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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The legislation restores the core of the Voting Rights Act, the landmark civil rights statute to guard against racial discrimination in elections.

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"But... but.... the parties are the same!!"

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2019-12-10 05:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Voter fraud enablement act. I know what, let's not check anyone's ID and never clean up registration lists. You never know when you need to find some votes.

#2 | Posted by visitor_ at 2019-12-10 05:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Voter fraud enablement act. I know what, let's not check anyone's ID and never clean up registration lists. You never know when you need to find some votes.

#2 | POSTED BY VISITOR_ AT 2019-12-10 05:29 PM | REPLY |

Maybe you should read the bill before you spout fake news about it.

The same bill passed in 2006 with full support of both parties and was signed with fanfare by W

#3 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2019-12-10 06:34 PM | Reply

So you think it's OK to continue to suppress the rights of citizens to vote, eh? Checking a voter's ID is not the issue, it's how does a voter acquire an approved ID, that's the problem. There are many people out there who do not have a so-called official ID. A lot of people never had a driver's license. Some don't even have a birth certificate, or were told that they don't have one, which is what happened to my wife.

She had been told by her mother that she never had a birth certificate because she was born at home and was delivered by her grandmother. And no one ever asked to see it, not when she was enrolled in school nor when she applied for her Social Security card. She even got a drivers license without a birth certificate. Started college with no one asking. The problem was that up until she was 21 years old and about to get married, she had been living a lie. She didn't exist, at least not based on the name that she had been using since birth. You see, her mother had lied to her. She did have a birth certificate, just that the name on it wasn't the name that she had been using. She contacted a lawyer and he said that she was lucky. Since she was about to be married, that would legally change her name, irrespective of what it had been before. For all intents and purposes, her birth certificate became moot.

That being said, I'm not sure she could have gotten away with this today. If the rules of today had been in place 50+ years ago, my wife would have probably been denied the right to vote. Who knows, they may have taken her drivers license, but of course, she would have run the risk (albeit unbeknownst to her) of being charged with fraud when they discovered that she had a drivers license with a 'fake name', at least that's what it would have looked like. I guess it was lucky that she got married when she did, otherwise she might have eventually tripped over something where that invalid drivers license or even her Social Security records might have resulted in some issues that might have been tough getting straightened out.

Anyway, just something to think about.

OCU

#4 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-12-10 07:23 PM | Reply

reinstate federal oversight of state election law,

it's about States Rights

#5 | Posted by Maverick at 2019-12-10 07:39 PM | Reply

It's good to get the GOP Senate on record as voting against this.

If we're going the route of voter suppression and rigged elections, we need to be clear about it, and if our elected officials want it, who's to say it's wrong?

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-12-10 07:44 PM | Reply

I think all Trump voters need their ID's checked at the polls to make sure they are not Russian citizens.

#7 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-12-10 09:02 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Those pesky dems are not making America great.

#8 | Posted by contrecoup at 2019-12-10 09:22 PM | Reply

We all need to recognize one fact. Republicans do not believe in democracy, Democrats do believe in democracy. You can pretend not to understand but we all know the truth. Now, it comes down to you. Do you believe in democracy or not? If you are in favor of voter suppression, gerrymandering, etc. you don't. Please, just be honest about it so we can know who you are. Most of you who will lie about it aren't fooling anyone except yourselves.

#9 | Posted by danni at 2019-12-11 06:26 AM | Reply

"Tonight, I'm asking for the vote of every single African American citizen in this country who wants to see a better future. What do you have to lose by trying something new, like Trump? You're living in your poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58% of your youth is unemployed, what the hell do you have to lose? At the end of four years, I guarantee you that I will get over 95% of the African American vote. I promise you."
--Donald J. Trump, August 2016

Since January, 2017 African Americans have figured out what the hell they have to lose by supporting a criminal enterprise...

#10 | Posted by catdog at 2019-12-11 09:21 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

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If you think someone can't obtain a driver's license, just because they are black, I have bad news for you - YOU are the racist.

#11 | Posted by Merovigan at 2019-12-11 05:14 PM | Reply

"If you think someone can't obtain a driver's license, just because they are black, I have bad news for you - YOU are the racist."

Meanwhile, back in reality:

As it turns out ... Bentley's driver's license closures were racial, after all www.al.com

Gov. Robert Bentley denied there was any racist intent behind the closure of 31 driver license offices in 2015, but an investigation by the United States Department of Transportation found they adversely impacted majority African-American counties.

