What's worse ...yardsigns? ...or Republicans stealing voting rights?

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Posted by MG on October 29, 2012 at 03:30:26

In Reply to: Re: Obama Thieves posted by Pastor Don on October 28, 2012 at 08:04:00:

I understand, when it's your yard sign it gets personal I'd be upset too. However objectively speaking I think that the concerted Republican effort in so many states, especially swing states, to suppress the votes of people likely to vote for Obama is without doubt far worse than the yard sign shenanigans.

Thank God that the courts have ruled against these efforts which have all been based on bogus claims of voter fraud, and the hopes the Republicans had of ensuring Romney's election through such blatant unAmerican actions has not worked out for them.

Below is an excerpt from a report, before the court rulings, done by the Brennan Center. (I'm somewhat adverse to blogosphere articles, whether they be left or right, hence my referral to an academic study.)

These new restrictions fall most heavily on young, minority, and low-income voters, as well as on voters with disabilities. This wave of changes may sharply tilt the political terrain for the 2012 election. Based on the Brennan Center’s analysis of the 19 laws and two executive actions that passed in 14 states, it is clear that:
•These new laws could make it significantly harder for more than five million eligible voters to cast ballots in 2012.
•The states that have already cut back on voting rights will provide 171 electoral votes in 2012 – 63 percent of the 270 needed to win the presidency.
•Of the 12 likely battleground states, as assessed by an August Los Angeles Times analysis of Gallup polling, five have already cut back on voting rights (and may pass additional restrictive legislation), and two more are currently considering new restrictions.

States have changed their laws so rapidly that no single analysis has assessed the overall impact of such moves. Although it is too early to quantify how the changes will impact voter turnout, they will be a hindrance to many voters at a time when the United States continues to turn out less than two thirds of its eligible citizens in presidential elections and less than half in midterm elections.

For more, with updates on the victories in the courts against Republican voter supression, go to:

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