I Googled the theme of this thread and here's a very interesting article I found: http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/09/201191883753799660.html It comes from Al Jazeera of all places. Often wondered after the 2000 election and then the Bush "touting" of the "Free, Democratic elections" we so gloriously won for the people of Iraq -- that someday, we ourselves might have foreign representatives having to monitor our OWN elections to make sure they are held in a fair manner. I want it noted that historically, THIS issue of the new century has been "specifically" held to the forefront in State after State controlled by Republicans. This "business" of fiddling with election laws in order to dis-enfranchise millions of legitimate voters -- all in the name of "suppressing election fraud" is a strictly Republican agenda. If my statistics are correct, there have been a total of 87 convictions out of almost 300 million ballots cast!!!! I know, I know, you conservatives are going to go on and on and on about ACORN (which no longer exists) AND how they beefed up voter roles, etc. HOWEVER ---- those "phantom" people rarely if ever showed up to ACTUALLY vote! The individuals registering bogus people might have gotten paid for padding the rolls -- but when the actual elections took place ---- little if NO fraud at the polls themselves! (Check it out!) http://politics.salon.com/2008/04/28/scotus_2/ You know - with all that money to run ads ad nauseum -- with the US Supreme Court's decision to treat corporations like "individuals" when it comes to political contributions. Why would the Republicans feel a compulsion to "re-write" new election laws to dis-enfrancise? In every State this has happened these new laws intentionally target the poor, the uneducated, the elderly, the young, etc. Any opinions on this? Is this happening in YOUR State? How have your laws been re-written?