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I believe an unlikely mix of alleged drug trafficking related politicos and alleged white nationalist related politicos united to elect the infamous “Bloc of Four” in the abysmal voter turnout election of 2005. During their four year term the drug business was good again and white nationalists used Coatesville as an example on white supremacist websites like “Stormfront”. Strong community organization and support from law enforcement, in particular Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll has begun to turn our community around. The Chester County drug trafficking that I believe centers on Coatesville continues and I believe we still have public officials in place that profit from the drug sales. But the people here are amazing and continue to work against the odds to make Coatesville a good place to live.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Alabama woman, at 94, reflects on poll taxes, literacy tests and new efforts to limit voting

The Pennsylvania Voter ID law didn’t pass. There were not enough Republicans to support it.  

If Corbett and enough Republican legislators win in this election the Pennsylvania Voter ID law that’s sitting in committee will pass. 

And Tom Corbett’s appointed Secretary of State Carol Aichele will be there to enforce it.  The very same Carol Aichele that together with Terence Farrell caused Lincoln University students to wait in long lines for up to 6 hours to vote in the 2008 election at the Lower Oxford East Polls. 

"Dorothy Guilford has a simple message for politicians who enact laws making it harder for minorities, the poor and the elderly to vote: “I don't think that’s right.” 
She should know. She’s seen it all before. 
Born in 1920 in Montgomery, Alabama, Guilford lived through most of the Jim Crow years, when laws discouraged African Americans like her, as well as poor white people, from voting. 
When she first became eligible to vote, she had to take a literacy test and pay a poll tax of $1.50, a sum worth about $25 today. Anyone who couldn't read or couldn't pay the tax, which accumulated, couldn't vote. Most white voters, however – those whose ancestors were on the voting rolls prior to the Civil War – were exempt from the test… 
A study released in June by the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard found that the expenses for documentation, travel and waiting time associated with obtaining a proper photo ID can range from $75 to $175. That’s significantly higher than the old poll tax, even when adjusted for inflation. 
'For many people, paying the cost needed to meet voter ID requirements means spending the equivalent of more than a week’s worth of groceries,' the Harvard report states. Some people, it adds, 'can never get the documents they need to qualify for a voter ID.' 
Reviving Jim Crow 
Guilford has seen the bad old days – and doesn't want to see them return."
Southern Poverty Law Center
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