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Tinu Abayomi-Paul of Wakanda @Tinu
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Okay so provisional ballot aren't *automatically* thrown away. (Never said they were but not the point.)

But they are thrown away if you can't do the follow-up legwork.

Some people literally can't. Or don't know.
And those tampering with voter registration know this. #GOTV
Who can't?

It once took me nine months of active coordination and effort to be treated by an oncologist.

Between transportation, being well enough to ride in the car & financial issues.
These are the same issues that would interfere with me getting to the polls if I hadn't carefully planned four backup plans for early voting.

That is not fair, equal or just to disabled people.

If it takes me that long to see a #cancer doctor, how does someone like me do the steps needed to verify a provisional ballot so it can be counted?

I certainly can't get it done the day of the election.
My situation is likely resolved but late breaking news reveals that I'm not the only person on Earth. 🤣

So let's look at someone else's possible situation.
Say I'm a single father working two jobs and:

- They won't let me take off work even to pick up my sick kid
- My voting place is now 40 miles away thanks to the end of the VRA
- I don't have a car
-The state I live in won't let me absentee vote
- I can't early vote.
Many people's situations are way worse but let's stop there.
Somehow I figure out how to vote without losing my job.

I get there and I'm not on the rolls despite registering.

So I demand a provisional ballot.
But how do I follow up?

I'm already on the verge of losing my job.

Who's going to watch my kids?

There's no free/cheap Lyft/Uber for provisional ballot verification.

I have no bank account & no money until payday.
What's your solution? Friends & family in the same boat as I?

A nonprofit? Not if it involves me taking a trip somewhere.
It's the height of privilege to think it's as simple as"that's illegal" or "you're not doing your part" when some people can't.
And that's my point - "don't boo, vote" is logically sound.

But it's not practically sound. I say that as someome who loooooves President Obama.
(I disagree with people I love IRL all the time. Not sure where the idea comes from that PBO is a perfect saint whose every idea is without flaw. He always said we have to do our part.)
Anyway, he need to address these issues instead of saying things like "voting will solve voter suppression" - that is a patch, not a solution.
Because then magically the needs of the marginalized are no longer urgent.
They fall to the wayside and we end up back here with an electoral loss.


Due to an election that wouldn't be so close if all marginalized people could vote.

Then we're back on this merry-go-round.
Provisional ballot would not be necessary if automatic voter registration was universal.

Whether you have a street address.

Whether you have ID.

Whether you're an ex-con.
We have the technology to make sure everyone gets to vote on a paper ballot.

And be sure one person can't vote twice.

And to have ONLY people whose votes are contested to have to show in person to verify.
We have unique identifiers. Social security numbers. If they come up twice, BAM flag that voter.
So I call BS on this whole scam.

Can we stop saying voter turnout is the WHY not the WHAT?

Can we start recognizing that voter disenfranchisement is the WHY - in multiple forms other than gerrymandering?
Can the Democratic leadership's help instead or blaming us?
These issues are all related.

They want you to compartmentalize all the various things we need for the system so it's easier to create two new problems out if every solution.
Yet another reason we need need capitalism separated from the Democratic process.

Failing that? We have "socialized" police & fire.

All states should accept the federal money for the Medicaid expansion. And we need to get on childcare too.
Regardless we had "socialized" healthcare and/or child care, a lot of these problems could be solved because those of us who are broke/poor/bankrupt.

Having either or both would give us SOME of the resources to otherwise help ourselves.
I meant "we" - that quote is from a tweet from Joy Reid, who I also love. But disagree with on that point.
If you want us to bootstrap our way to the polls?

I hate to break it to you but some of us need boots first.
From the US Election Assistance Commission:

“The most common reason for rejecting a provisional ballot is the voter not being registered in the state, followed by not being in the correct precinct or correct jurisdiction.”
If that is the case, how is a provisional ballot a remedy for having your registration discarded or not processed?
To be fair, the same source states only 1.1 - 1.8% of votes are on provisional ballots. And 79% are counted.

But they are also not typically counted on Election Day due to the verification process that has to occur.
So envision a close race the comes down to provisional and absentee ballots.
One single vote or a single vote per district deciding the results are uncommon but not as rare as we’d think.

So what happens when the 21% of provisional ballots that weren’t counted could have swung an election.
It’s also a small enough number to just... cheat.
Dismiss me as hysterical if you’d like. But first consider this.

What if cheating to win has been part of the Southern strategy for 30+ years? Or is at least the result of it?
And IF you were going to conspire to cheat elections for 30 years, where would you strategize? A vulnerable spot like this in close elections?

Or someplace obvious where you’d be caught?
I am not an investigator journalist. I don't have the resources to supply the truth.

People like us can raise these questions about fallacies of a system touted as giving us fair representation.
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