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#41 LFC

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Posted 29 July 2016 - 07:50 PM

North Carolina's voter suppression law has been struck down! Between this and the striking down of their gay bashing law, it's a great day for American in that state.

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As Judge Motz lays out the facts of this case, it’s hard not to come away with the conclusion that North Carolina’s lawmakers wanted to get caught engaging in unlawfully racial discrimination. Just one day after the Supreme Court gutted a key provision of the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder, effectively eliminating federal supervision that could have halted this voter suppression law before it ever took effect, “a leader of the party that newly dominated the legislature (and the party that rarely enjoyed African American support) announced an intention to enact what he characterized as an ‘omnibus’ election law.”

Before enacting that law, moreover, “the legislature requested data on the use, by race, of a number of voting practices.” After receiving that data, “the General Assembly enacted legislation that restricted voting and registration in five different ways, all of which disproportionately affected African Americans.” Indeed, this data appears to have guided the state’s lawmakers in drafting a law that would have maximal impact on African-Americans.

The law did not simply contain a voter ID provision. Rather “the legislature amended the bill to exclude many of the alternative photo IDs used by African Americans” while simultaneously retaining “only the kinds of IDs that white North Carolinians were more likely to possess.” (Although, in fairness, this provision was later watered down.)

The legislature’s data on racial voting patterns showed that “African Americans disproportionately used the first seven days of early voting,” and so “the General Assembly amended the bill to eliminate the first week of early voting.” The data showed that “African American voters disproportionately used [same-day registration] when it was available,” and so same-day registration was cut as well. The law also eliminated out-of-precinct voting, which “required the Board of Elections in each county to count the provisional ballot of an Election Day voter who appeared at the wrong precinct, but in the correct county, for all of the ballot items for which the voter was eligible to vote.” African-Americans, meanwhile, were especially likely to take advantage of this practice.

Yet for all these changes, the lawmakers exempted absentee voting from the law’s new voter ID restriction, and it did so after discovering “that African Americans did not disproportionately use absentee voting; whites did.” Thus, as Motz summarizes the facts of the case, “the General Assembly enacted legislation restricting all — and only — practices disproportionately used by African Americans.”

Most voting rights cases are hard. They require careful dives into a state’s history and into past voting practices and into the possible motives of legislators. What’s shocking about this case is how easy it turns out to be once Judge Motz lays out the facts. McCrory is a beat down because the state made its intentions so obvious in this case. The result is a major victory for voting rights.

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Posted 30 July 2016 - 04:12 AM

Well lookey here, another judge just did almost as much of a takedown in WI.

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A federal judge on Friday struck down a string of Wisconsin voting restrictions passed by the Republican-led legislature and ordered the state to revamp its voter identification rules, finding that they disenfranchised minority voters.

U.S. District Judge James Peterson, ruling in a legal challenge to the laws by two liberal groups, said he could not overturn the entire voter ID law because a federal appeals court had already found such restrictions to be constitutional.

But Peterson, in his 119-page ruling, said the requirements that Wisconsin voters show either a photo identification or go through a special petition process had unfairly burdened minorities and needed to be reformed or replaced before the November presidential election.

“To put it bluntly, Wisconsin’s strict version of voter ID law is a cure worse than the disease,” the judge wrote.

Peterson left the voting rules intact for the Aug 9. primary elections for federal, state and local offices, saying to change them less than two weeks in advance would be disruptive.

But his ruling was expected to impact the November presidential election in Wisconsin, which could prove a crucial battleground state for Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.

Peterson also struck down as unconstitutional limits on in-person absentee voting, residency requirements and a ban on using expired student identification.

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Posted 30 July 2016 - 04:36 AM

But here is the catch:

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McCrory is not, however, a total victory for voting rights. Despite the Supreme Court’s decision inShelby County, current law still permits a state that is caught engaging in intentional race discrimination to be brought back under federal supervision. The court declines to invoke this provision, thus potentially enabling North Carolina lawmakers to enact more voter suppression laws in the future, provided that they behave more subtly.

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Posted 02 August 2016 - 09:16 AM

And now ND's law has gone down.

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Judge Daniel L. Hovland of the United States District Court for North Dakota issued a preliminary injunction against the law, which he said had made it difficult and sometimes impossible for some Native Americans on rural reservations to cast ballots.

Judge Hovland’s injunction did not strike down the law. But North Dakota’s secretary of state, Alvin Jaeger, indicated in an interview that the state would not appeal the decision and that November’s election would revert to using less restrictive identification rules that were in force before the 2013 law was enacted.

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Posted 02 August 2016 - 10:07 AM

Is it any wonder that Republicans are so intent on completely controlling the Judicial Branch? All these activity judges who keep applying the Constitution and actual case law rather than just agreeing with whatever the wingers want.
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Posted 02 August 2016 - 10:11 AM

Yup. Control of the Senate and White House will make a BIG difference way down the line.
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Posted 02 August 2016 - 10:54 AM

A good summary of the recent run of rulings.
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Posted 02 August 2016 - 11:53 AM

View PostLFC, on 02 August 2016 - 10:07 AM, said:

Is it any wonder that Republicans are so intent on completely controlling the Judicial Branch? All these activity judges who keep applying the Constitution and actual case law rather than just agreeing with whatever the wingers want.

