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Obstacles in the way – “Voter Denial” process!

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>by Robert L. Gallimore |DLU|5/31/2012 | Obstacles in the way – “Voter Denial” process!

The general consensus is that it’s Minorities that are targeted in major battleground states – period! Any group that has a history of voting Democratic is targeted by the GOP! Consequently, yes, the black voters [African-Americans] have the right to feel that way because it’s a fact that they are along with Hispanics, Asians, and Poor Americans of whatever race, creed or nationality! These people, in general, do not vote for Republicans, and the simple fact is that Republicans can’t win without eliminating people of color in some form or fashion – they’re obstacles in the way of winning for them!  Case in point Governor Rick Scott of Florida purging, mainly voting Democrats from the electoral system – illegally! It is voter suppression, disenfranchisement and bring back pre-1965  Jim Crow era all rolled up into one package called “Voter Denial” by any means necessary to win this election!

Low Voter Turnout 2010

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“According to the exit polls in last year’s [2008] presidential election, the candidate preference of non-white voters was distinctly different from that of white voters. Nearly all (95%) black voters cast their ballot for Democrat Barack Obama. Among Latino voters, 67% voted for Obama while 31% voted for Republican John McCain. Among Asian voters, 62% supported Obama and 35% voted for McCain. In contrast, white voters supported McCain (55%) over Obama (43%).” See the Dissecting the 2008 Electorate: Most Diverse in U.S. History below!

In contrast to the Presidential Election of 2008, the midterm election of 2010 showed a very low turnout for African-Americans. See below: Exit Poll: Lower Turnout Among Youth and Black Voters [- 2010]! This is what the GOP’s hoping for in the November 2012 election among minorities and youth that would normally vote Democratic – low turnout for various reasons and to ensure this ergo ‘Voter Denial’ as a back-up measure to win!


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[important]Black Voters Feel Targeted By Election Restrictions[/important]

>by | May 31, 2012 |NPR |

New voter ID laws and other voting restrictions have been enacted in a number of states since the last major election. And that’s raised special concerns among African Americans, who feel they’re being targeted. Black church leaders and the Congressional Black Caucus met in Washington Wednesday to find ways African-American voters aren’t discouraged from turning out in November. [ View Transcript here: ]

NPR Comments:

Ryan Dougherty (rydoc) wrote:

David, no one with half a brain thinks we have a huge voter fraud problem in the US. Only right wing nuts who, after every election (except 2000) claim the election was stolen because they can’t believe that not everyone thinks like them.
Getting a photo ID isn’t hard in your world, but for people on the margins and from poor areas both rural and urban, it can be a significant expense of time and money to get something they may not need for any other purpose.
America has plugged along for 236 years voting like we do. I think we’ll be fine.
Besides, why aren’t you worried about absentee ballots? It is far, far easier and more efficient to commit fraud with them than by having impostors show up to vote.

Thursday, May 31, 2012 7:29:45 PM

Vade D (Vade) wrote:

Instead of developing ideas that might bring new voters to their party, it’s obvious the repubs have opted to promote the same failed ideas coupled with legislation to reduce the number of opposition voters. Using phony and trivial issues to target likely democratic supporters such as college students, the elderly and the poor in order to keep them away from the polls, may be an effective short term strategy, but it’ll do nothing for long term repub credibility. Too bad it takes so long for the country to recover from the repub debacles.

Thursday, May 31, 2012 6:44:07 PM

Aaron King (1kingfisher1) wrote:

Poverty in America does not mean “I dont have enough to go on vacation this year”. It does not mean “I cant afford to send my kid to a private school”. It does not mean “I cant afford to buy new clothes every month”.

Poverty in America is “I cant feed myself, or my kids”. It is “My parents abandoned me when I was 8 and I have been living on the streets ever since”.

America has REAL poverty. Like the stuff you see in movies. We just keep it hidden.

The right answer to poverty is not to ignore and denigrate these people, it is to provide them with health care (as Obama has tried to do), job training (see Clinton’s welfare reforms), and better access to education (imagine what Reagan and Bush Jr. did, then think of the opposite).

Thursday, May 31, 2012 2:23:40 PM

Aaron King (1kingfisher1) wrote:

So much misinformation here in these comments.

