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Voter ID Laws Are Completely Unnecessary


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#601 AnBr

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Posted 20 May 2019 - 07:20 PM

View PostLFC, on 20 May 2019 - 04:18 PM, said:

He's a judicial lightweight, a sexual predator, and a crook. That's a trifecta of lacking.

He is now not the only one in any of these.
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Posted 21 May 2019 - 07:51 AM

View PostJackD, on 20 May 2019 - 05:44 PM, said:

"He is not a judicial lightweight." Have you ever read his opinions?
Of course not. I couldn't tell even if I did. I am going by what my nephew said, who clerked for him for a couple of years. Apparently he was very respected by all of the clerks, and believe it or not, he was actually quite a raconteur. I respect my nephew greatly, but that does not necessarily mean he is a heavyweight.

Indeed, his record is pretty dismal according to Toobin. He is prone to writing dissenting opinions for the sake of getting them out there as "precedents".

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Authorship is not the only measure of influence, and in dissenting and concurring opinions Thomas has introduced certain conservative ideas into the bloodstream of Supreme Court opinions that have later commanded majorities. In a concurrence in Printz v. United States, in 1997, Thomas suggested that the Second Amendment confers on individuals a right to bear arms, which the Court had never before held. Eleven years later, in Justice Antonin Scalia’s opinion in Heller v. District of Columbia, that view became the law of the land. Similarly, in a separate opinion in McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commission, in 1995, Thomas laid some of the intellectual groundwork for the Citizens United decision and the Court’s deregulation of political campaigns. These cases, however, are exceptions. For the most part, Thomas has been on a Court of his own.

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 10:38 AM

Once again it's Republicans involved in the electoral process who are the danger to election integrity, not actual voters.

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Pages and pages of a WhatsApp chat reveal that campaign workers for Alex Diaz de la Portilla, a former state senator and unsuccessful 2018 Republican candidate for Miami-Dade County Commission in District 5, at least joked about stealing or destroying absentee ballots.

According to the Miami New Times, the messages concerning tearing up or hiding ballots were about those intended for Zoraida Barreiro, a Democratic candidate. Neither she nor Diaz de la Portilla ultimately won the election.

“Stolen, hahahaa,” says one of the messages accompanying a picture of an absentee ballot. “I did not give it to the lady but what do we do if she voted for Zoraida????”

Diaz de la Portilla vehemently denied the accusations. “None of this is from my campaign or my campaign workers,” he told the New Times. “Your article is libelous.”

The Republican is already under investigation by State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle after a city commissioner used public money to buy food and other favors for one of Diaz de la Portilla’s campaign events.

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 08:48 AM

Trump rewarded a voter suppression operative who has a history of fantastical lying so bad that he caused a lawsuit with the opportunity to continue attempting voter suppression.

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Before he was named by President Trump to the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission, Donald Palmer, a former GOP-appointed secretary of the Virginia State Board of Elections, assisted in the creation of sensational voter fraud reports that prompted a defamation lawsuit, documents released in the litigation Friday revealed.

Palmer helped devise an approach to collecting certain voter registration data, which was then used to claim that there were thousands of noncitizens on Virginia’s voter rolls and that many of them had voted, according to the documents. He also helped edit a draft of the report, and he additionally flagged for his collaborators that a Virginia state election official who was resisting turning over the data had previously worked for a civil rights organization.

“Of course, this is the pool of talent of the current governor,” Palmer allegedly wrote, referring to then-Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D).

The revelations came in the deposition of J. Christian Adams, whose group, the Public Interest Legal Foundation, released the reports. The lawsuit’s plaintiffs — who include citizens who were falsely identified in the reports’ materials as noncitizens who had illegally registered to vote — have accused Adams’ of withholding discovery and are now seeking to re-open his deposition.

In his original deposition, Adams claimed that he and Palmer worked “collaboratively” ahead of the release of the first iteration of the October 2016 report, known as “Alien Invasion.” A follow-up report, “Alien Invasion II,” was released in May 2017.

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 02:57 PM

Texass continues its voter suppression efforts.

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House Bill 1888 would ban mobile polling stations, which help college students, the elderly and low-income residents cast ballots, from being mobile. The bill would require these temporary branch polling places to remain in just one location for the duration of the early voting period. Mobile polling stations are currently used as a way to address demand and wait times for groups that may have difficulty getting to a polling location, like rural voters, college students and residents at long-term care facilities.

State Sen. Joan Huffman, a Houston Republican who sponsored the bill, said that the mobile polling places were being abused by “targeting desirable voting populations at the exclusion of others.” She rejected concerns from Democrats about disadvantaged groups being hurt by the move, saying that those who need to make arrangements to vote “have time to do that.”

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Republicans also doubled down on the state’s failed attempted voter purge. Earlier this year, Texas Secretary of State David Whitley announced that the state had identified nearly 100,000 people he claimed were illegally registered to vote. Whitley later admitted that many of the people on the list were actually naturalized citizens and a federal judge banned the state from removing anyone from the rolls without court permission, slamming Whitley for abusing “the power of government to strike fear and anxiety and to intimidate the least powerful among us.”

Republican state Sen. Bryan Hughes introduced an amendment this week that would require the secretary of state to verify voter eligibility by confirming their citizenship status on a monthly basis.

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 06:55 PM

Can't Texas just be honest and simply list the people who are allowed to vote by name one week prior to each election?





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