Sadly, the federal Voting Rights Act still has work to do

The federal Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965, in the aftermath of a bloody assault on voting-rights protesters in Selma, Ala.. The law remains one of the crowning achievements of the civil rights movement, but almost 50 years later, conservatives argue that important provisions of that law have outlived their usefulness.

There’s no question that the nation as a whole, and the South in particular, has made enormous strides over the past half century. Every American can take pride in those hard-won improvements. But has discrimination against minority voters in Georgia and other states disappeared to the point that federal intervention into state and local elections is no longer justified?

Ten years ago, I might have said yes. Not today. Passage of Georgia’s voter ID law back in 2005, and the legal battle that followed, changed my mind about the relevance of the Voting Rights Act, proving that it remains a necessary part of American law.

Today, Georgia’s voter ID law is cited by many conservatives and even some liberals as a national model. I have come to agree. While the Georgia law requires that a government-issued photo ID be presented when voting, it also attempts to ensure that voter identification is easy to obtain and is free for those who can’t afford it. As a result of that balance, there is little evidence that Georgia’s law has reduced minority participation.

However, that was not the case when the law was first passed. The initial bill that became law in 2005 made little attempt to make voter ID easily obtainable. It charged citizens $20 to $35 to obtain the necessary ID, which for poorer Americans can be a significant outlay of cash and might dissuade them from voting. And it gave voters no time to prepare for the law’s requirements.

That’s where the Voting Rights Act proved its merit. Lawsuits were filed, and federal judges immediately blocked Georgia’s voter ID law, ruling that it was an illegal effort to curtail minority voting. In 2006, the Georgia Legislature took the hint, rescinding its earlier law and replacing it with a much-improved bill. The new law offered voter identification for free, and required every Georgia county to issue such ID, removing the need for voters to travel long distances to obtain the document. The state also committed to a broad education effort to ensure that voters wouldn’t be surprised by the new law when they showed up at their precincts.

With those important improvements, federal courts upheld the new law. But those necessary, laudable improvements would not have taken place without the Voting Rights Act.

The law continues to prove itself necessary. In the midst of the heated 2012 campaign, a federal judge in Texas blocked that state’s new voter ID law, ruling that if put into effect the law would almost certainly lower minority participation. In that ruling, the judge specifically criticized the Texas law for not including safeguards contained in Georgia law.

In Florida last year, Republican state officials attempted to dramatically reduce early voting, an option that minority voters rely upon heavily. A federal appeals court used Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act to block that move, noting that “a dramatic reduction in the form of voting that is disproportionately used by African-Americans would make it materially more difficult for some minority voters to cast a ballot.”

And last year, a three-judge appellate panel approved South Carolina’s new voter ID law for use in 2013 and thereafter, again citing Georgia’s landmark law as a standard. But Judge John W. Bates — an appointee of President George W. Bush — thought it important to note that without the specter of federal oversight, South Carolina legislators would have passed a law that was much more unfair.

“… one cannot doubt the vital function that Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act has played here,” Bates wrote. “Without the review process under the Voting Rights Act, South Carolina’s voter photo ID law certainly would have been more restrictive. Rather, the history of (the South Carolina law) demonstrates the continuing utility of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act in deterring problematic, and hence encouraging non-discriminatory, changes in state and local voting laws.”

In Washington today, nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether Section 5 remains relevant. All-too-recent history proves that it is relevant indeed.

– Jay Bookman

290 comments Add your comment

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

February 27th, 2013
7:12 am

Good point, Mr. Bookman. Georgia’s law is reasonable.

the form of voting that is disproportionately used by African-Americans

Anyone got an opinion as to why?

Corbin Sharpe. I think, therefore I am...I think.

February 27th, 2013
7:14 am

Why is it that the one side of our political experiment, the one that has no answers to give, no fair choices to to choose from and no idea how to do anything except pass anti abortion legislation, feel they have to manipulate the voting laws? Oh…wait.

Li'l Aynie

February 27th, 2013
7:15 am

Sadly, the Voting Rights Act does not address the gerrymandering of political districts.

Legislators of both political parties gerrymander. Republicans, motivated by desperation, do it with greater skill and less compunction.

Doggone/GA

February 27th, 2013
7:16 am

“Anyone got an opinion as to why?”

According to the reports I heard at the time, early voting gives voters more flexibility to work in their voting around their jobs and families, and because it means – basically – no lines for waiting to vote, it’s quicker.

