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election:

An interesting snapshot of who actually voted in the last Presidential election. Not a lot surprising here - older, richer, married better educated folks turn out in the highest numbers. Oh, and women. But you may be surprised to see what states had the highest and lowest turnout.
Just 54 days til Election Day. What, if anything, do you think will be different about these numbers come November?
via votifi

election:

An interesting snapshot of who actually voted in the last Presidential election. Not a lot surprising here - older, richer, married better educated folks turn out in the highest numbers. Oh, and women. But you may be surprised to see what states had the highest and lowest turnout.

Just 54 days til Election Day. What, if anything, do you think will be different about these numbers come November?

via votifi

(via gov)

Respect the democratic process.

sweetupndown9:

After serving two terms, President Washington prepared to step down and another leader (John Adams.) was elected to take his place, and everything went along without the presence of violence.

Does anyone remember learning about a little thing called the American Civil War? Do I need to paint a picture about how atrocious that was? 750,000 soldiers died, many families starved, and estimated 412,00 people were left broken and maimed from the fighting. Full cities were destroyed. It was a dark dark corner of our nation’s history that almost left us completely broken. Started in the wake of an election, and changing of laws. 

One thing that makes America so great is that every 4 years we have an election to pick the leader of our country.  The people can vote, and the people choose who our president will be. We can vote on so much in this country.

People legitimately want it to change how our process works. How about the 4 Soldiers (*cough terrorist cough*) in Georgia that bought almost $100,000 worth of weapons and explosives, with plans to bomb parks and a water dam, poison produce, and assassinate our President. All to give the government “Back to the People”? Don’t take those guys seriously? They took themselves seriously enough to murder 2 people, a fellow service member, and his girlfriend, who discovered their plans, and decided to report them to the authorities.

Of course there is a Texas Judge calling for Tax Increases so his county can hire more armed police officers, because he is convinced there will be a civil war if Obama is re-elected.

Or the Greene County Republican Committee in Virginia calling for an armed revolution in their newsletter in the event of an Obama victory.  

(The amount of googling I’ve done for this post has probably lead to a tap being put on my internet activities from the FBI. But really, google “Armed Revolution Obama Re-election.” and see what comes up. Pages and pages of personal blogs and narratives from American’s claiming the desire to revolt if our President is reelected. )

Are Republican’s really so incapable of handling life through another 4 years of President Obama? They are so opposed to his healthcare plan, copious spending, and the threat of having millionaire taxes raised, that they would rather overthrow our current system in a violent and bloody revolution than respect our democratic process that the Framers of our nation worked so hard to implement? We are allowed to vote in this country, the people decide who leads our nation, and every 4-8 years a new leader emerges, and the old leader hands over responsibility peacefully and with much ceremony. The key point there is the people decide. 

Maybe, there is a threat to the people deciding. But President Obama isn’t that threat. If you’re concerned the Government no longer belongs to the people, you need to question this. 

Question the Supreme Courts decision on Citizens United. That allows corporations to funnel as much money, and resources as they want to political endeavors all protected by the First Amendment. 

Question the amount of Police brutality in this country, particularly Police Brutality towards minorities.  

Question why more than two dozen states are trying to pass new voter ID laws that end up siginificantly restricting the right to vote in students, elderly and minority communities. (all groups that typically vote liberally.) States are going so far that South Carolina, Arizona, South Dakota, Texas, Georgia and Alabama GOP Attorney Generals have filed an Amicus Brief with the Supreme Court challenging KEY PROVISIONS within the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that allows racial minorities to vote, as Unconstitutional. 

I will respect the democratic process, even if President Obama is not reelected. Because I know in 4 more years, I can vote. I know that my country was founded on the idea of majority decides. My worry is that other people will not. With the amount of violence already present in this country, the violent rhetoric flying around the campaign trail, and a summer filled with mass shootings, I don’t think this fear is unfounded. 

