The democratic process

Our fifth principle as Unitarian Universalists is ‘The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;

“According to the Arizona Advocacy Network, almost 40,000 voter registration forms have been rejected since the state’s Voter ID Law went into effect.”

Voter fraud is where one voter votes illegally, either by voting multiple times or in the wrong location. Instances of voter fraud are low and the damage caused by the suspected practice is minimal.

Election fraud involves the purge, disenfranchisement, or altering of votes or voters on a massive scale. Turning away 40,000 new voters by a Republican Secretary of State (Jan Brewer) in a year when the Democrats have inspired a record numbers of new voters.

At best, this is xenophobia. More likely, this is election fraud. However, I’m sure it will be spun as an effective law to prevent massive voter fraud- though it shows a very ‘out of touch’ perspective to think that illegal aliens would voluntarily send the US government their information.

To be fair, sending a copy of one of the below acceptable forms of documentation don’t appear to be too impossible… so long as you were born in the state and have a driver’s license. But, you know, there are a lot of people who don’t fall into that category.   My guess is that a large majority of the rejected applications are from new voters are unaware of the new law.

  • A legible photocopy of a birth certificate that verifies citizenship and supporting legal documentation (i.e. marriage certificate) if the name on the birth certificate is not the same as your current legal name
  • A legible photocopy of pertinent pages of a United States passport identifying the applicant
  • Presentation to the County Recorder of United States naturalization documents or the number of the certificate of naturalization in box 20 on the front of this form
  • The applicant’s Bureau of Indian Affairs Card Number, Tribal Treaty Card Number, or Tribal Enrollment Number in box 16 on the front of the voter registration form
  • A legible photocopy of a driver license or non-operating identification from another state within the United States if the license indicates that the applicant has provided satisfactory proof of citizenship
  • A legible photocopy of a Tribal Certificate of Indian Blood or Tribal or Bureau of Indian Affairs Affidavit of Birth.
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    I believe in my right to search for the good, to choose it for myself, and hold it in my heart.

    I affirm this right in you as well.

    Together we share in the joy of community, the power of reverence, and the challenge of freedom.

    This is the promise of my heart extended to you, as we walk on separate paths, together.


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