Doggone/GA

February 27th, 2013
7:17 am

“Sadly, the Voting Rights Act does not address the gerrymandering of political districts. – See more at: http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2013/02/27/sadly-the-federal-voting-rights-act-still-has-work-to-do/?cp=1#comment-1244676

Gerrymandering does not affect the ability or right of voters TO vote…which is why it’s not addressed by the VRA

Jay

February 27th, 2013
7:26 am

“Sadly, the Voting Rights Act does not address the gerrymandering of political districts.”

Actually, the VRA has been used to justify and encourage gerrymandering, which is one reason I was once ready to rewrite it at the very least. In Georgia, for example, it has been used to justify “bleaching” legislative and congressional districts, packing some districts with white voters and other districts with black voters, supposedly to give black politicians a chance at victory.

Granny Godzilla

February 27th, 2013
7:31 am

Yes, the Voting Rights Act still has work to to BUT…

I am hoping that President Obama’s comments regarding long lines at the polls
becomes a push for a NEW Voting Rights Act.

Standardize the process for national elections across the board.

Universal suffrage for American citizens. Address the long lines, improve the security of
absentee voting, end gerrymandering, look at e-voting and any and all options that would bring more
Americans to the polls.

Let’s ALL get out the vote, without thought to political persuasion.

It’s the way America should work.

Mick

February 27th, 2013
7:35 am

After standing in line for 4 hours to vote this past election, it’s pretty obvious to me that there is still a hell of a lot more to do!

On another note, today is my b-day, they are not as much fun as they used to be but I’m at that all purposeful delineated age of 55. Still, my mind still thinks young but the body is not always on the same page. I went ice skating of all things when I was in tahoe a couple of months ago. Took three weeks to recover my lower limbs from three hours of gliding fancy.
Onward and upward, there is no reverse in this journey…

Granny Godzilla

February 27th, 2013
7:37 am

Mick

Happy Birthday!

55 is a great age, enjoy the strength and wisdom that come with all that experience!

Cherokee

February 27th, 2013
7:40 am

I’ve always wondered why Republicans are so anxious to restrict voting by Those People. A strrong party, one that was confident in their beliefs, would aggressively market themselves to everyone, instead of trying to limit the vote of people who don’t think like they do.

Doggone/GA

February 27th, 2013
7:41 am

Cherokee – you’ve answered your own question

Corbin Sharpe. I think, therefore I am...I think.

February 27th, 2013
7:43 am

Happy Birthday Mick….and may you have many more to come.

It’s funny, but I had my 66th a couple of weeks ago and I was thinking of a conversation my Mom and I had about age. That the time she was my age now. She said that until she looked in a mirror, she felt just like she did when she as 17. I told her that the answer to that problem then, was to get rid of all the mirrors. Except for my knee, I still feel pretty randy…and that will be taken care of this April…and my part of the house is now mirror free!

Life IS good! Like the bumper sticker says, “You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.”

Jerome Horwitz

February 27th, 2013
7:46 am

Happy B-Day Mick. Only as young/old as you feel. Keep being active. Played ice hockey at 55 and know a couple others that still play.

Doggone/GA

February 27th, 2013
7:47 am

“Except for my knee, I still feel pretty randy…and that will be taken care of this April…and my part of the house is now mirror free! – See more at: http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2013/02/27/sadly-the-federal-voting-rights-act-still-has-work-to-do/?cp=1#comment-1244686

Corbin – I hope you mean the knee will be taken care of this April, and not the randiness!

Mick

February 27th, 2013
7:48 am

Thanks granny and corbin – to steal a line from you – a lot of you are some of the finest friends I’ve never physically known! I enjoy the give and take here, some of these commenters and opinionators are both a revelation and a hoot….yes that would be you bill orvis…

Doggone/GA

February 27th, 2013
7:49 am

Mick – Happy Birthday!

And on the subject of “hoots” – did you see Mama’s sign off manifesto last night?

Jerome Horwitz

February 27th, 2013
7:49 am

As to the topic at hand. As long as we have individuals who would strive to make it harder for citizens to vote we’ll need the power of Federal legislation. Waiting for our conservative bloggers to come out with the usual arguements how these voter ID laws are needed to curtial fraud while they continue to like absentee ballots which are the most fraudulent mechanism.

Corbin Sharpe. I think, therefore I am...I think.

February 27th, 2013
7:57 am

Doggone!

