Looking ahead to 2014, I often think back to 2010, when so many on the left stayed home. I feel pain at the notion that so many have put so little value on their right to vote. You may think you’re vote doesn’t matter, but if so many hadn’t thought so, those votes would have mattered in 2010. This nation could have been spared the suffering that Republican obstruction has brought us. Before you get used to the idea of not voting, remember this. Your vote won’t count, if you can’t.
Pivotal swing states under Republican control are embracing significant new electoral restrictions on registering and voting that go beyond the voter identification requirements that have caused fierce partisan brawls.
The bills, laws and administrative rules — some of them tried before — shake up fundamental components of state election systems, including the days and times polls are open and the locations where people vote.
Republicans in Ohio and Wisconsin this winter pushed through measures limiting the time polls are open, in particular cutting into weekend voting favored by low-income voters and blacks, who sometimes caravan from churches to polls on the Sunday before election.
Democrats in North Carolina are scrambling to fight back against the nation’s most restrictive voting laws, passed by Republicans there last year. The measures, taken together, sharply reduce the number of early voting days and establish rules that make it more difficult for people to register to vote, cast provisional ballots or, in a few cases, vote absentee.
In all, nine states have passed measures making it harder to vote since the beginning of 2013… [emphasis added]
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Republicans know that the only way they can seize and hold power is to disenfranchise people, who are likely to vote against them. Their goal is to establish a permanent Republican Regime, a totalitarian plutocracy. Elections will exist for show only, because they will decide who gets to vote. Unless we all do everything we can to fight these vile laws, unless we do whatever it takes to vote, and unless we do whatever it takes to help others vote, Republicans just might get their way. Kudos and thanks to all who are already doing this.