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Forum Post: what can WE - in OWS - do - to stop voter supression?

Posted 1 year ago on Dec. 26, 2012, 8:28 a.m. EST by bensdad (8977)
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. this is as important as
an amendment to end citizens united & corporate personhood



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[-] 2 points by ivyquinn (167) 1 year ago

Expose E-Verify machines, Dead Voters, and redistricting for political gain. Also we need to bring consciousness to those who misunderstand the electoral college.

1 Person, 1 Vote

[-] 1 points by bensdad (8977) 1 year ago

is kvetching the answer?
street actions?
running OWS candidates in a third party?
demanding that our congressmen legislate the vote fore everyone?
OR ?

[-] 0 points by ZenDog (13319) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

we already have legislation, and it seems that it is insufficient.

I'm not conversant in all of the ways conservatives have sought to curb the vote - but I would note that what it appears they have done in most cases is to depend on certain preferences that are apparent among the demographic they want to turn away from the polls.

Improvement in education itself might actually reduce much of their ability to capitalize on those preferences - but that is a long term fix that will not address issues that may arise in the next 10 - 15 election cycles.

Given that this is just one of the many ways conservative ideology and policy is strangling democracy, perhaps we need to think differently.

What we need is a concrete means of addressing the breadth and depth of modern conservatism as a whole, rather than attempting to address each tentacle that produces that strangulation.

[-] 0 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

Excellent. Gotta stay active. Look sharp.

[-] 0 points by ZenDog (13319) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

I don't know - it seems the fuckers walk a fine line as they skirt the law.

We can demand prosecution where appropriate. That may be too little to address the widespread practice of placing the vote process out of reach for certain segments of the population.

That leaves only two other possibilities that I can think of - discredit the belief system in its entirety that holds forth voter id laws as a route to power, discredit that belief system in a way that predictably turns vast segments of their current support against them;

or find ways to make examples of individuals with a high profile who have engaged in this effort to deny the vote. Discrete forms of retribution, forecast in advance, widely to the leadership responsible, will, once the retribution takes place, result in more concerted efforts by them to foster paranoia mongering among their faithful - which might prove of value in reducing their support over all,

but at the same time could help expand the entire process of discrete retribution - which itself is a very bad idea.

Alternatively, we could just shoot them.