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Posted 20 September 2019 - 04:27 PM

Moscow Mitch folds on his protection of Russia ... a little bit.

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After weeks of being taunted as “Moscow Mitch” for his refusal to consider measures to strengthen election security, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has backed an amendment that would do just that.

“I am proud to have helped develop this amendment and to co-sponsor it in committee,” McConnell said from the floor of the Senate.

The McConnell-backed appropriations amendment would give states an additional $250 million to improve the quality of their voting systems and strengthen their protections against foreign interference, according to Politico. As a result, the total funding for election security would increase to $600 million after the last fiscal year.

However, McConnell has yet to back the bipartisan election security legislation which Senate Democrats have unsuccessfully attempted to bring to the floor. His efforts to obstruct that legislation earned him the nickname “Moscow Mitch.”

“Senate Democrats believe this new funding is not a substitute for passing the comprehensive bipartisan election security legislation that experts say is desperately needed,” a spokesperson for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters in an email. (Schumer did praise McConnell’s backing of the appropriations amendment as “a step in the right direction.”)


By simply giving more money to the red states instead of making them actually protect themselves against Russian attacks it allows them to maintain control without any unwanted eyes snooping in on them. If Moscow Mitch touches something it's corrupt.
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Posted 10 October 2019 - 05:44 PM

Texass. They have an excuse but you know they expect this to suppress voters that they don't like.

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A newly implemented change to election law is leaving a trail of shuttered early voting polling places across the state.

The eyeglasses settled on Larry Quisenberry’s head slightly shifted as his eyes went wide and his back straightened from the lolled position he held by the checkout counter at the Cow Palace Emporium.

His reaction came upon learning that the one day of early voting he and his neighbors previously enjoyed was going away.

Quisenberry has been loyal to the ballot box for more than two decades, voting in elections big and small. He typically casts his vote on Election Day — he likes to spend those Tuesdays sporting the “I Voted” sticker — but his job as a pilot car driver for oversized loads sometimes forces him to vote early.

Like in other small towns in rural Williamson County, he previously had at least one day available for early voting when a temporary polling place was set up at City Hall — located just off Main Street, not far past the black and white awning that hangs over the front of the homegoods store.

But much to his dismay, especially regarding his elderly neighbors, communities like Florence will have no early voting starting this November; the nearest early voting polling location will be more than 10 miles away.

“I think we ought to get every opportunity,” Quisenberry said. “We’re a small community, but I don’t know why we wouldn’t be entitled to what others have.”

Florence’s one day of early voting was a casualty of a newly implemented Texas election law that lawmakers said they pushed to curb abuse in school bond elections. But the law was crafted broadly enough to upend a long-established practice of moving polling places during the early voting period to reach as many voters as possible near where they live, work or go to school. With a Nov. 5 constitutional election looming, the new law has left a trail of shuttered early voting polling places across the state, prompting unease among election officials about how far it’ll go in limiting access to early voting in next year’s high-stakes election.


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The Texas Democratic Party asked the committee to draw up an exemption for November general elections. The Texas Association of Election Administrators, led by Williamson County’s election administrator Chris Davis, warned against the change because it would limit the use of temporary voting sites to reach far-flung communities. Democrats offered up amendments in hopes of exempting rural communities, college campuses and long-term care facilities.

But the legislation that made it out of both the House and Senate with virtually unanimous Republican support didn’t address those requests. Gov. Greg Abbott signed it into law soon after the end of the legislative session.

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Posted 11 October 2019 - 12:40 PM

Mississippi has disenfranchised black voters for a century. It now makes it nearly impossible for a Democrat to win a state-wide office without a massive margin of victory. The rule allows them to wring the most out of their gerrymandering. Needless to say the Republicans are in no hurry to an unfair system that protects them.

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For statewide positions other than US senator, Mississippi uses a system similar to the electoral college. It’s not enough for a candidate to simply win the statewide popular vote. Rather, they must win both a majority of the popular vote and win a majority of the state’s 122 state house districts. If no candidate clears both of these hurdles, the state house chooses the winner from the top two candidates.

