Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Fri, 08/16/2013 - 10:43am
This blog post has some good detailed analysis and charts on voting patterns in NC, demographic trends, and why gerrymandering and voter suppression laws are the only way that the NC GOP can stay in power.
A couple of highlights:
The New Republic’s Nate Cohn found that if voter ID requirements had been in place during the 2012 election, they would have cost President Obama 25,000 to 30,000 votes. The voter ID requirements won’t take effect until 2016, but the other parts of the bill take effect before the 2014 elections and could be even more damaging to Democrats.
Submitted by usernamehere on Mon, 07/29/2013 - 10:50am
Since state legislators continue to pass bills in violation of their oaths to the state and federal constitutions, it is again time to rearm citizens with the basics of our shared government -- the constitution.
The NC Constitution speaks directly to voting rights and suffrage. In fact, Article VI, Section 1. of the NC Constitution is literally titled "Who may vote." It doesn't get any more plain than that.
Submitted by Martha Brock on Thu, 07/25/2013 - 11:00pm
Michael Biesecker's AP story on H589, which just passed the House and goes to Gov. for enactment into law.
Attorney General Eric Holder says the U.S. Justice Department will challenge a new voter ID law in Texas and hinted it may pursue similar legal action against other states, including North Carolina. Several other groups, including the NACCP, also indicated they might mount legal challenges.
The state House passed the bill with the voter ID requirement in April, but Senate leaders waited until the waning days of the legislative session to take up the measure and add more voting restrictions.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Thu, 07/25/2013 - 3:55pm
Mother Jones just published an in-depth look at a secretive group of extremist conservatives that are doing "behind the scenes" planning for a "30 Front War" on liberals and progressives.
The group includes wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, journalists from Breitbart News and the Washington Examiner, aides to Congressional Republicans, and former US Representative from NC, ultraconservative Sue Myrick.
During these hush-hush sessions and through a Google group, the members of Groundswell—including aides to congressional Republicans—cook up battle plans for their ongoing fights against the Obama administration, congressional Democrats, progressive outfits, and the Republican establishment and "clueless" GOP congressional leaders. They devise strategies for killing immigration reform, hyping the Benghazi controversy, and countering the impression that the GOP exploits racism. And the Groundswell gang is mounting a behind-the-scenes organized effort to eradicate the outsize influence of GOP über-strategist/pundit Karl Rove within Republican and conservative ranks.
The list of usual suspects shows up in notes from one of their early meetings:
Submitted by politicallypurplenc on Thu, 07/25/2013 - 12:49am
Top 10 Missed Opportunities in the N.C. Omnibus Voter Restrictions Bill
10) Any person with a visible tattoo must vote a provisional ballot, and must subsequently produce
three character witnesses, two of whom must belong to the political party of the governor. 9) Any person accompanied at the polls by a child under the age of six must swear, under penalty
of perjury, that the child is not receiving Medicaid benefits. 8) Unaffiliated voters will not be permitted to serve as precinct judges or staff ... oh, that's already
taken care of. 7) Volunteers or participants in the civic educational program Kids Voting may not be located within
2,000 feet of a polling place. 6) Voters who produce a signed receipt of a $5,000 donation to a candidate in the current election
shall receive one additional ballot per receipt.
Democrats rending their garments over the NCGOP's latest legislative caca del toro -- the Voter Information Verification Act (House Bill 589), the election "reform" bill -- have missed the real story. Fortunately for Republican leaders, so have their own supporters.
Submitted by politicallypurplenc on Tue, 07/23/2013 - 10:54am
With eloquent irony, the Voter Information Verification Act of the N.C. House (H.B. 589) notes in its preamble that it is an act to "restore confidence in government" and "promote the electoral process." It even goes so far as to proclaim the aim of protecting the right of each registered voter by confirming identity "as accurately as possible without restriction."
Oh, yes -- and "to further reform the election laws."
Further reform, indeed. By definition, reform refers to improvement. And it is difficult, if not impossible, to discern improvement in the overall tenor of this bill, but particularly in the N.C. Senate's grab box of restrictions on voter rights. These have just been inserted in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's regrettable 5-4 decision on the federal Voting Rights Act, which just freed this state from the onus of its previous discrimination and the resultant need in 40 of its 100 counties to prove fairness prior to making voting changes.
20 million—amount in dollars of the potential cost of a comprehensive voter ID program in North Carolina. (“The Facts About Voter ID,” Democracy North Carolina, and the Institute of Southern Studies)
16.9 million—amount in dollars that Missouri officials estimated it would cost for outreach efforts about Voter ID laws to avoid voter confusion and make sure legitimate voters aren’t turned away at the polls. (Ibid)
1 million—amount in dollars this year’s final budget allocates for costs associated with the new proposed voter ID law in North Carolina (“Some of this year’s biggest political stories resolved in the state budget,” WRAL-TV, July 21, 2013)
This is one of the more frustrating issues (for me) in the realm of political debate. There are no good reasons to do this, and many good reasons to not do this, but the propagandists on the right have done their job well on this one. Which I tried to explain here:
I have seen much discussion on Facebook and over email concerning the the logistics of being arrested on Moral Monday. That discussion has led me to wonder about ID cards.
The official advice from those managing the events seems to be "carry an ID" if you're going to be arrested. But is it worth considering not carrying IDs? Do we know what would happen if hundreds of people were arrested who could not be identified? Hundreds of John and Jane Does?
We appear to have come to a place in history when honest, law-abiding citizens who want to be heard in the People's House cannot go about their business unless they are able to show their papers. We are at risk of degenerating into a detestable police state, the kind so many conservatives have condemned in other countries.
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