They want control both to block any "liberal" laws or lower court rulings as well as to green light whatever nastiness they enact. Lots of commentators think that is what Rove was talking about when he said a generation of conservative power would fundamentally change the U.S.

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Posted 02 August 2016 - 02:49 PM

Not if Trump can help it....Lets hope Indy is right about flipping the house if he implodes. But all we need is the Senate to make a slew of appointments.
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Posted 02 August 2016 - 04:06 PM

View PostTraveler, on 02 August 2016 - 02:49 PM, said:

Not if Trump can help it....Lets hope Indy is right about flipping the house if he implodes. But all we need is the Senate to make a slew of appointments.

Would that the bernouts and others of the so called left would realize this. This is a once in a lifetime chance. It almost does not matter who is elected as long as there is a D next to the name. This could set the Court for nearly a half century. The vast majority of the rest of their lives.
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Posted 02 August 2016 - 05:03 PM

View PostAnBr, on 02 August 2016 - 04:06 PM, said:

... It almost does not matter who is elected as long as there is a D R next to the name. This could set the Court for nearly a half century. The vast majority of the rest of their lives.
(bolding mine)
Funny, I bet the Republican establishment is thinking the same thing about The Donald.
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Posted 02 August 2016 - 05:28 PM

View PostAnBr, on 02 August 2016 - 04:06 PM, said:

Would that the bernouts and others of the so called left would realize this. This is a once in a lifetime chance. It almost does not matter who is elected as long as there is a D next to the name. This could set the Court for nearly a half century. The vast majority of the rest of their lives.

This is especially true because of the mass of judicial seats left vacant by Republican obstruction and stalling tactics.
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Posted 02 August 2016 - 09:36 PM

View PostTraveler, on 02 August 2016 - 02:49 PM, said:

Not if Trump can help it....Lets hope Indy is right about flipping the house if he implodes. But all we need is the Senate to make a slew of appointments.

Just to be clear, it's not something I'm predicting (the house flipping that is, I am predicting the senate will flip). If everything aligns perfectly, it could happen.

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Posted 02 August 2016 - 10:09 PM

Just saw this--my interpretation is that it confirms Georgia is now a swing state.

This town is sending cops to black residents’ homes to dispute their voting rights
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Posted 03 August 2016 - 12:08 AM

View Postindy, on 02 August 2016 - 09:36 PM, said:

Just to be clear, it's not something I'm predicting (the house flipping that is, I am predicting the senate will flip). If everything aligns perfectly, it could happen.
For the first night back from China, it sure is fun to watch the implosion in real time. BO would never have said what he did if the signals were not clear. Trump has lost the patina. Now everyone talks about his mental health.

Edited by Traveler, 03 August 2016 - 08:23 AM.

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Posted 03 August 2016 - 08:52 AM

View Postbaw1064, on 02 August 2016 - 10:09 PM, said:

Just saw this--my interpretation is that it confirms Georgia is now a swing state.

This town is sending cops to black residents’ homes to dispute their voting rights

The author thinks so too...

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Georgia is considered a potential battleground state in the 2016 election. Black voter registration continues to rise, making the Democratic Party more viable in the Southern state.

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Posted 10 August 2016 - 03:00 PM

And now one step back....

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An appeals court has temporarily halted the remedy approved by lower court in Wisconsin to soften that state's voter ID law with an affidavit for voters who do not have the required forms of ID.


A panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it was likely to reverse a district court's decision when fully appealed, because the remedy was too broad and did not do enough to identify when voters legitimately faced obstacles in obtaining the required forms of ID. The decision also cited concerns about disrupting voting protocols so close to an election.
CMIIAW, so a new law that has not been used yet is a "protocol"?
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Posted 10 August 2016 - 04:00 PM

View PostTraveler, on 10 August 2016 - 03:00 PM, said:

And now one step back....

CMIIAW, so a new law that has not been used yet is a "protocol"?

It does sound odd, like "new tradition."
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Posted 01 September 2016 - 11:58 AM

Another study shows that voter ID laws are a solution in search of a problem. Unless they're actually meant to accomplish something else... [/snark]

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An analysis by News21 -- a student reporting project based at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism -- published in the Washington Post Thursday found that there was little evidence that voter fraud was a persistent problem and in the cases that were prosecuted, the type of fraud committed would not have been prevented by voter ID laws.

News21 analyzed cases of voter fraud between 2012 and 2016 in Arizona, Ohio, Georgia, Texas and Kansas -- states where GOP politicians have warned of potential voter fraud. The analysis found that while there were hundreds of allegations of voter fraud, only 38 were prosecuted successfully by the state's attorney general's office (however, other cases could have been litigated on a county level). Furthermore, none of the prosecutions involved the type of voter impersonation that would have been prevented by ID laws.

Rather, a third of the cases prosecuted had to do with non-voters, like poll workers and volunteers. Other prosecutions cited anecdotally by the News21 analysis involved fraudulent voting via absentee ballots, which is also not prevented by voter ID laws.

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Posted 01 September 2016 - 12:28 PM

The right-wing nutosphere is in a meltdown because Shep Smith of Faux News told the truth; that voter ID laws are all about voter suppression.

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“North Carolina had put in one of those ‘You have to show an ID’ rules which so often in Republican states are designed to keep some minorities from being able to vote, and they tried to reduce the number of voting days,” Smith explained. “The US Supreme Court says that will not happen.”

This response was particularly nice.

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