Bummer: The U.S. Is Becoming A Two-Tiered Voting Laws Country

It’s funny that we really didn’t hear any of these same whines while Obama was in office, but, in the Era of Trump, everything is horrible for liberals. Even after doing well in the House, zomg, voting is horrible, and has made Ari Berman at Mother Jones very upset

The United States Is Becoming a Two-Tiered Country With Separate and Unequal Voting Laws

Phoebe Einzig-Roth, an 18-year-old freshman at Atlanta’s Emory University, moved to Georgia in August and was excited to vote in her first election. But when she went to her polling location near campus on Election Day, election officials told her she’d been flagged as a noncitizen. Even though she’d brought three forms of identification—her Massac­husetts driver’s license, passport, and student ID—she was forced to cast a provisional ballot.

Three days later, she went to confirm her citizenship at the local election office, where she was assured her vote would be counted. But she kept checking Georgia’s online “My Voter Page” and there was no record it had been. She posted a picture of herself on Facebook wearing an “I’m a Georgia Voter” sticker and wrote, “The thing that infuriates me the most about voter suppression is not that it happened to me, but that it happened, and is continuing to happen to thousands of people all over the country, and most of the time, nothing is done to stop people from being turned away at the voting polls.” She told me a few days later, “I don’t believe my vote will count.”

Einzig-Roth was right that she was far from alone. Voters in Georgia and other states faced onerous barriers to performing their civic duty this year. As these voters were running into obstacles, residents of other states were passing ballot measures to strike down voting restrictions and make voting easier for many more people. These parallel worlds mean voting in America today looks a lot like it did more than half a century ago. We’re becoming two Americas again: one where casting a ballot is a breeze, and another where it’s a pitched battle.

Of course Mr. Berman has to use Georgia, because Democrats are claiming that the governor’s election was stolen from Stacey Abrams. Here’s the thing: a two minute search might have scuttled this whole debate

Georgia requires voters to be residents of the State and county where they register and intend to vote.[5] Your residency address is the place where your habitation is “fixed,” without a present intention to leave.[6] Voting residency therefore requires both physical presence and the intent to remain.

At School. If you move to a school address in Georgia with the intent of making it your fixed home, you can establish voting residency in Georgia.[7] If you move to a school address in Georgia, you can establish residency in Georgia if you have a present intention to remain at your Georgia school address for the time being, and intend to make it your principal home. An indefinite intention to move somewhere else at some future period will not prohibit you from establishing voting residency.[8] Any other interpretation of the residency laws is unconstitutional.[9] Likewise, any question or challenge made solely on the basis of your student or tuition status is invalid.[10]

Did Phoebe change her residency to Georgia? That’s not mentioned. She didn’t change her driver’s license from Mass., which is part of the requirement to be a Georgia citizen. Was she moving back with her parents in Mass. during summer break? Not a resident. How many college kids change their residency when they are attending college? Not many.

The whole thing is a typical whine, but, the even more amusing part is how people waited in long lines on election day in big cities, which are mostly run be Democrats, which exposes that they’re incompetent. There are actually so many false whines in this article that it would require a giant article to refute them all. But, the people who come to Mother Jones as liberals just bob their head in agreement.

The one big thing that was missed was the notion that it is very much the elites that push voting. This is a problem with both parties. And that the elites tend to get more representation than the peons.

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6 Responses to “Bummer: The U.S. Is Becoming A Two-Tiered Voting Laws Country”

  1. formwiz says:

    You’d think she’d have figured it out since she goes home when school is out.

  2. Gregg says:

    I see 2 potential options, which are sadly not exclusive.

    1) She is unable to understand simple voting laws which have been in place for decades longer than she has been alive.

    2) She voted in MA, where she is a resident, and was trying to vote again in GA.

    Please also note that if she is going to a school that charges higher tuition to non-residents then she knows very well that she is not a GA resident, and is thus trying to commit voter fraud.

    • gitarcarver says:

      It would be interesting to see if she availed herself of a mail-in / absentee ballot from MA.

      I helped a candidate send mailers to a town of roughly 6400 voters. They also got addresses for mail in voters were almost 25% of that total. Of the mail in requests, 84.9 percent were from people who actually lived in the town and just didn’t want to deal with voting at the precinct.

      The mail-in vote is one that is ripe for fraud as was seen this year in Florida.

  3. Bkhuna says:

    Worse than being an alien is being a moth[% f,÷^&ing piece of yankee $hit.

  4. Pam says:

    Seems to be a two-tiered vote counting country, also. Broward county and the rest of the US..

  5. Dana says:

    Most states require in-state residents to change their driver’s license to that state within thirty days of moving to that state; their automobiles are also required to get in-state license plates, because the states don’t want to miss out on that money.

    States do make exceptions for out-of-state students, with the police not harassing them for having out-of-state plates. The article didn’t mention whether Miss Einzig-Ross had an automobile, so we don’t know if she changed her plates, but normally both are done very close to each other. Perhaps if she did have an automobile there, she chose to keep Taxachusetts plates so that she didn’t have to pay licensing fees and property taxes to the Peach State.

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