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Your Apathy Is Not Voter Suppression

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Rikyrah

Voter Suppression is…

when you would be 42 years old, if you had stayed in the state of your birth before you’d be able to vote in this country and that’s AFTER you put on the uniform and put your life on the line for said country

when you attempt to register people to vote and wind up with a cross burning on your lawn

when you have a Bachelors and Masters degree, and are asked to inform the registrar – how many bubbles are in a bar of soap.

or how many jelly beans are in that jar.

or to recite the preamble to the U.S. Constitution..

and, even after you’ve done that, you are asked to recite the Declaration of Independence – verbatim.

Or, you have to take a test, on your state’s constitution, that lawyers, registered to practice law in your state – don’t know….

Or, being told that you can get a ‘ Free Voter ID’, but in order to get the ‘ Free ID’, you have to spent Hundreds of $$$$, and make numerous trips to various agencies to get the paperwork for the ‘ Free Voter ID’

ALL of the above is voter suppression.

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What is NOT Voter Suppression?

You being too fucking lazy to know the ins and outs of VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINES.

You being too arrogant and believing that the laws, which have been in place – FOR YEARS – should be changed, because, well, of YOU.

They didn’t just come up with a closed primary in New York last week, last month, or last year.

And, if ‘offends’ you to register with a political party…that is YOUR RIGHT.

But, sit down, shut THE PHUCK up, and wait for you turn to vote in November.

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If you don’t like that there is no Early Voting – get the legislature to change it.
If you don’t like that there is no ‘ No Reason’ Absentee – get the legislature to change it.
If you don’t like that it’s a ‘closed Primary’ – get the legislature to change it.
If you don’t like that there is no Election Day Registration – get the legislature to change it.

IF you have not spoken up before about these things…then go somewhere and STFU.

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Rikyrah

You want to know why you should vote?

THE SUPREME COURT.

There was a post yesterday, about the woman who follows the Supreme Court for Slate, and how, THIS was supposed to be the year where the SC was going to deliver a big FU to President Obama.

In case after case, they had greased the wheels so that the SC could just deliver a number of body blows to the President.

But, then, Fat Tony went up and died.

So, you don’t like Hillary.

Hell, I don’t like Hillary.

But, there are real cases.

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The outcome will affect MILLIONS of your fellow Americans.

So, maybe they don’t affect you.

But, you don’t have enough concern for your fellow citizens that you should know better that it’s important that a DEMOCRAT fills that seat?

You don’t like Money in Politics?

CITIZENS UNITED

You don’t know why so many of us are talking about ‘Voter Suppression?’

THE GUTTING OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT.

Why is this hard for some people to get?

The Court is literally – IN FRONT OF YOUR EYES-hanging in the balance.

And, that’s not enough reason to get out and vote?

REALLY?
SERIOUSLY?


134 Responses to “Your Apathy Is Not Voter Suppression”


  1. 10 Dudette
    April 19, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Rikyrah’s piece on voter suppression — OUTSTANDING!

  2. 11 Nerdy Wonka
    April 19, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    • 12 SUEDUVALLSMITH
      April 19, 2016 at 7:28 pm

      THERE IS NOONE RUNNING WHO CAN HOLD A CANDLE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA…NOT EVEN A DIM FLASHLIGHT…THEY DON’T CALL HIM THE ENERGIZER FOR NOTHIN’!!!!

    • 14 No Child Left Behind
      April 19, 2016 at 7:41 pm

      Some of these people were following BS everywhere in Brooklyn, in the Bronx, and throughout NYS that they didn’t have the time of day to go register. Now, they want a special ballot.

  3. 15 Dudette
    April 19, 2016 at 7:28 pm

  4. 16 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    April 19, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    SAW A TRUMP YARD SIGN DOWN THE STREET..OH YEAH..THEY LOVE RACISTS IN INDIANA!…AND YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN THE NAZI BIKER HELMETS..LIKE I’M SO SCARED I’M GOING TO JUMP OUT OF MY CAR AND BURN A CROSS..SICK BASTARDS!

  5. 19 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    April 19, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    BBL…..TIME TO REST……..<3

  6. 20 Dudette
    April 19, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    • 22 Dudette
      April 19, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      That’s the Monday following our TOD meetup in DC. Holding out hope that he’ll be in town the weekend of June 16.
      [Fingers and toes crossed]

      Yaaaaaaaaay!

