Jump to content


Voter ID Laws Are Completely Unnecessary


649 replies to this topic

#581 LFC

    Fiscal Conservative

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 30407 posts
  • LocationPennsylvania

Posted 01 April 2019 - 11:22 AM

Republican voter suppression efforts continue, this time in Arizona. What did somebody here say? If Republicans can't win, they cheat.

Quote

Arizona Republican lawmakers are pushing a bill that would gut the state’s Permanent Early Voting List.

A bill passed out of the House Elections Committee last week would purge voters from a list that automatically provides them with an early voting mail-in ballot if they don’t vote in either the primary or general election for two consecutive election cycles, the Arizona Republic reported. The legislation now faces a vote before the full GOP-controlled House before going to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk.

Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs is pushing for the measure’s defeat, estimating that some 200,000 voters would have been removed from the list if the law had been in effect during the 2016 and 2018 cycles, the newspaper reported.

The bill represents the latest bid by the state GOP to undermine voting access after the surprising results of the 2018 midterm elections. After slow ballot counts in the heavily populated, traditionally Republican Maricopa County were complete, Hobbs and Democratic Senate nominee Kyrsten Sinema won their races.

In short order, local Republicans proposed curbing the authority of Maricopa County’s top elections official, who happens to be a Democrat, and restricting the state’s early voting practices.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

#582 LFC

    Fiscal Conservative

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 30407 posts
  • LocationPennsylvania

Posted 03 April 2019 - 03:13 PM

Tennessee Republicans are going after voter registration drives. Once again Republicans prove their disdain for voting rights.

Quote

Tennessee’s Republican secretary of state is backing legislation that would expose a voter registration group to severe financial and even criminal penalties for submitting too many inaccurate or incomplete voter registration forms.

Voting rights groups are raising the alarm about the bills—HB 1079 and SB 971—that are set to be heard in legislative committees in the next week.

“By penalizing civic participation groups for unintentional inaccuracies in their constituents’ completion of registration forms, the Bill tramples on cherished First Amendment rights and would undeniably result in less voter registration activity in Tennessee,” the Campaign Legal Center (CLC) wrote in a Tuesday letter urging lawmakers to vote against the legislation.

The bills would require all participants in voter registration efforts to complete a “training course” designed by the secretary of state’s office. Failure to do so would result in a criminal penalty. As would failure to submit — with a mail tracking number— a collected registration form within 10 days of the form being filled out. Financial penalties would also be imposed on individuals or civic engagement groups that submit 100 or more inaccurate or incomplete forms.

In a recent op-ed in USA Today, Secretary of State Tre Hargett wrote that these measures were needed to “enhance election security.” Hargett said that one organization in Shelby County — a majority black county home to Memphis —submitted 10,000 forms on the final day of registration, costing election administrators some $200,000 to process in a hurry. Thousands contained incomplete or incorrect information, Hargett said.

Voting rights groups countered that there are already state criminal penalties for intentionally falsifying voter registration forms, and that errors are inevitable given that registration drives lean heavily on volunteer help.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

#583 LFC

    Fiscal Conservative

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 30407 posts
  • LocationPennsylvania

Posted 08 April 2019 - 04:56 PM

The shithole state of Georgia has been forced to pretty much kill the "exact match" law they used to disenfranchise minority voters for years.

Quote

On Tuesday, after three federal lawsuits in 2008, 2016 and 2018, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed House Bill 316, largely ending the onerous ‘exact match’ system that has failed Georgia voters for the past 12 years.

The ‘exact match’ system placed more than 50,000 voter registrations—disproportionately those of voters of color—on hold before the 2018 elections because of discrepancies between government records. Thousands of the applicants were also put on hold because they were flagged as potential non-citizens when their applications were matched against outdated DDS records. A coalition of Georgia civil rights groups—represented by Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Campaign Legal Center, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, and The Law Office of Bryan L. Sells—sued prior to the 2018 election and that lawsuit is ongoing.

Litigation around the state’s process for verifying voter registration applications started over a decade ago. After the initial 2008 litigation that challenged the first implementation of the verification process, then-Secretary of State Kemp implemented an exact match process in 2010. That version was ended by a settlement after a lawsuit filed in 2016. In 2017, the legislature revived the failed program despite knowing it had a disparate impact on voters of color. After the current lawsuit was filed in 2018, the Georgia legislature and Governor Kemp have now largely ended this discriminatory system.

