Lose your house, lose your vote -- the latest incursion against voters' rights
Thanks Rayne... this trend is definitely one to watch! -- if anyone is so inclined to buzz the original Michigan Messenger story, here's the buzz link. (originally posted 2008-09-10 02:23:09 -- cho)
Want to make sure this story gets broad coverage across the internet, because this could happen in other states and particularly swing states.
Michigan Republicans plan to foreclose African American voters
The chairman of the Republican Party in Macomb County Michigan, a key swing county in a key swing state, is planning to use a list of foreclosed homes to block people from voting in the upcoming election as part of the state GOP’s effort to challenge some voters on Election Day.
“We will have a list of foreclosed homes and will make sure people aren’t voting from those addresses,” party chairman James Carabelli told Michigan Messenger in a telephone interview earlier this week. He said the local party wanted to make sure that proper electoral procedures were followed.
You can read more at this link.
We need to be looking for other places where this could happen; chances are strong that more foreclosures happened to members of minority urban communities, as they would have been targeted for the crappy loans that preyed on their desires for home ownership but without a down payment.
Add this problem in Michigan to the state's voter ID law, for which the Secretary of state (and known Republican operative) has ordered a directive to demand a second photo ID of anyone who does not resemble their photo, and you have a massive opportunity for voter disenfranchisement.
Spread the word, take a look in your own state. Don't let them do this to us again.