The recently enacted barriers thrown up to deter voters include:<br><br>1. Obstructing Voter-Registration Drives<br>2. Demanding "Perfect Matches" **<br>3. Purging Legitimate Voters From the Rolls<br>4. Requiring Unnecessary Voter ID's<br>5. Rejecting "Spoiled" Ballots<br>6. Challenging "Provisional" Ballots
<br><br>**EXAMPLE: My name is Jacqueline <--- 10 Letters long ---<br>But most government computers LIMIT the number of Letters <br>on any License to only 9 LETTERS... ....So, if I sign my ballot <br>USING THE CORRECT SPELLING OF MY NAME ...it can be<br>TOSSED OUT --- LEGALLY Depriving Me of My Right To Vote!
<br><br>READ ON:<br>Since 2003, at least 2.7 million new voters have had their applications to register rejected. <br>At least 1.6 million votes were never counted in the 2004 election — and the commission's <br>own data suggests that the real number could be twice as high. <br><br>To purge registration rolls and discard ballots, partisan election officials used a wide range <br>of pretexts, from "unreadability" to changes in a voter's signature. <br>And this year, thanks to new provisions of the Help America Vote Act, (HAVA) the number of <br>discounted votes could surge even higher.<br><br>Passed in 2002, HAVA was hailed by leaders in both parties as a reform designed to avoid <br>a repeat of the 2000 debacle in Florida that threw the presidential election to the U.S. <br>Supreme Court. <br><br>The measure set standards for voting systems, created an independent commission to <br>oversee elections, and ordered states to provide provisional ballots to voters whose <br>eligibility is challenged at the polls.<br><br>But from the start, HAVA was corrupted by the involvement of Republicans.
<br><br>In practice, many of the "reforms" created by HAVA have actually made it harder for citizens <br>to cast a ballot and have their vote counted.
<br><br>In case after case, Republican election officials at the local and state level have used the <br>rules to give GOP candidates an edge on Election Day by creating new barriers to <br>registration, purging legitimate names from voter rolls, challenging voters at the polls and <br>discarding valid ballots.<br><br>To justify this battery of new voting impediments, Republicans cite an alleged upsurge in <br>voting fraud.
(We're already hearing the "rumblings")<br><br>Indeed, the U.S.-attorney scandal that resulted in the resignation of Attorney General Alberto <br>Gonzales began when the White House fired federal prosecutors who resisted political <br>pressure to drum up nonexistent cases of voting fraud against Democrats.
<br><br>"They wanted some splashy pre-election indictments that would scare these alleged hordes <br>of illegal voters away," says David Iglesias, a U.S. attorney for New Mexico who was fired in <br>December 2006. "We took over 100 complaints and investigated for almost two years — but <br>I didn't find one prosecutable case of voter fraud in the entire state of New Mexico."<br><br>According to a recent analysis by Lorraine Minnite, an expert on voting crime at Barnard <br>College, federal courts found only 24 voters guilty of fraud from 2002 to 2005, out of <br>hundreds of millions of votes cast.
<br>"The claim of widespread voter fraud," Minnite says, "is itself a fraud."
<br><br>Allegations of voter fraud are only the latest rationale the GOP has used to disenfranchise <br>voters — especially blacks, Hispanics and others who traditionally support Democrats. <br><br>"The Republicans have a long history of erecting barriers to discourage Americans from <br>voting," says Donna Brazile, chair of the Voting Rights Institute for the Democratic National <br>Committee. <br><br>"Now they're trying to spook Americans with the ghost of voter fraud. It's very effective — but <br>it's ironic that the only way they maintain power is by using fear to deprive Americans of their <br>constitutional right to vote."
<br><br>* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *<br><br>The Deck's Been Stacked Against Us, Folks...
<br>New Rules (& OLD Trickery) have been put into play that's turned the simple act of voting<br> into a Veritable Obstacle Course (especially for --- but not limited to
--- first time voters) <br><h2>BLOCK The VOTE! The Article Detailing the Deception.</h2>
[color:white]. .</font color=white>"Fool us thrice...and we get what we deserve."