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Universal Suffrage Is Still Under Assault

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Universal Suffrage Is Still Under Assault

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Then-Senator Barack Obama at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 2007 (Barack Obama/Flickr)

Historians refer to that day 50 years ago as “Bloody Sunday” because of the indelible images of brave men and women beaten to their knees — some knocked unconscious — as they tried to march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. It hardly seems possible, now, that they were attacked so viciously for something that seems so ordinary: the right to vote.

In fact, universal suffrage isn’t ordinary or mundane or inconsequential. It’s a radical notion, still rejected in much of the world. And the legacy of those marches in Selma proves that the opponents of black voting rights were right about at least this much: If they allowed black citizens to vote, the nation would be changed.

The most obvious symbol of that powerful tide of progress, President Barack Obama, occupies the Oval Office. But the inheritance that those marchers bequeathed to the nation is evident in so many other subtle and not-so-subtle changes in our political and civic life. If the election of a black governor or U.S. senator, for example, is still unusual, it’s no longer historic. Nor is the elevation of a black secretary of state or attorney general.

But that progress has not pleased all Americans. Some long for the past, for an old order in which certain people controlled all the levers of political power, where only those who looked and spoke a certain way were allowed to hold political office, where many citizens were excluded from a government allegedly by and for them. That helps to explain why reactionary forces have spent the last 15 or so years snipping at the universal franchise, cutting away at the edges of the right to vote.

Conservative Republicans label their campaign — which centers around strict voter ID laws — “voter integrity,” as if it’s a righteous project designed to uplift democracy. It’s just the opposite: It’s designed to block the ballot for a few voters, mostly poor and black, who are inclined to support Democrats. In close elections, a few votes can decide the outcome.

To be sure, no voters get their heads bashed in. No state troopers or sheriff’s deputies wait with billy clubs to attack those who dare exercise their constitutional rights. No would-be voters are asked to number the bubbles in a bar of soap in order to register.

Still, the voting restrictions that have been passed over the last several years are just an updated version of the poll tax. Make no mistake about it: The universal franchise is under assault.

Just take a look at the U.S. Supreme Court’s astonishing ruling in 2013, which gutted a significant portion of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the key federal legislation prompted by the Selma marches. An ultraconservative majority did a most unconservative thing: It tossed out a law overwhelmingly passed by Congress, declaring, in effect, that the legislative branch was wrong.

The Supreme Court had earlier endorsed voter ID laws, ruling in 2006 that an Indiana requirement for photo identification at the polls was in keeping with the state’s “legitimate interest” in protecting against voter fraud. But the fraud such laws are intended to prevent — in-person voter impersonation — is as rare as the northern white rhino. It’s pretty clear that blocking the ballot is the aim here, as Republican factotums have occasionally, if inadvertently, admitted.

In reality, they don’t want certain voters to have the ballot because it has the potential to upend the old order. Think about it: If the black citizens of Ferguson, Missouri, which is 67 percent black, start to religiously exercise their right to vote, they can change the town’s leadership — and change a police department and court system that are shot through with racial bias, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Justice.

There is power in the franchise, which is why its expansion has met resistance throughout American history. Courageous patriots have given their lives to secure the ballot for every citizen.

But the struggle is not over.

Cynthia Tucker won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2007. She can be reached at cynthia@cynthiatucker.com.

Photo: Then-Senator Barack Obama at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 2007. (Barack Obama/Flickr)

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Cynthia Tucker Haynes, a veteran newspaper journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner, is a Visiting Professor of Journalism and Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Georgia. She is also a highly-regarded commentator on TV and radio news shows.

Haynes was editorial page editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper for 17 years, where she led the development of opinion policy. More recently, she was that newspaper’s Washington-based political columnist. She maintains a syndicated column through Universal Press Syndicate, which is published in dozens of newspapers around the country. Besides winning the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2007, Haynes has also received numerous other awards, including Journalist of the Year from the National Association of Black Journalists.