:lol:

YES! The KNEE man, the KNEE!!!

Tom E Gunn

February 27th, 2013
7:58 am

This is another intrusion of the Federal government into states rights. Throw it out! Reconstruction is over! Even with the law, a poll worker admitted to voting multiple times. Throw it out!

Recon 0311 2533

February 27th, 2013
8:00 am

“a dramatic reduction in the form of voting that is disproportionately used by African-Americans would make it materially more difficult for some minority voters to cast a ballot.”

Actually limiting early voting makes it materially more difficult for Democrats to round up or otherwise bribe the uninformed voters and drive them to the polls.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

February 27th, 2013
8:00 am

Well, we need a voting rights act for White people. I ain’t seen a butt-whomping like we took last November since Shorty Duncan told Big Bill Zickafoose his wife was ugly. Must be the voting laws.

Have a good Hump Day everybody.

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

February 27th, 2013
8:01 am

According to the reports I heard at the time, early voting gives voters more flexibility to work in their voting around their jobs and families, and because it means – basically – no lines for waiting to vote, it’s quicker

According to BLS unemployment rate for whites is 7.2, for blacks it’s 13.8. (2012)

Cherokee

February 27th, 2013
8:03 am

Yeah I know Doggone.

Amazing to me though that cons don’t recognize the ditch they’re digging for themselves…

Granny Godzilla

February 27th, 2013
8:04 am

Tom E Gunn

February 27th, 2013
7:58 am

This is another intrusion of the Federal government into states rights. Throw it out! Reconstruction is over! Even with the law, a poll worker admitted to voting multiple times. Throw it out!
.
.
.
OH MY GOD The Federal government wants to intrude on Federal elections!

snicker

Jerome Horwitz

February 27th, 2013
8:05 am

Recons remarks do nothing but underscore the need for Voter Rights Act. Rather than look for ways to make the country inclusive he makes the arguement to deny people the right to vote. Maybe the reason minorities need early voting is because their employers make it harder for them to get time off to vote.

bookman parrot

February 27th, 2013
8:06 am

there is no hope for you Jay and your sheep…
i’m jay crying and making up inuendo and generalizations

Partisay

February 27th, 2013
8:06 am

“This is another intrusion of the Federal government into states rights. Throw it out!”

Yeah..just like all those pesky civil rights laws! Throw em’ out. If individual states want to be racists, they should have the right!!

HDB

February 27th, 2013
8:07 am

Happy Birthday, Mick!

Now to the topic….

How long did it actually take for this nation to recognize the Constitutional rights of a minority to express themselves in the way that is supposed to be afforded to ALL of its citizens?? Sadly, we persist in seeing conservatives’ desire to suppress voting rights in order to maintain power. This has been done throughout history, be it whether the conservatives were Southern Democrats prior to 1964…or the GOP today!! It can not be left up to the states to ensure the voting rights afforded by the Constitution; federal oversight….particularly the Voting Rights Act…is needed now more than ever to alleviate the negative effect of the conservatives’ persistence of marginalization and suppression of the minority vote!

Ask yourself this question: What if the shoes were reversed? (Let’s see what happens when the present majority becomes the voting MINORITY!! Wonder will they be howling for the Constitutional protections to vote??)

Partisay

February 27th, 2013
8:08 am

“making up inuendo and generalizations”

Can you give us some examples?

Granny Godzilla

February 27th, 2013
8:09 am

Sheep eat parrots……with a nice chianti and fava beans…yummy

GT

February 27th, 2013
8:10 am

We are the generation of loopholes. We were brought up looking for them to get the advantage on someone else. We go around our elbow to do a business deal just so we don’t pay taxes, we dodged the draft by getting deferments, we pay credit agencies not to rate a bond correctly and we gerrymander to control something we have no right controlling and laugh about it in some smoke filled back room of a Washington bar. If you don’t protect your rights, and voting being one of the most precious, you will find plenty of people more than ready to take em away from you. Not foreign enemies ,but as George Bush himself said, right here is his own party he found some of his biggest enemies. Creepy people operating right in the open trying to steal this country from us, used car salesmen with liquor on their breath and a Bible under their arm. Until we get character in our leadership in the south, you better be making more laws not less.

Aquagirl

February 27th, 2013
8:12 am

OH MY GOD The Federal government wants to intrude on Federal elections!

Always nice to start the day with a laugh.