However, the Georgia applicants who are incorrectly marked as non-citizens under the ‘exact match’ system, will continue to face issues when registering to vote. “While this is a step in the right direction, Georgia is continuing to match voter registration data against outdated Department of Drivers Services (DDS) record,” said Julie Houk, Managing Counsel for Election Protection for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “Georgians who are United States citizens will continue to be inaccurately flagged as non-citizens if they obtained a Georgia driver’s license prior to attaining citizenship or because of other deficiencies in the database matching process. A result, eligible Georgia citizens will continue to be unreasonably burdened by having their voter registration applications put on hold or even canceled.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

#584 LFC

    Fiscal Conservative

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 30407 posts
  • LocationPennsylvania

Posted 12 April 2019 - 03:30 PM

Georgia remains a Third World style shithole. Now the new head of the so-called "ethics commission" is on an all out attack against Democratic political enemies. I guess voter suppression wasn't enough for them. Once again we see there is nothing Republicans won't do if they think it benefits them and they can get away with it.

Quote

David Emandi, the newly minted state ethics commission director in Georgia, announced almost immediately upon taking office that he’d be issuing subpoenas to investigate bank records from former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams’ 2018 race.

Abrams’ ex-campaign manager is crying foul.

“The new ethics chief — a Kemp donor and former Republican Party leader — is using his power to threaten and lob baseless partisan accusations at the former Abrams campaign when they should be focused on real problems like the unethical ties between the governor’s office and voting machine lobbyists instead,” Lauren Groh-Wargo told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Emandi intends to probe the campaign’s financial records, as well as those of the PACs that supported it.

“In the relatively near future, I expect we will make the decision (whether) to go forward with prosecution on a case-by-case basis,” he said.

Emandi, who donated to Abrams’ opponent Brian Kemp’s successful gubernatorial campaign, is being accused of partisanship, since all of the candidates he mentioned investigating (alongside Abrams) are also Democrats. His commission reportedly claims to have also audited the filings of Republican gubernatorial candidates as well, but found no irregularities.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

#585 LFC

    Fiscal Conservative

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 30407 posts
  • LocationPennsylvania

Posted 16 April 2019 - 02:14 PM

House Republicans are whining furiously that House Democrats are investigating their efforts at state-level voter suppression. They don't like not being consulted on these issues after setting the precedent that they wouldn't give Democrats the time of day when blocking the investigation of Trump or the Seinfeld Hearings (the hearings about nothing) they gleefully engaged in for years.

Quote

House Republicans said in letters to top elections officials in various states that the House Oversight Committee’s investigations into state-level voting rights issues are “partisan,” and exceed Congress’ investigative authority.

The letters — signed by House Oversight Committee ranking member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and other top Republican members of relevant Oversight subcommittees — were sent to secretaries of states and other officials in Georgia, Kansas and Texas.

In the letters, the Republican members of Congress don’t explicitly tell those states not to comply with document requests sent last month by Democrats. Rather, the letters call into question any “valid legislative purpose” underlying the document requests and claim the inquiries raise “serious federalism concerns.”

The letters also claim that the document requests were sent by Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) without consultation with GOP committee members or the representatives from the states themselves.


Cummings gets in a dig.

Quote

Top Democrats on the House Oversight Committee pushed back at their Republican colleagues for questioning their investigation into state-level voting rights issues.

“It’s disappointing that Rep. [Jim] Jordan is so opposed to oversight at so many levels,” Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) said in a statement to TPM Monday evening. “With a Democratic President, there was no allegation too small to investigate, but now that Donald Trump is in the White House, there is apparently no scandal too big to ignore.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

#586 LFC

    Fiscal Conservative

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 30407 posts
  • LocationPennsylvania

Posted 17 April 2019 - 11:50 AM

Tennessee targets voter drives because we can't have THAT kind of thing in a democracy, now can we?

Quote

The GOP-controlled state House in Tennessee passed legislation Monday making voter registration drives more onerous. The bill imposes fines on registration groups that turn in too many incomplete registration forms, while also allowing criminal penalties, including jail time, if the groups violate certain rules regarding voter registration.

Republicans, including Secretary of State Tre Hargett, pushed the bill after local election officials in Tennessee’s Shelby County were sued in 2018 by a black voter group for their handling of voter registration forms.

