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Don’t Vote – We’ll Pay You $711

I read an interesting piece in the NY Times by Yale history professor David W. Blight.  It was published on September 6, 2012. The title is “Voter Suppression, Then and Now.” In it he discusses Fredrick Douglass and how Douglass committed “voter fraud” when casting his ballot as a fugitive slave in 1840.  It proposes that Republicans use Super Pac money to offer $711 vouchers to the people they want to disenfranchise.  $711 is approximately what a group of English antislavery supporters paid for Douglass to gain emancipation in 1846.  Blight posits that in exchange for their votes millions of Americans would be given a choice – essentially paid to stay out of the electoral process.

Sharing this as food for thought as the 2012 election season comes to a close.  Did the Supreme Court go too far with Citizens United? What can we do to prevent voter suppression? Would you take money for your vote?

If you have real questions about voting call the National Voter Empowerment Hotline:    1-866-MyVote1 (1-866-698-6831)


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