Bernie

February 27th, 2013
8:12 am

In 2012 Many Republican State Administrations across this Nation proved beyond a shadow of doubt that all of the tennants of the the Voting Rights Act should not only stand but even enhanced to improve Voting accessibilty for ALL Americans. Their shameful ACTS through legislation was a disgusting attempt to steal a U.S.Presidential election through voter suppression with a concerted effort and cooperation by all involved. This time period will be viewed by history as one of America’s lowest points in voting rights violations since the 1960’s.

bookman parrot

February 27th, 2013
8:13 am

you’re so correct jay…. everything is about racism … racism racism racism … couldn’t be anything else … because that sells so well and requires no thought or legit reasoning … the hell with having to show an ID… let’s bus in some Canadians and Mexicans to vote… illegals… go ahead and vote … foreigner working in the US come on down and vote … vote multiple times… sure if you have the conviction and enthusiam … have to defeat those damn racist GOPers …. don’t like the platform or plan of the GOP… call em racist …. the lib party is getting relaxed … bring up racism … make up racism …. just scream racism does racism exist … yes … to the extent of Jay’s crying …. no anywhere close to the extent of Jay’s crying NO!!!

Doggone/GA

February 27th, 2013
8:13 am

“This is another intrusion of the Federal government into states rights. – See more at: http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2013/02/27/sadly-the-federal-voting-rights-act-still-has-work-to-do/?cp=1#comment-1244691

No, it isn’t. It’s the intrusion of the Federal government when states try to deny or restrict citizens CONSTITUTIONAL rights. That’s part of what the Federal government is FOR.

Mick

February 27th, 2013
8:14 am

Thanks HDB, to thine self be true…works for me..

recon

One person, one vote….it’s what democracy is all about and any attempt to suppress it, is appalling! If you don’t like the results, field better candidates and be more open minded about the issues, there will always be a majority and minority…

Lord Help Us

February 27th, 2013
8:14 am

Any new restrictions coming for absentee ballots? Have any GOP state legislatures taken up new laws restricting absentee ballots? You know, the ballots where vote fraud actually occurs on occasion…

Or is it all a transparent attempt to further misinform their low-information base…

Mick

February 27th, 2013
8:15 am

doggone

Thank you and your quick wit!

appleseed

February 27th, 2013
8:15 am

Limiting early voting sure worked against the Dems in electing our President.Teaquester/Tea anyone !

GT

February 27th, 2013
8:17 am

You send a person to congress that gets there cooking the books what protection do you have from Wall Street or private business doing the same thing. The ends trump the means and in doing so you have a recession like this country has never seen before. All start and ends in that voting booth.

Welcome to the Occupation

February 27th, 2013
8:18 am

Morning ilks!

Welcome to the Occupation

February 27th, 2013
8:20 am

Jerome Horwitz:

“Recons remarks do nothing but underscore the need for Voter Rights Act. Rather than look for ways to make the country inclusive he makes the arguement to deny people the right to vote”

It’s because he despises democracy.

alex

February 27th, 2013
8:20 am

Must be a bit more complicated than the superficial treatment by the usual lemmings on this blog if the Supreme court is set to hear the case. Everyone should be allowed to vote, no doubt, but if the cost is billions for a coupla more votes, perhaps this is no longer necessary…As for 55 year old whiner, go check out your local kidney dialysis center, then get back on the bike… 2 Tylenol and a bag of ice…

Granny Godzilla

February 27th, 2013
8:21 am

QUICK bookman parrot needs a fix

Breath in, Breath out, Breath in, Breath out

Corbin Sharpe. I think, therefore I am...I think.

February 27th, 2013
8:21 am

Not to take away from our Jay, but you should check this guy out, if you haven’t already…

http://blogs.ajc.com/jamie-dupree-washington-insider/2013/02/26/senate-democrats-roll-out-sequester-bill/?cxntfid=blogs_jamie_dupree_washington_insider

Good topic today, too…

Stevie Ray

February 27th, 2013
8:21 am

Mick

February 27th, 2013
7:35 am

Where did it take you 4 hours to vote?

Agree about ongoing need fot aspects of VRA. It’s a sad state of affairs when a single ethnic group representing 16% (give or take) of the population still has trouble voting without specific assistance. Yes the parties will continue to gerrymander and drive otherwise non voters to the polls but those still thinking color has meaning in terms of who’s important will always need some form of neutering…

Jerome Horwitz

February 27th, 2013
8:22 am

parrott want a cracker?

