Voter Registration Discrepancies May Result in Voter Suppression

Cross-posted at Project Vote's blog, Voting Matters

Weekly Voting Rights News Updates

By Erin Ferns

In recent weeks, two Congressional hearings examined hot button voter suppression issues, voter fraud and voter caging, that have the potential to "taint the November election." These major voting rights issues have moved into broad public consciousness thanks to the 2007 exposure of the U.S. Attorney scandal in which nine federal prosecutors were fired for alleged lack of zeal in pursuing partisan accusations of widespread voter fraud. Now, two states with upcoming primary elections, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, have made local headlines for voter registration discrepancies, creating openings for confusing and discouraging voters and possibly even allowing those with voter suppression agendas to make an impact.  

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ELECTION REFORM and John Edwards

ELECTION REFORM and John Edwards

user icon Karita Hummer in Quick Posts Feed of
11/17/2007 at 1:36 AM EST

The consequences of voter disenfranchisement, strange voting anomalies, vote suppression, and seeming fraud of the election of 2004 have had enormous consequences, with a full-scale diminishment of our democratic form of governance.

Senator Edwards statement for "Why Tuesday" demonstrates fully his grasp of the need for major reform of our electoral system.  His is a bold call for ensuring the fullest realization of our aspiration for a full-bodied democracy for America. He advocates for paper ballots, tougher laws to fight voter suppression and intimidation, disenfranchisement of former prisoners, elections on non-work days, and same day registration. Further, he advocates for public financing of national elections, thereby, reducing the influence of lobbyists on elections and giving more power to people through Citizenship Congresses.

This is a must-see!!! 1/16/114947/85

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2007 Elections Presage Potential Problems in 2008

Mostly, Tuesday's state and local elections fell within the bounds of what observers might call "free and fair". However, there were enough rough spots to call attention to the fact that 2008, like 2004 and 2000, is likely to see a range of rules, laws, and tactics that will serve as barriers to participation.

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Racial Politics This Week -- Special Election Edition

Remember this?

George W. Bush: There's an old saying in Tennessee. I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee, that says: "Fool me once..."
George W. Bush: [pause]
George W. Bush: "... shame on...".
George W. Bush: [pause]
George W. Bush: "Shame on you..."
George W. Bush: [pause]
George W. Bush: "If fooled, you can't get fooled again."
Clip from American Blackout

This week, the big story involving race and politics in America is happening right now. Only you can't fully see it yet. It's a story from the past and soon to manifest in the near future. See, Karl Rove is confident that things don't look so dark for Republicans despite the ominous polls on the horizon. That's because he's fooled Americans once at the polls in 2000 in Florida. He fooled us again in 2004 in Ohio. Now he's planning to fool us once more.

How do I know?  

Because I've been keeping an eye on efforts to do something. To Do More Than Vote.

There are some folks laying in plans to create voter confusion, suppression, intimidation. There are also some people working hard to prevent another round of disenfranchisement aimed at low-income people, seniors and particularly, minority voters. Things like:

Harsh and Burdensome Voter ID Requirements
Barriers to voter registration
Provisional Ballots
Long lines and inequality in resource distribution at the polls
Disenfranchisement of citizens with past felony convictions
Emerging suppression strategies
Cause for optimism--fighting voter suppression and winning

There's something you can do about it. Here are a few ideas...after the jump.

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