Florida Governor Rick Scott isn’t the only one purging Democratic voters off the rolls

In Texas – as many as 1.5 million voters could lose their right to vote, according to the Houston Chronicle. Already – one-in-ten Texans have seen their voting rights suspended – and looking at voters under the age of 30 – or people who mostly vote for Democrats – one-in-five have had their voting rights suspended. The Houston Chronicle is warning readers to keep an eye on their mailbox in case they receive voter cancellations forms and have to prove their eligibility.

Just like in Florida – the data Texas is using to remove voters is rife with errors. Between 2008 and 2010 – 300,000 eligible voters were notified that they are being removed from the rolls. Someone needs to remind Republican Party officials who are engaging in a massive, nationwide voter purge – that living in a democracy means making it easier for Americans to vote. But if oligarchy is what they want – then go ahead and deny millions of Americans their voice in the upcoming election.


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Palindromedary 5 years 19 weeks ago

They don't want us to vote? Maybe they want us to riot and break out the guillotines instead?

An example of how the rich are screwing us comes in California where many wealthy doctors have joined an organization to defraud us. Yes, it is Aetna that is suing this organization and it makes us wonder whether it is the thieves who are suing the thieves in this battle but it's like when thieves shoplift...the merchants have to raise their prices to cover their losses. In this case it is wealthy doctors who are in on this scam to defraud us and not some downtrodden and abused poor person on welfare. The rich want us to think that it is the hordes of uneducated, lazy, bums who are causing all the economic problems. But most of the economic problems are caused by the cockroaches and leeches on society who have most of the money and are not satisfied with that until they have everyone else begging in the streets.

The scam involved doctors, who had invested in this scheme, referred their patients to out of system doctors who charged as much as 10 times the normal rate for medical care..like operations...(a typical $1000.00 colonoscopy was going for $10,000 by the out of system doctors). A bunion removal was $69,000 when the normal price would have been about $6000. That might account for part of the reason why health insurance rates are skyrocketing and why many people just can't afford to have it.

Aetna's computers, so they claimed, were not catching the discrepancies and would pay off the inflated prices. The patients thought this was great because they didn't even have to pay a co-pay. And most of the patients who were going along with this scheme had the better insurance packages....ie: they themselves were in positions, economically, to have or afford the best insurance. The article is in last Sunday's San Jose Mercury News (6-3-12).

I don't know how long this scam has been going on but I remember many years ago when I needed a colonoscopy and I was trying to "shop around", even though I had company insurance, I found that it was like pulling teeth trying to get a price. One guy nervously hem-hawed around and said $10,000.00, but wasn't quite sure, and after checking more places found out that it was a lot less. I think they charged about $2,000...and that was many, many years ago. The insurance took care of most of it.

I'm anxious to see just how far the law will go to appropriately punish (lofty fines and jail sentences as well as losing medical licenses) these criminals.

In America, you can't afford to live...just die! And if war is being waged against the people to the extent that they will lose their lives then maybe we need to reassess alternatives to the effete and criminal election system where your vote only keeps alive the lie that democracy rules in America. Democracy in America is a sham and a scam because it has been hijacked by wealthy ruling elite criminals. Let's hear it for "self-defense" for a change.

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santafemama 5 years 19 weeks ago

Guess what! After 30 years in the same small town rural precinct and a registered DEM I got a new voter registration card a couple of weeks ago, never really looked at it. Figured it is was just time for a new one.

NOPE! Just went to vote in the primary here in Santa Fe County. I am not on the list of DEMS!

Back of my new card (knock me over with a damn feather) says DTS...declined to state. Not a DEM anymore?

Fat Chance!!

Voted provisional and gonna raise hell.

By the way, I have an Hispanic last name...

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Anklejive.com 5 years 19 weeks ago

The DOJ needs to get involved in TX like it did in FL. Any word on that?

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TxPeon 5 years 19 weeks ago

I want to know who specifically and location of persons, responsible to pass along to local oganizations to react.

Please list this info, so the public can be protected, and stop this.

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PhilipHenderson 5 years 19 weeks ago

If the Republicans succeed with their activities they will turn this nation into a third world country with the have's and have nots battling with each other. To deny the right to vote to your neighbor, friend, relative, or fellow citizen merely because you disagree with his views is traveling on the road to hell. Republicans have discovered that since they cannot win with their ideas, they must destroy the opposition so they can have their way. These guys are thugs at best.

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Palindromedary 5 years 19 weeks ago

It's not just the Republicans!! Although the Dems do a lot of pretending to be on our side...they also lie. With the two party system in charge, Republicans or Democrats, we are screwed. Republicans use their money to buy votes from simpletons too stupid to know any better and Democrats use empty sound bites and promises that they break..they pander false hope..they are part of the problem...so it's stupid to keep voting for them.

The one example of how it really could have mattered... by kicking out that Koch Brother's useful idiot, Scott Walker, by people that are fed up and acting through the ballot box, have been undermined by their own stupidity....ie: their votes influenced by the monied propaganda. Once again, Scott Walker's out of state wealthy backers will have bought the election for him. Now, if Scott Walker wins this one, as it looks like he may, people can now either hang their peon little heads in shame for having been, once again, suckered by the propaganda of money...or the many that just won't take it anymore may have to go back out into the streets and send their strong messages that the sham ballot box method will not hold. It has happened in other countries and it may happen here.

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HalFonts 5 years 19 weeks ago

Thankfully I live in Washington State with a good county election system. (I'm a Trained Party Observer). Washington State registration is "In-clusive" (rather than "Ex-clusive" as in some states). And the standards for vote tallies are "Voter Intent." The focus in our vote-by-mail paper-ballot system is directed to the sancity of every Voter, every Ballot and every Vote -- tallied per Voter Intent.

To me, any futzing with the Election Process (too often tollerated by both parties), should be the equivalent of treason -- a capital offense. It must never be tolerated as "just the way the game is played." Our country is again under attack from within; we must acknowledge that first, and then rise to defend that which we value and require. Otherwise, we will lose it before realizing what we've lost.

That said, I would find it hard to quickly "prove" my citizenship if required to. Fact is, I doubt that my registration anywhere I've lived ever required an auditable proof of citizenship.

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jswood41 5 years 19 weeks ago

It feels more like a coup than simple manipulation.

Think about the takeovers experienced in the 20 century and compare them, particularly in the 30's in Germany, to what we have seen here for the past 12 years.

The police and soon the military are becomming the brownshirts and while no single leader has emerged there have been several inept dupes, most notably G.W.Bush, manipulated by others in camera.

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growin 5 years 19 weeks ago

Yes, it is a coup, and Grover Norquist says his side is winning. "This American Life" did a show on "What Kind of Country" do we want. Norquist said he needs 25 years - a generation - to change things. Here is the transcript: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/459/transcript

We keep talking about education as the way out of this mess. But the corporatists have taken that over, too. They higher more adjuncts and keep more money for the few at the top. Here is a thoughtful piece on that topic: http://junctrebellion.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/managerial-madness-why-higher-education-has-lost-its-way/

Until we get past this "everything should be run as a corporation" and "how can I get rich quick" thinking only the people who can rationalize looting everyone else will live a financially stable life. They see the rest of us are "suckers", too stupid to succeed, so that it becomes our own fault that we struggle to make a living.

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Striker 5 years 19 weeks ago

If this was happening to someone who planned to vote Republican(esp. in a state with a democrat Gov.) it would probably be HEADLINE NEWS by now.This Definitely needs to be brought to the attention of the DOJ,and if Rick Scott gets in the way he may need to be put on trial for trying to take away a citizens right to vote.

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