Under the new proposal, voter registration groups that turn in more than 100 “deficient” registration forms can be fined up to $2,000, and those that turn in more than 500 deficient applications would face fines up to $10,000. The groups also must be registered in state, are required to submit the registration forms within 10 days of collecting them, and are banned from paying workers per registration completed, under the legislation.

Violating those rules could land a paid worker of a voter registration drive in prison for nearly a year and also impose a $2,500 fine. The penalties apply only to groups that pay workers for the collection of registrations.

Voting rights group say that the legislation is geared at chilling voter participation efforts in a state that has one of the lowest registration rates in the country. Its supporters say it will prevent counties from having to spend thousands on correcting the deficient forms.


IIRC it's actually against federal law to NOT turn in any voter registration that somebody has filled out no matter what. When the right-wingnuts were having their meltdowns about ACORN it turned out that they flagged every registration form they felt was iffy to make review easier for authorities.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

#587 golden_valley

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 6002 posts
  • LocationNorthern California

Posted 17 April 2019 - 05:44 PM

The League of Women Voters of Tennessee has been vocally unhappy about that law.

Quote

The proposed legislation subjects Tennesseans to harsh sanctions for conduct and activities that the language of the bill itself leaves vague and undefined. If enacted, it would put Tennessee out of the mainstream and onto the map as the only state in the nation that subjects its citizens to potential criminal sanctions for registering other citizens to vot


#588 D. C. Sessions

    I don't have to pretend to be an adult any more

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 10129 posts
  • LocationCentral New Mexico

Posted 18 April 2019 - 08:15 PM

View Postgolden_valley, on 17 April 2019 - 05:44 PM, said:

The League of Women Voters of Tennessee has been vocally unhappy about that law.

That "personal sanctions for not dotting the t's and crossing the i's" law has been floating around in ALEC circles for a long, long time.
The way a lot of catastrophes happen is that X doesn't occur because there are safeguards in place, therefore people assume X isn't a worry and they remove the safeguards. Then X happens.
— Nate Silver
"Robots aren't the problem. Capitalism is." -- Last words of Stephen Hawking.
These days, "libertarian" is just a euphemism for a Nazi who's afraid to commit.
"If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention." -- Heather Heyer
"I'd rather have my child, but by golly, if I gotta give her up, we're gonna make it count." -- Her mother
"Your purpose, then, plainly stated, is that you will destroy the Government, unless you be allowed to construe and enforce the Constitution as you please, on all points in dispute between you and us. You will rule or ruin in all events." -- some RINO

#589 LFC

    Fiscal Conservative

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 30407 posts
  • LocationPennsylvania

Posted 25 April 2019 - 11:50 AM

Florida Republicans are still desperately trying to subvert the law that reinstates voting rights for anyone who has served their sentence. This time it's through an effective poll tax.

Quote

The Florida House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a resolution to require former felons to pay potentially thousands of dollars in fines, fees, court costs and restitution (even restitution converted to a civil lien) in order to be allowed to vote, placing a huge asterisk on Amendment 4, the widely supported constitutional change that gives most felons their voting rights back after they “complete all terms of their sentence.”

The House version of Amendment 4 implementation is not yet law; the state Senate, which is also Republican-controlled, is considering a version that would still require the repayment of restitution, but not restitution converted to a civil lien, nor other expenses like fees, fines and court costs, the Orlando Sentinel noted Wednesday. The House version passed along party lines.

Many argue that the amendment text voters overwhelmingly approved was meant to be “self-implementing” or “self-executing” and therefore doesn’t require Republican legislative fine print.

In January, WLRN tallied potentially hundreds of millions of dollars that ex-felons would have to pay in order to vote. That would also be a boon for private debt collection agencies, the report noted, which some counties allow to tack on huge fees on top of the existing debts.

Florida has some of the most burdensome conviction-related expenses in the county, and advocates for felon re-enfranchisement have compared making the right to vote conditional upon paying them back to a modern poll tax.

“It’s blatantly unconstitutional as a poll tax,” Rep. Adam Hattersley (D-Riverview) said in March.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

#590 LFC

    Fiscal Conservative

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 30407 posts
  • LocationPennsylvania

Posted 25 April 2019 - 03:45 PM

The importance of judicial appointments illustrated again.

Quote

On Thursday, a panel of three federal judges in Michigan became the latest court to strike down a legislative map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.

