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Make the Candidates Talk About Voting Rights in Tonight’s Debate


Make the Candidates Talk About Voting Rights in Tonight’s Debate

Gary May

Dear Wolf Blitzer,

On February 17 and 18, your CNN colleague Anderson Cooper moderated town halls in South Carolina at which the Republican candidates for president were questioned by the audience and the moderator.

Cooper chose to stick to the standard issues — national security, the economy, immigration, terrorism and the like. The audience followed suit. This allowed the candidates to regurgitate talking points they have used repeatedly since the debate season began last August 6.


This guy is right. The practice of asking for picture IDs is just out of hand and hugely discriminatory. Why, it’s impossible to get on an airplane these days without having to show an ID card with your picture on it. You can’t rent a car without a photo ID. Hell, you can’t even write or cash a check without showing the bank a photo ID!!! Check into a hotel? Photo ID. Go to the courthouse? Photo ID. But of all the nerve, asking someone to prove that they’re actually a citizen of this country and of the state in which they are trying to vote by showing a photo ID? Ridiculous!


The machines are riggable. No one has any rights.

When will that be talked about?


Cooper did not really stick to ISSUES! He asked ridiculous questions that had nothing to do with ANYTHING important!

Ask about climate change in addition to voting rights. Ask them what they think about a Republican legislator in Utah, I think, calling for pornography to be viewed as a national health crisis - but the Republican’s failure to see gun violence as a national health crisis.

They refused to accept one of Obama’s previous Surgeon General nominees because that one said gun violence was a national health crisis! Why is pornography a health crisis but NOT gun violence? Please explain your answer in detail, using concrete, scientific data to back up and support your clams.


If that were the intent behind these proposed voter ID laws, you might be right. Sadly, that does not appear to be the case. Even when a person proves they are who they claim to be - they can and are turned away from being allowed to vote if that ID has even one minuscule ‘error’ in it - like the person’s middle name being abbreviated rather than typed out.

But let’s get/be real here. voter fraud among the average citizen is so low as to be inconsequential. Where it IS a problem is among many state’s legislative bodies. Voting on someone else’s voting box - when that person is absent - voting twice, etc.