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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 08:58 PM
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The GOP cares very much about minorities voting.

House Members Urge Fight Against Multilingual Ballots

By Nathan Burchfiel
CNSNews.com Correspondent

February 6, 2006

(CNSNews.com) -- Fifty-six members of the U.S. House on Friday urged House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), to fight the renewal of a provision in the Voting Rights Act that mandates multilingual ballots.

"We believe these ballot provisions encourage the linguistic division of our nation and contradict the 'Melting Pot' ideal that has made us the most successful multi-ethnic nation on earth," the 56 House members wrote. Only one of those signing the letter is a Democrat -- Collin Peterson of Minnesota.

The letter refers to special provisions added to the Voting Rights Act (VRA) in 1975 that are set to expire in 2007. The original VRA was passed in 1965.

The multilingual ballot provision requires local jurisdictions to provide multi-language ballots when more than 5 percent of the voting-age population belongs to a language minority.

http://www.gopusa.com/news/2006/february/0206_multiling...

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roseBudd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 09:36 PM
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1. We need to play the race card...
I wish I knew how to instigate a showdown.
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 09:39 PM
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2. Funny you should say.

I didn't feel good about thinking it, but I was imagining an America where the marginalized and disenfranchised minority are the, for lack of a better term, Freepers.

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roseBudd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-06 11:15 PM
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3. Not sure what you mean but what I meant is I as a white woman can not
state that I know Voter ID suppresses the vote with the same moral authority that an African American can when they say, this is my 19 year old unemployed son who lives with his girlfriend and has no car. He has no utility bill, no gov't check, nothing in his name that also has his address on it.

It was African Americans who were targeted with suppression in OH when the RNC mailed certified letters to African Amrericans and used the list of returned letters to create their list of voters to challenge.
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 12:01 AM
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4. Oh I think Whites can stand along side Blacks and talk about this.

Like we got talking about yesterday about different approaches for different circles.

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roseBudd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-08-06 07:54 AM
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5. On DU I am constantly challenged when I state I know there are lots of
Edited on Wed Feb-08-06 07:55 AM by rosebud57
low income and mostly black voters who don't have ID. When I did use the walk lists for Kerry I found who answered the door was often just "staying with" a sister, an aunt, a grandmother, a baby mama. Maybe he had a state ID when he first became old enough to drink, but somebody stole his jacket with the ID in the pocket when he was playing basketball. Maybe he or she got evicted and when the bailiff drug their belongings to the curb the birth certificate was lost.

When does someone bother to ask how the IDless person proves who they are so they can get the ID they'll need to vote.

No if DUers don't get it, I can't expect to convince GOP controlled state houses.
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