There is essentially no voter fraud problem at the polling booth. The worst cases are still such incredibly tiny fractions of the voting population that it is just insignificant.

The only significant vote fraud comes in the form of providing too few voting booths in minority precincts (as happened in Ohio in 2004), and bogus purges such as Florida carried out in 2000, and is trying to carry out this year as well, where they pick out 10′s to 100′s of thousands of people, invariably minorities and the poor, and disenfranchise them a few months before the election, telling them they will have to go through a tortuous process to be reinstated as a voter.

It is simply incredible that anyone who actually cares about our country would not do the basic research to find out these facts.

The notion that so many conservatives have that a voter ID is no hardship, because they can just use their drivers license, just speaks to the startling ignorance of the conservative population. Poor people dont have cars, dont have licenses, and many dont even have birth certificates. The $10 fee for a photo ID is often totally prohibitive to people who are living in poverty.

Thursday, May 31, 2012 2:18:44 PM


[notice]Exit Poll: Lower Turnout Among Youth and Black Voters – 2010[/notice]

>by CBSNews | November 2, 2010 7:40 PM | Political Hotsheet |

Based on CBS News’ preliminary national exit polling, Republicans are poised for significant gains in Congress. The youth vote–18-to-29-year-olds–who helped catapult President Obama into office makes up an estimated 9 percent of voters this year, compared to 18 percent in 2008. About 58 percent of the youth vote favors Democratic candidates.

Independents make up an estimated 28 percent of voters in the early exit polls, with 39 percent voting Democratic and 56 percent Republican.

Black voter turnout also appears to be lower during the midterm election. An estimated 10 percent of blacks are voting, compared to 13 percent in 2008. The exit polling found 8 percent of voters are Hispanic, with 66 percent voting Democratic.

In addition, men are voting more Republican, 55 percent compared to 43 for the Democrats. Among women, Democrats have a one point edge, 49% are voting for Democrats and 48% for Republicans. In 2008, more women voted Democratic. In 2002, women voted 49 percent Republican and 49 percent Democratic.


[notice]Dissecting the 2008 Electorate: Most Diverse in U.S. History[/notice]

Black women had the highest voter turnout rate in November’s election — a first.

>by Mark Hugo Lopez , Associate Director, Pew Hispanic Center, Paul Taylor, Executive Vice President, Pew Research Center | April 30, 2009 |

The electorate in last year’s presidential election was the most racially and ethnically diverse in U.S. history, with nearly one-in-four votes cast by non-whites, according to a new analysis of Census Bureau data by the Pew Research Center. 1 The nation’s three biggest minority groups — blacks, Hispanics and Asians — each accounted for unprecedented shares of the presidential vote in 2008.

Overall, whites 2 made up 76.3% of the record 131 million people 3 who voted in November’s presidential election, while blacks made up 12.1%, Hispanics 7.4% and Asians 2.5%. 4 The white share is the lowest ever, yet is still higher than the 65.8% white share of the total U.S. population .

The unprecedented diversity of the electorate last year was driven by increases both in the number and in the turnout rates of minority eligible voters.

The levels of participation by black, Hispanic and Asian eligible voters all increased from 2004 to 2008, reducing the voter participation gap between themselves and white eligible voters. This was particularly true for black eligible voters. Their voter turnout rate increased 4.9 percentage points, from 60.3% in 2004 to 65.3% in 2008, nearly matching the voter turnout rate of white eligible voters (66.1%). For Hispanics, participation levels also increased, with the voter turnout rate rising 2.7 percentage points, from 47.2% in 2004 to 49.9% in 2008. Among Asians, voter participation rates increased from 44.6% in 2004 to 47.0% in 2008. Meanwhile, among white eligible voters, the voter turnout rate fell slightly, from 67.2% in 2004 to 66.1% in 2008.

Much of the surge in black voter participation in 2008 was driven by increased participation among black women and younger voters. The voter turnout rate among eligible black female voters increased 5.1 percentage points, from 63.7% in 2004 to 68.8% in 2008. Overall, among all racial, ethnic and gender groups, black women had the highest voter turnout rate in November’s election — a first.

