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(Salon)   Georgia GOP yesterday: Hey since we have three weeks of early voting anyway, let's close some polling places to save money. Georgia GOP today: About that early voting   (salon.com) divider line 44
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2014-02-20 12:25:18 PM
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Again, I ask: What are these people putting into their bodies to make them look like this?

How does whatever happened to this guy happen? How is he metabolizing his food? Does he have bones?
 
2014-02-20 12:43:53 PM
Why can't we have internet voting already? WHY?!
 
2014-02-20 01:40:01 PM
You know what would really save money: eliminating voting and just having a king. It worked in Europe for hundreds of years.
 
2014-02-20 01:40:07 PM
"In these towns, you can have only a hundred or so people voting and you've got to pay three poll workers for three weeks - it adds up to be a lot of money.

No, it doesn't.
 
2014-02-20 01:40:35 PM

SecretAgentWoman: Why can't we have internet voting already? WHY?!


Do you really want President Cyrus?

on a related note, isn't this what the plan has been all along? Get rid of polling places in "democrat areas" (poor, minorities, non-christian, etc) and then start discriminating against them when they *do* go to vote?
 
2014-02-20 01:42:21 PM

somedude210: SecretAgentWoman: Why can't we have internet voting already? WHY?!

Do you really want President Cyrus?

on a related note, isn't this what the plan has been all along? Get rid of polling places in "democrat areas" (poor, minorities, non-christian, etc) and then start discriminating against them when they *do* go to vote?


They're hedging their bets, in case the whole put-down-women-and-darkies thing doesn't pan out.
 
2014-02-20 01:42:27 PM
If your best way of winning an election is to game the system by using voter suppression, there might be a problem with your positions.
 
2014-02-20 01:42:40 PM

somedude210: on a related note, isn't this what the plan has been all along? Get rid of polling places in "democrat areas" (poor, minorities, non-christian, etc) and then start discriminating against them when they *do* go to vote?


Well what other strategy do they have? Running on popular platforms? Let's not get crazy here.
 
2014-02-20 01:42:44 PM

thornhill: You know what would really save money: eliminating voting and just having a king. It worked in Europe for hundreds of years.


if it worked, they'd still have it and not a psuedo-democratic-republic! so ha!
 
2014-02-20 01:46:30 PM

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: somedude210: on a related note, isn't this what the plan has been all along? Get rid of polling places in "democrat areas" (poor, minorities, non-christian, etc) and then start discriminating against them when they *do* go to vote?

Well what other strategy do they have? Running on popular platforms? Let's not get crazy here.


It's Georgia though, isn't most of the state old white landowners?
 
2014-02-20 01:46:46 PM
"It's not that we don't want those people voting, it's that we don't want those people voting for Democrats.

Not racist."
 
2014-02-20 01:47:13 PM
If you can't win, cheat. The Republican motto.
 
2014-02-20 01:47:31 PM

theknuckler_33: "In these towns, you can have only a hundred or so people voting and you've got to pay three poll workers for three weeks - it adds up to be a lot of money.

No, it doesn't.


At $10/hour, 8 hours a day for 3 weeks is $1,200. Who's gonna pony up those 12 Benjamins, huh? You? YOU, Lieutenant Weinberg?!

The fact is, by saving these Georgian towns $1,200 apiece, they actually increase freedom because your elected representatives won't have to tax you into oblivion to pay for these costly free elections - free elections, by the way, which are exactly how Hamas got elected in Israel, how Hitler's Germany came to power, and how Stalin mind-raped John Kerry into abandoning his battle-buddies in Vietnam.
 
MFK
2014-02-20 01:49:07 PM
pretty farking hilarious that the first thing these states do after the voting rights act is gutted is to start dismantling access to the polls. It's almost like they really WERE trying to prevent minorities from voting or something.

these people are the farking worst.
 
2014-02-20 01:49:31 PM
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2014-02-20 01:50:09 PM
"Congress approached the 2006 reauthorization of the VRA with great care and seriousness. The same cannot be said of the Court's opinion today. The Court makes no genuine attempt to engage with the massive legislative record that Congress assembled. Instead, it relies on increases in voter registration and turnout as if that were the whole story.
 
2014-02-20 01:50:30 PM
Three weeks for voting?

