Just got this invite from PFAW (People For The American Way) and thought you'd be interested in it. They are having a conference call about the assault on our right to vote - They, meaning the repuglycons and the subprime court.
DEAR ALEX HART:
I think we should develop a universal voter registration card - that is like our passport - name, address, state, date of birth, photo i.d., with a swipe or indicia so that it can be scanned for authenticity, and it should be the standard issued to the bearer by the US Government - and only issued to American Citizens - 18 and over; it should be issued free of charge, with the only cost being that of the photo - because it's a free right and responsibility for adults to register to vote - and it should be mandatory - the political affiliation is optional; it can then be tracked by either tapping it against a verification device, scanned, or swiped like a credit card.
When voting, the person simply selects the candidates he or she is voting for, and then once selected, swipes the card through a reader to indicate that he has made his decision. Once done, the computers register the vote, and the person is precluded from voting again elsewhere that particular election.
This universal voter registration card is calibrated to the state the person is from, and makes it possible for him or her to vote in his or her local election, no matter where he or she is in the world. It also cuts down on the arguments about different voting regulations, since all the states have to abide by the regulations set out by the Federal government. It mitigates discrimination from state to state because it is mandated and regulated by the Federal Government - which demands equal rights for all.
I also think the voter registration card should be given to each adolescent as he or she turns 18, along with a mandatory voter education training to be administered by their high school (in much the same way schools have driver education training classes).
I further think that states that violate a citizen's right to vote should be precluded from receiving any government funding until they relent and repent. It is a Federal offense and a violation of that individual's or group's civil rights and should be treated as such. Any and all individuals who are party to such violations should be fined and jailed.
DON'T DEBATE IT - JUST DO IT!
That was my statement to them - what do you think?
A new message from your friends at People For the American Way.
Gloria,Voting rights are under attack.Across the country, the right to vote is being eroded by state and local legislation that disproportionately targets people of color, immigrants, and young people. Just last month, for instance, Alabama -- which already has a controversial voter ID law -- shuttered 31 driver’s licenses offices in mostly black counties, making it that much harder for tens of thousands of people to get the ID they need to vote. Election Day 2016 will be the first presidential election in 50 years in which voters will not have the full protections of the Voting Rights Act, in the wake of the 2013 Supreme Court decision in Shelby v. Holder that gutted a key provision of the VRA. And since the next president will almost certainly have the opportunity to nominate at least one new Supreme Court justice, next year could determine the Court’s future -- and the potential for more devastating 5-4 decisions like Shelby.That’s why, one year out from the 2016 election, PFAW is hosting a member telebriefing next week to recap the rampant attacks we’ve seen on voting rights recently (and will continue to see in the run-up to the election), and what we can do on the federal, state, and local levels to counter them. We’ll be joined by PFAW Director of Outreach and Public Engagement Diallo Brooks, as well as PFAW board member and former chairwoman of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, Dr. Mary Frances Berry.RSVP for the PFAW member telebriefing on voting rights, this Thursday, November 12 at 4 PM Eastern Time (3 PM Central/2 PM Mountain/1 PM Pacific)>>On the call, we’ll discuss the critical need for a major federal legislative remedy: the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would restore strength to the VRA in the wake of the Shelby decision. We’ll also discuss the work that progressive activists are doing to counter voter suppression, and the ways we can continue to push for greater voter education and empowerment.The power of our democracy resides in universal, unobstructed access to the ballot box. As progressives, it’s crucial that we come together to ensure that no one undermines this power for their own political gain. That’s why we hope you can join us on Thursday for this important PFAW member call about the attacks on our voting rights, and the fight to restore them.Talk to you soon,-- Alex Hart, Online Team
NOW THAT YOU KNOW
WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?
(PERSONALLY, I THINK WE SHOULD ORGANIZE ANOTHER MARCH ON ALABAMA - IT APPEARS THEY HAVEN'T LEARNED ANYTHING FROM THE FIRST TIME 0NE - LOL! NO! I'M REALLY SERIOUS - I'VE HAD IT UP TO HERE (MY NECK) WITH THESE MISCREANTS FROM THE WOUTH - TIME TO TAKE OUT THE TRASH!