Sunday, May 29, 2011

A disturbing trend of voting disenfranchisement

NYTimes is documenting the multi-state effort to restrict voting rights:
MIAMI — Less than 18 months before the next presidential election, Republican-controlled statehouses around the country are rewriting voting laws to require photo identification at the polls, reduce the number of days of early voting or tighten registration rules.
Republican legislators say the new rules, which have advanced in 13 states in the past two months, offer a practical way to weed out fraudulent votes and preserve the integrity of the ballot box. Democrats say the changes have little to do with fraud prevention and more to do with placing obstacles in the way of possible Democratic voters, including young people and minorities.

 In the rest of the article, there is no evidence cited about an increase in fraudulent votes or any real substantive reason for pursuing these policies.  It's clear what the point of all this is.  The most egregious affront is limiting the number of early voting days prior to an election.  This is truly a convenience factor that would allow for more scrutiny of fraudulent voting, not less.  Shameful.

Here are two good sites opposing these efforts:

League of Women Voters


Election Protection Project

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