Voter suppression in four more states
In Salon Magazine, Art Levine examines the state-of-the art in voter suppression:
In a series of laws passed since the 2004 elections, Republican legislators and officials have come up with measures to suppress the turnout of traditional Democratic voting blocs. This fall the favored GOP techniques are new photo I.D. laws, the criminalizing of voter registration drives, and database purges that have disqualified up to 40 percent of newly registered voters from voting in such jurisdictions as Los Angeles County. [Salon]
The article identifies six states at greatest risk for voter suppression in 2006. The list includes notorious offenders like Florida and Ohio, and four other states with lesser-known voter suppression programs:
In Arizona, legislation that requires proof of citizenship to vote is taking a toll beyond the illegal immigrants it seeks to keep out of polling places.
In Indiana, difficulties in securing state identification have complicated the ability of many to register to vote.
In California, problems have been identified with electronic voting machines, and the consolidation of statewide voter registration lists is being used to bar voters from the rolls.
In Missouri, rigid ID laws for voters are seen to be targeting minority voters likely to vote against Republicans. [The Raw Story]
The polls say that the public wants a Democratic congress, but the Republicans are prepared to fight the people every step of the way, including voter suppression.