(Source: kissing-whiskey)

fortuneandglory:

Republicans are playing dirty.
I was disgusted when Pennsylvania (and a few other states) passed a voter-ID law  making it a requirement to show a government issued photo ID in order to be able to vote in the upcoming Presidential election. While the Republicans - who led by Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett, a man who also has a clear agenda of financially crippling public education as a means of pushing for privatization - have claimed this was a means of fighting voter fraud (in which there is zero evidence that this a problem, particularly in PA), their intentions are clear. They are willing to play dirty in order to limit votes for Democratic candidates.
Simply put, Republicans fear domination at the polls by young people, minorities, and poorer citizens and are willing to sink to Reconstruction-era type voting laws (think poll taxes) as a means of crippling voter turnout for PA citizens who generally lean to the left.
Below is the statistical breakdown of voting eligible adults who do not have valid photo IDs:
25% Black
20% Asian
19% Latino
18% 18 to 24 year olds
11% of all U.S. adults
8% whites
The reasons behind this breakdown are complex, but have been explored time and time again (try here, here, and here, if you’re curious). The reason these statistics favor Republicans is a no-brainer.
Romney could win Pennsylvania and other key election states based solely on these discriminatory voter ID laws.
Seriously, let that sink in for a moment. 
Romney could win Pennsylvania based on discriminatory laws. State election officials in PA recently released data stating that more than 758,000 - or 9.2% - of PA’s registered voters do not have the proper voting ID to vote in November (Corbett’s camp had continuously claimed - lied - that the number was as low as 1%). That’s just the currently registered voters.
The crazy thing is that GOP lawmakers in Pennsylvania aren’t even being shy about letting their true intentions be known - that they passed a law that would make it possible for a Republican presidential candidate to win the state for the first time since 1988. PA GOP House Majority Leader Mike Turzai recently said about the passing of the voter ID law while going over a checklist of Republican accomplishments in the state:

“Voter ID, which is going to allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania: done.”

It’s insane. It’s sickening. 
And the majority of Pennsylvanians either don’t know or are just shrugging it off.
The law won’t be repealed or held off before November. So, where should one aim efforts to combat this clear discrimination?
Educate! Republican lawmakers are banking on young people, minorities, and lower class citizens being ignorant of these changes. First and foremost: this needs to become common knowledge. People need to be educated about this new law: http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/voter/voteridlaw.shtml. Using social media is nice, but that won’t reach everyone: print fliers explaining this in simple terms. Call organizations in neighborhoods that this law will most effect. Get people fired up. It’s up to us.
Transportation efforts to DMVs need to be amped up. People need to organize. Transportation should and needs to be free and get people there as effortlessly as possible. Fees for the ID can be waived by filling out a certain form at the DMV, but people have to have a way to get there first and foremost.
Get your ass out there to vote. While I’m focusing on PA, this isn’t just PA. Wherever you are in the U.S., you need to vote. Vote for whoever you want, but vote. And don’t just vote in the Presidential elections. Vote every election. Young people, poor people, and minorities are far less likely to vote in other elections and that’s how abusers of power like Tom Corbett get elected. Stay informed as much a possible. Read. Keep people like this out of power.
I’m going to use Erie, Pennsylvania as an example, because that’s where I live and it’s a city that I love. In the past year, the DMV in Erie, Pennsylvania moved. Before, it was located near the heart of the city’s primarily black population at the Eastway Plaza in Harborcreek - within walking distance of the primarily black community as well as a prominent Housing Authority in Erie. Now, the DMV resides in suburban Millcreek, seven miles outside of the heart of the East side. The new DMV is open from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM - most people’s working hours. It’s pretty easy to figure out how difficult this might be to get to for someone who works full-time and does not have their own transportation. Or, more importantly, someone who doesn’t even know that they need the ID this election.
It’s not going to be easy - and that’s what Corbett and other Republican lawmakers had hoped.
Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

fortuneandglory:

Republicans are playing dirty.

I was disgusted when Pennsylvania (and a few other states) passed a voter-ID law  making it a requirement to show a government issued photo ID in order to be able to vote in the upcoming Presidential election. While the Republicans - who led by Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett, a man who also has a clear agenda of financially crippling public education as a means of pushing for privatization - have claimed this was a means of fighting voter fraud (in which there is zero evidence that this a problem, particularly in PA), their intentions are clear. They are willing to play dirty in order to limit votes for Democratic candidates.

Simply put, Republicans fear domination at the polls by young people, minorities, and poorer citizens and are willing to sink to Reconstruction-era type voting laws (think poll taxes) as a means of crippling voter turnout for PA citizens who generally lean to the left.

