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We can hope (ahem) but I remain staggered and appalled about how much voter suppression cheating takes place in US politics. It seems routine for democrats in contested areas to wait several hours to vote.

I just heard today that at the last general election in the UK some people had to queue for an hour with some losing out completely when the polls closed. Parliament itself is acting to ensure that all who want to vote can do so.

Wheras in the US, I think DC views it all as a big joke

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Nov 5th, 2012 at 07:52:46 AM EST
The problem is that constituency drawing, voter registration and the voting process itself is largely controlled at local level by often partisan officials and the GOP know this is their own way to hold back the tide of demographic change. As these are Federal Level elections, you would have thought Congress itself could prescribe the rules by which elections are conducted, but I am unclear as to what extent this would be seen as interfering with "states rights". As in all things it would probably require a large Dem majority in Congress and on the SCOTUS to push any major reform through.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Nov 5th, 2012 at 08:06:01 AM EST
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As these are Federal Level elections, you would have thought Congress itself could prescribe the rules by which elections are conducted

Constitutionally, the responsability for elections is at the state level.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Nov 5th, 2012 at 09:50:05 AM EST
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I have seen conflicting opinions on the degree to which congress could regulate the holding of elections beyond just setting the date. The FEC regulates mainly camapaign contributions and disclosure and has been subject to some constitutional court challenges, but it is unclear to me whether or not Congress could enact additional legislation regulating the conduct of elections or extending the remit of the FEC to do so.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Nov 5th, 2012 at 10:41:52 AM EST
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Congress could, however it has chosen not to do so.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Nov 5th, 2012 at 10:51:11 AM EST
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Obama would require a substantial Dem majority to pass anything worthwhile, and even then it would likely be overturned by the current SCOTUS as undermining State's rights.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Nov 5th, 2012 at 10:56:06 AM EST
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This state and local responsibility IS, at least in theory, checked by federal and constitutional civil rights statutes and provisions.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Nov 5th, 2012 at 12:10:08 PM EST
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Not sure if this addresses the problem of voter suppression that you are speaking of, but a friend wrote to say that he had taken the last month off to help with the Obama campaign. His efforts had been in preparing and conducting training sessions for California lawyers planning to go up to Nevada to participate in voter protection, as well as recruiting folks to do it.

He said their recruiting efforts had been so successful that they had ended up with more people than they could use, and so diverted some of them to get out the vote canvassing, while his time had been spent rotating around sites doing front-line voter protection. He said it was mostly boring, but gratifying. The only down side he said, was that he only left Nevada long enough to get back to see Game 2 of the Giants at the park (like CH, he's a huge Giants fan).

It was his opinion that Obama was winning there, that the polls reflect that, and most of the Nevada-based campaign workers seem to agree.  The early voting figures also seem to indicate we're winning.

by sgr2 on Mon Nov 5th, 2012 at 11:32:29 AM EST
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Yep - that's my reading of all the polls and early voting there as well. NC and FL are much tighter, though.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Nov 5th, 2012 at 12:26:01 PM EST
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Its been deliberately made to be routine by a ongoing, forward looking effort by the conservative movement to make voting harder, starting in the 1970's.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Wed Nov 7th, 2012 at 01:35:42 AM EST
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