I would suggest if your moving prior to the election that instead of pretending a law that doesn't exist will skrew you over (also known as the left is willing to tell any lie prior to an election) you take a little responsibility to do what the law requires you to do to legally cast a vote. Or choose not to vote.
You can vote from your living room with an absentee ballot, although that will also be changed dramatically under voter ID.
So this thread got derailed in typical fashion.
I don't pay attention to much news here in Taiwan but I'm reading/seeing a few things that indicate that Romney has a chance to win. How the hell can this be true? he's an absolutely awful candidate even if you compare him to Obama. I would happy if Obama was not the president of the US but I can't honestly see how anyone is going to vote Romney other than those that just check all of the republican boxes. I have become completely disillusioned with the transformation of the Republican party over the last 20 years. They are completely irresponsible fiscally (even compared to Democrats) and I hate the power that the christian right has over the party.
If I bothered to get an absentee ballot this might be the first year that voted for a democrat for president.
You should still try and vote (or is it too late to get an absentee ballot), even if it's for a 'lesser of two evils.' Or write in someone. Or find another candidate. Exercise your right to vote even if it's a vote in protest. When there are voter suppression laws being passed all over the country, mostly by one party to suppress voters from another party, it's even more important that you vote because you can, even if disillusioned. Just my opinion.
Also ... consider the possible appointments you'd want made to the courts and who you'd want to make them. That's where my thinking tends to lie these days. For me, I do not want anyone on the court who cannot separate their religious ideals from the laws of the court.
Nice rant on voting but i really don't care enough to go thru the overseas absentee hassle. I haven't lived in MN (where I'm registered) in 15 yrs so I don't care much about the local elections and I'm not planning on going back to the US any time soon.
The amount of voter fraud in the U.S. is negligible. This is part of a nationwide effort to trim the rolls of Democratic voters.
As for felons voting, I think that the more significant issue is why does the "greatest" country in the world also have the greatest number of felons, and why are so many of the felons people of color. And someone please explain how the war on drugs is working.
Also, because of the outdated electoral college, my vote won't count. I live in California, which will go for Obama no mater what. Indeed, the vast majority of Americans don't live in "swing states", so our votes for president don't have any impact. We are effectively disenfranchised.
The only good news from my perspective is that a Republican administration is going to save me a ton of income taxes. But I will be saddened by the upcoming rape of the poor and the middle class, with the exception of those stupid enough to vote for Romney. I have been giving most of my tax savings from the Bush tax cuts to feed poor children and families, but wish that there was some charity that served only the needy people who are smart enough to vote for their own self interest.
This country had several hundred years of no voter ID voting. The reason that voting impersonation doesn't happen is because the risk far outways the payoff. One additional vote for Romney isn't going to mean anything in a state where nearly 3m people vote. But a person who registers himself under another name faces a felony. The better way to improve Romney's turnout is to disenfranchise groups that typically vote Democratic.
Democrats don't assume their supporters are lazy or irresponsible. What Democrats oppose is the idea that 200,000 people will automatically lose their right to vote and have to go to the government to regain that right. In fact, democratic voters are usually better informed on the issues. That's why, when conservatives hear about these sort of issues, they respond with insults and refuse to learn about the issue. Hence we have conservatives who think Obama was born in Kenya, that Saddam was connected to 9/11, that voter fraud exists. All of those things were pretty accurately reported but conservatives refused to believe it. Any report to the contrary - despite valid confirmation - was part of some strange liberal conspiracy.
Voter ID is just another example of the republican party putting its energy into a trivial issue. there are actual important things that they should be thinking about but instead their campaign completely lacks focus.
Good thing we started a new thread!
About voter ID. I'll say what I said (and what was ignored) in the last thread. If people actually cared about vote fraud, this is not what people would be discussing. They would be discussing how electronic voting has been implemented in this country, and how there is very little accountability to the election process that now uses it in most states. Forget someone showing up and casting 1 or 2 illegal votes.
this flaw can allow one or two people to cast thousands of votes.
I really don't know how to read the bruhaha over the embassy attacks yesterday. It looks like Romney may have jumped the gun in his criticism of Obama (Real Clear Politics article penned by former McCain aid), but I doubt it will really damage him. The ethics of what to criticize and what not to as a candidate seem unfairly grey to me.
Exit polls, in part, due check in wide spread voter fraud on the other hand.