Monday, March 31, 2014

Republicans to Scale Back Hours and Days for Voting in Key Battleground States

Oh boy, the race-baiting progs are going to be all batshit over these developments.

At NYT, "New G.O.P. Bid to Limit Voting in Swing States":
CINCINNATI — Pivotal swing states under Republican control are embracing significant new electoral restrictions on registering and voting that go beyond the voter identification requirements that have caused fierce partisan brawls.

The bills, laws and administrative rules — some of them tried before — shake up fundamental components of state election systems, including the days and times polls are open and the locations where people vote.

Republicans in Ohio and Wisconsin this winter pushed through measures limiting the time polls are open, in particular cutting into weekend voting favored by low-income voters and blacks, who sometimes caravan from churches to polls on the Sunday before election.

Democrats in North Carolina are scrambling to fight back against the nation’s most restrictive voting laws, passed by Republicans there last year. The measures, taken together, sharply reduce the number of early voting days and establish rules that make it more difficult for people to register to vote, cast provisional ballots or, in a few cases, vote absentee.

In all, nine states have passed measures making it harder to vote since the beginning of 2013. Most have to do with voter ID laws. Other states are considering mandating proof of citizenship, like a birth certificate or a passport, after a federal court judge recently upheld such laws passed in Arizona and Kansas. Because many poor people do not have either and because documents can take time and money to obtain, Democrats say the ruling makes it far more difficult for people to register.

Voting experts say the impact of the measures on voter turnout remains unclear. Many of the measures have yet to take effect, and a few will not start until 2016. But at a time when Democrats are on the defensive over the Affordable Care Act and are being significantly outspent by conservative donors like the Koch brothers, the changes pose another potential hurdle for Democratic candidates this year...
There's a Memeorandum thread on this, with some left-wing idiots calling these reforms "voter suppression" efforts. But California, a blue state with a liberal Democrat majority across the board, has never had Sunday voting or early voting days. And if one looked around the rest of the states, no doubt places like Ohio and Wisconsin are in fact returning their state voting-practices to the norm of Tuesday (election day) voting --- which is by no means an effort to suppress the vote. And of course the idea that it's a burden on the voter to show proof of identification is one of the biggest scams of the current era. The requirement for ID prevails in all other aspect of life, like buying alcohol or cigarettes, or making a purchase on a credit card. Leftists simply want the ineligible to cast a ballot and they'll call you "racist" if you're not down for that lawbreaking.

Moral reprobates and f-king morons, all of them.