Sunday, February 12, 2012
Block Out The Vote (BOTV)?
Since the presidential election of Barack Obama, 40 Republican-controlled legislatures at the state level have introduced legislation to change voting procedures in their states. The NAACP and other civil rights organizations have gone on record suggesting that the overwhelming majority of the changes in these states voting procedures are deliberately intended to suppress the vote of blacks and other minorities, the elderly, the poor, and the youth vote.These groups also suggests that these changes are intended to vote President Obama right out of office in the November presidential election by suppressing the vote of his base supporters.
One of the most disturbing and revealing of these state legislative proposals is in the state of Florida. Many churchgoers in the state, particularly in black churches, had grown accustomed to voting the Sunday before Tuesday elections in an event commonly known as "Souls to the Polls". Ministers and other church leaders would make valiant efforts getting their congregations and surrounding communities out to vote on those Sundays before election day. Many of the churchgoers are elderly, disabled, and poor and lack transportation and other resources to make it to the polls on Tuesday. These churches were instrumental in providing transportation needs on Sunday utilizing buses and vans and encouraging carpooling. The Florida state legislature passed legislation canceling voting on the Sunday prior to election day. Governor Rick Scott signed the legislation into law.
40 Republican-controlled legislatures at the state level have introduced legislation to change voting procedures in their states; 17 of those states have already passed legislation changing procedures. Is this proof that PTBPD exist? Or, is it simply states attempting to prevent voter fraud and protecting voting integrity?