Saturday, March 30, 2013

NC GOP attacks voting rights

Suppressing the (Democratic) vote has been an ongoing effort since the idiot GOPers took over our statehouse and they're not letting up for a minute. Not content to trust their extreme gerrymandering of the districts, which went as far as to split a college campus down the middle, the GOP's latest assault on voting rights is going for the ALEC approved attack on voting access. They're double teaming this one:
Senate Bill 428, filed by Sen. Jerry Tillman, R-Randolph, would cut the early voting period from two weeks to one and would eliminate same-day voter registration.

House Bill 451, filed by Rep. Edgar Starnes, R-Caldwell, goes even further. In addition to cutting early voting and same-day registration, it would also outlaw early voting on Sunday and straight-ticket voting.
You know for balance. And the Sunday voting ban has nothing to do with the long standing tradition of black churches "Souls to the Polls" voting drives. Of course not, it's all about the keeping the Sabbath holy.
"I think Sundays just should be – some things you just shouldn't do on Sundays, so I am just opposed to voting on Sunday," Starnes said.
However, you can bet you won't find him filing any bills to end Sunday retail sales or alcohol vending or holding NASCAR races and other sports events on a Sunday. Only voting by possible Democrats offends his God.

Not sure how much difference it even makes. The shameless gerrymandering NC GOPers pushed through gives them a ridiculous advantage already. I'd be willing to bet that was a big part of the reason why Obama didn't win this state again in 2012. Sadly, this isn't the worst thing they're ramming through the legislatures very much against the will of the people. One can only hope the deluded voters who put them into office will remember the GOP's betrayals at the next election.

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