The map, drawn by the state’s GOP legislature, was challenged by Democratic voters and the League of Women Voters of Michigan. The ruling comes as the Supreme Court weighs two other partisan gerrymandering cases, from North Carolina and Maryland, that it heard earlier this year but has not yet decided.

“Today, this Court joins the growing chorus of federal courts that have, in recent years, held that partisan gerrymandering is unconstitutional,” the court in Michigan said.

The panel found that the voters’ rights under the Constitution’s First and 14th Amendment had been violated because districts were “intentionally drawn to ensure a particular partisan outcome in each district.”

The challenge targeted 34 total state Senate, state House and U.S. congressional districts.

The case featured evidence — including emails between the GOP staffers in charge of drawing the maps – that was notable for how explicitly the partisan intent was spelled out. In one email, a staffer bragged that a map was “a glorious way that makes it easier to cram ALL of the Dem garbage in Wayne, Washtenaw, Oakland, and Macomb counties into only four districts.”

Another staffer cheered that a map that the Michigan Republicans were drawing was “perfect” because “it’s giving the finger to [S]andy [L]evin,” referring to a Democratic U.S. House member in the state.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

#591 LFC

    Fiscal Conservative

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 30407 posts
  • LocationPennsylvania

Posted 07 May 2019 - 09:10 AM

Another Republican indicted for vote fraud. F*** voter ID. That's not where the real fraud is. Of course the Republicans know that.

Quote

A staffer for former Rep. Scott Taylor’s (R-VA) 2018 re-election campaign has been indicted on election fraud charges, though the special prosecutor investigating the scandal said in a press release Monday that his ongoing probe has been hampered by “the lack of cooperation of key individuals.”

Lauren Creekmore was one of several Taylor campaign staffers who collected signature sheets riddled with forged signatures to help get an independent candidate on the ballot in the congressional race, an attempt by Taylor’s side to split the Democratic vote in two.

Special prosecutor Don Caldwell announced Monday that he’d presented two indictments against one individual, which a county clerk later confirmed to The Virginian-Pilot was Creekmore. She was indicted by a grand jury for false statements and election fraud.

Caldwell noted in his statement that his probe was “continuing” and that, while Taylor himself has cooperated with the probe, “at this point in time, what actually happened within the campaign headquarters is still a subject of investigation due primarily to the lack of cooperation of key individuals with the [Virginia State Police] investigator.”

“The full explanation of what happened will hopefully be answered in the months to come,” he said.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

#592 LFC

    Fiscal Conservative

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 30407 posts
  • LocationPennsylvania

Posted 08 May 2019 - 11:16 AM

Waddya' know. The Republican Rep. whose staffer has been indicted for election fraud is now suing for definition of character. This is the new Republican play taken from Trump's playbook. You threaten, threaten, threaten and then tie things up in court. Is it any wonder McConnell is so gung-ho to pack the courts with highly partisan judges?

Quote

After a special prosecutor announced Monday that he’d brought two indictments against a staffer on former Rep. Scott Taylor’s (R-VA) unsuccessful 2018 re-election campaign, Taylor took the opportunity to engage in a favorite pastime: threatening defamation lawsuits.

Lauren Creekmore was indicted for election fraud in a scheme intended to boost Taylor’s electoral prospects. But Taylor himself hasn’t been charged with any wrongdoing.

So the Virginia Republican is focusing in on just one sentence from special prosecutor Don Caldwell’s press release — that “based upon information currently available, there does not appear to have been a directive or an expectation that these petitions [later found to contain forged signatures] would be circulated in violation of Virginia law.”

“Threshold for defamation against a public figure is disseminating info you knew was false, with malicious intent,” Taylor wrote on Twitter, tagging the Virginia Democratic Party and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He added later, responding to a statement from the DCCC: “we are exploring our legal options to make them accountable for their disgustingly defamatory ways.” Democrats, he wrote, “spent millions maliciously defaming to win election.”

(In statements, both groups have pointed out that Caldwell’s ongoing investigation has already discovered multiple alleged violations of state law by Taylor’s campaign staff, and may still present more.)

It’s the latest sign that President Trump may have popularized the art of may have lawsuit-threat-as-political-messaging on the right. TPM’s Nicole Lafond has faithfully detailed every absurd twist and turn in California Rep. Devin Nunes’ (R-CA) effort to pursue legal action against a Twitter troll pretending to be his cow, while others, from the family of Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann to conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi, have filed defamation suits of their own against perceived libelers.

