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Obamacare as Election Turnout Machine

March 25th, 2014 - 9:23 am

A settlement between California and left-wing groups begins to reveal the political architecture of Obamacare.  From the ACLU press release: 

In a victory for voting rights, the state of California has agreed to mail voter registration cards to nearly 4 million Californians who have signed up for health insurance through the state health exchange, Covered California, and to ensure that Californians who apply for health benefits through the exchange going forward are provided voter registration opportunities. The action is the result of a settlement agreement reached with the ACLU of California, the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, Demos, and Project Vote, which threatened legal action over the state’s failure to comply with the National Voter Registration Act and state laws.

“Nearly four million Californians have applied for health insurance for themselves and their families and we applaud that incredible achievement. With this settlement agreement, Covered California will now offer these Californians the chance to register to vote or update their registration. California is on its way to healthier communities and a healthier democracy. It is exactly the result Congress intended when it passed the National Voter Registration Act more than 20 years ago,” said Lori Shellenberger, director of the ACLU of California’s Voting Rights Project.

Here’s the simple version:  Obamacare requires millions of people to interact with the government who never would have done so before. At the point of interaction, NVRA requires them to be pushed to register to vote.  Presto.  Millions of people are now touched by a political touch when they just wanted to see a doctor.  The politicization of health care has a GOTV component for the Democrat party.

Whether the Republicans fully understand this architecture remains to be seen.

Also read: 

Desperate Times, Desperate Dems

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The issue is the Democrat GOTV team will contact these newly registered voters and identify what issues would motivate these low information voters to vote. Then the new voters are carefully groomed to vote for Democrats based on the issue that gets them fired up. During early voting, union volunteers will drive vans to pick up these newly registered voters and haul them to the polls. Maybe offer them food or something to get in the van. Van load after van load of previously unmotivated people get hauled to the poll to vote for Democrats. People likely to vote for Democrats are packed together in cities where voter hauling is logistically possible.

How to Republicans legislators fight back? First, you make it easier to verify voter registration by limiting the ability of outside groups to submit all the forms at the last minute. Second, you limit the afternoon, evening, and weekend hours when people can vote. Fewer days of early voting and hours skewed earlier in the day mean fewer van loads. Nobody gets up early in the 'hood. Third, you require a photo ID for every regular ballot cast with careful separate handling for provisional ballots. Make sure people aren't voting multiple times. Fourth, you eliminate straight party voting. Make each voter vote individually for each candidate down the ballot.
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"Information provided in the signup process won't be used for deportation purposes?

Obama: "Absolutely."

It will, however be used to register you to vote.
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Project Vote. That's ACORN, isn't it?
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Any hope the friendly folks in gun licensing will do the same? When you sign up for an FID card they register you to vote too?
Aaahahahahaha.
Nope.
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The Democrat political version of British "grooming gangs".

If you don't know what these are just google the term. The similarities are striking.

(BTW, *love* the new look of PJM!)
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Here’s the simple version: Obamacare requires millions of people to interact with the government who never would have done so before.

I have to ask, does it matter?

The people who are signing up for the Unaffordable Uncaring Act insurance are primarily statist takers, anyway, right? These people were going to vote for President Santa Clause regardless of how they registered.

If they had to get registered by virtue of logging into Obamasham, can you count on them to get off their lazy butts and go to a polling place? The real scare will happen when it turns out your Obamasham login can now be used to vote from the comfort of your home.
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You misunderstand the electoral machinery of the left. Google early voting and you'll see their latest trick to address your comment.
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The issue is the Democrat GOTV team will contact these newly registered voters and identify what issues would motivate these low information voters to vote. Then the new voters are carefully groomed to vote for Democrats based on the issue that gets them fired up. During early voting, union volunteers will drive vans to pick up these newly registered voters and haul them to the polls. Maybe offer them food or something to get in the van. Van load after van load of previously unmotivated people get hauled to the poll to vote for Democrats. People likely to vote for Democrats are packed together in cities where voter hauling is logistically possible.

How to Republicans legislators fight back? First, you make it easier to verify voter registration by limiting the ability of outside groups to submit all the forms at the last minute. Second, you limit the afternoon, evening, and weekend hours when people can vote. Fewer days of early voting and hours skewed earlier in the day mean fewer van loads. Nobody gets up early in the 'hood. Third, you require a photo ID for every regular ballot cast with careful separate handling for provisional ballots. Make sure people aren't voting multiple times. Fourth, you eliminate straight party voting. Make each voter vote individually for each candidate down the ballot.
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It also makes it difficult for me to vote after work.
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Fantastic. Excellent response, George. Thanks!
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This could backfire, given that many people going to through the exchange are doing so not because they want to but because they have to. With this experience fresh in their minds when they register to vote, they might be more inclined to check the R or I box rather than the D box.
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The people you're talking about who already had insurance and are going through the exchange because they were summarily canceled - are more likely to already be registered and vote anyway. So that may be a wash.
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I love how folks avert their eyes to this. If it were a wash, it wouldn't be a key component of progressive political organizing. This is a years old architecture now implemented. The left has been agitating for this outcome, and not because it is a "wash" for them. They understand how eyeballs-clicks-moments of contact drive election outcomes. They are relieved to hear that some of their opponents think their efforts are a "wash".
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California has over 5 million illegal Democrats from Mexico guess what is going to happen? Every Democrat that I've talked to thinks that this is a hilarious and that the Republicans have fallen for it; for the most part those in Washington have. We have Gangster government now and it will get worse, yes it can get much worse if this continues.
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there's not voter fraud. nothing to see here. keep moving.
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This would not be a problem if it were only actual American citizens being encouraged to register.

But that isn't what is going on here.

They're keen on registering people who have no right to be here, let alone the right to vote in our elections.

The proof? Their hysterical reaction to voter ID efforts.
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Washington State has issued over 150,000, Driver's Licenses to 'Undocumented Citizens".

They have also given them access to Voter's Registration.

I don't wonder how the old "Hey, I just found 10,000 ballots in the trunk of my car" works.

It works quite well.
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Seattle: Detroit on Puget Sound
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Are they sending the registration forms to non-citizens?

If so, are there any laws about recruiting non-citizens to register to vote?
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Laws? Who cares about laws? It's not like Eric Holder will enforce them.
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