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New republican voter suppression

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  1. NewRoxFan

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    Butt hurt over losing elections, republicans turn to their own standby... voter suppression. All across the country,



     
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    Biden and Congressional Dem need to respond with an updated version of HR1 2019 to counter and to increase access to voting. It's about time we have fed gov demanding democracy and not allow state gov to suppress democracy.
     
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    Correct... the John Lewis Voter's Rights Act... was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Leahy.

    https://www.brennancenter.org/our-w...w-to-restore-and-strengthen-voting-rights-act
     
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    Republicans will do anything to suppress the votes of those who will vote their sorry asses out of office. They are disgusting cheating power mongers grasping at any straw left sticking up out of their slimy swamp, to stay alive.
     
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    Its stunning that the GOP is afraid for people to vote, this is true voter suppression and its aimed at people who voted to get Trump out......they know no bounds to exalt there leader..........friggin hypocrites
     
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    I think this will backfire on Republicans it will just drive voters out to replace them.

    Do they think this will not affect their own voters?

    Nobody is gonna wait in long lines to vote for anybody other than Trump and you still will have early voting.
     
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    Apartheid in America
     
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    Why do republicans hate freedom and democracy?
     
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    Why indeed?
     
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    Because they're assholes?
     
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    That and it's purely based on them trying to preserve their cultural identity. Unfortunately a part of their cultural identity is having immense privilege in being the top dog at other groups' expenses.
     
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    they do it because you do whatever it takes to win. Republicans are highly effective in moving on the interests of their constituents. The dems play with soft gloves and are pussies. If you don't like what they're doing (which is obviously wrong) fight tooth and nail and shame them. Do what blacks in detroit did to trump etc
     
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    They can not be shamed ... and will find great humor in the Ds wasting their time trying to shame them.
     
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    I think they (or many Trump voters) are deadly scared of being shamed because no one voted for Trump.

    They (Republican politicians) sure didn't like to be associated with "neanderthal thinking". But you are right that they can't be shamed into changing policy, but they can be shamed for their anti-democratic and other societal non-acceptable behaviors (Cancun Cruz).

    Those that CAN be shamed are emotionally healthy individuals.

    People like Trump who cannot be - psycho and dangerous.
     
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    That's what we saw in 2018 where Trump voters weren't as motivated. This could be the case in 2022 but the flip side is will Democratic voters be willing to wait in long lines without Trump in office to negatively motivate them?
     
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    So blatant...

     
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    Iowa has passed a law reducing voter hours.

    https://www.desmoinesregister.com/s...losing-polls-earlier-election-day/6869317002/

    Gov. Kim Reynolds signs law shortening Iowa's early and Election Day voting
    Stephen Gruber-Miller
    Des Moines Register

    Four months after Iowans voted in record numbers, Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed legislation cutting the state's early voting period and closing the polls an hour earlier on Election Day.

    The Iowa Legislature approved the measure and sent it to Reynolds' desk late last month. Every Republican present for debate in the House and Senate voted for the legislation. Every Democrat voted against it. Reynolds, a Republican, signed the law Tuesday.

    Iowa is among a national wave of Republican-led states whose leaders have expressed concerns about the integrity of the 2020 elections, taking the lead from former President Donald Trump, who falsely claimed the election was stolen from him. States such as Florida and Georgia have undertaken high-profile efforts to limit absentee voting after the practice surged in 2020.

    While there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in Iowa or nationally, Republicans have described the state's legislation as an election integrity measure and said it will bring uniformity across Iowa's 99 counties. Democrats say the law will suppress votes and does nothing to improve election security.

    "It’s our duty and responsibility to protect the integrity of every election," Reynolds said in a statement. "This legislation strengthens uniformity by providing Iowa’s election officials with consistent parameters for Election Day, absentee voting, database maintenance, as well as a clear appeals process for local county auditors. All of these additional steps promote more transparency and accountability, giving Iowans even greater confidence to cast their ballot."

    What does Iowa's new election law do?
    The law cuts Iowa's early voting period from 29 days to 20. Polls will now close at 8 p.m. for state and federal elections instead of 9 p.m.

    It significantly tightens the rules for when absentee ballots must be received by county auditors in order to be counted. Ballots must now arrive by the time polls close in order to be counted. Previously, ballots placed in the mail the day before Election Day could be counted as long as they arrived by noon the following Monday.

    Republicans have sharply criticized county auditors who they say acted inappropriately during the 2020 election. The law strips auditors of much of their discretion in running elections in their counties. Auditors may no longer establish satellite in-person early voting sites unless petitioned to do so by residents, and they may not mail absentee ballot request forms to voters unless a voter asks for one.

    The law makes it a felony for auditors, or any other election officials, to fail to carry out state election laws or to violate guidance from the Iowa secretary of state. Auditors could also face fines of up to $10,000 for "technical infractions" of their duties.

    The law also limits who can return a voter's absentee ballot. Only the voter, an immediate family member, household member or caregiver may return the ballot to the auditor's office or place it in the mail. Previously, anyone the voter designated could deliver the ballot on the voter's behalf, but the new law makes it a serious misdemeanor for any unauthorized person to do so. Republicans said the restriction is necessary to prevent "ballot harvesting" by political parties or outside groups.

    The law allows counties to establish one ballot drop box at the auditor's office, under video surveillance.

    Republicans argue 'election integrity'; Democrats allege 'voter suppression'
    Iowa Democrats slammed Reynolds for signing what they describe as a "partisan voter suppression bill," while Republicans said the law would provide "targeted" solutions to fix shortfalls in the 2020 election.

    Iowa Democratic Party Chair Ross Wilburn said in a statement that the law would "suppress the voice of Iowans" and criticized Republicans for fast-tracking the legislation.


    "Iowans have always had a proud tradition of participating in the democratic process with accessible and secure elections," Wilburn said in the statement. "Today, Kim Reynolds and Iowa Republicans have made it more difficult for Iowans, especially seniors and those with disabilities, to be part of this process and have their voices heard."

    "This isn't about improving our election process, it's about continuing the Republican Party's outrageous lies and attacks on the democratic process across the country," he added.

    Republican Party of Iowa Chair Jeff Kaufmann said Reynolds displayed leadership by signing the legislation and that "Democrat spin is strong and wild, but truth shines through."

    "I applaud Gov. Reynolds and legislative Republicans for showing Iowans that the GOP is listening to their concerns and defending the integrity of our state's election system," Kaufmann said in the statement. "While our election systems were already strong, this bill improves upon the work Republicans did in 2017 when they passed Voter ID laws. The 2020 election showed us where shortfalls in our system existed and Iowa Republicans created solutions targeted at fixing those shortfalls."

    Marc Elias, an attorney who represents Democrats in court battles around the country over election laws, wrote on Twitter that Iowa should "expect litigation" over the new law. Elias has challenged previous election law changes in Iowa, including the 2017 voter ID law.
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