On to more important election news:
Yes, I am well aware that I'm harping on getting people to the polls Nov. 2. Yes, I realize I'm being boring ass in my LJ. I promise I'll return to more fanish things when President Kerry gets elected. (BELIEVE!)
Although I'm not going to stop worrying until the prentender is evicted from the Executive Office Building and White House on January 20. A lot of damage can be done between November 3 and January 19, so excuse me if I'm a little jumpy until then.
In any case, I find this bit of advice to be the height of irony. The Democratic Party, which has been known to rely on the Cemetery Vote in the past and engage in their share of voter suppression efforts during the Jim Crow days, is now laying out step-by-step guidelines for protecting your right to vote.
And this is me saying this as part of the working class Donkey Rising contingent. I may be a Democrat, but I'm a Democrat who knows my history, thank you very muchly. While I'm no fan of Al Sharpton, he did say it best: 40 acres and a mule were promised. No one got the 40 acres, but you might as well ride the Donkey for all it's worth.
The following is a Voter's Bill of Rights from the Democratic National Committee. If you're in a swing state, print it out and keep it on hand. Please also make sure you make note of the Emergency Voter Phone Numbers I posted a few days ago if you run into trouble.
This election is going to be won by numbers. The more people voting, the better it'll be for everyone. While it's too much to hope that 90% of elegible voters will go to the polls, I'll be dancing a jig if we hit 60%.
Voter's Bill of Rights
Voting is the most direct way for you to affect your government--don't let anyone deprive you of this precious right! Read through the list below and be aware of your rights before you go to the polls, and use the information below if you encounter any harassment or intimidation.
- You are entitled to vote without being harassed or intimidated by anyone.
- Bring personal identification with you to the polls (driver's license, government ID, bank statement or utility bill).
- If you forget your ID, you can still vote. (In some states, all you need to do is sign an affidavit. In others, you can vote by provisional ballot.)
- If records show you have moved, you can vote by signing an address confirmation.
- If you are in line at the polling place before the polls close, you can vote.
- You have the right to receive a demonstration of voting equipment before voting.
- If you are disabled or are over the age of 65, you have the right to an accessible polling place and help in voting.
If anyone challenges your right to vote:
- Talk to the Voting Rights attorney at your polling place.
- Ask for the name of the person who is denying you the right to vote and write it down.
- Ask to talk to a supervisor and lodge a complaint.
Let's be about it people.