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Republicans are working to prevent millions of Democrats from voting next year

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  • Started 8 years ago by Andy_brown
  • Latest reply from Listener_Pete

  1. Andy_brown

    As the nation gears up for the 2012 presidential election, Republican officials have launched an unprecedented, centrally coordinated campaign to suppress the elements of the Democratic vote that elected Barack Obama in 2008. Just as Dixiecrats once used poll taxes and literacy tests to bar black Southerners from voting, a new crop of GOP governors and state legislators has passed a series of seemingly disconnected measures that could prevent millions of students, minorities, immigrants, ex-convicts and the elderly from casting ballots. "What has happened this year is the most significant setback to voting rights in this country in a century," says Judith Browne-Dianis, who monitors barriers to voting as co-director of the Advancement Project, a civil rights organization based in Washington, D.C.

    Republicans have long tried to drive Democratic voters away from the polls. "I don't want everybody to vote," the influential conservative activist Paul Weyrich told a gathering of evangelical leaders in 1980. "As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down." But since the 2010 election, thanks to a conservative advocacy group founded by Weyrich, the GOP's effort to disrupt voting rights has been more widespread and effective than ever. In a systematic campaign orchestrated by the American Legislative Exchange Council – and funded in part by David and Charles Koch, the billionaire brothers who bankrolled the Tea Party – 38 states introduced legislation this year designed to impede voters at every step of the electoral process.

    Posted on September 5, 2011 - 12:38 PM #
  2. edust1958

    Are there attempts on the Democratic side to bolster their base by registering people who should not be legally eligible to vote on the voter rolls? Unfortunately I believe that mean spirited people both sides participate in "dirty tricks" to improve their chances in elections. I am sure that if I searched the web I could sites making those claims on against one side or another.

    I like being "independent" and I am less and less interested in either of the two major parties...

    Posted on September 5, 2011 - 12:48 PM #
  3. Deane Johnson

    Can anyone say ACORN.

    Posted on September 5, 2011 - 12:49 PM #
  4. Andy_brown

    Can anyone say Koch brothers?

    Posted on September 5, 2011 - 01:34 PM #
  5. NoParty

    The *sniff* Koch brothers are hard at work baby!

    Posted on September 5, 2011 - 01:39 PM #
  6. Deane Johnson

    I hadn't heard of the Koch brothers until this thread, but they look like interesting people. Lucky the GOP has them to counter Soros. Looks like a Mexican standoff to me.

    Posted on September 5, 2011 - 01:42 PM #
  7. NoParty

    The Koch bros aren't the only one's the CONers have Deane.... The CONers have lots more than the Libs have in Soros.

    Posted on September 5, 2011 - 01:45 PM #
  8. Deane Johnson

    Trixter, you brighten the day with good news.

    Posted on September 5, 2011 - 01:45 PM #
  9. NoParty

    I hadn't heard of the Koch brothers until this thread

    That's a funny one.... And YOu don't listen to LimBLAH, watch FAUXNews, listen to (((GB))) or watch Insannity...... BLAH BLAH BLAH the usual garbage from the extreme right...

    Posted on September 5, 2011 - 01:46 PM #
  10. NoParty

    Deane, you can't handle the truth....

    Posted on September 5, 2011 - 01:47 PM #