Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Republicans Restricting Mostly Democratic Voters from the Polls

New Hampshire state House Speaker Bill O'Brien states: "Voting as a liberal, thats what kids do." He also states that students lack "life experiences" and "just vote their feelings".

A new report by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law Center examines the effects of republican legislatures across the nation restricting voter access to the polls.  From the report:

  • 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.
The Full Report: Voting Law Changes in 2012

The Effect of Voter ID Laws on Voter Turnout  Dave Brockington examines a report from the Heritage Foundation on restricting voting rights in addition to the Brennan study.
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