Hood, for what it’s worth, did win his attorney general races by large enough margins to overcome this system — in 2015, for example, he beat his Republican opponent by more than 10 points. A 2013 profile of Hood in Governing magazine argues that he’s able to do this, in part, because he’s a good cultural fit for the state. Hood “styles his hair like the late country singer Conway Twitty,” and he is both a gun owner and an avid hunter. His current job as attorney general also allows him to be the face of popular issues like locking up child pornographers or suing fraudsters who took advantage of Hurricane Katrina victims.

Yet, while Hood has resisted the political gravity of conservative Mississippi better than any other Democrat, he may not be able to escape it altogether. His 55-45 victory in 2015 was his closest election to date (he crushed his first opponent by nearly 26 points). Earlier this month, Hood’s campaign released a poll showing him with a 45-42 percent lead over Republican gubernatorial candidate Tate Reeves. That’s not nearly enough to overcome Mississippi’s electoral college-like system.

Thus, as a practical matter, Mississippi’s system all but ensures that Reeves will win November’s election, even if a majority of the state’s voters prefer Hood (the incumbent, Republican Phil Bryant, cannot run again due to term limits). Republicans currently control almost 60 percent of the state’s house of representatives. And state house districts are gerrymandered in a way that would make it very difficult for Hood to win a majority of those districts.

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 01:12 PM

What a shock. The Ohio voter purge was brimming with errors, pretty much just like every single other Republican voter purge.

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Ohio’s government admitted that nearly 20 percent of voters targeted in the state’s looming purge of “inactive” were actually active voters.

Earlier this year, the Ohio secretary of state’s office issued a list of 235,000 names targeted for removal from the voter rolls because, the state purported, they had not participated in the last three election cycles. The purge is part of an effort to remove names of people who have passed away or moved. The state is required to send notices to people it plans to remove to give them a chance to verify that they should still be on the rolls.

Voting groups soon reported thousands of names that had been erroneously included on the list and claimed that thousands of people included on the list were not notified that they would be removed.

The problem was far larger than anyone realized at the time: Ohio officials have since determined that roughly 40,000 people on the list, nearly one in five, were put on the list in error, The New York Times reports.

Among the names wrongly targeted for removal was the head of an Ohio voting rights group that is trying to counter the purge.

Jen Miller, the director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio, went through the list as part of her group’s effort to contact targeted voters and help them verify their registrations. She was surprised to find her own name on the list.

“I voted three times last year,” Miller told the Times. “I don’t think we have any idea how many other individuals this has happened to.”

The list was released for the first time this year after previous efforts to purge the rolls were done in secret. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, a Republican, insisted that discovering tens of thousands of errors on the state’s list was a feature, not a bug.

“We’re talking about crowdsourcing, in simply putting the list out there,” he told the Times.

But the error-plagued list highlights problems frequently raised with such voter purges, which are also carried out in key battleground states like Florida, North Carolina, Georgia and Texas.

Among the issues were a software vendor error that wrongly included more than 1,600 people, counties that used different processes to identify inactive voters, and the unexplained targeting of around 20,000 people who voted in recent elections. All of those 20,000 voters were in Franklin County, a Democratic-leaning area of the state.

Steve Tingley-Hock, a volunteer who runs the Ohio Voter Project and first discovered the issues, told the Times that these were easy errors to catch using a basic database management system.

“A guy at his dining room table can figure this stuff out,” he said. “It’s not rocket science.”

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Posted 21 October 2019 - 03:44 PM

We haven't heard about ALEC in a while but they're still at it, trying to subvert democracy at every turn.

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In the early August heat, nearly 200 Republican lawmakers gathered in an Austin, Texas, hotel to learn about what one panelist described as a “political adult bloodsport.” The matter at hand — gerrymandering — could lock in Republican power in the states for another decade if successfully carried out again in 2021.

The lawmakers were attending the 46th annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a powerful conservative group known for its secrecy.

Yet this year, parts of the meeting were a little less secret. Several reporters attended the session on gerrymandering and were able to shine light on the organization’s plans ahead of the upcoming redistricting cycle in 2021. Then, in October, journalist David Daley published a recording of the conference’s two-part session on gerrymandering in Slate. This unprecedented level of reporting on the panel uncovered the tactics conservatives plan to employ as they seek to maintain the Republican hold on state legislatures across the country in the crucial redistricting wars to come.

During the panel, experts stressed to state lawmakers the importance of maintaining their power during the next round of redistricting. Led by Phil King, the Texas House redistricting chair and one of ALEC’s most influential members, and Hans von Spakovsky, a conservative attorney and voter fraud alarmist, the speakers prepared attendees to be on the defensive and ready for litigation when they draw districts.

