Archive for August, 2012

Block versus Rock the Vote and Our Future!

August 27, 2012 2 comments

Although it is evident shameless party politics plays a major role in disenfranchising voters, it is without a doubt that many voters regardless of party affiliation will not have their vote counted in upcoming elections; the inability to vote will most notably be through voter suppression, purging of voter rolls, and laws now requiring current government-issued photo ID.  Hundreds of thousands of voters in a multitude of states will go to the polls like so many years before only to find out they are not eligible to vote, and even first time registered voters may be advised the same.  In order to ensure you are not one of these voters, please contact your local board of elections to confirm you are registered, and ask if there are changes in the requirements for identification, change in polling hours and locations.

According to The Brennan Center for Justice,  there are no less than “180 restrictive bills introduced since the beginning of 2011 in 41 states” which can impact your right to vote.  The Brennan Center for Justice provides an analysis of the 2012 Summary of Voting Law Changes, the difficulties citizens must overcome in obtaining voter ID, and information regarding our voting rights and elections.

Furthermore, you may review The National Conference of State Legislatures which provides information regarding Voter ID information and news for each state.  Moreover, if you are a first time voter, you can register to vote by contacting your local board of elections, or organizations like Rock the Vote or USA.Gov.

Do not take the chance in the mere belief that you will be allowed to vote; take the time to ensure your vote will be counted.  Remember, there is tremendous value in your vote; it is your voice regarding your future and collectively our citizenry which will forge the future of our nation.  This upcoming presidential election will not only choose our future president and the direction of our national policies, but our president will also appoint Justices to the Supreme Court who will interpret the constitutionality of the laws of our land.

Please share this information with your family and friends to ensure our democracy will endure and prosper; it’s your vote – make it count.

Lower voter participation is a silent threat to our democracy…It under-represents young people, the poor, the disabled, those with little education, minorities and you and me.” – Nancy Neuman, Editor