How long is the ballot?
 
2014-02-20 01:51:09 PM
The New GOP motto?

img.fark.net
 
2014-02-20 01:51:31 PM

MFK: pretty farking hilarious that the first thing these states do after the voting rights act is gutted is to start dismantling access to the polls. It's almost like they really WERE trying to prevent minorities from voting or something.

these people are the farking worst.


But Justice Roberts told us that racism is a thing of the past; stop being so cynical.
 
2014-02-20 01:57:12 PM
Holder  to GA: don't MAKE me come down there and break my Foot off in yo ass
 
2014-02-20 01:57:25 PM
Their entire argument can be summed up as claiming: "We're too poor to afford democracy".

I'd say that if we can't afford to vote for elected officials, then we need to start cutting those officials jobs.
 
2014-02-20 02:07:54 PM
"In these towns, you can have only a hundred or so people voting and you've got to pay three poll workers for three weeks - it adds up to be a lot of money."

"How much, exactly?"

"Uhh...dur... well, a lot.
 
2014-02-20 02:16:11 PM

shanrick: "In these towns, you can have only a hundred or so people voting and you've got to pay three poll workers for three weeks - it adds up to be a lot of money."

"How much, exactly?"

"Uhh...dur... well, a lot.


Well of course it costs a lot, they might have to stop the other work that they are doing for about a minute or so each time.
 
2014-02-20 02:23:07 PM

shanrick: "In these towns, you can have only a hundred or so people voting and you've got to pay three poll workers for three weeks - it adds up to be a lot of money."

"How much, exactly?"

"Uhh...dur... well, a lot.


$1,200, if you pay them the princely sum of $10/hour. If you pay them minimum wage ($7.25), that number drops to $870.

// 3 people x 8 hours worked per shift x 15 days (3 weeks) = 360
// multiply the staff's total wages by 360 and you get the total cost of paying 3 poll workers in each town
 
2014-02-20 02:24:22 PM
Why the fark are the polls open for 3 weeks in the first place? It's election DAY not election month. I realize that things generally move slower down south, but that seems excessive. Our polls are open for a single day. If you can't make it to the polling place on the specified day, you can vote absentee.
 
2014-02-20 03:07:38 PM

sigdiamond2000: [media.salon.com image 620x412]

Again, I ask: What are these people putting into their bodies to make them look like this?

How does whatever happened to this guy happen? How is he metabolizing his food? Does he have bones?


www.starwars-holonet.com

He's a Sullustan.
 
2014-02-20 03:09:05 PM
i.crackedcdn.com
 
2014-02-20 03:10:23 PM

sigdiamond2000: [media.salon.com image 620x412]

Again, I ask: What are these people putting into their bodies to make them look like this?

How does whatever happened to this guy happen? How is he metabolizing his food? Does he have bones?


You can't trick me.  That's just a picture of Ted Cruz witthout his Ted Cruz mask.
 
2014-02-20 03:31:12 PM
I look forward to the day when our history textbooks in school cover the 2000-2020 era and have pictures of teabaggers next to the paragraphs that state how a combination of mentally ill racists and old white guys with money tried to buy their elections, tried to suppress the votes through voter I.D. laws, shut down polling sites, etc., along with their war on women and the homogheys.

I look forward to seeing Weatherkiss Jr. sit on his mama's lap and ask her if all that stuff in the textbook really happened. And I'll say, "It sure did, and it was a horrible era. If you need help on your essay, I'd suggest drawing parallels from the 1960's-70's to the 2000-2020 era. I'm sure you'll get an A."
 
2014-02-20 03:37:20 PM

sigdiamond2000: Again, I ask: What are these people putting into their bodies to make them look like this?


Alcohol before birth, Mountain Dew after.
 
2014-02-20 03:48:11 PM

sdd2000: If your best way of winning an election is to game the system by using voter suppression, there might be a problem with your positions.


It's obviously not the positions, the problem is with a majority of Americans not holding those same positions. It has to be something wrong with them.
 
2014-02-20 03:54:03 PM

mod3072: Why the fark are the polls open for 3 weeks in the first place? It's election DAY not election month. I realize that things generally move slower down south, but that seems excessive. Our polls are open for a single day. If you can't make it to the polling place on the specified day, you can vote absentee.


