3 Ways the GOP Has Already Disenfranchised Thousands of Swing-State Voters
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“The newspapers talked about a purge—there wasn’t a purge,” he said. “And Florida did not change its voter ID law. But all this information is confusing young voters, confusing minorities, and nothing has changed [with voter ID requirements]. Nothing.”
Worse, where there have been changes in voting procedures, such as with moved or consolidated polling places after state and congressional redistricting, new requirements for filing change-of-address forms, and shortened early voting periods and new weekend voting hours, the state has yet to launch any public education efforts to avoid chaos this fall.
“Where are the public education efforts by the secretary of state,” Sancho asks. “Where are the public service ads in the state of Florida?” The answer is they are not on the air—not yet. And that is largely true in other swing states like Pennsylvania, where the state is now unrolling a new voter ID program that may affect hundreds of thousands of urban voters who do not have driver’s licenses.
As Michelle Obama told the Latino Caucus in Charlotte on Wednesday morning, the president will not get reelected unless “every single person you know… gets to the polls and casts their vote.” She continued, “Because, as Barack said, this election is going to be even closer than the last one.”
But President Obama is not the only one who knows this. The Republican Party also knows it. That is why they have been working since 2009 to tilt the electoral rules and playing field to their benefit. And with two months to go until Election Day, there’s plenty of evidence that tens of thousands of likely Democratic voters are already being thwarted in 2012’s swing states.