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New laws in dozens of states could take out Barack Obama this fall

Among the victims of the Florida law: Jill Cicciarelli, a New Smyrna Beach high school teacher who last year tried to register several of her students. She had been out on maternity leave, ran afoul of the new law, and was threatened with thousands of dollars in fines. "I just wanted the kids to be participating in our democracy," she says.

More significant, these laws have had a direct impact on minorities. The number of Latinos registered to vote in Florida, for instance, has fallen by 10 percent since 2008. (Nationally, there are 2 million fewer minority voters now than in 2008.) Florida, says Howard Simon, executive director of the state's ACLU, is attempting to "gut the Voting Rights Act."

Is all of this enough to propel Mitt Romney to victory over Barack Obama? Well, the president received 96 percent of black votes in 2008 and more than two-thirds of the Latino vote. And Florida is the nation's largest swing state. Many of the measures, like those in Arizona, Texas, and Minnesota, are under review by courts or face public votes in the future. "The fate of these laws," says the NAACP's Jealous, "will determine that of our country for years to come."

Chuck Strouse is editor in chief of Miami New Times.

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Angela Garcia as NeonMosfet
Angela Garcia as NeonMosfet

Sunday prohibition is a "Blue Law", and presumably unconstitutional. Now there's an irony for you. All of those good, religious folk being barred from the poles, because they ran afoul of a "blue" law. And to reinforce your learning, I post poetry at poetry.com, owned by an outfit from Utah. Connect the dots. I realize they want to keep things squeaky clean for Grandma, but the auto censor got me at the word, "SPUNK". Think about it. Angela Garcia as NeonMosfet

Pendragon3
Pendragon3

Juvenile and inappropriate. Any credibility you MAY have had is now gone and others see it.

Fritz the Cat
Fritz the Cat

Be sure to help the minority men voting who need their cocks sucked, too.

Guest
Guest

The Florida Dep't of Law Enforcement (the FDLE) looked at voter fraud and found that absentee ballots "are the vehicle of choice...for voter fraud." FDLE, "Voter Fraud Issues" (1998). Yet the new law didn't touch absentee ballots. You still do not need to show photo ID to vote absentee in Florida. But the GOP relies much more heavily on absentee ballots than do the Dems. So the new law, allegedly needed to prevent voter fraud, ignores the real fraud. Game, set, and match.

yes
yes

Perhaps you could suggest how persons who lack the financial or documentary means necessary to secure an ID would be able to get one? No one seems to be concerned about how to make sure the people who are entitled to vote are able to. Instead, the only concern is making sure people who shouldn't be voting (whoever that may be) aren't. The fact that such laws have been hurried through in an election season seems to speak less to the idea of making sure that there is a fair vote and more like an extra obstacle that disenfranchised voters who might not vote for your team would have to undertake in order to take part in what is probably one of the most important and symbolic acts of democracy. You can argue till you're blue in the face about how we should require identification for voting, but my point still remains.

Pendragon3
Pendragon3

The issue is not whether a group of people is intelligent enough to get an ID. The issue is not whether it is appropriate to require an ID to vote - it is. The issue is that these states chose this moment in time to add extra burdens to voting that clearly affect minorities - states that have higher immigrant populations. (That is too coincidental to be a coincidence.) They waited until it became apparent that Obama might win again. The issue is WHAT they are doing AND the TIMING people. Angel C and MassJim ignore the issue of forbidding voting on Sunday. WTF? That's convenient. But more to the point - how is it reasonable to demand that someone HELPING voters sign up submit all registration documents within 48 hours? So volunteers helping voters register must register?!? WTF? They want to LIMIT voter registrations?!? WTF?!? These are clear attempts to keep certain people away from the polls. But no matter - I and many, many, many others will be volunteering very early on to help voters and prospective voters get what the need. I've traveled to another state before for voter registration drives and will do so again.

Angel C
Angel C

It's not racist to require an ID to vote... It IS racist to assume minorities are too incompetent to GET an ID

Joshua Wells Lee
Joshua Wells Lee

Do we continue to divide oursleves or should we be focusing our energy on trying to solve the problem? What is best for the country instead of what is best for the people trying to control the country? What is the answer? http://www.americalostindelusion.com

MassJim
MassJim

Next the Village Voice will be claiming that not allowing illegal aliens to vote is "racist". Unbelievable what intellectual pretzel bending some people will go through to prove a non existent point. I need an ID to buy a gun or buy ammunition. A photo ID was needed to get onto the floor of the Massachusetts Democrat Party convention this past weekend. You need an ID to perform all sorts of basic functions in modern society. The government ought to require an ID to vote. Period.

RDesroc
RDesroc

ahh...not that it means anything but the content of the article suggests it is..so FYI Maine mentioned above is about 85% white.

Now the Real Story: Question 1 to voters asked: “Do you want to reject the section of Chapter 399 of the Public Laws of 2011 that requires New voters to register to vote "at least 2 business days" prior to an election?” This was aimed at out of state students of colleges/universities not holding Maine residency status but declaring such on that one day. Now photo ID is an issue and suddenly it is about Gramma has no ID how will she vote. But you can read it here: http://bangordailynews.com/201...

Leslie G.
Leslie G.

Trying to keep people from voting is just AWFUL.

SAKARA
SAKARA

having a driver's licence for i.d. is racist?

not voting on sunday is racist?

but a village voice cover with a noose isnt racist?

the village voice noose cover seems to cross the line into being racist.

Obama Eats Dogs
Obama Eats Dogs

Well duh. Of course the New Black Panthers shouldnt stop people from voting. But the New Black Panthers did stop people from voting against Obama.

 
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