quoteApr 09, 2014 4:30 pm
"Twenty-one million people with disabilities did not vote,” said [Christopher] Dodd. “That made the disabled communities the single largest demographic group of nonvoters in the United States of America. At that time, only 16 percent of polling places were physically accessible. And not one, not one of the nearly 500 polling locations which the General Accounting Office (GAO) visited on Election Day in 2000, had special ballots adapted for blind voters."
My polling place is not accessible (the line to vote goes up an enormous staircase), so I have to use the “special” accommodations instead of voting like everyone else.
But if I didn’t know about that option, I would’ve just turned away. And what about all the people that don’t consider themselves disabled and wouldn’t ask for accommodations but also can’t stand in line for HOURS at a time, either because of their knees or their hearts or their kids or their jobs?
Not to mention these absurd “voter ID” laws that require people of color, poor people, old people, students, and disabled people - disproportionately - to stand in line at the DMV for hours on end just for the “privilege” <ahem shouldn’t it be a right> to vote.
quoteDec 16, 2013 9:23 pm
"Vote against discrimination…Do not do them because they are economically sound — although they are — do them because they are right and just. Never allow the majority to limit the rights of the minority. Never allow people who fear anyone different from themselves to limit other’s human rights or human dignity."Tim Cook, the openly gay CEO of Apple who tends to keep quiet about his personal life, spoke about discrimination and equality at the United Nations last week while accepting a Lifetime Achievement Award from Auburn University. (via Out)
photosetAug 09, 2013 7:45 pm
[from this earlier post]
Actually, those almost seem like fair questions, HOWEVER:
- Voting is a valuable and cherished right that many people have fought and died for. Other comparisons tend to fail because voting is not a purchasable, nor an easily revoked privilege like flying or driving —how many people were tarred and feathered or murdered because of fighting for their “right” to fly or drive?
- The 24th Amendment makes poll taxes illegal. Requiring someone pay —directly or otherwise— for the right to vote is neither democratic nor patriotic
- Voter ID laws disproportionately impact disabled, the poor and the elderly —all groups that often lack “proper ID.”
- Many college students (and older people) simply do not drive —and thus have no need for a state issued driver’s license. I know people who live in New York who have never, ever owned a license or a car
- Students have used their college IDs to vote in elections for decades. But suddenly, after the 2008 and 20012 election results, Republican led legislatures have found cause to suppress their votes. Additionally, it is worth noting such Voter ID restrictions tend to be more lax in districts that have consistently voted for Republicans. Why is that?
- Many states requiring an “official government ID” to vote have simultaneously reduced drivers license office hours and/or completely closed many offices, thereby making it even harder to obtain the very type of ID they’re mandating
- Some elected Republican officials like Mike Turzai have said that Voter ID laws were being passed for the expressed purpose of rigging an election. Other elected Republicans like Bill O’Brien, have openly stated they simply do not want college students voting because they tend to vote for Democrats
- ALEC, a GOP/Koch Brothers political organization, is directly responsible for the surge of voter suppression laws seen in the last decade. ALEC’s founder, Paul Weyrich, was quoted as saying, “I don’t want everybody to vote. Our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.”
- There have been more elected GOP officials found guilty of Election Fraud than actual voters committing voter fraud
- Voter ID laws are “solutions” to a problem that does not exist. Voter ID laws are a Republican response to Republicans losing elections, not to fixing voter fraud. There has been a comprehensive study—at the behest of many Republicans—which showed that in more than a decade of voting, exactly 10 people engaged in voter fraud. That’s 10 people out of the millions who voted since the year 2000. And some of those likely did so unknowingly (ie, voted at the wrong voting precinct, or were genuinely unaware they were ineligible to vote, etc.)
Reblogging this since I’ve had a lot of friends confused about this topic for the reasons expressed in those screenshot replies. Voter ID is an idea that may make sense at first glance but not when you really think about and research it - as we all should, because our right to vote should not be taken for granted.
A few things that need to be spelled out. These laws do not allow “photo ID in some form.” They often explicitly disallow student ID’s or ID’s like most people actually have, among many others.
Each state sets their own requirements to issue a photo ID. During the entire time I was an undergrad I did not have a valid photo ID because I could not meet the requirements to get one. I am a natural-born citizen of the US with a birth certificate and a social security card, that is not enough in any sate where I have lived. You must also prove your address tot heir satisfaction. Huge numbers of people cannot do this. Live in a dorm? Couch surfing? Utilities in someone else’s name? Use a P.O. box? You may be out of luck.
reblogging myself because added commentary brings up excellent points
photoFeb 28, 2013 5:55 pm
What this map tells me is that, basically, Florida really needs to get its s#*t together.