Saturday, December 24, 2011

Voters Beware: the Republican Party is busy trying to rig the presidential election

The Republicans are out to win the 2012 election one way or the other. If it means stopping people (who wouldn’t vote for them) from voting…then so be it.

Just look at what the GOP has done already this year in Texas to improve their odds by drawing up election maps to favor themselves.

I can tell you that this will be an exceptionally ugly election for several reasons. One of them will be voter scams to disenfranchise minorities who typically vote for Democrats.  

The Obama administration on Friday blocked a new South Carolina law that requires voters to have photo identification because of concerns it would hurt minorities' ability to cast a ballot.

Republican Gov. Nikki Haley in May signed into law a measure that says voters must show a driver's license, passport or military identification along with their voter registration card in order to vote.

Under the law, anyone who wants to vote but does not have a photo identification must obtain a new voter registration card that includes a photo. A birth certificate or passport can be used to prove identity.

The Justice Department said the requirement could harm the right to vote of tens of thousands of people, noting that just over a third of the state's minorities who are registered voters did not have a driver's license needed to cast a ballot.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder earlier this month said his team was reviewing changes to voting laws in other states including Florida and Texas and will challenge any that are discriminatory in violation of the federal voting rights law.

"The reality is that — in jurisdictions across the country — both overt and subtle forms of discrimination remain all too common," he said in a speech in Austin, Texas.

The Justice Department has also challenged a new election map drawn by Republicans in Texas, arguing that it does not fairly represent the exponential growth in Hispanic voters. Hispanics largely have supported Democrats in past elections.”

- Reuters

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