      • 23 donna dem 4 obama
        April 19, 2016 at 8:06 pm

        57 days and counting 😉

        • 24 vcprezofan2
          April 19, 2016 at 8:19 pm

          You think he’ll be rested enough to keynote after spending the previous weekend greeting, dialoguing, shaking hands, hugging with all of us? 😉

          [ps. I’m not counting ’cause counting makes it seem far away to me; I’m focusing on what I need to get done her first. 😀 ]

  7. 27 amk for obama
    April 19, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Go Hillary. Go Rikyrah. Go ut. Bern the blighters.

  8. 45 amk for obama
    April 19, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    bj commenter hovercraft

    I’ll provide a voice for some black women. I don’t think any real democrats don’t feel for the plight of oppressed people anywhere (we all feel for those other groups), but being black is here now and every day. I keep getting white people telling me I don’t understand my own best interest, apparently I’m too ignorant to see what’s best for me. When you walk into a store and they follow you. When you fear for the life for your loved ones when they go out, both from scared white people from the police. Just as any women can tell you you know it when you see it. So please stop telling me how income inequality is the biggest problem in my life, it’s not. Making it home in one piece is more important, being able to buy or rent a home in any neighborhood I can afford is more important, being able to drive while black, being judged for my qualifications not my skin color. These are the things that I consider to be my priorities, these things affect my vote. For all their faults the Clintons have been working with the black community for 40 years, sometimes for the good and sometimes for the bad. But they were there we saw them, we didn’t always agree but they engaged with us they listened to us. This is what is called a relationship, no lockstep just a comfort level and an understanding that at the end of the day they are politicians. So as much as I respect the civil rights work way back when, you can’t go silent for 40 years and expect to get the same credit. And the you top that off by saying that our votes don’t carry the same weight as white liberals votes, well Fuck You and your Fucking Revolution. You do not get to come into my party shit all over the house and then bitch that you are not getting your hosts support. House guests are supposed to ingratiate themselves not wreck the joint. So I’ll stick with my imperfect longtime friend rather Johnny come lately who up until a year ago didn’t give a shit about me.

    https://www.balloon-juice.com/2016/04/19/what-the-hell-heres-another-post-for-hillary/#comment-5765005

    egg.sack.lee

  9. 52 Dudette
    April 19, 2016 at 8:07 pm

  10. 56 Dudette
    April 19, 2016 at 8:09 pm

  11. April 19, 2016 at 8:12 pm

  12. April 19, 2016 at 8:14 pm

  13. April 19, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Elizabeth Warren took her colleague Ted to the woodshed…

  14. 60 MightyPamela
    April 19, 2016 at 8:16 pm

  15. April 19, 2016 at 8:17 pm

  16. 62 arapaho415
    April 19, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    GE TODville.

    Posted this earlier today on the #MBK thread in response to Ladyhawke (late, of course).

    Seems related to this thread, in a Doh! sort of way, so am reposting it.

    From a week ago:

  17. 63 Dudette
    April 19, 2016 at 8:26 pm

  18. 64 Dudette
    April 19, 2016 at 8:30 pm

  19. April 19, 2016 at 8:34 pm

  20. 66 ouapiti
    April 19, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    I am so sick of Bernie Sanders. I remember back in the 2008 election how so many here were so anti-Hillary (as was I) but now she has our support. That says something about her — and us — but also a lot about Bernie.

  21. April 19, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Right on:

    • April 19, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      To which I’d say ….

      😉

  22. 70 donna dem 4 obama
    April 19, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

  23. April 19, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    LOLz

  24. April 19, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    • 74 arapaho415
      April 19, 2016 at 9:14 pm

      Whoa. Big news, SBG.

      From the article:

      “Among those to be charged is a city of Flint official who signed a document…”

      snip /

      “Schuette is to announce felony and misdemeanor charges against at least two, and possibly as many as four people…”

      When these people face charges they will no doubt further implicate that immoral weasel Rick Snyder.

      Never hurts to remind ourselves of what Dr MLK said, and which is a guiding star for both PBO and FLOTUS. A decade from now, Malia and Sasha will prove this to be a lesson well-learned too.

      “The Arc of the Moral Universe Is Long But It Bends Toward Justice.”

      • April 19, 2016 at 9:22 pm

        arapaho415, I agree that those charged will not let themselves go down alone. I truly hope Rick Snyder gets his due and doesn’t get away scot-free.

  25. 76 amk for obama
    April 19, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    we gotta do this peeps and end both the bs once and for all.

  26. 77 amk for obama
    April 19, 2016 at 8:54 pm

  27. April 19, 2016 at 8:55 pm

  28. 80 No Child Left Behind
    April 19, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    WAPO BREAKING NEWS at 9:04pm:

    Trump projected to win New York’s Republican primary

    The Associated Press projects that businessman Donald Trump is the winner of the Republican presidential primary in New York, according to exit polls and early returns – a win that solidifies his front-runner status.

