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Archive for March 15th, 2016

Today is Election Day in Illinois! Voters Should Make it a Priority to go to the Polls and Vote

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On March - 15 - 2016 Comments Off on Today is Election Day in Illinois! Voters Should Make it a Priority to go to the Polls and Vote

We must vote in numbers to make certain that Presidential Candidate Donald Trump is never Commander-In-Chief of these United States of America.


By Juanita Bratcher
Publisher, CopyLine Magazine


If you didn’t do Early Voting, today is not a day to sit on the sidelines, straddle the fence or go fishing. These are very important elections and voters who have not yet voted should make it a priority to go the polls and vote. And in the process – if necessary – convince family, neighbors and friends to vote also. Polls Open at 6 A.M. and Close at 7 P.M.


Today is Super Tuesday. Voting will take place in Illinois, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, and Missouri. And make no mistake, the stakes are high. The political outcome of these elections are now left in the hands of voters. What will the end results bring? Who knows, for one, I have no faith in political polls. Will front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump expand their delegate lead? Or will an unexpected happenstance swoop in on the part of an opponent and hamper their front-runner status?


I’ve always been one that advocated the importance of voting and of turning out at the polls on Election Day to participate in our democratic process. I am very familiar, as with others, the challenges and struggles that our black forefathers encountered in trying to get the right to vote in this country. It wasn’t an easy task, and many of those on the battle lines bled and died to get that right. And now we see Republican governors and Republican-controlled legislatures in several states across the country trying to take that right away through Voter ID laws, under the disguise of voter fraud, which is absolute BS. It’s more about voter suppression than cleaning up voter fraud.


According to many reports, voter fraud would barely make it to 1 on the Richter Scale, yet it is being used as a tool to take voters’ rights away through Voter ID laws, specifically from African Americans, other minority Americans, the old and young; those who would probably vote for Democrats. And they’re getting some assistance from the U.S. Supreme Court. Many of these Voter ID laws were passed after the 2013 Supreme Court decision in Shelby County vs. Holder that gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965, overturning key components.


There’s power in the ballot and power in the people who use it:
Voting is a privilege
Voting gives people a choice
Voting gives people a voice
Voting gives power to the people who use it
Voting is political power


It is important to exercise your right vote, to let your voices be heard through the ballot box. I urge all to go out and vote, without hesitation. To participate in our political and democratic process.


And we must stop Donald Trump and his band of supporters who lay the groundwork for violence through their tone of hateful rhetoric.
Democrat Hillary Clinton said Trump is “inciting mob violence” at his rallies, yet, Sarah Palin, one of his staunch supporters who endorsed him for president, told an audience at one of Trump’s rallies that “What we don’t have time for is all that petty, punk-a** little thuggery stuff that’s been going on with these “protesters” who are doing nothing but wasting your time and trying to take away your First Amendment rights, your rights to assemble peacefully,” and accused the media of “being on the thugs’ side.”


By now, informed and conscientious voters should be well aware of candidates running for key elective offices, and they should vote for those candidates that are concerned about America and its people, not those with divisive instincts like Trump, Palin and others.




Dr. Juanita Bratcher is an Award-Winning Journalist, the Publisher of www.copylinemagazine.com and the author of several books, songwriter and poet. She has been a Journalist for 40 years covering politics, education and a wide-range of other topics.

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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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