Wednesday, August 8, 2012

And the Voter Suppression Begins

Here we go. Make up bullshit rules, and even if they're deemed illegal and unenforceable, the mass confusion it causes will deny arguably hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of eligible voters across the country their Constitutional right to vote.

Michigan Radio first became aware of the situation when talking to Michigan Campaign Finance Network's Rich Robinson who said he was refused a ballot because he would not check the box. He refused because it is not legally required... 
...When Rich Robinson went to the polls in East Lansing this morning, poll workers refused to give him a ballot because he would not check a box declaring he was a U.S. citizen. Checking that box is not required under law. Robinson works for the Michigan Campaign Finance Network and is familiar with election law. He says he wonders how many others are being denied the right to vote today because local election officials are misinformed.

“If the information couldn’t travel accurately five miles down Michigan Avenue from the capitol to the East Lansing City Clerk, what’s going on in Ontonagon or Monroe or points in between."
And all of this is due to the decision of Republican Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to add the citizenship box on the ballot after the bill requesting that provision was vetoed by Governor Rick Snyder. You know, because voter fraud and freedoms.

This doesn't even begin to tackle the subject of voter ID laws tantamount to poll taxes and what will be considered legal ID in the differing eyes of thousands and thousands of volunteer percent workers. I don't know about you, but I've seen the people manning my voting booths, and I don't think they're capable of filling out a postal service change of address form, let alone figure out what's a real ID and what isn't.

1 comment:

Kelly Cowan said...

I hope you have time to cover the Jim Greer story in the midst of of all the Ayn Rand for GOP Vice Presidential pick hoopla! Love you Ed! Keep taking the fight to them! Offense! Defense! We have been providing legs for this story as best we can with our meager resources. We are at 5,024 views one day 1. I hope our efforts give some incentive to spend time reporting on Jim Greer.