Explain why we shouldn't have 3 weeks to vote if it allows more people to vote. Just because you had to walk to school up hill both ways in the snow with no shoes on in the middle of July in Florida doesn't mean everyone has to do the same.
 
2014-02-20 04:01:36 PM
Next they'll be wanting to only open it during work hours and close for lunch so that the only people who can vote are senior citizens and people rich enough to take a day off work.
 
2014-02-20 04:17:07 PM
So long as a huge amount of people continue to hold their noses and vote for Republicans, they are going to continue this shameless behavior.  Want to change these practices?  Get your friends and neighbors to stop voting for assholes.  Otherwise it's just team sports, and people will gladly look the other way while this happens because hey at least it ain't happening to them.
 
2014-02-20 04:39:58 PM

Weatherkiss: I look forward to the day when our history textbooks in school cover the 2000-2020 era and have pictures of teabaggers next to the paragraphs that state how a combination of mentally ill racists and old white guys with money tried to buy their elections, tried to suppress the votes through voter I.D. laws, shut down polling sites, etc., along with their war on women and the homogheys.


It is an interesting question of what popular narrative would emerge from it. In most history textbooks, the civil rights movement is mostly portrayed as Dr. King giving speeches and the white people "giving" rights to black people when they realized they were wrong.

In most of the social struggles that are happening now: gay rights, voter suppression, Super PACs, unreasonable restrictions on abortion, there is no clear leader. Both are mostly (at least nominally) decentralized efforts fought on the state level. That makes it really hard to structure a narrative around them when history textbooks tend to strongly favor a "Great Leader" approach.

Just like you don't hear a lot about early 20th century labor movements, I'm betting in 50 years, this won't be covered until college. Instead, history books will mostly talk about how awesome America is because they elected the first black President, and how he passed the ACA and won* the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

*for a given value of won
 
2014-02-20 05:04:57 PM
The GOP sees voting as the enemy.
 
2014-02-20 05:30:30 PM
I thought rural areas were all white.

Minorities are in urban areas.

Also, no citations for the numerous wild claims about disenfranchising minority voters.
 
2014-02-20 05:40:46 PM

SlothB77: I thought rural areas were all white.

Minorities are in urban areas.

Also, no citations for the numerous wild claims about disenfranchising minority voters.


Lots of rural towns in Georgia (south Georgia, in particular) are majority black.  With a healthy dose of Hispanic.
 
2014-02-20 06:05:05 PM
Remember the saying, "if voting changed anything, it'd be illegal?"

Looks like republicans discovered voting actually had the potential to change things.
 
2014-02-20 07:31:03 PM
Just another reason I made sure to get my absentee ballot application in early.
 
2014-02-20 07:58:29 PM
God democracy is so expensive and inconvenient.  What a hassle.
 
2014-02-20 11:15:55 PM
I'd be OK with curtailing early voting if only we made Election Day a federal holiday.

Why the fark isn't Election Day a federal holiday?  Why do we have it on a Tuesday, in the middle of the workweek, with no special provision to let workers off work to go vote?

Why do we have two federal holidays for soldiers (Memorial and Veterans Day), two for the Founders (Presidents and Independence Day), one for the Civil Rights Movement (MLK Day) and one for the Labor Movement (Labor Day), but we can't have a single federal holiday so that people can actually do what all those people were fighting for - exercising their fundamental right to have their voice heard in our democracy?
 
2014-02-21 12:16:22 AM

Doc Daneeka: I'd be OK with curtailing early voting if only we made Election Day a federal holiday.

Why the fark isn't Election Day a federal holiday?  Why do we have it on a Tuesday, in the middle of the workweek, with no special provision to let workers off work to go vote?


I thought that employers had to give 3 or 4 hours or something... (I don't know, I can't vote anyway)
 
2014-02-21 07:18:02 AM
I watch a documentary on Alabama college football and segregation.  It was not until "Roll Tide" was rolled by the real USC in September 1970 that the SEC got the message - black collegiate football players make a difference.  Up to this time, these players left the South to play at the major college level.

Think what would happen if Red State "Blue Chippers" starting leaving for Blue States because of this new segregation?  Me thinks that the SEC would shiat bricks.  Daily.
 
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