Below is the statistical breakdown of voting eligible adults who do not have valid photo IDs:

  • 25% Black
  • 20% Asian
  • 19% Latino
  • 18% 18 to 24 year olds
  • 11% of all U.S. adults
  • 8% whites

The reasons behind this breakdown are complex, but have been explored time and time again (try here, here, and here, if you’re curious). The reason these statistics favor Republicans is a no-brainer.

Romney could win Pennsylvania and other key election states based solely on these discriminatory voter ID laws.

Seriously, let that sink in for a moment. 

Romney could win Pennsylvania based on discriminatory laws. State election officials in PA recently released data stating that more than 758,000 - or 9.2% - of PA’s registered voters do not have the proper voting ID to vote in November (Corbett’s camp had continuously claimed - lied - that the number was as low as 1%). That’s just the currently registered voters.

The crazy thing is that GOP lawmakers in Pennsylvania aren’t even being shy about letting their true intentions be known - that they passed a law that would make it possible for a Republican presidential candidate to win the state for the first time since 1988. PA GOP House Majority Leader Mike Turzai recently said about the passing of the voter ID law while going over a checklist of Republican accomplishments in the state:

“Voter ID, which is going to allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania: done.”

It’s insane. It’s sickening. 

And the majority of Pennsylvanians either don’t know or are just shrugging it off.

The law won’t be repealed or held off before November. So, where should one aim efforts to combat this clear discrimination?

  • Educate! Republican lawmakers are banking on young people, minorities, and lower class citizens being ignorant of these changes. First and foremost: this needs to become common knowledge. People need to be educated about this new law: http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/voter/voteridlaw.shtml. Using social media is nice, but that won’t reach everyone: print fliers explaining this in simple terms. Call organizations in neighborhoods that this law will most effect. Get people fired up. It’s up to us.
  • Transportation efforts to DMVs need to be amped up. People need to organize. Transportation should and needs to be free and get people there as effortlessly as possible. Fees for the ID can be waived by filling out a certain form at the DMV, but people have to have a way to get there first and foremost.
  • Get your ass out there to vote. While I’m focusing on PA, this isn’t just PA. Wherever you are in the U.S., you need to vote. Vote for whoever you want, but vote. And don’t just vote in the Presidential elections. Vote every election. Young people, poor people, and minorities are far less likely to vote in other elections and that’s how abusers of power like Tom Corbett get elected. Stay informed as much a possible. Read. Keep people like this out of power.

I’m going to use Erie, Pennsylvania as an example, because that’s where I live and it’s a city that I love. In the past year, the DMV in Erie, Pennsylvania moved. Before, it was located near the heart of the city’s primarily black population at the Eastway Plaza in Harborcreek - within walking distance of the primarily black community as well as a prominent Housing Authority in Erie. Now, the DMV resides in suburban Millcreek, seven miles outside of the heart of the East side. The new DMV is open from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM - most people’s working hours. It’s pretty easy to figure out how difficult this might be to get to for someone who works full-time and does not have their own transportation. Or, more importantly, someone who doesn’t even know that they need the ID this election.

It’s not going to be easy - and that’s what Corbett and other Republican lawmakers had hoped.

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

(Source: fortunenglory, via seriouslyamerica)

pantslessprogressive:

