Monday, March 2, 2015

Picture Worth a Million Non-Voters: Why the GOP Loves More Voter ID Laws

Typical Scene in the 2014 Midterms and Possibly in 2016
(Shame on the Rightwing)

The headlines from here are encouraging based on the 2014 election turnout results:

Five Ways to Fix America’s Dismal Voter Turnout Problem

Just like the Tom Hanks line from the movie Apollo 13: America, we have a problem.”

Some background: Voter turnout in the U.S. during the 2014 midterm election hit the lowest point since the 1940s.

Plus, the number of Americans heading to the polls each election has been declining for the last fifty years, but added to that, sadly, are the states and lawmakers who have been pushing efforts to keep even more people away from the polls (those nasty voter ID laws).

People do not vote for various reasons, (I think most are weak and limp). Some of the reasons are easier to solve than others.

According to a U.S. Census report from 2013:

  1. 14 percent of nonvoting respondents were unable to participate because of an illness or disability,
  2. 8.6 percent were out of town,
  3. 12.7 percent did not like the candidates or campaign issues, and
  4. 19 percent were just too busy.
Some people cannot take time off from work on those Tuesdays in November to vote, and that has led some lawmakers including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to call for making Election Day a federal holiday (which I totally support – possibly two days).

Still other voters may not feel engaged in politics or informed enough to vote.

Nearly 6 mission (actually 5.85 million) are prohibited from voting due to a felony conviction on their records.

Then add the harsh voter ID laws, carefully crafted to make sure that certain classes of voters (those who mostly vote for DEMS) never vote …. It’s a mathematical scheme…. Keep our base in tow and stymie theirs – ergo: we win.

Welcome to America – now on the backside of the down slope to nowhere. Shame on those who advocate for more hash and strict voting laws, and shame on us for letting them get away with it.

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