TeabagEEs like Joseph B., Jacob/Steve R. and his tea baggee brother, Del R. There have been 10 documented cases of voter fraud since 2000. That adds up to a grand total of one case of voter fraud for every fifteen million votes. President Barack Obama won the popular vote in the last election by 5,000,000 votes. Which equates to 126 more electoral votes than Willard Romney got from his tea baggee supplicants, like Del R.

That ratio is Obama 3 : Romney 2.

The percentage, is 60% Obama and 40% Rawmoney.

The fake "voter fraud" issue that the Tea Billies are always whimpering about have only occurred
10 times in the past 12 years. These 10 occurrences are in the POPULAR vote, Del R. which, as stated before, President Barack Obama won by 5 MILLION VOTES! Thank you for pointing out that our President won by an even greater margin in the electoral vote, and that "voter fraud's" 10 vote total in 12 years don't amount to a freckle on a gnat's ass.

By the way, Del R. I looked up your new word: "boneing" and the dictionary asked me if I meant to type in "bonding", "bonging", or "boning". There are English Second Language and remedial reading courses available in adult night school. Give it a shot. It's neve

Robert K.
Robert K4 years ago

For those who say that Obama got 100% of the vote in an inner city black neighborhood, they have no proof of that, just wingnut talking points, but I'd say tat it's possible anyway, what with all the harm Republicans deliberately do to them. In fact I can't understand why any black person would vote Republican. But for real fraud, look at Florida in 2000 disenfranchising 86,000 legitimate black voters, of Ohio in 2004 when the Republicans closed down the voter count on a pretense of terrorist threats in one county and sat down with all the ballot boxes and pronounced Bush winning by a ton and not allowing anyone to check their count. Or the county where Bush got more votes than there were registered voters and votes for Kerry were registered for Bush. Hmmm? Almost every case of vote fraud is on the Republicans, We do know of two cases of voter fraud though, there was Ann Coulter who used her realtor's address to vote from and Mitt Romney voting in MA despite living in CA. Why aren't these two lowlifes in prison? A woman in Wisconsin went to prison for accidentally voting in the wrong precinct and turning herself in when she realized her voting place had been changed and she voted in her old one. I guess she was probably a Democrat?

Brian Foster
Brian F4 years ago

Joseph B Do you understand what happened in North Carolina? The republicans took over the state and have reduced the voting stations to a small number, so people have a harder time voting. So now people will have to travel far distances and wait 8 hours in long lines to vote. The North Carolina governor also refused to accept student ID's to vote, making it harder to vote for the poor, and low income people Republicans like the NC governor are using fraud to maintain power, and win elections Your GOP is a criminal organization that is bought and paid for by corporate special interest. You have done nothing, but destroy America with unpaid for wars, based on lies, and tax breaks for the rich.