Democrats to Pursue Protections for Voting Rights

By: Ken Thomas, Associated Press
By: Ken Thomas, Associated Press

Washington, D.C. (AP) - Democrats say they are planning an
unprecedented effort to protect voting rights in the 2012 election
after several states passed voter identification laws and
restrictions on early voting and same day registration.

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman
Schultz says the party will oppose obstacles "essentially designed
to rig an election when Republicans can't win these elections on
the merits."

Party officials say they will try to overturn some of the measures, educate voters on the types of documents needed to vote in the states and pursue lawsuits if necessary.

Voter ID laws have passed this year in states like Wisconsin,
Tennessee and Rhode Island. Efforts to restrict early voting have
been approved in Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Supporters of the laws say they are necessary to eliminate voter

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Tom Location: Tallahassee on Dec 4, 2011 at 09:50 AM
    High voter turnout typically favors democratic candidates. I suppose that means there are more registered democrats than republicans. It makes sense, then, that republicans will do what they can to suppress voter turnout. It's the same hypocrisy and shameful behavior we've come to expect of that bunch.
  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Dec 3, 2011 at 03:57 PM
    Having an id to prove you are an eligible voter does not disenfranchise anyone. It does require that you prove you are eligible to vote, however, and that helps prevent voter fraud.
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      by Gerry on Dec 4, 2011 at 03:45 AM in reply to Georgia Boy
      Is the id free? If it is not free, what is the difference between the id requirement and requiring people to pay to register to vote?
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      by Gerry on Dec 4, 2011 at 03:50 AM in reply to Georgia Boy
      There is essentially no voter fraud and no voter registration fraud. Why not mandate life in prison for violators? That would punish those guilty. The idea is to suppress turnout and to disenfranchise marginalized US citizens, that's why. The idea is to punish the innocent, that's why.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2011 at 07:32 PM in reply to Gerry
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          by Gerry on Dec 4, 2011 at 09:00 PM in reply to
          By golly, I understand the difference between arrest and conviction. Do you? You think you know a lot about this. So how many people have been convicted of voter fraud or voter registration fraud, nationwide, in 2009 and 2010, for example? What is the magnitude of the epidemic Republicans are addressing?
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        by GV on Dec 5, 2011 at 05:51 AM in reply to Gerry
        So I guess the idea about having to have an id to get married is to suppress poor people from getting married,or poor people from getting public utilities,or suppressing poor people from buying alcohol?I guess it is also designed so that poor people can't even pick up their welfare checks since you have to have an id for that.These people already have id's stupid,so what is wrong with making them prove who they are?Your post has no merit whatsoever.
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        by Gerry on Dec 5, 2011 at 07:04 AM in reply to Gerry
        I do realize that ther is alot of fraud going on.People just don't get caught because it is so hard to catch since no one has to show who they are when they vote.Heck,if they don't know who you are to begin with,how the heck they gonna know who to arrest?
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        by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 09:55 AM in reply to Gerry
        @Gerry Why yes, I certainly do understand the difference. It's quite similar to being accused of something as opposed to actually being guilty of doing something. You know, sorta like Herman Cain.
  • by Gerry Location: Tallahassee on Dec 3, 2011 at 06:24 AM
    The purpose of the legislation is to disenfranchise US citizens. One doesn't have to have an id to be a US citizen and to be eligible to vote. There are essentially no such things as voter fraud and voter registration fraud. Voter fraud and voter registration frauds are Republican originated canards like the welfare queen driving a Cadillac. Republicans are opposed to large turnouts and universal suffrage. I've never heard of a candidate claiming he lost because of voter fraud or voter registration fraud.
  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Dec 3, 2011 at 04:47 AM
    Requiring proof of the right to vote and that the person so proven is alive and well enough to vote should be a goal of both parties, unless, of course, the Democrats want to continue business as usual and make it easy for those not living or not eligible to vote to cast ballots for Democrats.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 2, 2011 at 08:00 PM
    Dumping Acorn volunteers and others at the voting centers creating an atmosphere conducive to having voter fraud is what "change is all about." Rather see restrictive measures taken and our voter rights protected. You have to show id to get a job, apply for school, etc...and do it within a prescribed time frame and environment. This is no different. Irony is there are groups here ie. Carter and his group who leave to watch voting take place in other countries so that fraud does not take place but we don't seem to meet some of those standards here. Go figure. Oh, by heaven they are Democrats! LOL
  • by Gerry Location: Tallahassee on Dec 2, 2011 at 02:35 PM
    Disenfranchising US citizens is class warfare as waged by Republicans.
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