GOP Plan to Block Voters Has No Foundation
Putting aside enviro-blogging for a second, I wanted to add a comment to TWI’s reporting on a plan of the Republican Party in Macomb County, Mich., a swing county in a swing state, to use a list of foreclosed-home addresses to block people from voting in the upcoming election.
Although the Macomb GOP is now claiming it has no such plan (even though its chairman told our sister site, the Michigan Messenger, otherwise), the Obama campaign has filed a lawsuit in Michigan regarding the matter.
Rightly so, say nonprofits working on homelessness issues. Legally, you don’t need a permanent address to vote, either in Michigan or in any other state in the country.
Just ask the National Coalition for the Homeless. For years, the nonpartisan nonprofit has worked to get out the homeless vote through its You Don’t Need a Home to Vote Campaign. State-by-state voting laws concerning the homeless are listed here (pdf)– in case the GOP or any other group plans to use this strategy on the 2 million Americans who face foreclosure this year.