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Fri Nov 14, 2014, 10:19 AM

Pic Of The Moment: Coincidence?



Supreme Court says Voting Rights Act of 1965 is no longer relevant

22 States Have Instituted Voting Restrictions Since 2010 Election, Study Says

Voter Turnout in Midterm Elections Hits 72-Year Low



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Reply Pic Of The Moment: Coincidence? (Original post)
EarlG Nov 2014 OP
Martin Eden Nov 2014 #1
mountain grammy Nov 2014 #2
RoverSuswade Nov 2014 #3
Blue_Adept Nov 2014 #4
Bluenorthwest Nov 2014 #9
geretogo Nov 2014 #15
noiretextatique Nov 2014 #21
sheelz Nov 2014 #5
kairos12 Nov 2014 #6
Botany Nov 2014 #7
world wide wally Nov 2014 #8
Enthusiast Nov 2014 #18
heaven05 Nov 2014 #10
The Wizard Nov 2014 #14
heaven05 Nov 2014 #25
noiretextatique Nov 2014 #22
heaven05 Nov 2014 #27
noiretextatique Nov 2014 #33
heaven05 Nov 2014 #35
noiretextatique Nov 2014 #36
KansDem Nov 2014 #11
Kablooie Nov 2014 #12
turbinetree Nov 2014 #13
Hekate Nov 2014 #16
C Moon Nov 2014 #17
father founding Nov 2014 #39
C Moon Nov 2014 #41
AlinPA Nov 2014 #19
Spitfire of ATJ Nov 2014 #20
SoapBox Nov 2014 #23
YoungDemCA Nov 2014 #24
randys1 Nov 2014 #26
blkmusclmachine Nov 2014 #29
blkmusclmachine Nov 2014 #28
Jamaal510 Nov 2014 #30
EEO Nov 2014 #31
ucrdem Nov 2014 #32
Blue_In_AK Nov 2014 #34
yuiyoshida Nov 2014 #37
father founding Nov 2014 #40
dflprincess Nov 2014 #38

Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 10:24 AM

1. Don't you love it when a plan comes together?

That's what the A-Team (Asshole plutocrats) is saying to each other about the low voter turnout.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 10:24 AM

2. In other words, it's working!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 10:27 AM

3. Republicans have been successful in their goal to restrict

voting to white people only. It's a shame the 'american people' don't seem to care ("get a latte at Starbucks for me to drink while I watch the Kardashians on TV and text hundreds of my friends. What? DId I VOTE? Hello, no. Both parties are the same.".

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 10:49 AM

4. Yeah, it probably is coincidence

Unless we think the restrictions really took out that many people.

It's an "easy" answer.

I'm still in the camp that there was nothing really motivating people to get out. There were no huge barnstormer questions or things on the ballot to draw people out. Everything really is local when it comes to this kind of election.

Add in the overall sense of utter apathy that most people have towards it and it's a decent little perfect storm.

I just can't attribute it all to the new restrictions because even then it's just hitting barely half of the 50 states overall. And turnout was awful in nearly every state I believe.

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Response to Blue_Adept (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 11:44 AM

9. Oregon turnout was 69.5%. We vote entirely by mail. Easy access to voting is key.

 

A small poll was taken asking people who did not vote why they did not vote.
"A full two-thirds said they simply didn't have enough time to vote. More than half of this group - 35 percent of the total - said that scheduling conflicts with work or school kept them from getting to the polls last Tuesday. Another 34 percent of the total said they were simply too busy, or that they were sick, out of town, or forgot about election day.

Twenty percent said they didn't like the candidates, didn't know enough to vote, or simply didn't care. And another 10 percent said that technical difficulties kept them from the polls - a missed registration deadline, a recent move or lack of transportation"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/11/12/a-ton-of-people-didnt-vote-because-they-couldnt-get-time-off-from-work/

Vote by mail solves the time issues. GOTV calls try to mitigate the 'forgot the election' folks. It's better.

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #9)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 01:34 PM

15. I live in Oregon . I agree . Voting access really is the key . Polling places is so 19th century .

The rest of the states need to join the 21st century as far as voting goes .

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Response to Blue_Adept (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 06:02 PM

21. it IS a very BIG deal

IF people cannot vote, they would good will it do for them to come out and vote?
These laws target likely democratic voters, people of color, and young people.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/12/voter-id-laws-minorities_n_1878893.html

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 10:51 AM

5. yikes

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 10:56 AM

6. Their plan is as obvious as it is diabolical.

Also add to the list gerrymandering the electoral college like what is now proposed in Michigan.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 11:12 AM

7. I have a deep sense that that the 2014 election was very dirty

Electric power cut to voting locations in Florida, 40,000 new voter registrations
being lost in Georgia, N.C. reports of machines flipping votes, TN's weird results
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025795373 , 32 Republican Sec. of States
using a software that "spots" voters who might be "double voting" from one
state to another, Walker's win in Wisconsin, and all the people in Kansas voting
for the person and a policy that is crushing their state.

Something stinks

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 11:31 AM

8. Does anybody still not understand why the Constitution mentions "enemies, both foreign AND domestic

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Response to world wide wally (Reply #8)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 02:11 PM

18. It is crystal clear.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 12:00 PM

10. Coincidence?

 

HELL NO!!!!!!! The racists Rule amerikkka now.

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Response to heaven05 (Reply #10)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 01:20 PM

14. And they couldn't rule without

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voter suppression and gaming the system with a compliant Mediocre Court (Supreme does not apply to this bunch). Roman Empire you're about to get company.

