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Voter Suppression or Bad Planning?
  • Paco Wellington III November 5, 2012 - 6:32 pm #55117 Reply

    Two polling locations near my house have significantly less parking for voters this year than in past presidential (or governor's) election years.  One polling location has only 25% of what is normally posted as “voter parking”.  More parking is usually reserved for the off-year elections that have no real elections.

    Local election boards in Virginia are stacked 2 republican and 1 democratic members.

    Is this a fluke or yet another effort to suppress voting?  A neighbor has tried to contact the election board but has hit a stone wall.

    hermitcrab November 5, 2012 - 7:33 pm #55118 Reply

    What are the polling locations?

    Paco Wellington III November 5, 2012 - 8:38 pm #55119 Reply

    Ashton Heights, church at Ivy and 6th.   Lyon Park, building at Pershing between Garfield and Fillmore.

    Rick November 5, 2012 - 8:51 pm #55120 Reply

    On street reserved parking? Reserved lot parking? You're not being very specific.

    Swag November 6, 2012 - 7:03 am #55121 Reply

    Even Republicans are better at suppressing votes than that.

    mjw703 November 6, 2012 - 7:40 am #55122 Reply

    I was just at Lyon Park, and there is no parking lot, so aside from the few street spaces next to the building that are reserved for voters, I'm not sure what else could be done. Many people in LP park on the street as they have no driveway (or have too many cars for their driveways) So I don't think you can block people from parking near their homes. Many people in Lyon Park live within walking distance to the polling place, and there's plenty of street parking a few blocks away. Both the Democratic and Republican parties are offering free rides to polling places if you cannot walk.

    North2South November 6, 2012 - 8:57 am #55123 Reply

    Sounds like someone trying to stir something up that's not actually happening.

    INF November 6, 2012 - 9:21 am #55124 Reply

    Sounds like poor planning. Meanwhile, THIS is unconscionable!

    bobco85 November 6, 2012 - 9:34 am #55125 Reply

    Paco Wellington III said:

    Is this a fluke or yet another effort to suppress voting?

    That's both a 1) false dichotomy and 2) loaded question.

     

    1) Are those the only two possibilities? Perhaps the parking problem is something that they cannot fully solve. This might be the best they were able to provide given the situation.

     

    2) Has there been voter suppression in the past here? If not, why go straight for the conspiracy?

     

    I'm interested to know why there is a parking problem, but it seems like you're pushing an agenda here with the way you have asked your question.

    TheMissile November 6, 2012 - 10:39 am #55126 Reply

    All I know is that I live across the street from the Lyon Park voting location and I was going to walk over and vote before work but there was a line around the block.

    steve-o November 6, 2012 - 10:51 am #55127 Reply

    What time of day offers the shortest line?  Just checked out the line at my location in Courthouse and looks to be about 100 people waiting.

    newty25 November 6, 2012 - 12:36 pm #55128 Reply

    steve-o said:

    What time of day offers the shortest line?  Just checked out the line at my location in Courthouse and looks to be about 100 people waiting.

    I'm going between 230 and 3.

    DLGlenCarlyn November 6, 2012 - 1:42 pm #55129 Reply

    North2South said:

    Sounds like someone trying to stir something up that's not actually happening.

    Agreed!  Apparently “voter suppression” = “it's less convenient than my Starbucks drive-thru” 

    KalashniKEV November 7, 2012 - 9:15 am #55130 Reply

    I don't know about voter suppression, but there was most likely fraud going on at my polling place.

     

    I couldn't believe how many clowns showed up with a stack of mail and all they had to do was hand over that “Voter ID Card” and repeat back the information, and they were good to go!

     

    If you don't have a government issued ID card with current information and a picture of your face on it, you shouldn't be allowed to vote.

     

    (Also, if you don't own land and have a minimum of 2 years service to nation, you shouldn't be allowed to vote either… but that's another topic)

    novasteve November 7, 2012 - 9:29 am #55131 Reply

    KalashniKEV said:

    I don't know about voter suppression, but there was most likely fraud going on at my polling place.

     

    I couldn't believe how many clowns showed up with a stack of mail and all they had to do was hand over that “Voter ID Card” and repeat back the information, and they were good to go!

     

    If you don't have a government issued ID card with current information and a picture of your face on it, you shouldn't be allowed to vote.

     

    (Also, if you don't own land and have a minimum of 2 years service to nation, you shouldn't be allowed to vote either... but that's another topic)

    I’m curious how WA and CO will handle marijuana sales now that it’s legalized. You’ll no doubt have to show photo ID. But the same people who suppor taht would scream racism if you needed a photo ID to vote. I guess only whites should be able to buy pot.

     

    If you don't pay federal income tax, you shouldn't be voting in federal elections. The same libs who cry about “fairness” don't seem to have ANY problem with who unfair it is for people to vote for other people's money.

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