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We are always hearing in the news about voter fraud and voter suppression. Tonight I will discuss these issues. The Federal Court just declared Texas Voter ID requirement non constitutional. I say the Federal Court is now non constitutional.
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I’m flying solo today to launch a periodic series of discussions on American conservatism. I call it The Conservatism Series and today I will focus on the intersection of conservatism and Black voter suppression. It’s a preview of sorts for my upcoming book on the topic. I’ll check in periodically to discuss some of the themes that emerge from my research on the topic over the last two years.
I want to start by simply offering the reasons behind the book and how I define conservatism. I hope this will be an interactive conversation, so I encourage you to reach out to me with your questions and comments. You can find me on Twitter @MKFauntroy and on Facebook at Michael K. Fauntroy. Send me a question or comment and I’ll respond in the next edition of the conservatism series.
American Vernacular takes on the issue of voter suppression and how this seems destined to become the new civil rights battle of the 21st century. How can a nation that has proliferated war around the world inthe name of democracy deny any of its citizens the right to vote in fair and free elections? It's time to ask the question. AV announces the launch of Sisters Of Action, a grassroots organization established to get urban women registered to vote.
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The United States has a long, rich history of voter suppression dating back all the way to 1776, the year to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Once signed, existing restriction on voting rights that limited the right to vote to white, male property owners while barring Catholic, Jews and Quakers. The Voting Rights Act signed into law by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965 has been essentially rendered ineffective due to the Supreme Court's majority decision in Clinton v. Holder (2013) and open season on voting rights has begun in earnest.
Join Fred and Marg on BTR's Lies My Country Told Me, "Voter Suppression - State by State" on Saturday April 19, 2014 at 2:00 pm EST, 1:00 Central, 12:00 pm Mountail, 11:00 am Pacific and 3:00 pm Atlantic. Join us in the chatroom, or call in with your opinion at (347) 677-1814.
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Then Louis Goseland of Kansas Peoples' Action discusses the recent history of voter suppression and the elected officials who are engaging in it.
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Second hour has Guy Evans daily podcast #171 a remembrance of a wealthy British politican who renounced it and became a member of the House of Commons, Tony Benn, who passed late last week.
Then investigative journalist Greg Palast offers an entertaining fact based report on Charles Koch, Wichita billionaire and Kansas election rigging.
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Hillary Clinton: NC Voter ID Bill 'Reads Like The Greatest Hits Of Voter Suppression McCrory said the bill was necessary even if there are very few reported cases of voter fraud. "Even if the instances of misidentified people casting votes are low, that shouldn’t prevent us from putting this non-burdensome safeguard in place," he said in a Raleigh News and Observer op-ed. "Just because you haven’t been robbed doesn’t mean you shouldn’t lock your doors at night or when you’re away from home."
The bill will require voters to show photo identification -- a driver's license, passport, veteran's ID, tribal card -- beginning in the 2016 elections. Student IDs are not an acceptable form of identification. The bill also reduces early voting by a week, eliminates same-day registration, ends pre-registration for 16-and-17 year-olds and a student civics program, kills an annual state-sponsored voter registration drive and lessens the amount of public reporting required for so-called dark money groups, also known as 501(c)(4)s.
The bill does provide for a "free ID" to be offered at DMVs, though the state estimates that between 203,351 and 318,643 voters registered in North Carolina lack ID, and that providing them with one would cost $834,200 in 2013 and 2014, and $24,100 every two years after that.
Voter suppression legislation was introduced in all but 5 states. Virginia actually enhanced the number of documents you could use for Voter ID and defeated Photo ID.
What does it take to beat back voter suppression legislation in the 21st century?
Dr. William Ferguson Reid
Dr. Reid fought for Doctor’s rights to practice medicine in Richmond and was the co-founder of the Richmond Crusade for voters which registered and educated voters. According to Senator Henry Marsh, "If the Crusade for Voters endorsed you, you won."Dr. Reid, was elected in 1967 to represent the 35th House District, consisting of Henrico County and the City of Richmond. He became the first African American elected to the General Assembly of Virginia since Reconstruction and served three terms in the House of Delegates.
ALEC provides a forum for state legislators and private sector members to collaborate on model bills—draft legislation that members may customize and introduce for debate in their own state legislatures.
The governor of Wisconsin who is considering a Republican presidential run.
Wisconsin anti-union bill is 'word for word' from rightwing lobbyist group. Wisconsin 2015 right to work bill.
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a nonprofit organization of conservative state legislators and private sector representatives that drafts and shares model state-level legislation for distribution among state governments in the United States.
Investigation: Just Who Is Behind Voter ID?
By Liz Dorland. CREATED Feb 24, 2012
Our Sources:Theguardian US News, Liz Dorland , ALEC, Propublica,
The Brookings Institute sums it up in a May 10, 2013 report. Even assuming high turnout rates and 2012 Republican voting margins for whites, they can not win unless they peel off more votes among minorities. ..
Currently, every state in America requires voters to prove their identities before receiving a ballot; different states require different levels of proof. Legislators in states across the country are now promoting bills that would require voters to meet more stringent documentation requirements before voting—including presenting photo identification at the polls on Election Day in order to cast a ballot.
There are firm supporters of these bills, who believe that is the most effective way to decrease voter fraud.
There are those who believe that the costs incurred to implement the requirements would be exorbitant, and the principles that would be required under the Constitution would be too stringent.
Others say that it restricts many from being able to vote … mostly older, low-income, and minority citizens.
We perhaps should also consider how Obama’s Amnesty Bill will play into, not only more stringent photo ID requirements … but our overall voting process, in America.
Debbie Barth and her esteemed panel … Linda J Alexander, Bea Kunz, Sandy Estlow, and Eileen Brown … are talking the pros and the cons concerning more stringent voting requirements. Which ladies are voting “Yea or Nay?” Tune into the show and find out.
We invite you … no … we ENCOURAGE you to call in at 323-792-3071 (press the number 1 to talk to the host) and give us your opinion. Are you FOR or AGAINST photo IDs at the polls?
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