Taylor, for his part, has yet to follow through on any of the defamation suit threats that have come fast and furious since his election scandal first emerged last summer. Several of his staffers turned in forged signatures in an attempt to get an independent candidate on the ballot and, the plan went, peel voters away from Taylor’s Democratic opponent. The plan failed.

As local Democratic volunteer Lindsey Terry, who first flagged the forgeries on her Facebook page, revealed to TPM last year, Taylor called her in a “frantic” state about the posts, pressuring her to take them down.

Taylor was “trying to play the good guy,” Terry recalled, saying he didn’t “want to see any lawsuits happening,” while insinuating that a staffer on his campaign accused of signature forgery “was going to sue me — threatening a lawsuit on her behalf, in that sense.”

Around the same time, according to a screenshot of a since-deleted tweet Terry shared with TPM, Taylor again hinted that the Democratic activist could face legal action for her allegations.


Read all that (and the rest of the piece) and you'll see how the new Republican strategy will play out. Basically every time some level of corruption is found they'll try to stomp on it by threatening to sue. I suspect this will end poorly for them and only raise the public profile of their misdeeds like it did for Devin Nunes.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

#593 LFC

    Fiscal Conservative

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 30407 posts
  • LocationPennsylvania

Posted 13 May 2019 - 12:26 PM

A group that has been targeting White House corruption is making a push towards uncovering dirt on Republican voter suppression efforts.

Quote

One of the foremost agitators of the Trump administration is turning its sights on state governments in the hope it can turn the tide of voter suppression efforts.

American Oversight, which launched after the 2016 election with the goal of digging into the unseemly underpinnings of the current president, is launching what it calls a “State Accountability Project.”

The objective is, in practice, similar to what the organization currently does. But this time, the target is different. Instead of trying to unearth evidence of corruption and political malfeasance inside the White House, American Oversight will be looking into state governments to dig up the actual motivations, communications, and moneyed interests behind restrictive voter laws—and to potentially tie them back to national figures like former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the Heritage Foundation's Hans von Spakovsky, or Trump administration officials themselves.

“Voter suppression is the corruption of democracy itself, and most of that corruption isn't happening in Washington, DC, but in the state and local governments that set the rules for voting,” said Austin Evers, executive director of American Oversight. “American Oversight has spent two years using public records requests and litigation to expose the truth and hold federal officials accountable, and we're now using that same model to fight corruption in the states.”

Few organizations have had as much success in going after the Trump administration as American Oversight, which, among other things, has unearthed former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s calendars, discovered Ivanka Trump’s use of private email, and surfaced evidence of the DOJ pushing for an investigation of Hillary Clinton. And its ascent has been a testament to the notion that modern political success is predicated more on investigative muscle (see: Clinton Cash, email leaks, etc...) than more traditional elements like media strategies and messaging.

That the group is expanding its scope beyond D.C. illustrates the degree to which Democrats writ large have both embraced that notion and recognize that the structural hurdles they face extend far beyond Trump.

Few hurdles have been more vexing for the party—and vital for its future—than voting laws.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

#594 LFC

    Fiscal Conservative

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 30407 posts
  • LocationPennsylvania

Posted 15 May 2019 - 04:07 PM

New Republican voter suppression evil out of Texass.

Quote

Election officials in Texas on Wednesday revealed that Uber drivers and other ride sharing services would have to register their drivers as election workers if transporting more than three voters per car.

At a hearing on Senate Bill 9, which activists say will suppress voting rights, election official Chris Davis warned that there are multiple problems with the bill.

Davis pointed out that the legislation would criminalize poll workers who make simple mistakes.

“Or whether it’s the bad policies of now allowing poll watchers to now record ballot counting in areas where ballot voting still occurs, with all the privacy that that is supposed to entail,” Davis said.

According to Davis, another “bad policy” would mandate that “non-driving voters must now attest to the reason for their assistance for curbside voting due to physical disability.”

Texas state Rep. John H. Bucy III (D) wondered about a provision that would force carpool drivers to give their name and address to the state.

“I’ve got a 91-year-old grandmother, she’s in a retirement home,” Bucy explained. “If she and three of her friends — so there’s four of them — get an Uber ride to go vote, would that Uber driver have to fill out this form because he brought them to curbside vote? They’re all in wheelchairs.”

