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Got More Voters? Get More Electoral Votes – NYTimes.com

Got More Voters? Get More Electoral Votes – NYTimes.com.

November 15, 2011, 6:34 pm

Got More Voters? Get More Electoral Votes

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How states are rigging the 2012 election – The Washington Post

How states are rigging the 2012 election – The Washington Post.

An attack on the right to vote is underway across the country
through laws designed to make it more difficult to cast a ballot. If
this were happening in an emerging democracy, we’d condemn it as
election-rigging. But it’s happening here, so there’s barely a whimper.The laws are being passed in the name of preventing “voter fraud.” But study after study
has shown that fraud by voters is not a major problem — and is less of a
problem than how hard many states make it for people to vote in the
first place. Some of the new laws, notably those limiting the number of
days for early voting, have little plausible connection to battling
fraud.

Read the full story here.

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The Republican Threat to Voting – NYTimes.coman A

Less than a year before the 2012 presidential voting begins, Republican legislatures and governors across the country are rewriting voting laws to make it much harder for the young, the poor and African-Americans — groups that typically vote Democratic — to cast a ballot.

Spreading fear of a nonexistent flood of voter fraud, they are demanding that citizens be required to show a government-issued identification before they are allowed to vote. Republicans have been pushing these changes for years, but now more than two-thirds of the states have adopted or are considering such laws. The Advancement Project, an advocacy group of civil rights lawyers, correctly describes the push as “the largest legislative effort to scale back voting rights in a century.”

Read the complete article here: The Republican Threat to Voting – NYTimes.com.

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Latino and Asian voters mostly sat out 2010 election, report says – The Washington Post

A record 14.7 million Latino voters sat out the 2010 midterm elections, according to a new report by the Pew Hispanic Center that shows the nation’s fastest growing minorities are largely failing to exercise their right to vote.

Along with Asian voters, who appear similarly disengaged, the absence of so many Latino voters at the polls means the political influence of these minority groups will lag behind their demographic strength by years, if not decades.

read the complete article here: Latino and Asian voters mostly sat out 2010 election, report says – The Washington Post.

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Wahlbenachteiligung für Studenten in New Hampshire

Weil sie, wie der republikanische Sprecher des Repräsentantenhauses in New Hampshire, William O’Brien, liberal wählen, plant die republikanische Partei dort neue Wahlgesetze, die es Studenten in New Hampshire erschweren bis unmöglich machen, ihr Wahlrecht auszuüben. So sollen Studenten in Zukunft nur noch dann an ihrem Universitätsort wählen dürfen, wenn auch ihre Eltern dort schon vorher ihren ständigen Wohnsitz hatten. Andernfalls müsstne si an ihrem Herkunftswohnort bzw. in ihrem Heimatbundesstaat wählen – was für viele einen Ausschluss von der Wahlteilnahme bedeuten würde.

Diese Maßnahme, sowie auch die Einführung von Wählerindetifikationen, zielt nach Angabe demokratischer Politiker darauf ab, Kerngruppen demokratischer Wähler – klassischerweise Studenten und Angehörige von Minderheiten – von den Wahlen auszuschließen.

Mehr dazu im Slate Magazine und in der Washington Post.

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