How to make sure you didn’t get taken off the voting rolls
Monday October 01st 2012, 10:29 pm
Filed under: Politics

While the Chicago teachers’ strike was going on, whatever one may think of that (and I actually thought their mayor made some good points against some of their arguments), Romney went on record as saying that teachers’ unions should not be allowed to make political contributions.

Think about that a moment. Out of all the possible groupings of individuals or corporate interests in the entire country, and under a Republican-celebrated Citizens United Supreme Court decision, teachers’, and only teachers’, unions should not be allowed to do what all the others throughout the United States can.

Says the man who wants to run the place. Shades of 47%. (The video Romney didn’t know was being taken behind closed doors with his donors in Florida.)

I can understand changing the laws to limit political contributions to being by individual human beings only, but I cannot understand how Romney could think it fine to disempower one and only that one group. Who would be next?

If only that were all there is to complain about. I read an article today at freepress.org. If what their investigators say is true, then like that video, word has to get out.

They say they have found that there is a group that is Mitt Romney’s 11th biggest donor, HIG Capital. Of the 49 people in charge at HIG, 11 used to work for Bain. And what do they sell?

Voting machines.

Voting machines that counted 10,000 non-existent votes in Ft. Worth. And there is more posted there, if you want to read it.

Holy. Cow.

With the Republican efforts to purge the voter rolls going on in contested states, the place to start is here, canivote.org, to make sure that your right to do so has not been messed with while there’s time to fix it if it has. Clicking through, it takes me to my county’s voter registration, which asks for my zip code, house number, and date of birth: yes I am still registered. Yes my husband still is, despite there being another man of the same name in the same town–no problem. Yes Michelle is too, but no, our youngest, who has not lived in this state for three years, is not–in other words, the records were indeed updated as they should have been.

I want this question asked loudly and by many. Why is it okay for a company that sells voting machines to make large political donations to the candidate they want? On the presidential level, no less. Given the right wing’s worship of the unfettered free market, I want a straight answer on just what that voting machine company thinks it’s buying with their large investment.

The New York Times had a graph last week showing the possibility of one individual vote’s possibly changing an entire state’s outcome, and in one swing state the probability was 8%. One. Single. Vote. Your choice to stand a moment in your precinct’s booth could determine not just the Presidency but Supreme Court decisions for a generation to come.

Vote!


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Alison, I love your blog; I learn so much! Thank you for posting information about the article at freepress.org. I’ve referenced it on my FB page. Blessings! ~ Gelene (DebbieR’s mom) ๐Ÿ™‚

Comment by Gelene 10.01.12 @ 10:53 pm

Thank you, Thank you , Thank you!!!

For bringing attention to one of our rights that is taken for granted and is underutilized due to misinformation about the power of the individual vote.

Now to get folks to spend just a little time becoming informed about the issues and not just believing the rhetoric heard in sound bites and on ads.

Comment by wildknits 10.02.12 @ 5:06 am

Bravo, Alison. Next thing you know, someone will be saying police and fire unions can’t make political contributions… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Comment by Channon 10.02.12 @ 6:22 am

I firmly believe that we should never stand by silently and let some other group be singled out for exclusion — if we do, we risk someday being part of a group subjected to it

Comment by Bev 10.02.12 @ 7:52 am

Our school bond vote failed by TWO VOTES. Doesn’t that just make me feel ashamed of those whose parents sacrificed so much to see that we had a school in our little town and even more ashamed of the two who did not vote!

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 10.02.12 @ 8:10 am

All of these comments are right on the money (if you’ll pardon the expression). There are those who don’t realize that freedom is hard work!

Comment by Don Meyer 10.02.12 @ 9:00 am

Wow. Thanks for blogging this.

Comment by Beth in Maryland 10.02.12 @ 9:40 am

Very educational… and powerful!

Voting is a right some people in this world are ready to give their lives for – some did give up their lives so that future generations could.

As it is very wisely said in the movie Mulan (Disney): a single grain of rice can tip a scale.

Comment by Suzanne from Montreal 10.02.12 @ 11:49 am

Thank you for posting this.

I think what appals me the most about Romney wanting to take away the ability for teachers unions to make political contributions is that it is in light of the courts giving other companies the same “rights” as individuals to do so.

So companies like Bain (and HIG Capital) are allowed a (powerful) voice in the political proceedings, but a group looking out for teachers rights impacted by politics as much or even more than those companies are to be muzzled?

Fie, I say.

Comment by Alix in MV 10.02.12 @ 3:47 pm

I think you’re selling Mr. Romney short, Alison. I’m sure there are plenty of other non-Republican voters he’d like to disenfranchise. Admittedly, he has been less candid about identifying them publicly.

Comment by RobinH 10.03.12 @ 8:55 am

Still catching up on blog reading after my trip. I get a chill of foreboding reading about HIG Capital. Thanks for this, and also for the background information about your grandfather (another post). Fascinating! (I, too, am a former Republican. So glad I’ve mended my ways.)

Comment by Debbi 10.05.12 @ 3:18 am

We have a state vote on voter ID on our ballot this fall. Every day I drive past a billboard that says “It’s common sense. Vote Yes for voter ID.”

Except that it only seems like common sense until you get the information that voter fraud has not been an issue here – the odds of having one’s vote cancelled by a fraudulent one here is less than the odds of being hit by lightning (League of Women Voters). Yet passing this amendment will cost many dollars and yes, many legitimate votes.

Voting machines, on the other hand, have an incredibly high rate of error (many sources, just Google it!). Seems like we are trying to ban the wrong thing.

Comment by twinsetellen 10.06.12 @ 5:56 pm



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