Sunday, March 30, 2014

Nate Silver & GOP 2014 & GOP voter suppression!

Nate Silver's midterm (2014) Senate projections scare the sh*t out of me.   I hope he's wrong because there's too much at stake.   Then I read an article in today's New York Times about on all the tactics that the GOP is using to thwart the turnout across several states targeting communities that typically vote Democratic (black and Latino) and I see the ugliness behind their efforts.   Now I'm really scared.

From today's New York Times:
"Pivotal swing states under Republican control are embracing significant new electoral restrictions on registering and voting that go beyond the voter identification requirements that have caused fierce partisan brawls.

The bills, laws and administrative rules — some of them tried before — shake up fundamental components of state election systems, including the days and times polls are open and the locations where people vote.

Republicans in Ohio and Wisconsin this winter pushed through measures limiting the time polls are open, in particular cutting into weekend voting favored by low-income voters and blacks, who sometimes caravan from churches to polls on the Sunday before election.

Democrats in North Carolina are scrambling to fight back against the nation’s most restrictive voting laws, passed by Republicans there last year.   The measures, taken together, sharply reduce the number of early voting days and establish rules that make it more difficult for people to register to vote, cast provisional ballots or, in a few cases, vote absentee.

In all, nine states have passed measures making it harder to vote since the beginning of 2013.   Most have to do with voter ID laws. Other states are considering mandating proof of citizenship, like a birth certificate or a passport, after a federal court judge recently upheld such laws passed in Arizona and Kansas.   Because many poor people do not have either and because documents can take time and money to obtain, Democrats say the ruling makes it far more difficult for people to register."

More details from the Times article here.

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