The New York Times reports:The nation's rapidly growing Latino population is one of the most powerful forces working in President Obama's favor in many of the states that will determine his contest with Mitt Romney. But Latinos are not registering or voting in numbers that fully reflect their potential strength, leaving Hispanic leaders frustrated and Democrats worried as they increase efforts to rally Latino support.The difference between the potential and actual Hispanic vote is striking: Read more
These laws represent another EVIL. After all, I DARE ANYONE WITHIN OR WITHOUT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO PROVE ME WRONG, BUT AS A NEARLY 51 YEAR OLD American Woman who was born and raised and still live in the State of Ohio of the United States of America who has studied American History long enough to know it pretty good, even though I do not have any degrees--THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS WE AMERICANS HAVE MORE OF A
REPUTATION OF NOT VOTING AT ALL THAN EVEN THINKING OF VOTING MORE THAN
ONCE--THIS IS WHY I SAY THIS IS A RED-HERRING--THESE LAW ARE NOT TRULY
DESIGNED TO KEEP PEOPLE FROM VOTING MULTIPLE TIMES--THE FACT OF THE
MATTER IS THAT IS REPUBLICAN LIES--REPUBLICAN DECEPTIONS-AND ABOVE ALL
REPUBLICAN ATTEMPT OF STEALING YET ANOTHER ELECTION--After all, the FACT OF
THE MATTER IS--It is the American Poor People (Most- if not all- vote Democrat) who are least likely to have a Driver's License/ State ID, since Owning a Car cost MONEY-more money than much of the poor have. Keeping an up to date State ID also adds up--BUT THE RICH WHO CAN
AFFORD TO DRIVE EVERYWHERE THEY GO AND WHO HAVE NO PROBLEMS WITH
DRIVER'S LICENSES OR VOTING AND ARE MOST LIKELY TO BE REPUBLICANS.
THIS IS WHY THIS BLOGGER IS CALLING ON MY FELLOW INDEPENDENTS TO VOTE
THOSE WHO WOULD RESTRICT WHO CAN OR CANNOT VOTE BASED ON THIS
REPUBLICAN LIE AND REPUBLICAN DECEPTION TO DO THE HONEST THING--FOR THE
LOVE OF AMERICA--FOR THE CONSTITUTION-FOR BILL OF RIGHTS WHICH IS INDEED
WORTH DEFENDING--TO VOTE OUT OF OFFICE ALL THOSE WHO ARE SPREADING
THESE REPUBLICAN LIES AND REPUBLICAN DECEPTION--THAT IS UNLESS THEY
WOULD RATHER SEE THAT AMERICA STAND FOR EVIL AND CORRUPTION??? BUT AS
FOR ME AND MY FAMILY--WE WILL STAND UP AND DEFEND WHAT IS GOOD ABOUT AMERICA--WE ARE IN FACT A DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC AND IN FACT A SECULAR NATION WHERE ALL ARE FREE TO WORSHIP OR NOT WORSHIP ACCORDING TO THEIR OWN CONSCIENCE.
THIS IS WHY I AM PASSING ON THIS E-MAIL-->
An unprecedented attack on the right to vote is happening in Florida — a state George Bush "won" by just 573 votes in 2000.1Florida Governor Rick Scott is trying to purge state voter rolls just before a key election2. Scott's purge will give 180,000 Floridians — 87% of whom are people of color — 30 days to prove their citizenship.3 Any person who does not provide proof will be dropped from the rolls and deemed ineligible to vote. If this reckless plan succeeds, thousands of eligible voters could be disenfranchised.4It could sway upcoming primary elections, and the presidential election.Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) sent a letter to Florida Secretary of State Ken Dentzler demanding a halt to the purge.5Governor Scott just responded with blatant disregard for the order and explained Florida's plan to continue the purge.The DOJ has already taken the first step to stop this purge, now they need to hear that we're behind them. Florida's county election officials, Governor, and Secretary of State need to know that we will use our collective power to fight and protect our voting rights, and our democracy.Please join us in demanding that Florida officials stop this purge, and asking the DOJ to investigate Governor Scott and Secretary Dentzler for violating the law. It only takes a moment:http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/rickscott/
In April, Governor Scott began the purge by sending lists of over 2,600 suspected non-citizen voters to county election officials across the state. After reviewing the lists and Scott's method of compiling non-citizen names, several officials (mostly Republican) have refused to comply with the state sanctioned voter purge, citing the lists as unreliable and suspect.6
This unlawful move is painfully reminiscent of the voter purges in 2000 ordered by former governor Jeb Bush — where thousands of mostly Black and Latino voters were disenfranchised prior to a presidential election. That year, despite much controversy, George Bush's victory was decided by a mere 573 votes.7
Based on current ratios of Floridians falsely flagged as non-citizens, there may be more than 35,000 eligible voters disenfranchised by this proposed voter purge in a state where elections have been decided by far fewer votes.8. . . .
. . . Based on current ratios of Floridians falsely flagged as non-citizens, there may be more than 35,000 eligible voters disenfranchised by this proposed voter purge in a state where elections have been decided by far fewer votes.8
This is not the first time Florida has come under federal scrutiny for tampering with the voting process. Just last year, the U.S. Department of Justice challenged three changes to the state's election law as discriminatory under the Voting Rights Act.9 Florida's legislature is seeking to cut the early voting period in half, place prohibitive regulations on voter registration drives and increase the use of provisional ballots. These changes effectively disrupt the voting process at several stages, suppress the vote by shrinking the electorate, and disproportionately affect Black and Latino voters.
For years, Republicans have used every trick in the book to gain a political advantage and steal elections by preventing certain kinds of people — Black people, Latinos, students, the elderly, and the poor — from voting. Right-wing groups and public officials use a range of tactics to advance this agenda: passing discriminatory voter ID laws, manipulating the distribution of voting machines, restricting voter registration,11 and attacking groups that register large numbers of voters. As a way of justifying many of these policies, they have spread the myth that "voter fraud" (individuals voting illegally) is a widespread problem, when in fact it occurs almost never.10 Voter purges like the one we're seeing in Florida are a very powerful form of voter suppression.
Governor Scott is waging a full assault on an essential component of any democracy — the right to vote. If the DOJ doesn’t take further action to stop Governor Rick Scott’s voter purge, thousands of citizens could become ineligible to vote. Please join us, and our partners at Florida New Majority, in this effort to end state sanctioned voter suppression. And when you do, please ask your friends and family to do the same:
Thanks and Peace,
Governor Scott is set to purge 180,000 Floridians from the voter rolls
After all, I am a firm believer that the reason that God Blessed us Humans with emotions, such as anger is so that we can become Angry enough at IN-Justice to fight for Justice.