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  1. adler56 March 7, 2015

    Redneks have always been with us-unproduive,hateful, thieving americans (they don’t pay their taxes)- until they’re dead and gone America will never be what it was intended to be.

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    1. Carolyn1520 March 7, 2015

      I never say never. There are people who seemed doomed to that mindset from birth because that’s the environment they grew up in. However so many have seen the light and error of their ways when they became their own person and
      through education. They also have the decency to feel shame about their prior fears and feelings. Yes, there will always be people who are at the core, hateful but that we are capable of change makes me more optimistic than hopeless.

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      1. joe schmo March 7, 2015

        This is a ‘sky is falling’ moment in history for the Leftists. A way to get their ‘pity pot’ mentality over to the masses. They should be taking successful blacks into the communities to inspire youth. Ben Carson, David Webb, Charles Paine, Condoleezza Rice, Herman Cain. What a shame these wonderful people are not recognized by those on the Left.
        Who are they left with…..Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakahn…. I don’t think thier change is what MLK was talking about.

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        1. bonniefletcher March 7, 2015

          Sure, Ben Carson who says being gay is a choice and he’s a doctor no less. Those kind of black people do not help the cause, they hinder it by subscribing to the same ideology the white bigots subscribe to. Who do you think you’re kidding, joe schmo, you’re a troll if I ever read one.

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        2. Carolyn1520 March 7, 2015

          Yeah, right, because you are the expert on what the left thinks. As usual you don’t know what you are talking about in that regard and I don’t intend to engage in a circular conversation with yet another dichotomous rightwing thinker.
          Go try and bait someone else who might want to engage in some idiocy for a moment or two until boredom sets in because it only takes that amount of time.
          Yawn. See what I mean?

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          1. Buffalo Bill March 7, 2015

            Every time a con says he know what liberal think I tell him/her I am thinking of a number between 1 and a billion and ask him.her to tell me what it is. That settles the issue.

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          2. Carolyn1520 March 7, 2015

            Sounds like an effective way to silence them!

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          3. Buffalo Bill March 7, 2015

            I don’t want to silence them. Let them talk. They’re their own worst enemy. When one of them says he can read my mind I prove that he cannot.

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          4. Carolyn1520 March 8, 2015

            It’s the same old song though.

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        3. Buffalo Bill March 7, 2015

          Well, aren’t you the partisan hack!!!

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          1. Carolyn1520 March 7, 2015

            LOL You nailed it.

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        4. Buffalo Bill March 7, 2015

          You can read minds? Let’s give that a try right here and now. I’m thinking of a number between 1 and a billion. What is, Mr. Mind Reader?

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        5. JPHALL March 8, 2015

          So what specifically have any of them done in poor or minority communities? I will tell you, little or nothing. Like yourself and the right a lot of talk and no action. The people you like to denigrate have at least visited poor areas and many run mentoring programs. Some even do provide work in those areas.
          In recent years, however, Farrakhan has been very active, including delivering weekly online sermons throughout 2013[4] as well as speaking at both large public NOI events as well as smaller venues.[5] Since 2010, Farrakhan has advocated L Ron Hubbard’s Dianetics and the use of its “auditing” technique despite not being a Scientologist. So get your info straight!

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        6. Insinnergy March 8, 2015

          Wow… Crazy Bigoted Ben Carson?… “I’ll make all bills three pages” Herman Cain?
          Is there no bottom to your stupidity?

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    2. mike March 7, 2015

      Your post is a load of crap!!!

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      1. joe schmo March 7, 2015

        Exactly!

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      2. Carolyn1520 March 7, 2015

        When you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail. and to dung beetles everything looks like …well you know.

        http://youtu.be/Q1zbgd6xpGQ

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        1. mike March 7, 2015

          Enjoying looking at your life, keep rolling Carolyn.