  29. 81 amk for obama
    April 19, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    whiny wolf (as expected, don’t they any other critter to ‘announce’ the results?)

    exit polls: hrc 52-48. of course, it could change through out the day. sigh.

    entire teann team having collective wet dreams over donald dreck.

  30. 83 No Child Left Behind
    April 19, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    I’ve just come home, turned on the TV and turned it off. I can’t take the over excitement from MSNBC folks, the zealous and over analysis of every vote in every neighborhood. Moreover, the “what if”, chronic conjectures of various hypothesis analyzed kills me. As anxious as I am to know HRC’s victory details, I can’t take it any more. I am going to stream a movie and hope to get the bird’s eye view of the results right here, in TODVille. And it doesn’t have to be live!

  31. 85 No Child Left Behind
    April 19, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    http://charlesgaba.com/

    I’m not entirely sure how appropriate it is to promote this utilizing ACASignups. On the other hand, you guys do have a right to know what the big secret was. Therefore, it’s my intent that this mailing (and the corresponding blog post) will be the only time I bring it up here outside of special circumstances.

    If anyone does want to learn more, help out or just follow the campaign as it proceeds, feel free to visit the website, join that mailing list and/or follow me on Twitter, where I feel comfortable discussing the campaign developments. You can also contact me directly by email (if it’s healthcare related, use email@acasignups.net; if it’s campaign-related, please use contact@charlesgaba.com).
    ———–

    You have my support 100%, Mr. Gaba!

  32. April 19, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    I hope that CNN predicted margin widens…

  33. 87 No Child Left Behind
    April 19, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Nerdy,

    Better late than never. Excellent post! Some folks always look for a scapegoat to credit their stupidity. I enjoyed the tweets from Imani Gandy, delighted in reading Rikyrah’s essay and love Putain Démocratique’snd John Marshall’s short jabs.

    As always,

  34. April 19, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    THIS x trazillion

  35. 92 amk for obama
    April 19, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    for those who don’t give a shite about whiny wolf’s ‘projections’, here is the real count

    http://www.politico.com/2016-election/results/map/president/new-york?lo=ut_d1

    hillz 62-38 with nearly 10% in.

  36. April 19, 2016 at 9:26 pm

  37. 99 vcprezofan2
    April 19, 2016 at 9:29 pm

  38. 100 amk for obama
    April 19, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    with 22% in, it’s still hrc 62-38.

  39. 101 Kanga kid
    April 19, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    This post is solid GOLD top to bottom. If our “news media” had even a quarter of this it would be a massive improvement.

    I say bravo thank you for this post which just aces it for how I feel.

  40. April 19, 2016 at 9:31 pm

  41. 103 vcprezofan2
    April 19, 2016 at 9:33 pm

  42. 104 amk for obama
    April 19, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    fucking tool anderson cooper – if you look at ‘mr’ trump’s victory in ny, it’s extraordinary.

    for fucks sake, with all your a$$ ki$$ing, donald dreck got just 50 k votes so far. Even bs got 175 k for fucks sake.

  43. 109 hopefruit2
    April 19, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    When you’ve lost emoprog Old Orange….

  44. April 19, 2016 at 9:36 pm

  45. April 19, 2016 at 9:36 pm

  46. April 19, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    C-SPAN is reporting HRC leads BS by 61.1% – 38,9% with 27% reporting.

  47. April 19, 2016 at 9:41 pm

  48. 116 hopefruit2
    April 19, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Done Deal!

  49. April 19, 2016 at 9:42 pm

  50. 119 hopefruit2
    April 19, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    On to MD, PA and CT next week. With those three states + CA, she will pretty much seal her nom…

  51. 120 Wanda N VA 4Obama
    April 19, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    HILLARY!!!!! YES!!!!

  52. 122 hopefruit2
    April 19, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Is MSNBC at their grief counseling session yet?

  53. 125 amk for obama
    April 19, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    for perspective, all the three rethugs combined couldn’t even beat bs, let alone hillz.

  54. April 19, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Amennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn to a fantastic post…ty…NW and Rikyrah…yesssssssss!!

  55. 131 sjterrid
    April 19, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Thank you Nerdy for featuring Rikyrah’s comment and adding these great “tweets.” Thank you, Rikyrah, great comment.

  56. April 20, 2016 at 5:20 am

    What an absolutely brilliant post. Reading it late but still enjoying it immensely. Great work Nerdy.


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