Saturday, August 25, 2012

Getting out the vote amidst voter suppression

The efforts by Republicans to suppress the vote in many states is deplorable, but there are some things that can be done to counter these moves.

  • Firstly, efforts should be made to register every eligible voter.  Too many Americans that can vote are not even registered.
  • Attorney General Eric Holder should continue his valiant efforts to shut down voter suppression laws that violate the Constitution or federal law. 
  • Just in case some laws remain intact, every effort should be made to ensure voters get the identification they need to vote. To find out what you need, check out this website: http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/elections/voter-id.aspx.  In some cases, you may be able to just bring documents like your birth certificate on the election day.  For more info on what to bring:  http://www.gottavote.org/en/CA/?source=footer-nav
  • The Democratic Party also is holding training sessions in the concerned states on how to get voter identification.  
  • Plan on how you will vote.  The best way is to register to vote by mail.  If you are voting on election day, schedule your day in detail.  Set up automatic reminders on gottavote.org.
  • Check to make sure that your family and friends have voted.
  • If you see any strange activity going on the polling area, report it to the proper authorities. Don't let anyone intimidate you when you are trying to vote.
 

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