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    GOP voter suppression strategy backfired on election day

    Republican lawmakers and conservative activists undertook a concerted effort to keep minorities, students and those with lower or fixed incomes (including many of our seniors) from voting. One GOP official in Ohio said early voting cuts were necessary to check the power of "the urban -- read African-American -- voter-turnout machine." A leader of the Tea Party group "True the Vote" said he wanted to make the experience of voting "like driving and seeing the police following you." The Republican House speaker in New Hampshire said restrictions on college students voting were needed because "voting as a liberal ... that's what kids do."

    To reduce turnout among these groups, Republican officials deployed a variety of tactics. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted and Florida Governor Rick Scott slashed the amount of time available for early voting, which is disproportionately utilized by minority and low-income voters. GOP legislators in Pennsylvania enacted a photo ID law, and then failed to establish adequate procedures for allowing more than 700,000 Pennsylvanians who lacked photo ID to obtain one. Voter purges attempted by Gov. Scott and Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler targeted thousands of lawfully registered voters. "True the Vote" -- surely a leading candidate for the Newspeak Award -- challenged minority voter registrations on an unprecedented scale....

    Yet the untold story of the 2012 election is not the efforts of lawyers or activists, but the unyielding determination of everyday ordinary citizens determined to cast their ballots. They won on Tuesday. Here's why.

    When Secretary Husted tried to change election rules last year, Ohioans responded by gathering 300,000 signatures toward a referendum that successfully suspended the law. After we successfully restored access for the last three days of early voting, the African-American community participated in record numbers, aided by a massive turnout for Souls to the Polls on the Sunday before Election Day. Overall, the African-American share of the Ohio electorate was more than one-third higher than in 2008.

    In Florida, 150 black pastors organized "Operation Lemonade" -- named for the "lemon" they were handed when Gov. Scott cut early voting. Although the state reduced the number of early voting days from 14 to eight, and eliminated voting on the Sunday before Election Day, nearly as many voters -- 2.4 million in all -- voted early as in 2008.

    On Election Day, voters stood with determination in unconscionably long lines, some that stretched for up to seven hours. Though some voters were elderly, frail, missing work, or simply exhausted, theyrefused to leave, undeterred by the line and in fact galvanized by the bad intent. Voters and activists used social media to stand in solidarity as the hashtag #StayInLine quickly began trending on Twitter. People were so determined to vote that many polling places ran out of provisional ballots.

    When the dust settled, the very groups targeted for suppression and intimidation had voted in record numbers. Compared to 2008, African Americans, Hispanics, and people under age 29 all represented a greater share of the national electorate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spesh View Post
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-...b_2124539.html

    Beyond pleased this blew up in their face.
    No one in this country should ever support any form of voter suppression, Democrat, Republican, Libertarian ect no one. It's been clear for a long time now that we need to standardize the way we vote as a nation.
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    I have no problem with asking for a photo ID to vote, but the rest of that stuff is kind of ridiculous.

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    Spesh, so where's your article(s) on Black Panther intimidation polling or voter fraud in PA and OH?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cbreeden View Post
    Spesh, so where's your article(s) on Black Panther intimidation polling or voter fraud in PA and OH?
    More of this? One black guy hanging out at a polling place is not Black Panther intimidation. And please, why don't YOU provide a link to the "voter fraud" in PA and OH. More sour grapes from the right. Good god people, you lost, fair and square. Deal with it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbreeden View Post
    Spesh, so where's your article(s) on Black Panther intimidation polling or voter fraud in PA and OH?
    Don't try to use that argument anywhere. The dummycrats don't like that one bit. What would happen if whitey had some kind of souls for polls movement. Or some silly Operation Lemonade. What if the klan showed up at polls and intimidated voters the way that the black panther party did. What kind of outrage and violence would we have seen from the Obama crowd? The left gets away with their shenanigans and then the republicans get hammered for asking for a photo ID as if it's some kind of voter suppression tactic. I guess we should just allow people to show up on election day and be who they claim to be. People certainly wouldn't make stuff up ever now would they.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Locke View Post
    More of this? One black guy hanging out at a polling place is not Black Panther intimidation. And please, why don't YOU provide a link to the "voter fraud" in PA and OH. More sour grapes from the right. Good god people, you lost, fair and square. Deal with it...
    You're right Locke, ONE guy is not Black Panther intimidation...MANY are. And as for voter fraud...

    http://marketdailynews.com/2012/11/1...on-was-a-sham/


    There are any number of links I could provide. Not saying it would have changed the result only that it happened. No sour grapes....disappointment surely...but not sour. I'm pretty sure you would be throwing utter fits had the results been different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cbreeden View Post
    Spesh, so where's your article(s) on Black Panther intimidation polling or voter fraud in PA and OH?

    a big black guy standing outside is not voter intimidation, no mater what Fox feeds you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WadeCounty1231 View Post
    a big black guy standing outside is not voter intimidation, no mater what Fox feeds you.
    Depends on who you are. I suppose next you'll tell us that we shouldn't be intimidated by klan members standing outside of your polling station. It's just a dumb redneck with a pillow case over his mug.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cbreeden View Post
    You're right Locke, ONE guy is not Black Panther intimidation...MANY are. And as for voter fraud...

    http://marketdailynews.com/2012/11/1...on-was-a-sham/


    There are any number of links I could provide. Not saying it would have changed the result only that it happened. No sour grapes....disappointment surely...but not sour. I'm pretty sure you would be throwing utter fits had the results been different.
    That article is a joke. It's all hearsay, and probably bull****. If that was true, do you honestly think Limbaugh wouldn't be on the air 24/7 raising hell? Do you think Fox News wouldn't be having an anger aneurism right now? Neither of them are, and that should speak volumes for the legitimacy of the claims in that article.

    I wouldn't be throwing fits. I realize that none of our lives will change, regardless of who is in the white house. This is all sensationalism brought on by the politic pundits on MSNBC and Fox News. Your life isn't going to change as a result of Obama being elected, and neither will anyone else's in this forum. Unless you're an unskilled worked who is unemployed, then you might have an easier time finding gainful employment. But that has nothing to do with the President and everything to do with the economy recovering...
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