Is Voter Suppression Distorting Elections?

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The outcome of some of our nation’s tightest races may very well have been affected by new voter suppression laws. Tougher voter registration and identification requirements along with reduced early voting days and poll hours may have had a significant impact on turnout, a typical Republican slow venture that’s meant to have a small immediate impact, but these laws will have long term and extremely far reaching consequences.

More data and statistical examination is needed to verify the actual impact these new laws may have had on turnout, but it believed that the number of people denied their right to vote outnumbered the actual number of voters casting their ballots. The would-be voters most affected by the new restrictions are minorities, the young, poor and the elderly, mostly because they tend to lack adequate identification documents.

One example of how voter suppression may have affected the election results is in Florida where they have the harshest voting laws in the country. Governor Rick Scott has overturned an initiative to allowing former felons who have paid their debt to society to regain their voting rights. That adds up to over 1.3 million Floridians who could not cast their vote.

When the data is in and if it is found that voter restraint did in fact have an effect on election outcomes, it is unlikely that any type of recourse will be taken. The call for a revote is seldom granted by those having the power to overturn an election. Unless the Supreme Court acts against these disturbing suppression laws, future elections are sure to continue to be tainted.

Voter Suppression Laws Make it Clear Conservatives are Scared

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A recent article by political newsman, Bill Moyers, encourages people to use their right to vote and not to allow the recent rash of conservative attempt at voter suppression to deter them from getting out there and having their voices heard. The post highlights recent attempts at those on the right to deter marginalized populations from voting by requiring voter ID’s that are difficult for these folks to acquire. The rationale here is that these efforts are merely to prevent voter fraud from occurring. The problem with that argument is that voter fraud is such a rarity that it really doesn’t warrant the time, effort and funds going into this supposed “prevention” effort.

So why bother? Political expert Igor Cornelsen says it’s because they’re scared. Plain and simple. It is Republican conservatives leading this unnecessary fight to restrict people’s access to the vote. With one party trying to hard to silence people’s voices, it is absolutely apparent that there is an underlying motive. The people being affected by these new ID laws are not the rich or upper middle class. They are poor people, students and minorities, demographics that have the most difficulty obtaining the needed identification due to monetary, transportation, bureaucratic, administrative and other obstacles that may stand in their way. Coincidentally, it is this demographic who traditionally votes Democrat at the polls.

See a pattern here? If so, then get out there and make your voice heard. Help people get the ID’s they need. Spread the word. We all can do something to encourage our citizenry’s fundamental right to vote.