New Voting Laws: How The GOP Will Block 5 Million Americans From Voting Next Year

I’m not sure if you’ve been paying attention – I suspect you haven’t – to what the GOP establishment in concert with corporate interests have been doing; But you can bet that if I’m talking about it, it isn’t good.  After watching a segmen on The Rachel Maddow Show which dealt with  what’s happening in Denver and how it negatively affects minority voters  (see here, & here). I figured it would be a good idea to share the following information. Heck, it’s only about your voting rights.

I assume everybody reading this is interested in the preservation of equality and the democratic tradition. Having said that, I won’t be surprised at your reactions in the comment section when yo find out that as much as 5 million Americans, may klose the ability to vote in 2012. The following is the summary of a report conducted by the Brennan Center for Justice, on the impact of new voting laws passed across the country. If you like, you can download and read the full report here.

Over the past century, our nation expanded the franchise and knocked down myriad barriers to full electoral participation. In 2011, however, that momentum abruptly shifted.

State governments across the country enacted an array of new laws making it harder to register or to vote. Some states require voters to show government-issued photo identification, often of a type that as many as one in ten voters do not have. Other states have cut back on early voting, a hugely popular innovation used by millions of Americans. Two states reversed earlier reforms and once again disenfranchised millions who have past criminal convictions but who are now taxpaying members of the community. Still others made it much more difficult for citizens to register to vote, a prerequisite for voting.

These new restrictions fall most heavily on young, minority, and low-income voters, as well as on voters with disabilities. This wave of changes may sharply tilt the political terrain for the 2012 election. Based on the Brennan Center’s analysis of the 19 laws and two executive actions that passed in 14 states, it is clear that:

These new laws could make it significantly harder for more than five million eligible voters to cast ballots in 2012.

The states that have already cut back on voting rights will provide 171 electoral votes in 2012 – 63 percent of the 270 needed to win the presidency.

Of the 12 likely battleground states, as assessed by an August Los Angeles Times analysis of Gallup polling, five have already cut back on voting rights (and may pass additional restrictive legislation), and two more are currently considering new restrictions.

tates have changed their laws so rapidly that no single analysis has assessed the overall impact of such moves. Although it is too early to quantify how the changes will impact voter turnout, they will be a hindrance to many voters at a time when the United States continues to turn out less than two thirds of its eligible citizens in presidential elections and less than half in midterm elections.

This study is the first comprehensive roundup of all state legislative action thus far in 2011 on voting rights, focusing on new laws as well as state legislation that has not yet passed or that failed. This snapshot may soon be incomplete: the second halves of some state legislative sessions have begun. (source)

Whatever you do, you must watch the following video. After watching it, maybe you’ll understand why president Obama considers these new laws, “a big mistake.” Well sir, myself and many others agree with you. However, we understand how the rules in America changes, once a person of color becomes a threat to the existing plutocratic power structure.