Corbin Sharpe. I think, therefore I am...I think.

February 27th, 2013
8:22 am

OK Granny G!

Now I have another monitor clean up to do… :lol:

Keep Up the Good Fight!

February 27th, 2013
8:22 am

The poor conned. They never see any Republican efforts to commit voting fraud of any type and they see a whole lot of imaginary Democratic fraud.

Unfortunately the act is still needed and should be applied to all states.

Georgia on my mind...

February 27th, 2013
8:33 am

Thanks for keeping us informed Jay. This law is still needed in the South.

alex

February 27th, 2013
8:34 am

@ Corbin, Dupree is much more objective than Jay on issues, he is insightful and helpful to understand the actual workings in D.C. I reccomend him to anyone that wants to try to understand an issue as opposed to those that already THINK they understand how the Govt. works. Jay’s is an opinion piece…..pass the BBQ, the opinion is getting cold…

Voting Rights Act of 1965 - Section 5—Preclearance

February 27th, 2013
8:35 am

Section 5 of the Act requires that the United States Department of Justice, through an administrative procedure, or a three-judge panel of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, through a declaratory judgment action “preclear” any attempt to change “any voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure with respect to voting…” in any “covered jurisdiction.”[5]

Stevie Ray

February 27th, 2013
8:35 am

CORBIN

Thanks for the article. Seems to me that instead of screwing around with such unbalanced cuts (I think they should go forward anyhow), the DEMS consider simply spreading them around beyond discretionary spending. Finding 20 bill or so from any number of entitlement programs should be a layup…that’s probably just a fraction of the low hanging fruit.

What exactly is “fair share”? Whatever the WH defines it? Fine and well for scapegoat sake, but not a deep well….to some on the left, there seems to be no altitude high enough to define it…I guess the ultimate definition is at the point of diminishing returns when we start to see more assets and addresses moved offshore..

See France for an example..

alex

February 27th, 2013
8:35 am

@ Georgia , Jay keeps you biased, and that is why YOU read him….

Partisay

February 27th, 2013
8:36 am

“let’s bus in some Canadians and Mexicans to vote… illegals… go ahead and vote …”

speaking of making up some inuendos and generizations! So, where has that been happening parrott?

straitroad

February 27th, 2013
8:36 am

Sadly, liberals are and will remain vested in making everything about race. Voting should not be made to be convenient. It should take at least a little sacrifice because it is so important. It’s not as if elections pop up without notice. Now liberals will ask us to believe that minorities are less capable of voting unless they are given expanded opportunities to do so.

indigo

February 27th, 2013
8:36 am

The Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965. That was about 48 YEARS AGO.
And yet this law, like affirmative action, is a social experiment that just keeps on giving.

It’s clear that many in the African-American community are going to constantly complain about discrimination no mattter how fairly America treats them.

And, it’s clear that those obsessed with political correctness will stoutly defend them no matter how questionable the claims are.

Only in America.

TaxPayer

February 27th, 2013
8:36 am

I see the bitter cons continue to post their bitter tidbits. Not to worry, bitter cons. You only have four more years before we do it again. How ’bout Michelle Obama for President in 2016. Sound good. I think so.

Georgia on my mind...

February 27th, 2013
8:37 am

alex

What is your reason for participating on this blog and not Kyle’s? He seems to be the more conservative one!

Bernie

February 27th, 2013
8:38 am

The State Houses around this Nation can never be trusted to do the right thing when it comes to FAIR & EQUAL Treatment of ALL Americans. This one of America’s most strangest CHARACTER FLAWS when it comes to governing its people. Despite having one of the most noble documents produced by man as a guide for governing, living up to even the most basic tennants still prove to be a very hard sell for many of America’s political leaders.

Mick

February 27th, 2013
8:38 am

stevie ray

It took four hours to vote in miami….I woke up early the saturday before the election and went to the local library to vote. The line was wrapped around the building at 6:30am! You see the repubs in our state did everything they could to suppress voter turnout including a ten page ballot. It backfired! People were determined to send a message to those fools in tallahassee that their dirty tricks wouldn’t work…florida didn’t certify the election until the saturday after the election and obama won handily. All those shenanigans hurt romney voters too, four to six hours to vte in 2013? It was a disgrace!!!

