Tuesday, November 4, 2014
The Republicans Attempted to Steal My Vote
Today the Republicans almost defeated me. They tried to keep me from voting.
I went to the polling place near my house, whipped out my Virginia Registered Voter card and was ready to go to the touchscreen when the registrar said, "We'll need a photo ID."
I don't have a photo ID because the police confiscated my driver's license last week (for a matter having nothing whatever to do with breaking the law, driving badly or anything else you might imagine) and I have yet to get it back because I am unable to get the information I need to do so.
So, I can't vote. Actually, I could cast a "provisional ballot," which means I would have to vote, then go to the downtown registrar and have a photo ID made, then become verified as a voter. I said to the registrar, "Oh, hell, just forget it. We'll give this one to the Republicans." I felt defeated at that moment.
The GOP wantS desperately to disenfranchise people like me because they can't win if we vote. They have passed laws throughout the country making the act of voting more difficult, especially among those not likely to vote for them. That's why the Senate is in play and it looks like Republicans may expand their majority in the House, one they achieved by gerrymandering--which is ostensibly illegal--even though well more than half the voters in the country don't vote for them.
The elections I could vote in will return incumbents by large majorities, so going to all the trouble to widen the margin for Mark Warner or be one more vote against Bob Goodlatte didn't seem worth the bother.