Thursday, January 22, 2009

Is GOP Against Democracy?

Senate committee endorses absentee voting, Obenshain against...

A Senate committee on Tuesday endorsed a no-excuse absentee voting bill, which would allow Virginia voters to cast their ballots before election day without providing one of 17 specific reasons now required. Proponents argued the current system forces registrars to wade through and verify the long list of acceptable reasons to cast an absentee ballot and makes more accessible the most basic right of a democracy. Twenty-six states already have similar systems.

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Virginia GOP delegates thwart democracy

Lowering barriers seems a worthwhile goal in a nation where voter turnout is sometimes measured in the teens. But a handful of Virginia lawmakers is determined instead to perpetuate an ethical dilemma for thousands of constituents who just want to cast a ballot. On Monday, in the early holiday hours, a group of Republican members of the House of Delegates dustbinned yet another effort to open early voting to any Virginian who wants to cast a ballot.

Note: Delegate Steve Landes, 25th District, helped kill this measure.

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ValleyGirl said...

Karl Rove would be so proud!
Suppress the Vote!
The GOP Motto
Endorsed by the Harrisonburg Registrar

GOPLeftMe said...

This is exactly why people are tired of the republicans. They don't want the "common" people involved. They know just a bit more about our problems than we do.(tongue in cheek)

no kidding said...


1. You have to believe that the surplus W. inherited in 2001 was due to the work of Ronald Reagan and George Bush, but yesterday's gasoline prices and today's rotten economy are all Clinton and Obama's fault.

2. You have to believe that those privileged from birth achieve success all on their own.

3. You have to be against all government programs, but you damned well expect your Social Security checks on time.

4. You have to believe that AIDS victims deserve their disease, but smokers with lung cancer and overweight individuals with heart disease don't deserve theirs.

5. You have to appreciate the power rush that comes with driving a Hummer.

6. You have to believe everything Rush Limbaugh says.

7. You have to believe that the agricultural, restaurant, housing and hotel industries can survive without immigrant labor.

8. You have to believe God hates homosexuality, but loves the death penalty.

9. You have to believe society is color-blind and growing up black in America doesn't diminish your opportunities, but you still won't vote for Alan Keyes or Barack Obama.

10. You have to believe that pollution is OK as long as it makes a profit.

11. You want to mandate prayer in schools, but not to Allah or Buddha.

12. You have to believe Newt Gingrich and Henry Hyde were really faithful husbands.

13. You have to believe speaking a few Spanish phrases makes you culturally sensitive.

14. You have to believe that only your own teenagers are still virgins.

15. You have to be against government interference in business, until your company, corporation or Savings and Loan is about to go broke and you beg for a government bail out.

16. You love Jesus and Jesus loves you and, by the way, Jesus shares your hatred for AIDS victims, homosexuals, and Bill Clinton.

17. You have to believe government has nothing to do with providing police protection, national defense, and building roads.

18. You have to believe a poor, minority student with a disciplinary history and failing grades will be admitted into an elite private school with a $1,000 voucher.

ValleyGirl said...

How many Republicans does it take to change a light bulb?
Three. One to hire a Mexican to do the work and two to deport him when he's done.

Frank said...

What do you get when you mix a Republican politician with a Republican voter?
Hick Cheney.

Justine said...

Our "valley boys" continue to make us all proud! Like I said in another post, they are a really bad joke on all of us.