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          1. Carolyn1520 March 8, 2015

            Nah, you don’t get to turn that one around. Too late.

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          2. mike March 8, 2015

            Already done and loving it.!!!

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          3. Carolyn1520 March 8, 2015

            I bet you did. In your simple little mind, turning yourself upright must be all it it takes.

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          4. mike March 8, 2015

            Keep trying!!! Such a silly little person your are. I am still loving it and laughing at you at the same time.

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          5. Carolyn1520 March 9, 2015

            Yeah, whatever you say.

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    3. oldtack March 7, 2015

      In my work I spent a lot of time in the Southern States. Our HQ was in Memphis, Tennessee and that was my area. That was the most undesirable part of my job. I encountered “the new south” from the “refined” executives to the smarmy “Paula Deen” secretaries on down to the regular people on the street.there was this facade sort of like flashy paint sprayed over rusty metal. It looked good on the surface but if you “peeled away” that veneer the old ugly true picture emerged. The “new South” may put on the “veneer” but underneath they are the same bigots, race haters still living in the past where whites ruled and darkies knew their place.. These people are a blight to all that is good.
      I have been many years retired and I have never again ventured inot “The glorious South” There is a stench there that in permeating.

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      1. joe schmo March 7, 2015

        Why don’t you tell me then, how have the Democrats helped the African American community, and don’t give me that crap about handouts/social programs. I want concrete examples on how you helped the Blacks get a good education or how you helped them get jobs or how you helped build up their self esteem instead of tearing it down and making them feel like they are owed something. Then I want you to tell me how you got rid of the hatred on the Left for those on the Right. The feeling that the world owed them some reprieve.

        Unlike you, and you can sugar coat it all you want, I have seen progress which has been completely stripped away by the bigoted/racist ‘yahoo’ in office.

        No, that stench in the South doesn’t come from the people who merely work hard and make a living, it comes from the very people you seek to protect and coddle. Big mistake. Keeping the minorities disenfranchised and ignorant only helps your cause. Why would you want them to succeed or even think, for that matter. Being tough and the school of hard knocks makes Men out of mice. Your delusional ideology does not allow for progress so give me a break.

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        1. oldtack March 7, 2015

          Where in my post did I say that Democrats had a damn thing to do with helping blacks? I don’t see where i supported or denigrated either they or their Republican counterparts. I personally think both parties worthless. If you will get out of your political box long enough re- read my post and then your may understand that I was talking about the people in the South. Old gentry southerners are still trapped in the 19th century. Due to pressure from the masses and Government Regulations they put on a facade of compliance regarding civil liberty and freedom for all but when you peel away the gilt and garnish you find that they are fraught with mendacity. There is no truth in them.

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        2. Buffalo Bill March 7, 2015

          Congratulations! You have all of the right wing talking points down pat.

          Pell grants and other financial aid helps low income people, both white and black, get access to a college education. Guess who wants to end those programs. GO AHEAD AND GUESS! It’s Republicans and other conservatives.

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      2. Buffalo Bill March 7, 2015

        I am a native Ohioan who has now lived in Alabama for 32 years. It’s exactly as you describe. Racism here is not visible to visitors, but it still exists in a big way, right below the surface.

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        1. oldtack March 7, 2015

          Thank you Buffalo Bill. You are much more succinct but you echoed my thoughts exactly. Just below the surface – all of it is still there.

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      3. JPHALL March 8, 2015

        The same is true up North and in rural areas in all states. You spend some time talking to these people and those old attitudes show up.

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  2. Grannysmovin March 7, 2015

    Not a single Republican elected official stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 2013 when activists, actors, lawmakers and former presidents invited to mark the anniversary of the March on Washington . Now here we are acknowledging the 50th Anniversary of the Selma March and as reported all day yesterday the fact that no member of the GOP leadership would be attending. Late yesterday around 8 or 9:00 p.m eastern time when it was reported that Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy had announced he would attend. Surprisingly Scalise “David Duke without the baggage’ will not be in attendance. Will as many Republicns who attended a Foriegn leaders speech attend the celebration of turning point in our history?

