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Maddow: GOP-Led Voter Registration Laws 'Devastated' Florida Democrats: VIDEO

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Republican lawmakers from coast-to-coast have been using their power and positions to slowly erode voter registration laws, thereby blocking ballot box access for millions of Americans, most of whom lean Democrat.

In a Tuesday night segment over at MSNBC, Rachel Maddow took a deep, long look at what's been happening in Florida.

Today the Florida Times Union released some remarkable new analysis on voter registration in Florida that I almost cannot believe.

[In] '04, 159,000 new Democrats registered to vote over that time period. In '08, same time period, 13 months, it was pretty much the same story... Democratic voter registration surging in the same time period before the election.

But then last year, Florida Republicans made it harder to register to vote in the state. Look at what has happened in the lead up to this year's election over an equivalent time period. Look. New Democratic voter registration has disappeared in Florida. It has fallen off a cliff, over the same amount of time - look, the Republican numbers have been basically static.

Watch Maddow and Chris Matthews discuss Florida and other states where voter registry have been decimated AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Lincolnlounger, those aren't responsive to my question: Do you have any documented instances of in-person voter impersonation fraud?

    That's the only kind of vote fraud addressed by voter ID laws.

    Posted by: Guest | Aug 30, 2012 11:04:00 PM


  2. I don't understand why groups supporting Democrats do not make "registration drives" where they take people without cars/money to get a driver's license at their expense... is it illegal to do so?

    would an NGO giving money to people be illegal? I just see a lot fof complaining about these laws and a lot of litigation, but why is nobody willing to work around it as well?

    Posted by: V-8 | Aug 31, 2012 6:50:29 AM


  3. It's not as easy as simply registering and getting a photo voter ID card. Some states(like this sh.t azz state that I live in) have burdensome requirements to get the photo ID card--one of which is a birth certificate. Many elderly people and inner-city young people DO NOT HAVE A BIRTH CERTIFICATE. In many instances it cost money to attain a birth certificate. That makes the Republican voter ID laws a POLL TAX.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 31, 2012 11:09:46 AM


  4. what concerns me the most is the absentee ballot that allows a voter to mail in his ballot. Where is the photo ID there? They claim they match signatures....I guess Florida has hand writing experts on its staff. This is where the fraud comes in, dead people voting, multiple voting in various states, etc.

    Posted by: TampaGary | Aug 31, 2012 12:29:25 PM


  5. to Lincoln
    Quotes from the 2 links you included to "prove" voter fraud
    1)http://thesouthern.com/news/local/article_77188f13-c186-5132-a9b1-3312483fcc23.html "During a three-day evidentiary hearing in June 2001, more than a dozen witnesses testified they were paid to vote and that vote-buying and vote fraud - particularly among absentee voters - was prevalent during the primary election." So your first link was to two kinds of fraud, vote buying and fraud in absentee voting. No evidence that persons not eligible to vote were attempting to vote at the polls.

    2)http://sweetness-light.com/archive/more-democrat-vote-fraud-convictions "Prosecutors said the defendants schemed to buy votes with cash, cigarettes and liquor. Their case rested largely on secretly recorded audiotapes in which the defendants could be heard talking about paying $2, $5 or more per vote to get key Democrats elected in East St. Louis." So this one was voter fraud as vote buying, not voter impersonation.

    These are examples of voter fraud, but not the kind of fraud that Voter ID's will stop.

    IF there is evidence of the kind of voter fraud preventable by voter IDs, please produce it.

    Posted by: A Learner | Aug 31, 2012 5:26:24 PM


  6. 60.64% of the state is registered to vote. Minus snow birds, college kids and felons, Florida has a high registered voter rate.

    Posted by: Pensiveed | Aug 31, 2012 11:01:25 PM


  7. Please somebody sues the state of florida

    Posted by: dorothy | Sep 27, 2012 2:00:53 AM


  8. this is ashamed and i can't believe this, how can the courts allow this to happen in 2012 this is not the 60's. People need to get out with their signs and let the world know what happening in FL. maybe that will create some attention on the situation.

    Posted by: dorothy | Sep 27, 2012 2:04:05 AM


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