July 13, 2008

VA treats disabled vets like second-class citizens

Posted in Elections, John Kerry, politics, Veterans Administration policy on voter registration, Vets + voting, voter registration, voter suppression, voting, Voting Rights tagged , , , at 5:13 pm by bluebanshee

Those who have been wounded in service to their country deserve better.  The Veterans’ Administration has decreed that voter registration drives may not be conducted in VA facilities.  The VA is putting unnecessary barriers between veterans and their right to vote. At any given time there may be 100,000 vets living in VA facilities — and the number is growing as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan drag on.

Who more than our wounded warriors deserves to have their right to exercise the franchise?  Who indeed?  These vets have put their lives on the line and now the VA says that voter registration activities would “interfere with” delivery of services at VA facilities.

Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz,  expresses the frustration of many Americans when hearing of the VA policy against voter registration drives.

“The practice of banning voter registration drives at veterans facilities is a slap in the face to people who have served, put their lives on the line and sacrificed the most for our fundamental freedoms,” Connecticut Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, a Democrat, said in a Friday [July 12] news conference. http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080712/NEWS/80712006/-1/rss Read the rest of this entry »

February 18, 2008

Good news for voter registration drives in Ohio

Posted in Elections, politics, Voter ID, voter registration, Voting Rights tagged , , at 5:54 pm by bluebanshee

A federal judge Monday permanently blocked several voter registration requirements that raised a furor before the 2006 elections because many felt they unfairly hindered voter registration  drives.

http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2008/02/voter_registration_drives_will.html

This ruling might be misunderstood as relating to voter ID requirements but actually it pertains to rules that affect the ability of third-party groups like ACORN to conduct voter registration drives.

They required registration drive workers to register and to undergo training, to list detailed information on each registration form they help with and for every gatherer to turn in forms in person, not through an organizer.

U.S. District Judge Kathleen O’Malley blocked those rules permanently, agreeing with several voters rights groups that they go against the country’s desire to let as many people vote as possible. Read the rest of this entry »