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    1. latebloomingrandma March 7, 2015

      Actions really do speak louder than words in this case, at least.

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    2. Buffalo Bill March 7, 2015

      Republicans have no shame.

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  3. Carolyn1520 March 7, 2015

    There are still more of us than those in the “old order” If we continue to teach our children well and they pass it on, there’s hope. I never thought that I would live long enough to see a person of color as president, much less for two terms. That I’m still relatively young is a bonus because I have been energized to do more since Obama’s first campaign. In spite of the attempts to obstruct from those who prefer the “old order’, it has served to strengthen the resolve and increase the efforts of all of us on the right side of humanity and history.

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  4. charleo1 March 7, 2015

    The Right to vote is like many other things, like one’s brain, for example. You either use it, or lose it. And to use it, takes effort. We on the Left need to do more in the face of a
    Nationwide effort to suppress voters who are poor, or too young to recognized the
    importance of voting. Already under represented as groups. And as Republicans know, opposed to much of their rich worshiping, establishment empowering agenda. And they
    make east targets. As neither group are big political donors. But, as we Democrats must
    realize, that handicap applies to most everything we believe in, to move the Country forward. And so must do more than simply oppose these laws requiring new IDs. Since that battle is lost. As most of the, “voter integrity,” Laws have already been passed. We need to be encouraging, and educating these constituents on the importance of voting. And helping those that we know support our initiatives, to comply with the new laws.
    First, this should be Party priority from the top down. The DNC every election spends hundreds of millions of dollars on campaign ads, flyers, and fundraising events for the most wealthy. Only to see less than 20% of our constituencies turn out. But, I’ve heard no one on the Left suggest establishing a fund to help the poor pay the fees to obtain their birth certificate, and a State issued ID. I would donate to such a fund. Rather than pay for yet another innocuous, or worse obnoxious campaign ad for such, and such, for Congress. Why not a campaign ad educating voters on the addresses, and processes in their particular States, for obtaining their official papers? While stressing the importance, and touting as a civic duty, their obligation as Americans to exercise their Right vote.
    Or enlist the help of such influential people as Bounce, and Taylor Swift? And make voting at least as sexy, and cool for the young, as voting to protect tax breaks for billionaires is on the Right? And, while we’re at it, put people on the ground to not only register voters, but assist them in the new requirements. Or else, we risk becoming just as guilty as the Right, of ignoring the new political realities.

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    1. joe schmo March 7, 2015

      Easy solution. Go into the neighborhoods with volunteers. You know how to do that don’t you? Sign people up and make sure they have ID cards. if they can’t get to the polling places have them picked up or do absentee. Simple as that. Just stop complaining about nonsense will you.

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      1. Buffalo Bill March 7, 2015

        Exactly what are you doing to help?

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        1. Carolyn1520 March 8, 2015

          I have been signed up and on call for every election since 2008 to drive people to the polls.

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      2. charleo1 March 7, 2015

        If politicians always retained their respect of the Right of voters to pick their politicians, instead of the other way around. There would be no such nonsense to complain about. But as I said, we need to work to make this temporary setback of this fundamental tenet of democracy
        a thing of the past.

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    2. Charlotte Sines March 8, 2015

      I agree with you . I would also happily donate to such a fund. Do you have any idea as to any organization that might be working on such a project? It would really piss off the Republicans if the people who need these I.D. were to get them and be able to vote. They would then have to come up with another scheme to win and retain power.

