Monday, September 8, 2008

Here We Go Again...

There is a little piece of news that is still not getting the coverage it deserves. There is an attempt to suppress voting among college students going on in in Virginia.

The county registrar in the part of the state where Virginia Tech is located sent out a couple of releases with completely false information in an attempt to scare college students from registering in the county, or to cancel a recent registration. This is after a voter registration drive by the Obama campaign signed up thousands of VT students.

This is such a blatant attempt to suppress the vote of a demographic that is polling heavily in Barack Obama's favor in a state that he is going to be very competitive in.

Among the outright lies the county registrar put in this release:

If students register under their college address their parents could lose the right to claim them as dependents on their taxes.

They might be kicked off their parents health or car insurance.

They could lose scholarships.

Just as in 2000 and 2004, the GOP will lie, cheat and steal to win this election.

What's really sad is that this should be front page news in every newspaper in America, as any effort to disenfranchise voters should be, but in the supposedly "liberal" New York Times it was only on page A14.

The press should be ashamed of themselves for not making this bigger news.


JJisafool said...

This has been going on forever. I was at Syracuse from 1990-1994, and students constantly had to fight this fight. Though we lived in Syracuse far more than anywhere else at that point, still they wanted to deny us the right to affect change in our new home.

Any effort at all to suppress voters, any attempt to impede in ANY way this most basic right HAS to be called out for the fascist bullshit it is.

the beige one said...

I'm just constantly agog over how much is allowed to slip through the cracks anymore.

B.E. Earl said...

Unfortunately, cheaters sometimes win. Just ask Dubya.