POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Kennedy & Palast: Will the GOP’s campaign to deter new voters and discard Democratic ballots determine the next president?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 31, 2008

ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR. & GREG PALAST write in Rolling Stone (thanks to CAROL for the link) …


  • In state after state, Republican operatives — the party’s elite commandos of bare-knuckle politics — are wielding new federal legislation to systematically disenfranchise Democrats. 
  • If this year’s race is as close as the past two elections, the GOP’s nationwide campaign could be large enough to determine the presidency in November.
  • Suppressing the vote has long been a cornerstone of the GOP’s electoral strategy.
    • Since 2003, according to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, at least 2.7 million new voters have had their applications to register rejected. In addition, at least 1.6 million votes were never counted in the 2004 election — and the commission’s own data suggests that the real number could be twice as high. 
    • To purge registration rolls and discard ballots, partisan election officials used a wide range of pretexts, from “unreadability” to changes in a voter’s signature. And this year, thanks to new provisions of the Help America Vote Act, the number of discounted votes could surge even higher.



Read the entire article at … http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/23638322/block_the_vote


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