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That would be the “Republican” party, of course. They are, as they have been for many years, trying to suppress the vote, in order to limit the franchise to people like themselves, thereby cutting anyone is not male, rich, and white (and of late, a right wingnut) out of the action. From the article:

Pivotal swing states under Republican control are embracing significant new electoral restrictions on registering and voting that go beyond the voter identification requirements that have caused fierce partisan brawls.

The bills, laws and administrative rules — some of them tried before — shake up fundamental components of state election systems, including the days and times polls are open and the locations where people vote.

Republicans in Ohio and Wisconsin this winter pushed through measures limiting the time polls are open, in particular cutting into weekend voting favored by low-income voters and blacks, who sometimes caravan from churches to polls on the Sunday before election.

Notice this: it is an admittedly targeted set of blatantly unconstitutional laws that are designed to rig the game against those who might vote for the Democrats. The supposed reasons have been changing from “voter fraud” (which almost never happens) to “uniformity” ( demolished here ), but the measures remain the same.

One might think that when a problem changes, the solution would likewise change. And one would be right. The fact that the actions taken to remove our voting rights aren’t changing is all the proof you need that we are being screwed.

This writer sees a different problem, and thus a different solution: the problem is scumbucket politicians taking away our rights. The solution is to throw them into prison, and keep our rights intact.

Oh, and stop voting for the party that wants to take away your right to cast that ballot.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

As you might know, Republicans around the country have been pushing Voter ID laws. Aggressively pushing. Pushing like a panicky heroin dealer who owes the Mob lots of vig on his back payments. They have been trumpeting them in the media, courts, and legislatures as necessary to combat “voter fraud”. Now, when it goes to court and they have to sign on the dotted line,they suddenly admit that there is no evidence of voter fraud to combat.

Mind you, that hasn’t stopped them from pushing the laws anyway. Mr. Blunt and Cranky is more than a bit flummoxed by this: when we are spending taxpayer dollars to combat a problem, one would reasonably expect a problem to exist, and that our “representatives” would have actual proof of the existence of said problem. So, one wonders, why are they doing all this expensive (but seemingly unneeded) work on the taxpayers’ dime?

Uncommon honesty, at least in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania: they are pushing voter ID laws so as to cut back on the number of registered likely Dem voters, thus making it easier for Repubs to win.  This is not just a random blogger’s opinion: it is the stated objective of Repub lawmakers involved in such efforts.

Here’s where they admit that there is no evidence of voter fraud: http://www.aclupa.org/downloads/ApplewhiteStipulation.pdf

Here’s where the PA GOP House Majority leader tells us why he pushed the law in his state: http://www.politicspa.com/turzai-voter-id-law-means-romney-can-win-pa/37153/   Use the Google thing to find a more detailed admission from the WI GOP Big Cheese(head).

Straight from the Elephant’s mouth, folks. Ask yourself: why would you vote for a party that out-and-out makes s*** up in order to take away the legitimate rights of American citizens?  These laws would have stripped this writer’s mother (a lifelong Republican, by the bye) of her right to vote. Make your blood boil?

It gets worse: the next voter to lose their rights might just be you. Think about it.

Mr. B & C