Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Disenfranchising Voters

Researches found only 31 credible incidents, of someone pretending to be someone else at the polls, out of 1 billion votes cast since 2000. 
The problem is the increasing number of elegible voters are being disenfranchised by new voting restrictions.
A federal district judge struck down a Wisconsin voter I.D. law, by explaining: “A preoccupation with mostly phantom election fraud leads to real incidents of disenfranchisement, which undermine rather than enhance confidence in elections, particularly in minority communities.  To put it bluntly, Wisconsin’s strict version of the voter ID law is a cure worse than the disease.” 
Federal courts struck down voting restrictions in six states this summer, but 14 states still have new voting restrictions in place.
Donald Trump is attempting to use voter fraud, and a corrupt election system as the reason, that he’s doing so poorly in the polls.  However, federal court have been pointing out, that if any rigging is happening, it’s Republican state legislatures who have pass laws that make it harder for people to vote, because they want to discriminate against people of color.
North Carolina pass a restrictive voter I.D. law, but also cut early voting, and eliminated the same day voter registration.  The fourth circuit court of appeals found that the law targeted black voters with: “Almost surgical precision.”
When the federal court asked the state of North Carolina, why they cut early voting, they claimed: “Well, some counties were using it more than others.”  So the court asked: “Well, which counties?”  And the state of North Carolina lawyer replied: “Well, counties that had a larger African-American population intended to vote for democrats.”  To which the fourth circuit commented: “You just admitted to us in court that you did this to disenfranchise people based on their race and their political affiliation.”


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