Doggone/GA

February 27th, 2013
8:39 am

“It’s clear that many in the African-American community are going to constantly complain about discrimination no mattter how fairly America treats them. – See more at: http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2013/02/27/sadly-the-federal-voting-rights-act-still-has-work-to-do/?cp=1#comment-1244712

What is truly “clear” is that you don’t recognize discrimination when it’s shoved under your nose

DownInAlbany

February 27th, 2013
8:39 am

Yep, voter fraud is entirely a Republican problem…Dems would never be caught manipulating the vote…

http://www.voteguards.org/info-feed/a-casestudy-in-vote-fraud-evergreen-alabama

http://hotair.com/archives/2012/08/09/book-voter-fraud-is-real-and-has-consequences-just-look-at-sen-al-franken/

Dont’ attack the source before you read…

Scuba Steve

February 27th, 2013
8:39 am

Parrot did you even read the article? Can you even read?

Granny Godzilla

February 27th, 2013
8:40 am

alex

I remember Jamie Dupree as a regular on the Boortz show……
and how abjective that all was.

Granny Godzilla

February 27th, 2013
8:42 am

DownInAlbany

February 27th, 2013
8:39 am

Yep, voter fraud is entirely a Republican problem…Dems would never be caught manipulating the vote…

.
.
.
.
NONSENSE

Any democrat caught comitting voter fraud whould be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law!

I double dog dare you to find any “dem” who disagrees.

Stevie Ray

February 27th, 2013
8:44 am

Recon 0311 2533

February 27th, 2013
8:00 am

Sadly, you are correct but it would be more forthright if you mentioned the means the GOP takes advantage as well. I wonder why we have only 1 day of traditional voting…seems with the appropriate controls in place, spreading it out over a couple days? It seems that most other developed countries do such…need to get rid of those useless exit polls…

Perhaps that would go a ways to addressing…maybe the polling stations can be reconfigured to be mobile and move as demand dictates one day from the next..

Peadawg

February 27th, 2013
8:44 am

Granny Godzilla
February 27th, 2013
8:40 am

Same. Dupree was there to report the news and very very very rarely took Boortz’s bait. Dupree did/does a good job of just reporting.

Lord Help Us

February 27th, 2013
8:45 am

DIA – AWESOME…I have never seen that site (voteguard). Thanks! Look what I found there under an article titled, ‘Why the Election won’t be close.’

1.Polls Lie: The average poll today is skewed heavily Democrat. The average poll sampling is plus 5.5 Democratc. Meaning a tie in the polls is really Romney plus 2.5 – 5.

2.Online Sentiment: In 2008 the positive to negative ratio of online mentions of Obama was 3 to 1 positive vs. negative. Now it’s completely opposite with nearly 4 to 1 negative vs. positive. Positive comments for Romney are nearly double the amount of positive comments for McCain. In 2008 roughly 25% of adults commented about politics online. Today it’s close to 40%. That’s a real “sample.”

3.The Last 4 Four Years: Love or hate Barack Obama, the last four years have been terrible for many people.

4.Sales 101: If you sell someone a product that doesn’t work as advertised, you are going to have a difficult time selling someone the exact same product four years later.

5.Crowd Size: During the 2008 Campaign Barack Obama drew massive crowds everywhere he went. Today it’s the Romney Campaign, not Obama, that draws massive crowds.

6.Someone to Vote For: In 2008 few wanted to vote for John McCain, just against Obama. Today more people are voting for Romney not just against Obama.

7.2010 Mid Term Elections(Tea Party): The last national elections were overwhelmingly in favor of the GOP and conservative candidates in response to Obama’s first two years.

8.Christians: The Obama Presidency has offended Christians time after time. Last election 20 million evangelical Christians didn’t vote. Don’t think Christians are motivated? Did you see the lines at Chic-fil-A?

9.Voter ID/Voter Rolls: The addition of voter ID laws and removal of ineligible voters (felons, illegal immigrants, deceased persons, etc.) from state voter rolls will result in a reduction of invalid Democratic votes. You will not see the same numbers of Democratic voters you did in 2008. What does it say about a party that relies on those “votes” to win an election?

10.The Facts:23 Million Unemployed or Underemployed, 47 Million on Food Stamps, 5.5 Million Homes in Crisis/Foreclosure, $4500 Drop in Household Income, $5.5 Trillion of New Debt , $716 Billion in Medicare Cuts, $2.6 Trillion for Obamacare,$1.9 Trillion in New Taxes in Obama’s Budget and a 100% Increase in Gas Prices.

