Monte Wolverton, Cagle Cartoons.

Monte Wolverton, Cagle Cartoons.

 

Giants like The Nation and The Atlantic (who just bestowed their first presidential endorsement since Lincoln), find themselves flooded with anecdotal cases of Voter Oppression. Or, as I prefer to call it, identifying fraud committed ON the American voter in the name of justice.

We all know that white, male, American-since-conception and of possibly xenophobic natures have gleefully depressed and repressed the minority and female vote in this country. We don’t even have a Boadicea, a Queen Elizabeth I, a Catherine the Great or even a Maggie Thatcher or Angela Merkel to give us a better experience of what women’s equality should look like.

orwell-politicalspeechWe are too busy disenfranchising seniors and people of color to pay much mind to history. Huge national fault line, that.

The Nation headline read that a 90 year-old Wisconsin lady was openly disenfranchised (multiple times) by the state’s lousy excuse for a voter restriction election law.  Yay. And under which prohibitive voter identification restrictions can even bounce someone off their rolls who has graced them since 1948.

What the holy what?!? Read on.

From Ari Berman at The Nation.

A 90-Year-Old Woman Who’s Voted Since 1948 Was Disenfranchised by Wisconsin’s Voter-ID Law

Voting-rights groups are asking a federal court to block the law before the November election.
By Ari Berman

 

Christine Krucki was born in Lublin, Wisconsin, in 1925. She first voted in the 1948 presidential election and has voted ever since. She’s an independent who has voted for John F. Kennedy but also Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. But after Wisconsin passed its strict voter-ID law in 2011, Krucki lost her right to vote. She made three trips to the DMV, bringing an Illinois photo ID, proof of residence in Wisconsin, a birth certificate and her marriage certificate but could not get a Wisconsin photo ID for voting.

Hope Ms. Krucki of deeply disturbed Wisconsin tells the miserable alt-right precisely where they could from now on stash their piss-poor exclusions and electoral prohibitions.

Krucki made a third trip to the DMV, but could still not get a voter ID because the maiden name on her Illinois marriage certificate did not match the name on her Wisconsin birth certificate. They said she’d have to change the name on her Illinois marriage certificate. “She almost went over the counter at the DMV, she was so mad,” her daughter told me.

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Nate Beeler The Columbia Dispatch via aaec,

Nate Beeler The Columbia Dispatch via aaec.

 

Now that was bad enough, right? Other cases are streaming in from all over the country, as Republicans find ways to keep the precious electorate Red and very, very angry.

Add a vicious general cycle and mind the vertigo, because old Voldemort, Governor Scott, just took the gubernatorial overreach to decide that the effects and existence of Hurricane Matthew will not result in a fair and just extension of the deadline date to register in Florida.

That small-minded recurring roach should infest Cuba and leave decent Floridians to elect a non-Neanderthal.

 

Jeff Parker via aaec.

Jeff Parker, Florida Today, Fort Myers News Press via aaec.

 

Hate to praise a Republican too highly but at least the Governor of South Carolina will not make their electorate suffer wrack, ruin and then yank your chance to cast your ballot in a month. For kicks.

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That’s fracking ridiculous.

Scott can’t even give a couple more days leeway to residents whose plans just didn’t include a Cat 4 Hurricane?

And all atop the existing barriers standing between the disenfranchised and their most prized American possession … the freedom to choose whichever political asses you can live with and pull the lever for them.

Not even mentioning what this storm could do to home ballot users, with USPS and FEMA on the same project, as it were.

Democrats have a heavier lift in front of them than we expected, after Trump KoolAid swept the collective gorge of the Tea Party. The Lipton Brigade just got a little more sexist, a lot more racist and swung smoothly to TRUMP.

We are idiots if we can’t get this humiliating Ugly American bounced off the global political stage.

If you choose not to vote or to go with a third or fourth candidate option, there should be an implied restriction on ANY future bitching and pearl-clutching while TRUMP is in charge.

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deadpeoplevotingSo if you won’t or can’t vote for yourself, at least think about making that ballot about the fellow progressives who have been unjustly denied their own right to touch a voting machine.

Even if they’d voted since 1948.

It’s some dirty politicking to treat democracy like a giant game of Jenga, balancing acts that rarely end well for the average Jane.

The only fraud here is the growing distance between truth and power in this hypopoliticized and bifurcated country.

The least we can do is use our voices to help the Regressives from getting us to full on FUBAR by 2020. This is not the time to stop speaking up.

Politics is one highly vocal game.

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