“Prior to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, African-Americans and many others faced regular and malicious restrictions to the free exercise of their constitutionally protected right to vote, especially in my native South.
Literacy tests, poll taxes, and grandfather clauses: many insidious techniques were used by certain states to restrict, confuse, and write off, marginalize and disenfranchise so many eligible citizens from voting simply because of the color of their skin.
Southern governors and those in Washington comfortable with the status quo hid behind arguments about “states rights.” Yet these laws were little more than legislated racism and all knew the real goal behind their unequal effects.
In a 1957 speech titled ‘Give Us The Ballot,’ Dr. King spoke plainly about the imperative of equal voting rights.
‘So long as I do not firmly and irrevocably possess the right to vote I do not possess myself. I cannot make up my mind — it is made up for me. I cannot live as a democratic citizen, observing the laws I have helped to enact — I can only submit to the edict of others.’
For Dr. King, the right to vote was sacrosanct and foundational. It is the very essence of our social contract. Free elections create legitimacy. They imply the consent of the governed. He knew that unfair elections laws did not just hurt minorities or the working poor, they rendered hollow the very essence of American government.
It’s a message that’s as true today as it was then. The 47-year old Voting Rights Act has stood the test of time, but there are new obstacles to the ballot springing up in today’s America.
Around the country, conservatives in state legislatures are attempting to put fresh roadblocks in the path of this most basic right. The latest vogue in anti-suffrage legislation is mandatory photo ID laws. […] These laws disproportionately impact minority communities — groups much more likely than white voters to lack photo identification for reasons as simple as the fact that they may not own a car and use the city bus to get to work.
According a study published in 2006 by the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, as many as 23 million American citizens — that’s 11% of those of voting age — lack the government-issued photo ID many of these laws demand.” - Donna Brazile
[Photo: Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders watch President Lyndon B. Johnson sign the Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965. Credit: National Archives]

pantslessprogressive:

“Prior to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, African-Americans and many others faced regular and malicious restrictions to the free exercise of their constitutionally protected right to vote, especially in my native South.

Literacy tests, poll taxes, and grandfather clauses: many insidious techniques were used by certain states to restrict, confuse, and write off, marginalize and disenfranchise so many eligible citizens from voting simply because of the color of their skin.

Southern governors and those in Washington comfortable with the status quo hid behind arguments about “states rights.” Yet these laws were little more than legislated racism and all knew the real goal behind their unequal effects.

In a 1957 speech titled ‘Give Us The Ballot,’ Dr. King spoke plainly about the imperative of equal voting rights.

‘So long as I do not firmly and irrevocably possess the right to vote I do not possess myself. I cannot make up my mind — it is made up for me. I cannot live as a democratic citizen, observing the laws I have helped to enact — I can only submit to the edict of others.’

For Dr. King, the right to vote was sacrosanct and foundational. It is the very essence of our social contract. Free elections create legitimacy. They imply the consent of the governed. He knew that unfair elections laws did not just hurt minorities or the working poor, they rendered hollow the very essence of American government.

It’s a message that’s as true today as it was then. The 47-year old Voting Rights Act has stood the test of time, but there are new obstacles to the ballot springing up in today’s America.

Around the country, conservatives in state legislatures are attempting to put fresh roadblocks in the path of this most basic right. The latest vogue in anti-suffrage legislation is mandatory photo ID laws. […] These laws disproportionately impact minority communities — groups much more likely than white voters to lack photo identification for reasons as simple as the fact that they may not own a car and use the city bus to get to work.

According a study published in 2006 by the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, as many as 23 million American citizens — that’s 11% of those of voting age — lack the government-issued photo ID many of these laws demand.” - Donna Brazile

[Photo: Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders watch President Lyndon B. Johnson sign the Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965. Credit: National Archives]

(via pantslessprogressive)

pantslessprogressive:

Rep. John Lewis (D-GA): Each and every voter ID law is a real threat to voting rights in America. Make no mistake, these voter ID laws are a poll tax. I know what I saw during the 60s. I saw poll tax. And you cannot deny that these ID laws are another form of a poll tax. In an economy where people are already struggling to pay for the most basic necessities, there are too many citizens that would be unable to afford the fees and transportation costs involved in getting government issued photo Ids. Despite all the voter ID laws across the country, there’s no convincing evidence — no evidence at all — that voter fraud is a problem in our election problem.

The right to vote is precious — almost sacred — and one of the most important blessings of our democracy. Today, we must stand up and fight. The history of the right to vote in America is a history of conflict, of struggle, for that right. Many people died trying to protect that right. I was beaten and jailed because I stood up for it. For millions like me, the struggle for the right to vote is not mere history, it is experience. [ThinkProgress]

(Source: pantslessprogressive)

Why are left-wing activist groups so keen on registering the poor to vote?
Because they know the poor can be counted on to vote themselves more benefits by electing redistributionist politicians. Welfare recipients are particularly open to demagoguery and bribery.

Registering them to vote is like handing out burglary tools to criminals. It is profoundly antisocial and un-American to empower the nonproductive segments of the population to destroy the country — which is precisely why Barack Obama zealously supports registering welfare recipients to vote.

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.