The quashing of the vote

Today the the legislature started debate on the \"Stop Democrats from Voting\" bill. This bill is being pushed by Representative Don Pridemore, who represents Waukesha of all places, and is “worried” about the sanctity of the vote.

The New York Times broke down today exactly who these bills will affect.

Spreading fear of a nonexistent flood of voter fraud, they are demanding that citizens be required to show a government-issued identification before they are allowed to vote. Republicans have been pushing these changes for years, but now more than two-thirds of the states have adopted or are considering such laws. The Advancement Project, an advocacy group of civil rights lawyers, correctly describes the push as “the largest legislative effort to scale back voting rights in a century.”

Anyone who has stood on the long lines at a motor vehicle office knows that it isn’t easy to get such documents. For working people, it could mean giving up a day’s wages.

A survey by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law found that 11 percent of citizens, 21 million people, do not have a current photo ID. That fraction increases to 15 percent of low-income voting-age citizens, 18 percent of young eligible voters and 25 percent of black eligible voters. Those demographic groups tend to vote Democratic, and Republicans are imposing requirements that they know many will be unable to meet.

Wisconsin’s proposed law will be THE most restrictive in the country. The Wisconsin bill refuses to recognize college photo ID cards, even if they are issued by a state university, thus cutting off many students at the University of Wisconsin and other campuses.

Whatever it takes to win(issues not included)!


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4 thoughts on “The quashing of the vote

  1. Irony: Not even a birth certificate will do.

    How the sponsors of this travesty think that this would pass constitutional muster is a mystery to me. I guess all they need to do (in their eyes) is to make it work for 2012, which tells you how shortsighted they are. And of course counties and cities pick up the tab of this unfunded mandate. It just stinks all over.

  2. The photo on my birth certificate is absolutely awful…I wouldn’t even want my mother to see it!

  3. Why not just stamp a barcode into all of our foreheads? Then when you go in to vote the poll worker will grab you by your hair and swipe your head over a digital scanner. Seems to me this would settle the whole matter..

  4. i dont think would even work for these guys…I think though if we all just promised to vote republican that might do it….or maybe not allow anyone else on the ballots…..

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