The Voter Empowerment Act

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While Republicans across the country clamp down on voting rights – Democrats in Congress are trying to make it easier for Americans to vote. On Thursday, Representative John Lewis introduced the Voter Empowerment Act – which would allow Americans to register to vote online, promote same-day voter registration, and assist voters with disabilities. As one of the co-sponsors of the bill – Representative Robert Brady, said, “It makes registering to vote simpler, faster, and more secure for each and every American.

The Voter Empowerment Act reaffirms the basic principle of our democracy: one person, one vote.” Unfortunately, Republicans in more than thirty states have passed laws making it more difficult to vote – which will lead to millions of eligible voters getting kicked off the rolls come November. American democracy depends on people voting – but Republicans' electoral victories depend on fewer people voting.

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While Republicans across the country clamp down on voting rights – Democrats in Congress are trying to make it easier for Americans to vote. On Thursday, Representative John Lewis introduced the Voter Empowerment Act – which would allow Americans to register to vote online, promote same-day voter registration, and assist voters with disabilities. As one of the co-sponsors of the bill – Representative Robert Brady, said, “It makes registering to vote simpler, faster, and more secure for each and every American.

The Voter Empowerment Act reaffirms the basic principle of our democracy: one person, one vote.” Unfortunately, Republicans in more than thirty states have passed laws making it more difficult to vote – which will lead to millions of eligible voters getting kicked off the rolls come November. American democracy depends on people voting – but Republicans' electoral victories depend on fewer people voting.

The main problem here Thom is the fact that many illegal-aliens get registered to vote and then end up voting Democrat. I would like to see more votes going to the Constitution Party, but if we started registering illegals to do it it would discredit our party and may jeopardize our placement on a state's ballot.

By law Ralph Nader should have won the 2008 election as Obama & McCain were not 'natural-born' US citizens. So yeah citizenship does matter.

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This may all be a distraction from the real problem. The growing use of electronic voting machines and the ease with which they can be hacked and results changed. It doesn't matter who votes for what if the results can be changed with a few keystrokes.

lovecraft
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How is protecting the sanctity of voting considered clamping down on voting rights.

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Sanctity of voting-are you kidding? We've always had low voter turnout and getting people to vote is like getting them to serve jury duty. Remember, even a bad voter registration doesn't mean someone is actually going to take the trouble to vote. Show me a report of anything other than a miniscule example of voter fraud in the past 20 years. Worry more about having more voting machines in low income areas so there are no lines like in the affluent areas. Just a repub scare weapon to limit voter particpation which is the conservative creed. Keep in mind one of the fundamentals of conservatism is that the general populace is not qualified to make voting decisions which should be left to the special elite few who we can trust to provide for the general welfare.

lovecraft
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We need to have paper trails in all elections.

The last thing you want is someone apathetic to cast a vote against a communities' interests. It is bad enough we got voters who are 'trapped' in the 2 party system who vote against their interests.

If a republic is going to work then the voters have to be informed and present. If they don't bother to show then they shouldn't complain about things working against them.

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Some Democrats are pushing new legislation in the House of Representatives to ensure that there continues to be voter fraud so as to help get President Obama get re-elected this November. It will also help Democratic candidates nationwide.

The Voter Empowerment Act, as the deceptively titled federal legislation is known, would circumvent new voter identification laws in 16 states and approved by the people. These state laws were enacted to prevent the same widespread voter fraud mostly perpetuated by Obama activists in A.C.O.R.N. during the 2008 presidential elections.

The bill approves same day voter registration which makes it impossible for states to verify whether a person who goes to vote in Georgia actually lives in Georgia. Georgia’s new law, for instance, provides voters with free ID cards.

Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, said in a press conference in opposition to state voter verification laws, “I hope and pray that we will not return to the days of overt discrimination.”

Being from Georgia, Lewis, a southern black, should know the history of racism and discrimination better. Between 1889 and 1910 it was his Democratic Party that kept blacks from voting after the 15th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed giving them the right to vote.

The question then is, “Why was the Democratic Party trying to keep blacks from voting?” The answer is because they were voting for Republicans. Since Abraham Lincoln, the Republicans have largely only wanted fair elections. Something the brainwashed Democrats have a hard time wrapping their heads around since it is only by voter fraud and Justice Department frivolous lawsuits can they get what the rest of us don’t want.

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We must never forget these words from Paul Weyrich ... they explain the motivations behind these voter id (i.e. suppression) laws :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPsl_TuFdes

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I received the following email on 5/19/12 from Mark Giangreco of the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) on this subject :

Voting Rights‏

There are eight Democratic governorships up for grabs this year. But the impact of these elections doesn't stop at the state borders. Losses in these states will put the basic civil rights of every U.S. citizen in jeopardy and make it harder to elect Democrats up and down the ticket.

Why? Because Democratic governors are the last line of defense against the unfair voter suppression laws that Republicans are passing in states across America.

Republicans have already succeeded in 10 states with a Republican governor. But in states where a Democrat is in charge, these outrageous bills were vetoed and stopped dead in their tracks.

The DGA is holding these extreme governors accountable and we need your help. Add your name to our petition denouncing these shameful attempts to steal elections by keeping Democratic voters away from the polls.

Click here to add your name to our petition and fight back against Republican attempts to disenfranchise Democratic voters – and learn more about their systematic voter suppression.

Which voters is the GOP targeting? Young people, African Americans, Asian Americans and Latinos. How are they doing it? Requiring specific types of voter IDs, outlawing same-day registration, banning early voting days and limiting registration drives.

Republicans admit that when fewer people vote, they gain an advantage. They know they can't win fair and square on the issues, so they push this disgraceful political strategy to get their candidates into power. They'll do everything they can to cheat innocent people out of their right to vote.

Republicans are hoping that people like you and me won't look at the fine print. They're counting on us to ignore these changes to the voting system. But we can't look away. We need to see these bills for what they are: an affront to the electoral process and to our right to vote.

Click here to add your name to our petition and check out our interactive slideshow explaining the Republicans' insidious plan to steal our votes.

It's simple: if you stand with the DGA to help elect more Democratic governors, we can stop these terrible Republican voter suppression laws in their tracks.

Thanks for your support,

Mark Giangreco

http://democraticgovernors.org/

miksilvr
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How's that mandatory e-Verify bill coming along in the House?

Oh that's right. Your contributors want that cheap labor, and you don't want anybody to vote.

chilidog
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If a voter is so uninformed to not know they need a picture ID, how can you expect them to be informed enough to make a informed choice when it comes to voting. The only ones who are against voter ID are the ones that want to cheat. You need a picture ID to particapate in commerce. So why can't a person be asked to get a picture ID to vote in a election when that is the highest honor a person can partake in.

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If you are required to have a photo ID to vote then it's the government's responsibility to provide me with one. Voting is a constitutional right and I should not have to jump through hoops in order to vote. You can make it mandatory to have photo ID, finger prints, retina scan if you like but you had better provide it for me because I cannot be denied my right to vote.

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Quote Thom Hartmann Administrator:The Voter Empowerment Act reaffirms the basic principle of our democracy: one person, one vote.”
Yes Thom... that's what passes for democracy in OUR anti-democratic system. So please get stop pretending you value democracy when you refuse to defend that other key democratic principle: THAT ALL VOTES MUST WEIGH THE SAME.

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