Several things are sad about this.

First, it’s sad that Republican policy “ideas” are so bad and so unpopular that they have to profligately cheat and lie in order to have any chance at electoral victory.

Second, it’s sad that, to an unsettling extent, this cheating works.

Third, it’s sad that the Regressives appear to be getting away with stacking the deck in this way.

Fourth, it’s sad that this cheating could mean a Regressive will win the Whitehouse in 2012. We are in enough trouble already. We can’t afford that.

Restrictions Could Keep Five Million Traditionally Democratic Voters From The Polls In 2012

by Ryan J. Reilly

Restrictive voting laws in states across the country could affect up to five million voters from traditionally Democratic demographics in 2012, according to a new report by the Brennan Center. That’s a number larger than the margin of victory in two of the last three presidential elections.

The new restrictions, the study found, “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.”

The study found 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.

The total number, according to the Brennan Center, is the sum of the 3.2 million voters they estimate will be affected by new photo ID laws, “the 240,000 citizens and potential voters who could be affected by new proof of citizenship laws, 202,000 voters registered in 2008 through voter registration drives that have now been made extremely difficult or impossible under new laws, 60,000 voters registered in 2008 through Election Day voter registration where it has now been repealed, one to two million voters who voted in 2008 on days eliminated under new laws rolling back early voting and at least 100,000 disenfranchised citizens who might have regained voting rights by 2012.”

“These voting law changes are radical and completely unnecessary,” Wendy. R. Weiser, a co-author of the report, said in a statement. “They especially hurt those who have been historically locked out of our electoral system, like minorities, poor people, and students. Often they seem precisely targeted to exclude certain voters.”

Full report here (PDF).

Original Post on TPM

31 Responses to “Republicans Cheat The Nation”

  1. What the hell is wrong with this country???

    Why do people have to wait hours to vote? This is just ridiculous.

  2. Tunisia, after decades of autocracy and dictatorship that finally sparked the first successful revolution of the Arab Spring, has just held its inaugural, genuinely free and truly democratic elections, and preliminary results are in.

  3. I live in Maryland. And I sat in my comfy chair when I sent my donation in to Dr. Paul thank you! I constitutional candidates anywhere I can. And his poll numbers speak for themselves. He will be the next Senator from KY. And the reason you heard all the booing is because you were surrounded by idiots that were booing. Have a nice day! 🙂

  4. Being a racist who infer that I have hatred towards a race. I have done no such thing.
    I just pointed out a fact. Steele was not relected as Republican National Chair after a succesful congressional midterm election. He dropped out after pressure. Lets not mention the “oreo” cookie incident…

  5. Voto Latino: A New Day in Arizona: While there were many other elections taking place across the Valley that day…

  6. bowiak subhathby says:

    Opponents of Ohio’s so-called “voter suppression bill” have been given 10 additional days to collect 10,000 valid signatures to place the bill, House Bill 194, before voters on the 2012 ballot.

    Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said in a release Monday that, of the 333,063 signatures turned More…

  7. gowalna wein says:

    Common Cause studied issues over the past six elections, and found that such cases are so few in number that they pale in light of voter suppression tricks measures funded by the GOP…

  8. What voter fraud? Go look it up, there is hardly any at all. What they want is to make people pay to vote.

  9. They might not be completely rid of influence of bigger powers, but there are plenty of small independent countries simply because it isn’t acceptable with the international community to go around annexing small countries.  The only realistic threat to Taiwan’s independence right now is China.

  10. les zieberro says:

    Wow i guess its true you cant cure stupid. Either being willfully ignorant or borderline retarded. Either way im done with you be safe and have fun.

  11. doesn’t get it; is less about winning or losing an election & more about voter suppression in Canada! –

  12. deke santnernes says:

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  13. Pls edit yr voter suppression spot to make political singular. Dishonest to imply Dems do; ALEC, Kochs, & Rs do. –

  14. hugamhamar gachet says:

    So great voter suppression program you got there Rachel & MMoore! Really tired of Moore’s lies abt wht Dems promised –

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  16. kapuspault habdelandl says:

    Why is State Farm voter suppression by funding ALEC? Join McDonald’s, Kraft & others who severed ties 2 ALEC.

  17. yilmeiredo says:

    The can’t win the and minds of a growing & diverse so the is actively passing voter suppression laws! Not cool!

  18. whit piersch says:

    Holder not stepping down does not mean GOP will let up in efforst voter suppression. FIGHT PEOPLE FOR YOUR RIGHTS!!

  19. widman loz says:

    Hey, nice to see you both grow a pair of balls and speak out against the OBVIOUS Racists Voter Suppression!

  20. lovashira test says:

    This week in the War on Voting: Rep. John Lewis offers a personal history on voter suppression #… –

  21. noorad mery says:

    So ppl who “want their country back” steal it w/fraud & voter suppression? Tell me again which country they want back?

  22. dieferney shell says:

    ha ha ha ha. I’m trying not to keep up with the US elections. Our politics is bad enough. We’ll mess things up on our own 😀

  23. Libs promoting idea of voter suppression along with UN “observers” to contest election if it does go their way, even with voter fraud

  24. redraberge says:

    They saying its a close election with all the voter suppression and fraud going on in these republican states Romney co …

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  26. RWNJ’s run around waving the constitution,
    at the same time using voter suppression &
    threat of government shutdown 2 destroy
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  27. carberty hallett says:

    Come on, apples to apples. We are talking about today, not 50 yrs ago. Does history justify today’s GOP voter suppression?

  28. jarelli hentschion says:

    Today’s GOP: A that can’t win except by gerrymandering and voter suppression, and can’t govern except by hosta … –

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  30. coquesnale man says:

    we have District level elections in Swat tomorrow and its like general elections so much of activity going on!

  31. Lol you wouldn’t be on twitter if you’re having the best of Sundays, anyway get used to it, itaisha after elections

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