Keeping your vote from counting
July 31, 2012
The Virginian-Pilot reports, "At least 5 million voters, predominantly young and from minority groups sympathetic to President Barack Obama, could be affected by an unprecedented flurry of new legislation by Republican governors and GOP-led legislatures to change or restrict voting rights by Election Day 2012... Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Virginia and Wisconsin, all viewed as important states this fall, each have enacted stricter ID laws."
Progressive Point: Across the country--and right here in Virginia--conservative politicians have put up new hurdles that make it harder for millions of law-abiding citizens to vote. They've pushed these laws to make it harder for students and minorities, who often don't vote for conservatives, to cast a ballot. But that's not all. The unintended consequences are that seniors who never got a birth certificate will also be turned away from the polls. Now Mitt Romney is even calling on Ken Cuccinelli to help him dissuade communities of color and young women from participating in this election.
Conservatives who've been more worried about protecting corporate tax breaks instead of middle class jobs don't want to face us at the polls--they don't want us to hold them accountable. This year, if Romney and Cuccinelli can't count on your vote, they'd rather you not be counted at all. This is America--we've never solved anything with less democracy and we won't now.
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