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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-31-06 05:39 PM
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FREE PRESS: OH GOP Poised to Gut Election Protection
Ohio GOP poised to gut election protection on way to permanent national domination

by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman
January 30, 2006

Ohio's GOP-controlled legislature is poised to pass---probably today (Tuesday, January 31) ---a repressive new law that will gut free elections here and is already surfacing around the US. The bill is designed to help end free elections and continue the process of installing the GOP as America's permanent ruling party.

Called HB3, the bill demands discriminatory voter ID, severely cripples the possibility of statewide recounts and actually ends the process of state-based challenges to federal elections---most importantly for president---held within the state.
In other words, the type of legal challenge mounted to the theft of Ohio's electoral votes in the 2004 election will now be all but impossible in the future.

Section 35-05.18 of HB3 requires restrictive identification requirements for anyone trying to vote in an Ohio election. Photo ID, a utility bill, a bank statement, a government check or other government document showing the name and current address of the voter will be required. This requirement is perfectly designed to slow down the voting process in inner city precincts. It's meant to allow Republican "challengers" to intimidate anyone who turns up to vote in heavily Democratic precincts. It will also virtually eliminate the homeless, elderly and impoverished from the voting rolls. Election protection advocates estimate this requirement will erase 100,000 to 200,000 voters in a typical statewide election. By way of reference, George W. Bush allegedly carried Ohio---and the presidency---by less than 119,000 votes in 2004.

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movonne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-31-06 05:44 PM
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1. This is why bush does not care about his poll numbers...this is the
take over in final stages..
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roseBudd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 07:36 PM
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2. I guarantee you most young low income African Americans have none
of the accepted forms of ID AND will be unaware that the rules have changed. They do not have jobs, cars or apartments. I constantly run into exconvicts in OH who tell me they can't vote. Which is of course not true, but a misconception the GOP is very happy to have floating around.
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