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.
quoteNov 06, 2012 10:20 am
"After thousands of polls and months of manufactured news cycles, Election Day is finally here. The horse race, however, isn’t quite over, and you should expect pundits to milk these final hours of everything they’re worth. Before precincts begin reporting at 6 p.m. (when some counties in Kentucky and Indiana close their polls), millions of antsy observers will latch onto all kinds of misinformation in hopes of gleaning the eventual outcome. In order to survive the night with your sanity intact, it helps to know what to look out for — and what to ignore."
Nate Cohn, The New Republic. What to Watch for — and Ignore — on Election Day.
Yes, it’s a stressy day, but while Twitter posts some few thousand times per minute about truth, lies, rumor and consequence, Nate Cohn goes through some electoral history to help us figure out what to keep in perspective.
In other words, keep in mind the value of slow news. As Dan Gillmor has said, “The sooner something is on Twitter after a major event, the more skeptical… or at least the more you should reserve judgement about it.”