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      1. Carolyn1520 March 8, 2015

        My suggestion. Contact Move On . I am going to do so and see what we can get started. There’s other orgs I’m going to toss the idea out to. If we pass it on that way as well as word of mouth we could certainly get a lot of people proper identification. Right now I’m at the point where pissing off the right is all the incentive I need. 🙂
        Thanks for the incentive and good idea charleo1

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      2. charleo1 March 8, 2015

        As I was writing the comment, I was trying to think of anything I
        had heard about, or any group being organized for this purpose, etc. But, it is my feeling we should be concentrating more effort in this area. As many voters have actually been frightened by the stern law, and order, verbiage associated with this manufactured effrontery to democracy. And also, just a lot misinformation being put out there. For example, having a criminal record. As we know in many States, felons are not eligible to vote. The impression was implied in my Republican run State of FL. last election, that these new laws included prison time for those attempting to vote with a, “criminal record!” And, they also included limiting the opportunities available to vote. Causing long lines lasting hours in some polling places. As if that too, is about weeding out all those, “illegal,” voters, they themselves can’t seem to find. As an American, all this infuriates me! And I used to be very involved with various Democratic groups. However these past few years, my health simply no longer permits my active participation. I still donate as generously as I can. And I am richly rewarded with an in-box full of petitions to sign, along with desperate requests for cash. And I would see nothing wrong with using a portion to help those the Radical Right
        is attempting to disenfranchise, reestablish their Right to vote. I see
        “Carolyn1520,” has made an excellent suggestion, on which I will definitely follow up on too! Thanks for writing in, and caring about our Rights!

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        1. Carolyn1520 March 8, 2015

          Everybody does what they can and it’s all important.
          Don’t discount the active participation online. It’s become an important force. Sharing ideas and your wisdom in these forums is of great value. You never know what might be the inspiration for something important.
          I’ve started voting absentee ballot simple because I don’t appreciate standing in line with the goobers anymore or hear their asinine comments, clearly intended for others to hear. There use to be a time when people had the emotional intelligence to behave in public.
          I do drive people and pick them up. I keep lightweight folding chairs in my car so the elderly or infirmed can sit down along the way if they have any wait to endure. I also order and print out absentee ballot forms for people who absolutely can’t get there complete with an envelope and stamp.
          There’s a bill right now to change the law on those with criminal records being able to vote nationwide. In some states, one can.
          The idea that a person has done their time and paid their debt to society yet continue to be disenfranchised is just another method of voter suppression as I see it. It doesn’t sit well with me so I follow it’s progress through Brennan Center for Justice, ACLU and about 5 other sources and urge elected officials to endorse it.
          I belong to a number of orgs but pick and choose the
          issues I am willing to show up for. There’s a number of things that should be changed but one can only be effective if they pick a couple causes at a time to focus on. Voting/civil rights and the environment are all I can manage at one time.
          Thank you in return. We’re all in this together.

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          1. charleo1 March 9, 2015

            Thanks Carolyn! You’re kind words are appreciated. You also sound like the kind of person this Country of ours needs right now. And I especially thank you for that! By the way, you’re spot on about reestablishing the Civil Rights of the growing numbers of those who have served their time, and paid their debt to society so to speak. Only to be sentenced to a lifetime of being a second class citizen. It’s not right, what we do in this Country. They like to talk about how to end the revolving door, and lament the institutionalization that happens to people after years in the penal system. But then, at the behest of another growing menace to freedom, the for profit prison corporations. We see sentences being lengthened across the board. Crimes that were once misdemeanors, are now felonies. With ever more stringent, and sometimes impossible to meet parole requirements. In a Country that now leads the World in the numbers of it’s citizens it locks up, and disenfranchises in this way. It is a cause that begs to be taken up by all Americans who care about the wasted lives, squandered investment in prisons instead of schools. Or just the destroyed potential of so many of our young people, who make one bad decision, and get caught up in this human meat grinder, and are never allowed, a true second chance. As you’ve probably guessed, this is one of my very top causes as well!

