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0rganism Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-11 12:33 AM
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How are we going to help voters cope with the new state voter ID laws?
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Across the country, extreme rightwing legislatures are adopting standards designed to suppress voter participation by minorities, the poor and the elderly. Looking forward, I think dealing with and fixing this is likely to be the single most important, necessary, and fruitful area of activism for the next decade.

A lot of these new laws are designed specifically to make voting difficult for people who have problems getting on the internet or keeping a stable home address. Websites and mailed-out fliers aren't going to cut it for those folks.

We need boots on the ground personally assisting voters with lining up required certifications and physically bringing voters to the DMV, patient people who know the rules and are prepared to record video of any unusual difficulties they run up against. This is not going to be easy, but it is necessary.

Voting rights for the poor, sick, elderly, disadvantaged, and downtrodden -- I did not expect this to be the Great Struggle of my lifetime. I was hoping for universal health care, green energy, fair trade laws... and instead it seems like we're stuck re-fighting the civil rights battles of the 19th and 20th centuries all over again.

If the people cannot vote easily and turnouts are kept artificially low, we simply cannot undo the damage caused by the rightist fanatics over the last decade. Low turnouts favor the republicans, and they've done an excellent job ensuring a stranglehold over our democracy unless we take action Real Soon Now. We cannot afford to wait.

ACORN is pretty much gone now, thanks to the dishonest smear campaign waged by republican activists, but if anyone knows of other organizations stepping in to fill the need please post about them here, or start a new thread. Those who care need to know where to volunteer and send donations.
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