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Vote 2012: Attempts of Retrogression and disenfranchisement

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As well all know, 2008 was a historic accomplishment in America. We showed the world that we could elect an African American president in a country who's history includes many years of racial discrimination. We proved that, given the right motivation, young people will involved themselves in the legislative process. 

Well fast forward 3 years and what we have now is a new strategy of voter disenfranchisement that many consider not "new" at all. Many believe that the current attempt to change voter requirements, reeks of retrogression to the days of poll taxes and verbal regurgitation of the constitution by under educated blacks. 

In 2008 President Obama, won 96% of the black vote, 69% of all voters between the ages of 18-29 and he won every income group from earning under $15,000 to earning over $200,000 a year(http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/04/obama-wins-how-he-did-it_n_141231.html). It was clearly a decisive narrative that the country wanted change. Well in 2011, as the GOP candidates are entering the race, there are attempts on the state level to change the rules a bit. Find ways to disenfranchise the voters who it will be highly unlikely will swing its vote away from Obama towards ANY candidate that they present. 

Proposed changes in ID requirements, etc. may disenfranchise many voters. We will dig into this subject tonight. As always, the show will be hosted by Miguel Lloyd, with the help of the Super Produca, Nikkia Ganey, and show contributors, Keith Reed and Elton Gumbel.