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          2. Carolyn1520 March 10, 2015

            Your kind words are also appreciated. As disheartening as it can be at times, reading some of the negative comments, it can also be as uplifting reading the ones from other kindred spirits.
            Although both inspire me in much different ways. 🙂
            I can definitely see we’re on the same page about disenfranchised citizens for the same reasons. The support for it has increased and surprisingly enough it has bipartisan support.
            I think there’s a more than good chance it will happen.

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  5. 2ThinkN_Do2 March 7, 2015

    The notion that requiring an ID is a way to prevent people from voting is ridiculous. The thought that not requiring an ID is a way to get votes that are illegal, is NOT.

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    1. charleo1 March 7, 2015

      To invent a problem that doesn’t exist in order to pass laws requiring IDs that
      many of the poor who don’t drive, or the young attending college out of state, don’t have. In order to deter those people your legislation is hurting, from voting against you, is cowardly, using obtained power to hold power, and un American.

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      1. 2ThinkN_Do2 March 7, 2015

        Seriously, they’re attending college and they have no ID? Well, that’s messed up too. It really seems pretty simple; if you cannot figure out how to get ID or provide ID to someone you register to vote, then you shouldn’t be voting or be registering them. How do you register someone you cannot verify as eligible to vote?

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        1. charleo1 March 7, 2015

          First, your rebuttal is not what the Constitution has to say, about the Right to vote. Secondly, if you had attended college, you would understand a bit more about the intent of the so called voter integrity laws. Of course they have IDs. They are IDs that entitle them to be legally employed, pay taxes, acquire loans, and drive. Just not vote in the State they are attending school. Now, if you were poor, didn’t have a car, or license, an internet to look up the address to send for a birth certificate for a state issued ID, you had never needed for anything else before. Then you would understand another intention of these laws. And furthermore, if you would do the research, you would find the problem of voter fraud is virtually non-existent. And if you would look at the policies the Republicans are proposing, and the laws they are passing. You would then learn the real reason these laws were passed by Republicans.

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          1. 2ThinkN_Do2 March 7, 2015

            The great thing about the USA, you can choose. I really don’t believe we want to get involved in a discussion about the Constitution. As for Voter Fraud, right, it does’t exist . . . . takes us back to choice; believe that which you choose.

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          2. charleo1 March 7, 2015

            Sure, you may believe as you choose. That belief can be rooted in ignorance, and partisanship, or founded on fact.

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          3. 2ThinkN_Do2 March 7, 2015

            Those are all possibilities for all sides and all people.

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          4. Insinnergy March 8, 2015

            Except that beliefs and facts are different things.

            Fact: There is no voter fraud (of any appreciable level)
            Fact: The Constitution guarantees the right to vote.
            Fact: These laws reduce the number of people who vote from certain races and demographics most likely to vote against the people who have put the laws in place.
            Fact: Republicans have gloated openly to supporters that these laws will guarantee the GOP win.

            These are facts.
            It doesn’t matter what you believe, it does not alter the facts.

            This is something that the GOP do a lot… Stephen Colbert called it “Truthiness” which was incredibly astute of him… the feeling that something is true (when it’s not).

            So let me be very very clear:
            If you deeply believe something, and the facts show the opposite, then you do not have a debate, or two sides of an argument…. You have the facts on one side… and someone who is delusional on the other.
            Got it?

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          5. 2ThinkN_Do2 March 8, 2015

            Nope, don’t got it; don’t even have it, never have had delusions, how about you?

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          6. Carolyn1520 March 9, 2015

            If you don’t get facts and you aren’t delusional then you are in essence admitting to being dense. What does your party call it?

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          7. Insinnergy March 9, 2015

            I believe it’s termed: “The Party of Stupid”
            … by their own hand.

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          8. Carolyn1520 March 10, 2015

            I got nothing to refute that!

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          9. 2ThinkN_Do2 March 10, 2015

            Where are your facts about there being no voter fraud? Where are your facts that Republicans would win if there were a requirement for voter ID’s? What part of can you prove who you are seems unfair? As far what does my party call it . . . I don’t have a party.

