Re: if you can't win fair □
posted at 1/23/2013 11:46 AM EST
In response to tvoter's comment:
Long lines is not disenfranchising! geez!
In response to MattyScornD's comment:
"they" = state-level dems
Part of the proof is the turnout; part is the long lines which undoubtably turned some people away; part are the business owners who threatened their workers and told them how to vote; and yes, part is the concerted efforts to prevent people from voting. Voter ID laws also overwhelmingly affect minorities; this is indisputable.
The dems clearly had the registration/turnout edge. If the repubs had spent more time recruiting for their cause instead of vilifying certain communities en masse, they might have won.
I'll also add that both sides do a really good job of demonstrating to some people how worthless their votes really are; it might be the only thing both sides do well.
If ,you dont care enough to wait in line; (I waited about 2 hours) then it's not the lines fault!
It absolutely is disenfranchisement if even a single person is turned away, regardless of the reason.
Honestly, I think it's appalling you had to wait two hours. Credit to you for staying, but not everyone has that luxury and, point-of-fact, a lot of people just don't. I waited about 5 minutes. It took longer to walk the three blocks to my polling station. So, how is that fair?
If the local/municipal/regional election authorities cannot get it together enough to properly estimate turnout, number of ballots needed, space needed...whatever...then they need to find another line of work. In any case, there is NO justification whatsoever for making it HARDER to vote on purpose.