The veil of depict and confusion has been lifted from the eyes of many Americans. I predict Romney in a landslide. If I’m wrong, God help us.’

Obviously, a quality source…

DownInAlbany

February 27th, 2013
8:47 am

Granny Godzilla

February 27th, 2013
8:42 am

Sorry you couldn’t see the last comment dripping with sarcasm!

Sadly, however, I think the author of this blog would have you believe that every ill in the country, yea, the world is a direct result of the action / inaction of pubs/cons!

Stevie Ray

February 27th, 2013
8:49 am

MICK

I guess I need to better understand why a 10 page ballot (mostly state issues?) is necessary for all to view/complete …also, why not more polling stations distributed with appropriate sizing for districts..??

Steve

February 27th, 2013
8:50 am

This forum CRACKS ME UP. And Redneck Convert posts are the best – how you stay so consistently ironic amazes me.

Granny Godzilla

February 27th, 2013
8:51 am

Peadawg

February 27th, 2013
8:44 am

Granny Godzilla
February 27th, 2013
8:40 am

Same. Dupree was there to report the news and very very very rarely took Boortz’s bait. Dupree did/does a good job of just reporting.

.
.
.
.
Can’t agree Pea, while I heard him walk away from some of Boortz’s bait to be sure, I believe his reporting was and still is skewed right.

Stevie Ray

February 27th, 2013
8:51 am

JAY

Is there any good, apolitical reason why we only have one day to hit the physical polls as tradition would have it?

Steve

February 27th, 2013
8:52 am

Lord Help Us – which parallel universe do you live in? Things are continuing to improve on all levels across this country. Stock market up, homes are now selling in less than 30 days on the market in my Atlanta neighborhood, interest rates are low, low inflation, job market continues to grow.

Granny Godzilla

February 27th, 2013
8:52 am

down in albany

I tend to avoid anything that …drips

Steve

February 27th, 2013
8:53 am

@LordHelpus – my bad, I misread your post :)

Stevie Ray

February 27th, 2013
8:54 am

Steve

February 27th, 2013
8:50 am

Could redneck convert be related directly to you or your computer? If so, pat yourself on the back for me..

stands for decibels

February 27th, 2013
8:54 am

>>the form of voting that is disproportionately used by African-Americans

>Anyone got an opinion as to why?

GH, I will add this to what DGA posted @ 7.16, and it is purely speculative.

But I think those with memories of news video from Ohio in 2004, when long lines of people (predominantly African American, if memory serves) trying to cast a vote for after the polling had officially closed that Tuesday night, probably got a lot of folks across the country thinking it’s smarter to do it sooner rather than try to do it later. Particularly in those districts that lean Democratic, in states governed by Republicans.

And I’m not saying this to paint GOP governors/legislators with a broad brush here; I just think there would be a natural inclination for voters to make that choice, given those circumstances, is all.

Peadawg

February 27th, 2013
8:55 am

Granny Godzilla
February 27th, 2013
8:51 am

I’d go to Dupree’s blog before Kyle’s or Jay’s any day.

st simons - he-ne-ha

February 27th, 2013
8:56 am

“In Florida last year, Republican state officials attempted to dramatically
reduce early voting, an option that minority voters rely upon heavily.”

Reason # eleventy-thousand why you’re getting creamed, especially
next year in Flow-rida, cons.

But i understand. If everybody got to vote, & they didn’t cheat,
they’d never win again.

Peadawg

February 27th, 2013
8:56 am

For unbiased news – that is.

alex

February 27th, 2013
8:57 am

Granny, of course you thought he was skewed to the right , you couldn’t think otherwise, you are not capable. The real point is, for me , is that he is significantly more objective than Jay and his opinion pieces, if you want to hear yourself, GRANNY, stay with Jay..

@ Georgia, to TRY to understand how the FAR left thinks, keep an open mind, get it…..probably not…but mabye!

td

February 27th, 2013
9:02 am

Using early voting to have access to rolls of the people that have already voted so that the Democrats can call them relentlessly or go knock on their doors over and over again until they go and vote. Send out the vans and the buses to pick them up and take them to the polls while your operatives are telling them who they should vote for (education) Is this what the voting rights act is all about?

My understanding is that the voting rights act was written to make sure minorities that wanted to vote could actually vote. I did not know that it was set up to make sure Democrats could shame people into voting for their candidates.

