Saturday, June 11, 2011
I remember what happened to me in 2004. I just moved back to Cleveland from Cleveland Heights. I was registered to vote in Cleveland. So I went to the elementary school where I was registered. the line went around the block BEFORE you even got into the school. In Cleveland Heights it took my brother, his wife, and my mother about under eight minutes to vote. I was in line FOR THREE HOURS. Most of the elderly male voters were extremely angry. In the history of Cleveland this had NEVER happened before. Cleveland and the county it's located, Cuyahoga is the most heaviest Democratic city and county in the United States. all this happened thanks to J. Kenneth Balckwell who WAS the Secretary of State. In Cleveland EVERYBODY went to work THREE HOURS LATE! Bosses didn't say a damn word. Everybody KNEW Republicans tried to rig the vote. Because of that BUSH WON OHIO. Now thank God that with all his cheating Blackwell didn't get the Governorship. He had threatened to send "Challengers" to check for ID and question voters. "Someone" put up flyers on the Near West Side threatening to get Immigration to check for ID. The Near West Side is mostly Puerto Ricans WHO ARE AMERICAN CITIZENS. This "trick" angered the community.
Now it's 2011 and the Republican Party is on steroids and doubling up on their effort to stop people from voting. In Ohio the law was so strick that they sent it back so it wouldn't hurt "old white people". In some places they don't even want old white people to vote. So far NONE of the Republican Presidential contenders are addressing this. I guess they KNOW their audience, rich bigots. When will one of them step up and say something? Also don't forget the SILENCE from the members of the GOP with the exception of Andrew Sullivan, but then again Andrew Sullivan is about as much Republican as Juan Williams is a Democrat. More and more people are going to call out ALL THE GOP for their compliance with voter suppression.