VIRGINIA VOTING RIGHTS FIGHT IS AT WAR.
THE BLUE VIRGINIA DEMOCRATS ARE THEM &THEM IS WE THE PEOPLE. THE RED VIRGINIA REPUBLICANS ARE AGAINST THEM & NOT FOR WE THE PEOPLE.
There's a new battle looming between Republicans and Democrats at the U.S. Capital, and this one doesn't have anything to do with guns, immigration or debt reduction- it's about voting rights.
President Obama and Democratic party leaders want to make voting easier for Americans just as several recent studies suggest long line at polling places and onerous voter registration procedures that cost the Democrats hundreds of thousands of votes as was evidenced in November particularly among African Americans, Hispanics and the African immigrants.
The President has been signaling his intention since election night, when he made mention of the long queues to vote and he intoned: "we have to fix that". He reiterated that sentiment in his second inaugural address some weeks ago.
"Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise their right to vote, "said President Obama, a one time community organizer who once helped register impoverished Chicago voters.
Like most Republicans, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling wants to force Virginians to show photo IDs to cast a ballotwhich is seen as key by the GOP to reducing the number of black, Hispanic, elderly and young Democratic-leaning voters from going to the polls.
Lt.Gov. wants all things to wait until 2014 to impose this voting restriction to give people more time to adjust. Republicans can't keep changing the voter ID rules, "he said he is still mulling an independent run for governor this year after giving up on seeking the Republican nomination.
That's why he broke with his party last week and joined the 20 Senate Democrat to push back the photo ID rule for a year. He did so on Monday Feb. 4th when, as the Senate's presiding officer, he broke a 20-20 party-line tie and supported putting off any change in the voting ID requirements until July 2014 after the race for governor and other statewide offices are over.
Some people change their characters like chameleon. If he were to run as a Republican, he would have the some methods of ducking the system by using the deadpeople's votes as they have been using in decades.
In few days time, the President's State of the Union address is expected to address the issue too. Congressional Democrats are behind President Obama. They've already submitted bills that would require states to provide online voter registration and provide for at least fifteen days of early voting.
Those bills aren't likely to pass, given Republicans control of the House of Representatives.
Nevertheless, several states are currently considering expanding early voting, including the critical battlegrounds of Virginia, Ohio and Florida. The sunshine State was particularly plagued with problemslast November, when some voters in minority neighbor-hoods waited as long as six hours to cast their ballots.
The voting rights are in the national spotlight just as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a challenge to the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a legislation that was passed at the height of the Civil Rights Movement to prevent African Americans from being denied the right to vote in the South.
Virginia, which is in history for denying black people their rights to vote, must adhere to the Voting Rights Act.
Civil liberties watchdogs point out those changes often include stricter voter ID requirements that can serve to disenfranchise minorities and the poor - many of them Democratic voters.
The voting Rights Act requirement, known as Section 5, applies to Virginia and all or part of 16 States that have a history of civil rights abuses at the ballot box. A number of civil rights groups will be at the Supreme Court on Feb. 27 to argue against these outdated Sections.
Despite Republican claims to the country, there's scanty evidence that the voter fraud is a chronic problem in the United States, even though Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach told the panel that "aliens" stealing votes and invading voter lists was a pervasive, genuine problem.
Republicans also have been griping in recent weeks about the Electoral College - the controversial institution that officially elects the President and the Vice president every five years.
When voters go to the polls on Election Day in the U.S., they choose which candidate receives their state's elector, "and the electors then select the president and his vice No.2.
The Electoral College has occasionally permitted a candidate who received fewer popular votes to win the election - most recently, President George Bush in 2000.
Nevertheless, 13 years and two crushing electoral defeats later, some Republicans apparently have had enough of the current day electoral college.
Republican proposals in states that include Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania would see Electoral College votes assigned based on the winners of congressional districts - a setup that benefits Republicans, and this is why Republicans are more in the congress to put forcefor not passing any pending Bills.
If the system had been in place in Virginia in November, for example, Republican Mitt Romneywould have won nine of the thirteen (13) electoral votes, even while losing the state by 150,000 votes.
The chairman of the Republic National Committee threw his support behind those proposals recently, even though Virginia's Republicans killed the Electoral College change last week.
In a bid to reduce tension, the Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill to create a five member commission to author future plans to alter state House and Senate districts and congressional districts following every tenyears' (10years) U.S. Census.
The bill was sponsored by Democratic Sen. J C. Miller of Newport News and passed 33-17, with 13 Republicans including Sen. Watkins, who joined the twenty 20 Democrats in passing the bill. However, the bill's fate is uncertain in the House.
Virginians and Democrats need to kill the Republicans loopholes of engaging in stealing votes.
I stand straight to make it sure that African Immigrants' votes count as OTHERS. West African immigrants' votes should count the same as North African Immigrants' votes count, or as Central African Immigrants' votes count, or South African Immigrants' votes count or East African Immigrants' votes count.
African Immigrants in the United States of Americarepresent fifty one countries of Africa. They should have some Representation as other immigrant groupsdo in the U.S. administrative offices - such as in theCongress, the United States Senate, Governors, Attorney General, Judges, and Mayors.
Can African Immigrants also stand with all groups of America to fix these problems that we all face in front of us as AMERICANS?
Yours faithfully and your next Governor of Virginia,
Tom Nyambok 2/11/2013.
Monday, February 11
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