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Some good news as the Illinois GOP continues to disgust.

Discussion in 'North American Politics' started by Jayhawker Soule, May 23, 2020.

  1. Jayhawker Soule

    Jayhawker Soule <yawn> ignore </yawn>
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    Kudos to the Illinois state legislators (while the Illinois GOP continues to disgust+.

    The following excerpted is from today's (May 23rd) Chicago Tribune:

    An extra session for state legislators -- Finding recipe for pandemic budget proving elusive
    By Jamie Munks and Dan Petrella

    ... Despite going into extra time, lawmakers did accomplish several items on their agenda in the first three days.

    Earlier Friday, the Senate voted along party lines to approve a measure aimed at expanding voting by mail in November amid ongoing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

    The measure, which was approved by the House on Thursday, would create an enhanced vote-by-mail plan for the Nov. 3 general election. The Senate approved the bill on a 37-19 vote, with all Republican members in opposition. It is now headed to Pritzker, who has said he’ll sign it. [emphasis added - JS]

    The legislation would have vote-by-mail applications sent to everyone who voted in either the 2018 general election, the 2019 municipal election or this year’s March 17 primary, as well as to voters newly registered since the primary or who changed their addresses.

    It would also make the day of the election, Nov. 3, a government and school holiday so schools can be used as polling places without risks to students and teachers.

    The measure’s Senate sponsor, Democratic state Sen. Julie Morrison of Lake Forest, said the bill is an example of the state fulfilling its responsibility to plan and prepare during the pandemic, something that wasn’t possible ahead of the March primary.

    In response to criticism from Senate Republicans in a committee hearing a day earlier, Morrison introduced a companion bill that would require ballot drop boxes set up by election authorities to be secure, and would make it easier for a three-person panel of election judges to reject mail-in ballots that lack signatures.

    The changes weren’t enough to win support from any GOP senators, all of whom voted against the companion bill, which also was approved 37-19. The House also approved the changes Friday.​

    For context, see also:
    And, yes, there have been cases of voter fraud as exemplified by the 2018 Bladen County, NC vote harvesting perpetrated by

    ... wait for it

    ... Republicans.​
     
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    I'm an Illinois Republican who happens to support a nationwide voter ID system, this in order to keep our voting system from being rigged by illegal votes.

    New Report Exposes Thousands of Illegal Votes in 2016 Election
     
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    Hey! I grew up in Lake Forest!
     
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    Salvador RF's Swedenborgian

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    Sweet,, pretty nice homes there! I too grew up not too far from there being with white privilege.
     
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    Salvador RF's Swedenborgian

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    I happen to like being a member belonging to the Heritage Foundation, because we are conservative minded people wanting public policies that'd be enabling a prosperous and opportunistic American society.
     
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    Yes, but one way they try to do that is by disenfranchising a proportion of the electorate.
     
  10. Salvador

    Salvador RF's Swedenborgian

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    If Voter IDs were as easy as getting a state identification card at any voter's local Department of Motor Vehicles registry's office, then this shouldn't really be considered as being a real obstacle against anybody who wants to exercise their right to vote.
     
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    Indeed, some fancy stuff there. We lived "on the wrong side of the tracks", but I still got to go to awesome schools :)
     
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    It is so disgusting to see Reps so opposed to mail in voting at this time. It needs to be the default way to vote this year, but Reps want is all to risk illness and death to cast our vote.
     
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    It can't be a "think tank" if it supports Trump and today's Republican Party, let me tell ya.

    Plus, this idea of any significant voter fraud is simply a canard put forth by Trump and blindly swallowed by his base because of what Trump admitted, namely that if more people vote the Pubs will more lose nationally.

    And we've seen this played out over the last four years with 22 states using voter-suppression tactics, many of which have been overturned by the courts and all of them were passed in "red" states at the time of their legislation. And if voting by mail is so terribly risky, then why did Trump do it in the last two elections and Pence in the last election?

    On top of this, do you really want to stand in a long line to vote this November 4th if we get hit by a 2nd wave?
     
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    We anti-bodied C.O.V.I.D.s should not fear going to the D.M.V. where we could get our voter IDs as well as where I propose we could at that time also get our C.O.V.I.D. immunity passports.
     
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    Maybe by November, there might be lots of us C.O.V.I.D anti-bodied persons who'd be able safely to cast our votes at the ballot box.
     
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    WE DO NOT KNOW HOW IMMUNTIY WITH COVID WORKS!
    We might gain resistance. Maybe for a couple years. Immunity isnt certain, probably not until after a vaccine.
    Please educate yourself about covid. This is for your own good, because your putting yourself at risk believing in immunity before we have evidence of it.
     
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    The number of illegal votes is extremely very rare. This is a whole nothingburger drummed up to make voting harder assuming more Democrats will be unable to vote than Trump party members. It's pure politics.
     
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    For that to be significant, we'd see 1/2 million dead if not more with an unknown number suffering long term or permanent disability from virus side-effects.
     
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    Service members have been voting by mail since forever when they are deployed overseas. I would wager that most of them are Republican.
     
  20. fantome profane

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    So you are suggesting they only those with covid anti-bodies should vote.
     
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