Your Voting Rights

These duties of a citizen is under constant strain from the GOP….with restrictive voting programs…..now Biden is stepping forward…..with what could be a life changing situation as far as our voting life goes….

Pounding his fist for emphasis, President Biden challenged senators on Tuesday to “stand against voter suppression,” urging them to change Senate rules in order to pass voting rights legislation that Republicans are blocking from debate and votes. Biden told a crowd in Atlanta that he’d been having quiet conversations with senators for months over the two bills—a lack of progress that has brought his criticism from activists in his own party, the AP reports. “I’m tired of being quiet!” he shouted. “I will not yield. I will not flinch.” Biden on Tuesday also paid tribute to civil rights battles past—visiting Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, where the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once held forth from the pulpit. He stood quietly as Martin Luther King III placed a wreath outside at the crypt of King and his wife, Coretta Scott King.

With Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer setting next Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a deadline to either pass voting legislation or consider revising the rules around the chamber’s filibuster blocking device, Biden is expected to evoke the memories of the Capitol riot in more forcefully aligning himself with the voting rights effort. Biden told his audience Tuesday: “The next few days, when these bills come to a vote, will mark a turning point in this nation. Will we choose democracy over autocracy, light over shadow, justice over injustice? I know where I stand.”

Biden promised: “I will defend your right to vote and our democracy against all enemies foreign, yes and domestic! And so the question is where will the institution of the United States Senate stand?”Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, known for her untiring voting rights work, was not at the event. Aides said Abrams had a conflict but didn’t explain further, though she tweeted support for the president.

Current rules require 60 votes to advance most legislation—a threshold that Senate Democrats can’t meet alone because they only have a 50-50 majority with Vice President Kamala Harris to break ties. Republicans unanimously oppose the voting rights measures. Not all Democrats are on board with changing the filibuster rules. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin threw cold water on the idea Tuesday, saying he believes any changes should be made with substantial Republican buy-in. And even if Democrats clear the obstacles to passage of the voting rights laws, it could be too late to counter widespread voting restrictions passed in 19 states following former Donald Trump’s 2020 loss and false claims that the election was stolen through voter fraud.

Promises….promises….great thoughts and words….but what is needed is action not idle promises.

I am not holding my breath….are you?

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“lego ergo scribo”

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21 thoughts on “Your Voting Rights

    1. Good for you…..my optimism left the room in 1980….and nothing has changed my mind especially these days. I hope you have a great year….be well and be safe……chuq

  1. I’m not holding my breath. I also think Biden made a critical tactical error by waiting to speak about this too much until this year, which is an election year. It only gives opponents ammunition to say, “See, Biden is trying to meddle with elections!”

  2. I stand back and take measure of my two senators – Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse – and think I am glad I don’t have any children who have to survive the dystopian future that two will help bring on unless Lewis’ and the voting rights acts are passed. Don’t know about Fischer, but Sasse has young’uns. When they grow up, I hope they can forgive their father for been such a cxxx!

      1. I am hopeful, but still feel Sinema and Machin are too special in their own minds to consider doing what’s right for the future of the Republic. I’m holding my breath and will try not to watch the vote for fear my blood pressure would explode….

  3. There’s not a single thing in voter integrity initiatives that limits or denies anyone the right to vote or surpresses the votes of any ethnicity. The claims to the contrary are absolute lies. What the democrats are really against is that voter integrity prevents them from cheating at the ballot box esp this mail in vote scam and the unverified absentee ballot scam. They are the threat to our democracy because their alleged democracy is grounded in fraud and changing the rules. Oh yeah, don’t forget the republicans are racists and Jeff Davis acolites because they champion voter integrity which also protects democrat voters and democrat candidates against any cheating that republicans would undertake.

    1. Really? Closing voting stations…limiting voting hours, etc and all that is to protect what? There is absolutely nothing wrong with the integrity of our voting…most of the voter fraud has been from GOPers….but the Dems are the problem…no people that believe BS are the problem. chuq

  4. Why would anyone not see a problem for mail in ballots that could be submitted by anyone ? Why would anyone object to signature verification on absentee ballots ? Why would anyone object to having a witness co-sign the return envelope attesting that the voter did actually sign and submit the absentee ballot ? Miami Dade Country has almost 700 precincts . It costs millions of dollars to staff each one, more money for extended hours and even more money to increase pre election day voting. Then staff at all the schools and churches and all other facilities has to be paid for all the extra days and hours to open, close and monitor the facility. . Cities and counties just can’t afford it and are not budgeted for these huge expenses. I do support expanded hours and days to vote but no one seems to understand the budget breaking costs. Can you imagine the cost to employ 5,000 poll workers at 700 precincts for just one day ? Why do they insist some people can’t get a picture ID ? If you are a vet you can get the photo ID at the VA Clinic and even get it it you are a homeless vet. In Guilford County, North Carolina one can bring his discharge papers to the register of deeds office and get a Guilford County veteran’s photo ID which also gets you a 10 to 20 % discount at most vendors. If you are a regular citizen who is homeless the homeless shelters will allow you to register there with them as your mailing address and usually provide photo ID’s. Anybody can walk into the county republican headquarters or county democrat headquarters and say “Hi . My name is Jeff and I want to vote.” They will register you, verify address, send you to photo ID providers and even give you a ride to the polls ! Nothing wrong with the integrity of our voting system ? Miami Dade County is the Medicare fraud capital of America and in certain communities illegal absentee ballots are harvested from the nursing homes for all elections . If they can get fake people on Medicare they can get fake people submitting fake mail-in ballots and fake absentee ballots. I lived there for six decades and know this as absolutely factual. Voter fraud can determine a presidency or any election. In year 2000 the Supreme Court gave Florida to Bush based on a 487 vote win so Gore lost. * Yes, that ‘s correct: four hundred and eighty seven votes. Don’t think voter fraud exists ? Look what 487 votes can do. Claims of voter fraud have indeed come from republicans but the actual fraud is performed by democrats. I fully support the arrest, prosecution and incarceration of any fellow republican proven guilty of election vote fraud.

    * Don’t blame me. I voted for Ralph Nader in Miami in 2000 election

    1. If their ID is verified I see NO problem mail in or any other….states piss away money on stupid programs and yet they cannot find the cash to fund voting and make it easier for people to find a voting station….limiting voting in any way is a crime……but that is not a problem these days. chuq

    1. Actually that is only a section…the big picture is the voting needs to be more expanded to make it easier to exercise one’s right. chuq

      1. Expansion with security, there’s nothing wrong with that so agree. But it does enrage me to have 40 million republicans and millions of independents labeled Bull Conner, George Wallace and Jeff Davis racists for advocating ballot integrity How dare this president call us domestic enemies esp those that are veterans, police officers and teachers and firemen . Then Hillary calls us the deplorables. The delusion of the left that they have intellectual and moral superiority over conservatives and blue collar workers is astonishing. They are the threat to democracy.

      2. Because Dems and us damn intellectuals are hated because we do not agree with these efforts does not mean are wrong…..please leave that dinosaur Hillary out of it….but what she said is it any worse than the names dems are being called almost daily?….I am from Mississippi and Wallace was a racist. chuq

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