Obama seeks to restrict states' voting rights: Another play of the race card?
Original post made by Liberalism NOT on Feb 22, 2013
"It's very important that we work together to make sure everybody gets a chance to vote, and we clear away a lot of this nonsense," Mr. Obama said in an interview with SiriusXM radio. He added that the country needs more election rules "to make sure that people aren't waiting in line for six, seven hours, that there aren't new tricks that discourage people from voting." Although Obama never specifically mentioned blacks, or minorities, critical listeners to the interview knew who America's first "black" president was talking about.
Further, although he did not single out Republicans by name, Mr. Obama's comments came after the two major parties sparred continually during last election cycle over new voting requirements instituted in a string of GOP-controlled states. Backers of the new laws say they were needed to prevent widespread polling fraud, and cited nearly a half-dozen individuals over the past ten years that attempted to vote without proper voter credentials. Critics said the new laws were a way to intimidate or curtail voting primarily by low-income and minority voters who tend disproportionately to back Democratic Party programs, policies, and candidates.
Mr. Obama told Sirius host Joe Madison that new regulations to protect minority voting rights would guard against the impact of a potential Supreme Court ruling to strike down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The justices next week will hear oral arguments in an Alabama case in which Shelby County officials argue that they ought to be finally free of the law's requirements, which mandate that officials in certain jurisdictions seek "pre-clearance" from the federal government before enacting any new election laws. Stated Clem Kittleman of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office: "We never had problems with our minorities before, and so there's no dadgum reason to think we'd have a problem today."
on Feb 22, 2013 at 11:11 pm
In the state of Michigan, the voters last November rejected something called the Emergency Manager Law. Just 37 days after voters repealed Public Act 4, the notorious and anti-democratic Emergency Manager Law, Republican state legislators passed a new version to replace it. It was signed into law as Public Act 436 thirteen days later.
What this law allows is for the governor to appoint local executive branch overseers, an Emergency Manager, who "shall act for and in the place and stead of the governing body and the office of chief administrative officer of the local government." The emergency manager, appointed by the governor, has oversight of all government functions
In other words, the locally elected government officials just got replaced and they are no longer allowed to do anything relating to the job they were elected to do unless the EM gives them permission to do so.
But that is not all. The incorporated cities and township where this is targeted are overwhelmingly African American, and if they add Detroit and its suburbs to the emergency areas as planned, over 49% of the African Americans in Michigan will have lost their duly elected local representatives.
Make fun if you will, but this is a very serious attempt to disenfranchise African American citizens of this country by a Republican legislature.
on Feb 23, 2013 at 12:33 am
Why wouldn't a president want integrity in our sacred voting process?? With half the CEOs in silicon valley NON-citizens, plus, mexican illegals, chinese students over-staying visas, etc. etc. I'd say Toto, we're not in Kansas any more. I'd say we need some sort of citizenship verification, and in general, verification of the name on the list. It's about 'citizenship', NOT race, like all on the lyin' left in their phony outrage making their feeble
cry that proving 'citizenship' is about race. It's NOT. What's even scarier, is the ignorance of the gullible who aren't bright enough to know there is a 'difference' between ...'race' vs 'national citizenship'......we need sacred voter integrity in our voting process intended for 'citizens' !! not visitors, that has ZERO to do with race.....dummie dems. Stand tall, and stop playing the RACE card ! ! ! DEMONSTRATING ignorance between race and citizenship.
on Feb 23, 2013 at 7:45 am
We always show our ID when we go to vote.
I make them LOOK at it. It's such a simple solution.