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          10. Carolyn1520 March 10, 2015

            Look it up. I’ve already done so, long ago and recently to see if there was some sudden increase in voter fraud and there’s not. .
            You said you didn’t get it. Easy enough to rectify. The stats are out there.
            You said you aren’t delusional.
            If you aren’t and you haven’t verified easily verifiable facts, then what is your excuse for your ignorance?

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          11. 2ThinkN_Do2 March 10, 2015

            So, you have no facts to back up you r words, uh huh, I see how it works.

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          12. Carolyn1520 March 10, 2015

            Good. I’m not the one who brought up voter fraud as a reason to have an ID. The incidence of voter fraud has been and is far too insignificant to change laws over it. If you disagree with the statement, look it up. I learned a long time ago to do my own research. It wouldn’t matter how many facts I feed you anyway. You aren’t looking for facts, you are one of those who operates on feelings and fear. If you weren’t you’d already know how insignificant the incidences of voter fraud.

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          13. 2ThinkN_Do2 March 10, 2015

            I did not bring up voter fraud, I simply stated that I am in support of voter ID. I have no delusions, am not ignorant, am not fueled by feelings or fear and don’t get fed facts by anyone. However, vote fraud is not insignificant, except to those who gain by it.

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          14. Carolyn1520 March 10, 2015

            Voter suppression benefits those who hope to gain by it.

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          15. Insinnergy March 8, 2015

            See: Beliefs va Facts below.
            No you can’t choose facts… despite the GOP constantly trying.

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      2. hicusdicus March 7, 2015

        If one can get to the grocery store you can get to the polling booth. If Going to college Has not helped you to figure out how to vote maybe you should drop out and flip burgers. With 300 million + people ID should be mandatory. Voter fraud and welfare fraud, nonexistent……… we can all breath a sigh of relief.

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        1. Carolyn1520 March 8, 2015

          Where and when has voter fraud been an issue worthy of requiring laws to be changed?
          I’ll answer that.
          Nowhere, ever.
          It’s a voter suppression tactic and everyone knows it.

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          1. hicusdicus March 8, 2015

            You are wrong. People who are so mentally handicapped they can’t figure out how to get to the voting booth should not be voting. Who is everyone in your opinion?

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          2. Carolyn1520 March 8, 2015

            About what? Or just in general because I challenged your ridiculous statements?
            I notice you didn’t dispute the voter fraud issue with any proof to the contrary. The issue isn’t getting to a voting booth although that can be a challenge as is getting an absentee ballot. They no longer automatically send them and not everyone has a computer.
            The issue is acquiring a picture ID. There are any number of reasons why one would have a legitimate problem doing so from transportation issues to money issues as none of it is free.
            Who is everyone? Everyone who knows this wasn’t an issue until the right needed voter suppression as a way to give them an edge.

            If being mentally handicapped was an issue, we could rule out a good number on the right. I do believe that’s one area where they have a good chance of winning.

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          3. hicusdicus March 9, 2015

            You have not proved there is no voter fraud. Voter fraud is a conspiracy created by evil Republicans. Don’t you think this is just somewhat absurd? Voter fraud was discovered by a poll worker here and told to go home and keep quiet or else. There is so much we the people don’t know and never will. You could not possibly be that naive.

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          4. Carolyn1520 March 9, 2015

            You’re the one who made the claim of voter fraud. I know for a fact otherwise. I already know you’re wrong so it’s not on me to have to prove otherwise. Doesn’t work that way. Neither does deflection.
            You can’t possibly think by calling me naive that it changes the facts and you have NOTHING factual to present.
            What’s absurd and naive is that you think this will work. LOL

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          5. hicusdicus March 9, 2015

            Did I not tell you about one case here in my rural county. [You think this will work]. What are to talking about? I quess you are another rabid political activist that tries to out shout every body. Go away and don’t come back another day.