Blacks ages 18 to 29 increased their voter turnout rate by 8.7 percentage points, from 49.5% in 2004 to 58.2% in 2008, according to an analysis by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University, The voter turnout rate among young black eligible voters was higher than that of young eligible voters of any other racial and ethnic group in 2008. This, too, was a first.

The increased diversity of the electorate was also driven by population growth, especially among Latinos. Between 2004 and 2008, the number of Latino eligible voters rose from 16.1 million in 2004 to 19.5 million in 2008, or 21.4%. In comparison, among the general population, the total number of eligible voters increased by just 4.6%.

In 2008, Latino eligible voters accounted for 9.5% of all eligible voters, up from 8.2% in 2004. Similarly, the share of eligible voters who were black increased from 11.6% in 2004 to 11.8% in 2008. The share of eligible voters who were Asian also increased, from 3.3% in 2004 to 3.4% in 2008. In contrast, the share of eligible voters who were white fell from 75.2% in 2004 to 73.4% in 2008.

With population growth and increased voter participation among blacks, Latinos and Asians, members of all three groups cast more votes in 2008 than in 2004. Two million more blacks and 2 million more Latinos reported voting in 2008 than said the same in 2004. Among Asians, 338,000 more votes were reported cast in 2008 than in 2004. The number of white voters in 2008 was also up, but only slightly — increasing from 99.6 million in 2004 to 100 million in 2008.

The Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data also finds a distinct regional pattern in the state-by-state increases in turnout. From 2004 to 2008, the greatest increases were in Southern states with large black eligible voter populations: Mississippi (where the voter turnout rate was up 8 percentage points), Georgia (7.5 points), North Carolina (6.1 points) and Louisiana (6.0 points). It also increased in the District of Columbia (6.9 points). 5

According to the exit polls in last year’s presidential election, the candidate preference of non-white voters was distinctly different from that of white voters. Nearly all (95%) black voters cast their ballot for Democrat Barack Obama. Among Latino voters, 67% voted for Obama while 31% voted for Republican John McCain. Among Asian voters, 62% supported Obama and 35% voted for McCain. In contrast, white voters supported McCain (55%) over Obama (43%).

This report summarizes the participation of voters in the 2008 presidential election and follows reports from the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, on the Latino vote and Latino public opinion about the election and the candidates.

The data for this report are derived from the November Voting and Registration Supplement of the Current Population Survey (CPS). The CPS is a monthly survey of about 55,000 households conducted by the Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The November Voting and Registration Supplement is one of the richest sources available of information about the characteristics of voters. It is conducted after Election Day and relies on survey respondent self-reports of voting and voter registration.

Read the full report (PDF)


1. The measurement of race in the Current Population Survey changed between November 2000 and November 2004. Prior to 2003, survey respondents could only pick one race, either white, black, American Indian or Alaska Native, or Asian or Pacific Islander. Beginning with all Current Population Surveys in January 2003, survey respondents could identify multiple race categories. As a result, demographic shares based on race for 2000 and earlier are not directly comparable with demographic shares for whites, blacks and Asians in 2004 and 2008. White, black and Asian demographic shares in 2004 and 2008 are for white only, black only, and Asian only populations, and do not include those of mixed race. These changes in the measurement of race do not affect the definition and measurement of the share Hispanic across all years (Suro, Fry and Passel, 2005).
2. In this report, “whites” refer to non-Hispanic whites, “blacks” refer to non-Hispanic blacks and “Asians” refers to non-Hispanic Asians. Hispanics can be of any race.
3. According to the Current Population Survey November 2008 Voting and Registration Supplement, 131.1 million U.S. citizens say they voted in the 2008 presidential election, slightly lower than the 131.3 million votes cast for president as reported by the Center for the Study of the American Electorate (Gans, 2008).
4. The remaining share of voters in 2008 was of other racial or ethnic heritage. This group includes Native Americans and mixed-race voters. In 2008, 1.7% of all voters were of other race or ethnicity, up from 1.5% in 2004.
5. According to Pew Research Center tabulations from the Census Bureau’s 2007 American Community Survey, blacks constitute 35% of eligible voters in Mississippi, 30% in Georgia, 21% in North Carolina, 31% in Louisiana and 58% in the District of Columbia. Nationally, 12.2% of all eligible voters are black.


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