Category Archives: Voting Rights
Its a valid question after reading today’s LAT article entitled: Gay and Lesbian voting power. The answer seems simple enough; “We have far more at stake than the average voter, and we’re therefore far more engaged in the political process.”-says Tom Roth, President of Community Marketing.
But I challenge that response. The Hetero voters have much at stake as well. Jobs, corporate welfare, loss of our civil rights and the ever-popular War on Terror which could draft their sons and daughters. We could be looking at a draft if the Iraq Government doesn’t straighten up and get their shit together soon my dear reader. It’s not a question of ‘if’ to me..it’s ‘when’ will they institute the draft. Some numbers from two different polling outfits in the LAT writeup for your perusal:
A recent study by San Francisco-based Community Marketing Inc. found an eye-popping 92.5% of gay men report they voted in the 2004 presidential race, and almost 84% said they cast ballots in the 2006 midterm election. Among lesbians, the results were almost as impressive; nearly 91% in 2004 and 78% in 2006. By comparison, the Washington-based Committee for the Study of the American Electorate puts the turnout for all Americans eligible to vote at about 61% in 2004 and roughly 40% in 2006.
I think the GLBT folks are smarter than most hetero’s. They know they must elect politicians that will work for them and their rights..otherwise we could be back in the dark ages with regard to laws being passed that outlaw certain things..like sex between two consenting adults of the same sex for instance. Hetero’s still have their fucking heads in the sand when it comes to voting for their elected reps. They really do..how else to you explain more people staying home than getting off their fat asses and taking 5 minutes to vote? Or in Cali..we can simply MAIL in our vote..that takes real effort now doesn’t it?
Why don’t hetero’s vote? Why do they think the status quo is o-fucking-k? Only 20-something-percent say they like the job BushCo is doing..wtf is up with the other 60% that didn’t vote in November of last year? Did they think the 40% of us that voted would do right by them? Why are American’s in general and the hetero’s specifically SO FUCKING LAZY?
I have voted in every, single, friggin election since I was old enough to vote..without giving my age..thats a LOT of voting booths for moi…dozens and dozens of them. What will it take for American’s to get out and vote? I don’t think you want to hear what it will take, but I will tell you anyway from my pov…
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Those friggin activist judges in MI. The Supreme Court of the state of Michigan has ruled in favor of Voter ID’s. From Jurist:
The Michigan Supreme Court Wednesday upheld a voter ID law in that state, ruling against critics who argued that the ID requirement is essentially a poll tax. The 5-2 decision was split down party lines, with the Republican majority deciding that since voters who don’t have a photo ID can vote after signing a sworn affidavit regarding their identity, the argument of a de facto poll tax was unfounded. Supporters of the ID law say that a photo ID is necessary to prevent voter fraud. The law was initially passed in 1996, but former Attorney General Frank Kelly refused to prosecute under it, arguing that it was unconstitutional. The law was renewed in 2005. Numerous voter ID laws have been challenged in the courts, with inconsistent rulings across the states. Laws in Indiana and Arizona have been upheld, while one in Missouri was struck down last year. AP has more.