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          6. Carolyn1520 March 9, 2015

            Of, course I must be a rabid political activist if I know what you are saying is BS and point it out.
            Same to ya!

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          7. hicusdicus March 9, 2015

            You could use that comment as a reference to join Mensa.

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          8. 2ThinkN_Do2 March 10, 2015

            It’s truly sad how people cannot find facts to support the opposite of what they choose to believe; what do they call that? I seem to find all sorts of articles supporting voter fraud as an issue.

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          9. hicusdicus March 10, 2015

            If some one is incapacitated to the point they can’t figure out how to get to the voting booth. They are to incapasited to make a well thought out choice. If one can not figure out how to get to the kitchen they don’t eat.

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          10. hicusdicus March 10, 2015

            If some one is incapacitated to the point they can’t figure out how to get to the voting booth. They are to incapasited to make a well thought out choice. If one can not figure out how to get to the kitchen they don’t eat.

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          11. hicusdicus March 10, 2015

            If some one is incapacitated to the point they can’t figure out how to get to the voting booth. They are to incapasited to make a well thought out choice. If one can not figure out how to get to the kitchen they don’t eat.

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          12. 2ThinkN_Do2 March 10, 2015

            Not to worry Hicusdicus, some refuse to understand how voter ID would help prevent fraud perpetrated by any one; whether it was an inside or outside job. Somehow many also think that there are no Republicans who may be without a photo ID at this point in time, as if only Democrats suffer from poverty, etc.. it’s so sad.

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        2. ralphkr March 8, 2015

          Actually, hicusdicus, the most egregious cases of voter fraud has been committed by polling officials stuffing boxes or losing boxes. A polling official can cast thousands of fraudulent votes or destroy thousands of legal votes but an individual voter cannot come close to the damage to the system that can be, and has been, caused by officials.

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          1. hicusdicus March 9, 2015

            Do you think that might be a little more difficult with voter ID? Not one person should be allowed to vote that does not have a right to. Democracy is the corner stone of our life style. When there is voter fraud there is no longer a democracy. Are you lecturing me on something you thought I was unaware of?

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    2. Insinnergy March 8, 2015

      Despite the fact that various GOP people have actively boasted that disenfranchisement is precisely what it is for?
      Are you trolling or just very very dense?

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  6. Buffalo Bill March 7, 2015

    I live in Montgomery, Alabama. Montgomery’s WSFA-TV Channel 12 is broadcasting live from Selma and Montgomery all day. Live streaming of their broadcast can be found on their website. Below is the link to the website.

    http://www.wsfa.com/

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    1. Buffalo Bill March 7, 2015

      I don’t know why that didn’t post as an active link. Let me try it again. If it doesn’t this time, you will have to copy and paste the web address into the address bar.

      http://www.wsfa.com/

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  7. Alfonso Bergamo March 8, 2015

    Obama and Holder will go down in history as the worse ever in office

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    1. Carolyn1520 March 8, 2015

      While you are certainly entitled to your opinions, even outlandish ones, do keep in mind when you say stupid things out loud, the only people who will be agreeing with you are on the right. If that doesn’t bother you, then carry on.

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    2. Lynda Groom March 8, 2015

      You forgotten, or are denying, the outrages of the Nixon administration. The AG in that administration became a felon and the President had to resign. Lets not forget that Reagan traded arms for hostages and financed murder in Central America. A little perspective is required in your thinking.

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    3. charleo1 March 8, 2015

      Troll

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    4. Insinnergy March 8, 2015

      That’s “worst” and technically should be “worst ever to hold the offices of POTUS and AG.” otherwise you just sound stupid.
      At least if you’re going to troll try using autocorrect. I’m fairly sure I could train a chimp to use it.

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      1. Alfonso Bergamo March 9, 2015

        I stand corrected, that s very thoughtful of you
        Thank you

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