All you had to do was look at a map to see it.

When the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency announced the closure of 31 driver's license offices in 2015, I printed out a blank map of the state's 67 counties and began coloring in the ones that no longer had a place to get the most common form of photo ID.

Rural Alabama had been hit hard by the closures, but especially the Black Belt -- the region of Alabama that takes its name first from the color of its rich soil but also from the concentration of African-Americans who live there. A few economic development projects aside, the Black Belt has always suffered the worst from Alabama's sins, leaving its citizens with the least means the farthest distance from basic necessities, be it a job, simple trip to a grocery store, utilities like broadband internet.

And now a place to get a driver's license.

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-12-11 05:20 PM | Reply

You lost all credibility at "no longer had a place ..."

Because being black means an inability to do anything but the easiest thing possible. Oh, that one closest to you is closed? Guess you can't get a license anymore because you're black and you can't do anything but what's easy.

Snoofy - proving his racism of lowered expectations, day by day.

#13 | Posted by Merovigan at 2019-12-11 09:58 PM | Reply

#12

..the Black Belt has always suffered the worst from Alabama's sins, leaving its citizens with the least means the farthest distance from basic necessities, be it a job, simple trip to a grocery store, utilities like broadband internet.

Also, in other news - Black People are unable to move to where the jobs are, find food for themselves, or really make ANY good decision for themselves because they, as a race, are beholden to white people to do any and everything for them.

Seriously - ---- Off.

#14 | Posted by Merovigan at 2019-12-11 10:01 PM | Reply

Learn, you closeted bigot:
www.wsj.com

#15 | Posted by Merovigan at 2019-12-11 10:03 PM | Reply

"Because being black means an inability to do anything but the easiest thing possible."

In this case, the government made it harder for blacks to do the thing that whites can still do with the same relative effort.

And that's why it's racist. Because of the disparate racial impact.

I suppose one could think blacks can do hard things just as expeditiously as easy things. Blacks would bot be affected by having nearby offices closed, since it's of no consequence to visit distance offices, which would mean that blacks are more capable than whites...

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-12-11 10:04 PM | Reply

"Black People are unable to move to where the jobs are"

When was the last time you moved, and how much did it cost you?
Or are you a ward of the state?

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-12-11 10:09 PM | Reply

My (Black) family moved several times. Louisiana, Pennsyltucky, DC and finally Fairfax, VA. Because Fairfax is one of the best school districts in the country.

"Being black means being poor, but no I'm not racist, because it's not their fault all black people are poor!"
-Said every closet bigot ever.

Also
"Unless you're poor, you're not really black!"
-Said the same closet bigots, AND intellectual dishonest black folk ever.

#18 | Posted by Merovigan at 2019-12-11 10:15 PM | Reply

"Being black means being poor"

List of ethnic groups in the United States by household income
1 Indian 128,000[1]
2 East Asian 85,349[1]
3 White 67,865[1]
4 Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 50,987[1]
5 Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 46,882[1]
6 American Indian and Alaska Native 39,719[1]
7 Black or African American 30,555[1]

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-12-12 12:33 AM | Reply

"My (Black) family moved several times."

How much did it cost you?

#20 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-12-12 12:36 AM | Reply

"List of ethnic groups in the United States by household income"
1 Indian 128,000"

The key word being "household". For all we know, they could be averaging $12,800 per person.

#21 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-12-12 12:53 AM | Reply

"Unless you're poor, you're not really black!"
-Said the same closet bigots, AND intellectual dishonest black folk ever.

Plus:
If you talk too educated, you ain't black.
If your skin is too light, you aren't black.

^
I pretty much ONLY hear that from blacks. With the lone exception of Rachel Dolezal, white people have no problem telling her he's not black!

These attitudes are exemplary of things Boaz says the black communities need to fix for themselves.

I think what it overlooks is these closeted bigot, intellectually dishonest attitudes are born of the very poverty and ignorance that is the reason black communities aren't nice in the first place. Nobody should be expected to single-handedly fix the poverty in their own communities; because we're all part of the larger economic ecosystem. Jesus says you must work to better yourself, but Jesus also says you must help the less fortunate.

Ignoring that is cruelty and provincialism.

#22 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-12-12 04:06 PM | Reply

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