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voter ID laws

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    How about this for a law: any citizen purged from voter rolls cannot be forced to pay any taxes until the next Federal Election in which they are allowed to vote.

    Otherwise - it seems like "taxation without representation" - and I think we are supposed to be against that. Yes, I think we even had a war at one point where that was one of the issues.

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    jaredsxtn Wrote:
    Schmidt Wrote: While voter ID laws have suppressed voter turnout in many states, the bigger obstacle for midterm elections especially is voter turnout of registered and eligible voters that do indeed have the necessary IDs. My biggest frustration is trying to get my fellow Dems to exercise their right to vote, but they will find any excuses to not vote...and then they complain and blame when our elected officials are not to their liking.
    You want a statistic that will make your head explode with frustration? "46 Democratic caucus members in the 114th Congress received a total of 67.8 million votes in winning their seats, while the 54 Republican caucus members received 47.1 million votes."

    Think about that for a second. Democrats received over twenty million more votes than Republicans in this election, but saw their Senate majority evaporate before their very eyes.

    Maybe it's time to rethink the way our Senate operates. Twenty million more people voted for Democrats, but now we will be having to put up with far right Republicans for the next two years. We have to figure out a way to have a legitimately representative government and not a government that gives states who have a handful of people in it the ability to force their will upon the vast majority of Americans who want nothing to do with it.

    Jared's post from 2015 brings home an important point. The 2020 election is not only about electing a president, it's about electing state legislators. The state legislative offices are also extremely important because state legislatures will be in charge of redistricting following the 2020 census. Republicans will gerrymander like never before knowing that the Supreme Court will not stand in their way. Democrats have suffered unfairly by gerrymandering in the 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018 and now the 2020 election because we had piss poor turnout in the 2010 election, the last census year.

    We must vote down ballot candidates in 2020 like they were just as important as president.