Voter Suppression Legislation Since 2013

Between 2000 and 2010, there were 13 credible cases of in-person voter impersonation in the U.S. It is the voting fraud that nearly all legislation has targeted. In general elections alone between those years there were 649 million votes cast. In contrast between 2000 and 2010 there were 47,000 UFO sightings and 441 Americans were killed by lightning. For election fraud of any type between 2002 and 2005, federal convictions totaled 18 for voting while ineligible, 5 for voting multiple times, and 3 for registration fraud, according to the Justice Department under George W Bush.

Just since 2013, many states have passed measures that make it far harder for Americans to exercise their fundamental right to cast a ballot. These measures have targeted African-Americans, the elderly, students and people with disabilities. The voter suppression has included requiring a government-issued photo ID to vote, proof of citizenship to register to vote, cutting back on early voting days, particularly on weekends when it’s most convenient to vote, eliminating Election Day registration, new restrictions on voter registration drives and additional barriers to voting for people with criminal convictions.

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New Voting Laws

There is no doubt that partisan administration of elections suppresses the vote. Methods of voter suppression include one sided photo ID laws, purging voter rolls of legitimate voters, and felon disenfranchisement after completion of a sentence. Texas provides an example of one sided photo ID requirements in that concealed handgun licenses are permitted while student IDs are not. Alabama state government has admitted that between 10 and 20 percent of voters don’t have the identification needed to vote because of its photo ID requirements. In addition, election officials in many states make sure there are long lines at certain polling places to suppress the vote. Disinformation about voting procedures has been a tactic used by both public officials and political groups.

Since the beginning of 2011, 25 laws and 2 executive actions passed in 19 states have made it harder to vote. Several states reduced their early voting periods. In 2008, more than a third of all US voters took advantage of the convenience of early voting. Voting rights advocates have fought back and nearly a dozen courts have overturned or weakened restrictive measures, and the …

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Virginia Presidential Race

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Virginia Presidential Election Results

Updated Nov. 18, 2012

CANDIDATE
VOTES
PCT.
WINNER

Barack Obama
1,905,528
52.8%

Mitt Romney
1,789,618
47.8%
 

Virginia and its 13 electoral votes are in play this year and it’s a crucial battleground state. While ranked the 27th most conservative state and 0.97 percent more Republican than the national average, the population is trending Democrat in presidential elections.

In recent days, most Virginia polls have Barack Obama gaining on Mitt Romney, but only by a hair. While Ohio has received a lot of media attention in the race for president, Virginia may decide the presidential election along with control of the U.S. Senate.

For the 2012 general election, the Virginia voter registration deadline was October 15. The state allows in-person ballot casting ahead of Election Day – but state officials call it in-person absentee voting and voters need an excuse to do it. This year, early voting began Sept. 21. Certain individuals can vote by mail. Ballots must be sealed in the official envelope provided in the presence of a witness and be sent or hand delivered to the local voter registration office.

From 1952 through 2004, Virginia was reliably Republican. The only exception was …

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