I had planned to post about almost any topic other than politics today. I survived the second of three presidential debates last evening. I was very happy with how well Barack Obama did and slack jawed that John McCain still seemed so angry and dismissive. When he snapped out “That one!” referring to Barack Obama I could hardly believe my ears - and eyes. It was either evidence of McCain’s frustration and fury or his condescension bordering on racism.
Anyway, today I feel a bit crispy about politics. I also appreciate that while there is interest in this presidential race all around the world, not everyone who reads Pink Granite is a political junkie! So my plan was to write about autumn in New England or our cats or a recent important discussion I had with my Mom about mayonnaise! Then I read this article from the New York Times: States’ Actions to Block Voters Appear Illegal. Crap, crap and more crap!!!
Here’s the bottom line. Thanks to states attempting to comply with a 2002 federal law (the “Help America Vote Act”), many eligible voters are being purged from the voter rolls! While this is a federal law and therefore a national concern, the New York Times article specifically cites problems in: Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio and South Dakota.
What to do? First, here are a couple of links to help you know your voting rights:
People For The American Way Voting Rights Information
Vote411.org from the League of Women Voters
Project Vote Smart Voter Information by state
What else should you do?
: : If you still need to register to vote - Tick Tock! Follow the links in this recent post.
: : In my opinion, if you have already registered to vote in your community, contact your local election officials to make sure you are still on the rolls. I would strongly recommend this if you have not voted in a recent election.