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Response to The Wizard (Reply #14)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 07:03 PM

25. Is there a reliable

 

source to show numbers disenfranchised because of the new Jim Crow laws, rules and voter id laws that made it impossible to vote for a number of people. And if the number was that high, was it impossible to use the war chest of the Democratic Party to send out poll watchers that know the district laws and regs pertaining to voting rights and advocating for the disenfranchised? I fell the same per Roman Empire and the Fall thereof.

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Response to heaven05 (Reply #10)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 06:03 PM

22. and it pissed me off that THIS is not more of an issue

instead, some prefer to blame people for not voting only in america the disconnect is astounding!!!!

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Response to noiretextatique (Reply #22)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 07:24 PM

27. well

 

a LOT of people didn't vote, yet your point is valid and the truth. Only in amerika could people vote against their own self-interest in the numbers they did only because of the skin color of the POTUS and cowardice of the democratic party leadership not being able to instill any confidence in the base as to it's ability to look out for the poor and yes, oppressed. .

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Response to heaven05 (Reply #27)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 05:28 PM

33. i am referring to disenfranchisement

as long as "our leaders" remain silent about that, they don't deserve any votes.

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Response to noiretextatique (Reply #33)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 07:43 PM

35. true, and they didn't get the votes

 

because of their cowardice at not speaking up about the disenfranchisement among other lies, cheats and steals by the RW. We have no real leadership.

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Response to heaven05 (Reply #35)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 07:53 PM

36. i cannot disagree eom

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 12:43 PM

11. It's the plutocrats' wet dream

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 01:00 PM

12. Yep. It's working exactly as planned. A triumph!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 01:11 PM

13. Reminder

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As Rachel Maddow reported the republicans own and control over 3,600 branches of some form of this country's government from the school boards to the State Senate and representatives and they own 27 states, governorships, and 250 Congressional right wing hypocrites seats and 53 possibly 54 U.S. Senate seats.

So to think outside the box if they have 27 states and need 38 that means 11 more state have to go republican and if you are in a so called purple state they can get there 38 states to call for a Constitutional convention and these 5 right wing hypocrite, plutocrats, oligarch, republicans in the Supreme court who are fascists already have shown there disdain for people to vote and to give us the RIGHT in this process, and is not, and I repeat, not in there cards, in the so called mantra chiseled on the Portico steps of the Supreme Court "EQUAL JUSTICE FOR ALL" there corporate money is making sure that this is not going to happen, so for all you that did not go out and vote this election cycle ---no whining,you made YOUR bed and you have NO say, you failed in your civic responsibilities

You have helped cause this race to the bottom, voting is a RIGHT and its not a privilege, this court wants voting to be a privilege, and every election is based on who runs and has the power in and at the judicial level at the state and federal level, because if you don't get it,----- they will not give it to you

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 01:55 PM

16. But the Corporations that are people sure did turn out to cast their ballots! The rest is coinkydink

Riiiiiiight.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 02:03 PM

17. Ah the good ole days, when McConnell was only 9 months old.

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Response to C Moon (Reply #17)

Sun Nov 16, 2014, 09:09 PM

39. get out of my playpen

 

He probably hated him then too.

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Response to father founding (Reply #39)

Sun Nov 16, 2014, 11:32 PM

41. :D

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 03:11 PM

19. It looks like New Mexico is doing literacy tests with the ID refusals to the Navajo.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 03:14 PM

20. That sure connects the dots.

 

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 06:17 PM

23. It's all very sickening.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 06:59 PM

24. Welcome to the New Jim Crow

 

The nationwide edition.

K&R.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 07:09 PM

26. It is an act of war as far as I am concerned

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Response to randys1 (Reply #26)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 08:21 PM

29. Good luck getting the Party to do anything about it. They're too busy cutting "deals" w/the crazies.

 

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 08:19 PM

28. The GOP only wants the white, er I mean right, people to vote. The far right, that is!

 

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 11:37 PM

30. And to think

these are the same people who tout the Constitution and freedom at every turn. How are you going to be for those things and then make it harder for some of your fellow Americans to exercise their rights?

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 12:16 AM

31. Mission Accomplished

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 01:55 AM

32. On election night precincts all over the country reported high turnout.

Red, blue, rural, urban, east, west, south. I posted a handful of Google news links and stories here, in different threads, on election night and the following morning, and there were tons more. Reports of high mail-in rates, too. But then . . . on Wednesday afternoon, AP reported lower-than-ever turnout, based on votes counted, and that became the official Election '14 story, posted several times in GD and more or less accepted as The Truth. But it ain't the truth, at all.

Nice job EarlG!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 06:42 PM

34. Maybe not a coincidence that after Alaska added over 100 new early voting places

in the rural part of the state, we ended up with the third highest turnout in the country, over 55%. Even though we lost Mark Begich, we did manage to get rid of Governor "Seanoco" Parnell.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sun Nov 16, 2014, 10:50 AM

37. Does anyone not think that after this

There is a good possibility, the next President might be a Republican?

Obama voters overwhelmed the polls, but who knows what will happen next time, especially with all the Republican dirty tricks.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Reply #37)

Sun Nov 16, 2014, 09:12 PM

40. Tricky Dicks

 

Are alive and well.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sun Nov 16, 2014, 08:40 PM

38. Minnesota made absentee voting easier and 2 years ago voted down ID laws

we still have same day registration and yet the turnout (50%) was the lowest it's been for a long time.

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