“Yes,” Davis replied. “An Uber driver would have to at least attest to the reason why they are assisting these voters.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

#595 LFC

    Fiscal Conservative

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 30407 posts
  • LocationPennsylvania

Posted 16 May 2019 - 07:43 AM

TPM has an update on how Republicans continue to fight for voter suppression.

Quote

The blue wave of 2018 featured historic midterm turnout, while voters in some states, like Michigan and Florida, approved ballot initiatives that would further expand access to the ballot box. But those gains in voter participation have reinvigorated GOP efforts to make it harder to vote. Voting rights advocates are already tracking new obstacles — legislative or otherwise — that Republicans are putting between voters and the ballot box ahead of the 2020 election.

Several legislatures have quickly sought to restrict voting access, as some states’ 2018 sessions come a close. And many states will have another shot to pass restrictive measures next year, too.

Even though the next national election is more than a year and a half away, there already some trends emerging that could make it harder to vote. Here’s what we’ll be following in the lead-up to 2020:

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

#596 LFC

    Fiscal Conservative

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 30407 posts
  • LocationPennsylvania

Posted 20 May 2019 - 02:18 PM

Ginni Thomas, wife of the most lacking SCOTUS judge in the court, was all in on trying to suppress the vote in Virginia.

Quote

Ginni Thomas, the conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, wanted to “target” the “most questionable” precincts in Virginia with an anti-voter fraud campaign, according to an October 2016 email exchange she had with a prominent voter fraud alarmist and other conservative activists.

The emails were made public Friday in the litigation over a sensational report released by the group of the alarmist, J. Christian Adams, who also served on President Trump’s short-lived voter fraud commission.

Even Adams was skeptical of the idea — which was also being pushed by a conservative media consultant, Demos Chrissos — but not necessarily because he thought it would cross into the realm of illegal voter intimidation.

“It is possible to do without violating federal law if done correctly,” Adams wrote. “It is NOT possible to do without unleashing a leftist whirlwind that will be designed to boomerang on us and will JUICE leftwing turnout but [sic] threatening voter suppression (a made up term with no basis in law).”

Adams cited the 2014 Mississippi Senate race, where he apparently represented GOP candidate Chris McDaniel, who lost in a run-off to then Sen. Thad Cochran ®, according to the October 2016 emails made public Friday. (McDaniel at the time claimed he lost due to Democrats who voted for his opponent.)

“I saw what they did to us when it was announced there would be polling place monitors,” Adams wrote. “They converted it into a turnout asset.”

Adams, who for years has threatened local election officials with lawsuits to pressure them to more aggressively purge their voter rolls, is being sued for two reports his group, the Public Interest Legal Foundation, released alleging mass voter fraud in Virginia. The case was brought by individuals identified in the reports as noncitizen illegal voter registrants but who were in fact citizens, as well as by the Richmond chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

#597 AnBr

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 13579 posts

Posted 20 May 2019 - 03:24 PM

View PostLFC, on 20 May 2019 - 02:18 PM, said:

Ginni Thomas, wife of the former most lacking SCOTUS judge in the court, was all in on trying to suppress the vote in Virginia.

FIFY. I would say he is now 2nd or 3rd most lacking.
“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It's simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”

— Carl Sagan


Pray for Trump: Psalm 109:8

"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Second inaugural address January, 1937

#598 LFC

    Fiscal Conservative

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 30407 posts
  • LocationPennsylvania

Posted 20 May 2019 - 04:18 PM

View PostAnBr, on 20 May 2019 - 03:24 PM, said:

FIFY. I would say he is now 2nd or 3rd most lacking.

I don't know. Maybe but it's just such tough competition among the contestants to come up with the lowest of the low. Of course Thomas has a head start with a track record of awfulness like "forgetting" to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars his wife made fighting the ACA and then refusing to recuse himself when cases came up. He's a judicial lightweight, a sexual predator, and a crook. That's a trifecta of lacking.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

#599 Traveler

    Rambling Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 13320 posts
  • LocationPhilly Area

Posted 20 May 2019 - 04:47 PM

He is not a judicial lightweight. Underestimate him at your peril. The rest though...
"Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened."-- Winston Churchill
"Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices" Voltaire

#600 JackD

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 1838 posts
  • LocationChicago area

Posted 20 May 2019 - 05:44 PM

"He is not a judicial lightweight." Have you ever read his opinions?





1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users