To Vote Or Not To Vote

There are at least 43 of the 50 states that are trying to stop people from voting….a right they have under the Constitution (remember that document?)…..

Fourteenth Amendment, Section 1:

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Although, of course, the denial of the franchise on the basis of race or color violates the Fifteenth Amendment and a series of implementing statutes enacted by Congress, the administration of election statutes so as to treat white and black voters or candidates differently can constitute a denial of equal protection as well.  Additionally, cases of gerrymandering of electoral districts and the creation or maintenance of electoral practices that dilute and weaken black and other minority voting strength is subject to Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendment and statutory attack.

The most egregious bill of all of them is from the state of Georgia…..and the governor had a hurried bill signing to prevent any opposition.

With opposition gathering outside his office, Gov. Brian Kemp signed new voting restrictions into law Thursday less than an hour after they passed the General Assembly. Calling the legislation “Jim Crow 2.0,” protesters outside the Capitol said voters were being disenfranchised. A Democratic state representative was arrested and removed by force after she knocked on Kemp’s door to try to witness the signing, the Journal-Constitution reports. Supporters, including Kemp, said the legislation would safeguard the integrity of elections. Georgia became the first battleground state to limit voter access since the November presidential election, in which President Biden carried the state over former President Donald Trump, per CNN.

The legislation rewrites Georgia voting laws. It adds voter ID requirements, limits the number of drop boxes for ballots, and permits the state to take over local elections. Runoffs will be held more quickly after general elections, leaving as little as one week for early voting. “It’s like the Christmas tree of goodies for voter suppression,” one Democrat said on the Senate floor. Republicans said the new law would increase trust in the state’s elections after Trump’s claims of fraud last November, though Georgia election officials—including Republicans—say there’s no evidence of widespread fraud. Republicans in other states are pursuing similar legislation, and President Biden called such efforts “un-American” on Thursday. He said he’ll do everything he can to block them.

I have been warning people since the 80s that our rights would be under assault…..and few paid attention.

All this suppression because of the “Big Lie” of massive voter fraud…..which by the way has NEVER….let me say again….NEVER been proven.

As Yogi once said….”It ain’t over ’til its over”.

This has just begun.

(More on this issue later)

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25 thoughts on “To Vote Or Not To Vote

  1. I’m surprised there is not more public protest and outrage at this. I would have imagined tens of thousands of demonstrators opposing it.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. In a country that is deeply divide and party politics is more important than policy…..I warned Americans for years that they fell asleep and they would lose their rights…..and here we are. It is pathetic. chuq

    1. Everywhere there is the GOP in control of legislatures. It is pathetic that party trumps (no pun intended) the good of the nation. chuq

  2. Reblogged this on House of Heart and commented:
    Our voting rights are being suppressed by the Republicans because having lost Ga. in the last election to Biden and backing the “Big Lie”, they fear they can’t win on a fair playing field. As President Biden charged yesterday the Ga. legislation “ is un-American and sick “ .

      1. We have to fight voter suppression wherever it rears its ugly head. We have Trump and his disciples to thank for these outrageous actions including the assault on the Capitol.

  3. I’m Canadian, and I’m in shock and horror about this. I’ve always looked up to the US, as many countries “did”.
    Yogi – “let’s go get us a pic-a-nic basket”. Unfortunately, it seems most baskets are empty right now. The GOP ate all the goodies.

    1. Yogi as in Berra not Bear…..it is appalling to most intelligent Americans as well,,,,welcome and thanx for the comment. chuq

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