The worst possible scenario for republicans when the poor cast their vote
|Sunday, August 29,2010 09:05|
Author Scott Nance describes the Republicans as spending the last 20 months hammering the American poor and unemployed at nearly every turn. In an article posted on Blog critics politics.
Nance highlights that the, Republicans have tried only to stand in the way of offering any help to those who suffered the worst of the Great Recession.
"They have done so only for the most crass political reasons, hoping to retake control of Congress by energizing the votes of anti-government conservatives, but what if, instead of tea party types, Republicans are met at the ballot box by the very people they've been attacking? Yes, what if unemployed and low-income Americans come out in November and turn GOP dreams into nightmares?"
The author illustrates optimism regarding the question of the unemployed participating in the midterm elections scheduled for November, emphasizing that the country homes almost 15 million unemployed Americans who are prepared to work collectively with politicians writing
Some politicians are willing to play politics with the survival of unemployed workers and their families. We'll make sure that unemployed workers get out and vote, and that they know the records of the candidates on issues like extending unemployment insurance, investing in jobs and preventing outsourcing.".
According to Demos, a Washington-based policy center, wants to get these millions of low-income Americans into the political process, indicating that the often-neglected provision of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) titled as the 'motor vote' requires states to provide voter registration services to applicants and recipients of public assistance benefits.
the NVRA has never been more significant in ensuring that low-income citizens have a voice in the democratic process As the present especially with the evident full effect of the economic downturn is felt throughout the country and increasing numbers of individuals turn to public assistance,
In a report on NVRA, Demos noted a remarkable increase of voter registrations at public assistance agencies after state boards cooperated positively.
· Ohio’s Department of Job and Family Services reported more than 84,000 voter registration applications completed at its offices in just the first five months of data reporting following a settlement agreement with Demos and its partners, an average of almost 17,000 registrations per month. Ohio ’s public assistance agencies reported an average of only 1,775 registrations per month in the two years prior to the filing of the lawsuit.
· in Missouri, 235,774 low-income citizens applied for voter registration at the state’s Department of Social Services in the 21 months following a successful court action to improve compliance, an increase of almost 1,600 percent over the number of clients the state was previously registering.
· in North Carolina, well over 100,000 low-income citizens have applied to register to vote through the state’s public assistance agencies since the State Board of Elections worked cooperatively with Demos and others to improve NVRA compliance, a six-fold increase over the state’s previous performance.
· Similarly, the number of voter registration applications from Virginia ’s public assistance agencies increased five-fold after Demos worked cooperatively with state officials to improve their procedures.
· Voter registrations from Illinois’ Department of Human Services increased to an average of 5,266 per month under a settlement agreement with the Department of Justice, compared to an average of only 446 in the preceding two years, an increase of more than 1,000 percent.