The below article is one that I saw while surfing news sites. The article does not bother me, but a comment posted below it did. The comment was:
“It seems that Obama is letting people who lost their right to vote, a chance to vote without giving Republicans the chance to challenge the voter?”
Now, I do not know the election laws of each individual state, but this angers me to no end. Just because a person does not own a piece of property, or does not rent a place, this means they have no right to vote? If any group of people in this country is affected by this election, it is people who are homeless. I don’t think that just because they may not be voting your way means that they have lost the right to vote. Also, does the Republican Party really embrace the needs of the homeless community? I really have nothing insightful to say about this right now, just wanted to pass the article along, but more importantly the comment.
From New York Post:
Homeless “Driven” to Vote Obama
By JEANE MacINTOSH
Last updated: 10:27 am
October 7, 2008
Posted: 9:34 pm
October 6, 2008
CLEVELAND – Volunteers supporting Barack Obama picked up hundreds of people at homeless shelters, soup kitchens and drug-rehab centers and drove them to a polling place yesterday on the last day that Ohioans could register and vote on the same day, almost no questions asked.
The huge effort by a pro-Obama group, Vote Today Ohio, takes advantage of a quirk in the state’s elections laws that allows people to register and cast ballots at the same time without having to prove residency.
Republicans have argued that the window could lead to widespread voter fraud because officials wouldn’t have an opportunity to verify registration information before ballots were cast.
Among the volunteers were Yori Stadlin and Vivian Lehrer of the Upper West Side, who got married last week and decided to spend their honeymoon shepherding voters to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.
Early today, Stadlin’s van picked up William Woods, 59, at the soup kitchen of the Bishop Cosgrove Center.
“I never voted before,” Woods said, because of a felony conviction that previously barred him from the polls. “Without this service, I would have had no way to get here.”