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

February 27th, 2013
9:04 am

But i understand. If everybody got to vote, & they didn’t cheat,
they’d never win again.

Just keep believing that.

indigo

February 27th, 2013
9:04 am

Any proven voter irregularities should be handled on a case by case basis.

We should not need a Voting Rights Act after 45+ years of it being enacted.

Jay, has it ever occured to you, even once, that other countries know about this and wonder why we would still need such a law? And yet, we go marching into other lands to bring truth, justice and the American way. And, when we are greeted with anger and contempt, we just don’t seem to understand why.

Thomas Heywerd Jr

February 27th, 2013
9:05 am

Those who vote in Federally-rigged elections…………..deserve everything coming their way.
.
Thank God………..and Ron Paul………the majority don’t and the numbers are growing.
Think locally and vote……the same.
.
Embrace your inner decency………………ignore Washington and the violent war criminals who dwell there.

Welcome to the Occupation

February 27th, 2013
9:05 am

“Voting should not be made to be convenient. It should take at least a little sacrifice because it is so important”

I see straightroad is in agreement with Recon and others in despising democracy.

But sadly, in this our con friends are in alignment with virtually the entirety of the ruling class and its proxies, including Barack Obama. The only difference between Democrats and the GOP is that the Democrats are quite as aggressive in trying to thwart people’s rights to vote outright. They’re more subtle. But make no mistake. ALL of the ruling elite, Democrat and Republican, view the will of the people with contempt and as something to be skirted wherever possible.

Scuba Steve

February 27th, 2013
9:06 am

lol cry for me, td

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

February 27th, 2013
9:06 am

“The federal Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965, in the aftermath of a bloody assault on voting-rights protesters in Selma, Ala.. The law remains one of the crowning achievements of the civil rights movement”

And who tried to block it ?

DEMOCRATS !

Partisay

February 27th, 2013
9:07 am

Straitroad – Voting should not be made to be convenient. It should take at least a little sacrifice because it is so important.

So because something is so important, it should be MADE to be inconvenient? In what ways? People should be made to stand in long lines – because voting is that important?

It boggles the mind that people actually think like this.

Scuba Steve

February 27th, 2013
9:08 am

Indigo, we still need the law because America continues to f*** up Civil Rights on a consistent basis.

Welcome to the Occupation

February 27th, 2013
9:09 am

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801:

“And who tried to block it ?

DEMOCRATS REPUBLICANS !”

Those “Democrats” were actually just Republicans waiting to be born, as you know perfectly well.

Granny Godzilla

February 27th, 2013
9:09 am

alex

I simply don’t agree that jaime dupree is more objective.

I come here to hear YOU alex…..

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

February 27th, 2013
9:10 am

“WHITE LIBERALS TELL BLACK LIES ABOUT CIVIL RIGHTS”

“The 1957 bill was sent to Congress by Eisenhower, passed with the intervention of Vice President Richard Nixon, and opposed exclusively by Democrats. Not “Southern Democrats,” not “conservative Democrats,” but Democrats, such as Wayne Morse of Oregon, Warren Magnuson of Washington, James Murray of Montana, Mike Mansfield of Montana and Joseph O’Mahoney of Wyoming.”

Every single segregationist in the Senate was a Democrat. Only one of them ever became a Republican: Strom Thurmond.

The rest remained not only Democrats, but quite liberal Democrats. These included such liberal luminaries as Harry Byrd, Robert Byrd, Allen Ellender, Albert Gore Sr., J. William Fulbright, Walter F. George, Russell Long and Richard Russell.”

http://www.anncoulter.com/columns/2013-02-13.html

Sometimes the truth hurts !

JamVet

February 27th, 2013
9:11 am

And who tried to block it ?

Southern white male conservatives!

Who all fled the Democratic Party in the 1980s to become Republicans.

It was and is LIBERALS who champion civil rights.

But you knew all of that…

Granny Godzilla

February 27th, 2013
9:11 am

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

February 27th, 2013
9:11 am

“Patriotism is supporting your country all of the time and your government when it deserves it.”

Mark Twain

Granny Godzilla

February 27th, 2013
9:12 am

JamVet

That!!!!

Ronin

February 27th, 2013
9:13 am

Jay, while I can’t lift you to the same cognizant level as Neal Boortz. Interesting info.

The truth is, no person that receives government assistance should be allowed to vote, until the tax code changes, to a flat tax.