The conservative experts gave attendees a range of tips on how to approach gerrymandering, from legislative actions to legal preparedness. The panelists scoffed at the idea of appointing independent commissions in states to draw districts, a solution to partisan gerrymandering gaining traction in some states, instead urging state lawmakers to secure as much control over the process as possible. One panelist suggested Republican lawmakers work with black and Latino lawmakers to pack minority voters into districts, and another urged them to exclude noncitizens from the population numbers used to determine districts, a move that would dramatically redistribute power away from blue areas. Yet, ALEC also warned state lawmakers to be careful — to avoid using the word “gerrymander” and drawing lines too heavily based on race.

“You should not be discriminating on the basis of race, but engaging in partisanship because you want to benefit your political party is perfectly acceptable under the law,” von Spakovsky told attendees, per Slate’s transcript of the panel. Importantly, the Supreme Court has ruled that racial gerrymandering is illegal, but, in recent decisions, avoided setting limits on partisan gerrymandering.

ALEC is known for its focus on writing model bills of interest to its corporate members and disseminating them to conservative state lawmakers across the country. Yet the recording of the panel suggests that the group is now prioritizing legal preparedness as lawmakers ready themselves for the next round of redistricting following the 2020 census. The panelists seemed bolstered by a recent Supreme Court ruling but spooked by leaks from the files of a deceased conservative gerrymandering expert; they urged lawmakers to be careful to build lawsuit-proof politically gerrymandered maps and to be sure not to put anything in writing they wouldn’t want a judge to see.

It’s rare to have this kind of look inside an ALEC conference, as the most defining characteristic of the group is its secrecy. During the conference, von Spakovsky and others encouraged legislators to throw away their notes and to avoid discussing the issue of redistricting in emails that could be leaked or obtained by the press.

“I have no doubt that there were a million things happening behind closed doors that we didn’t know about,” said Anthony Gutierrez, executive director of Common Cause Texas, one of the groups leading the push against Republican gerrymandering efforts in that state.

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Posted 21 October 2019 - 03:50 PM

View PostLFC, on 21 October 2019 - 03:44 PM, said:

We haven't heard about ALEC in a while but they're still at it, trying to subvert democracy at every turn.
I think it was best stated earlier with this cartoon

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Posted 29 October 2019 - 10:50 AM

Kansas Kris Kobach has resolved the disciplinary action he incurred from completely f***ing up the defense of voter suppression in his state. And let's not forget that this is one of Trump's "best people" who tried to take his incompetent fascism national. Thank heavens the Trumpies are incompetent and generally stupid. If they were sharp they could have destroyed this nation's democracy ... like Moscow Mitch has done so effectively.

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Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach acknowledged that he did not properly supervise his trial team during their disastrous performance in the proof-of-citizenship voter registration case.

The acknowledgement was part of an agreement that resolved a disciplinary claim filed against Kobach for his conduct in the case. After the 2018 trial, a judge struck down the requirement while ordering Kobach take legal education classes.

His agreement with the Kansas Disciplinary Administrator’s Office also said that “There was no finding of dishonest conduct on the part of Mr. Kobach.”

Though these kinds of agreements, known as a diversion agreements, are usually kept confidential, the disciplinary office and Kobach agreed to make a portion of the agreement public.

The diversion agreement was first reported Monday by the Topeka Capital-Journal. The full findings of the agreement, which was reached on Oct. 10, remain confidential and only a small portion was publicly released.

In addition to U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson’s order that Kobach take legal ed classes, a magistrate judge slapped Kobach with sanctions including an $1,000 penalty for misleading the court about key evidence he was withholding in the litigation. The evidence was a proposal he presented then President-elect Trump — as captured in an infamous photograph — that pitched the incoming administration on changing the voting rights law that was at the heart of the legal battle over his proof-of-citizenship requirement. Robinson also held Kobach in contempt for not complying with orders she issued over the course of the case.

During the March 2018 trial, Kobach and his trial team struggled with the basics of court procedures, earning several verbal corrections by Robinson as well as her chastisement in her final order of Kobach’s “repeated and flagrant violations of discovery and disclosure rules.”

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Posted 29 October 2019 - 12:02 PM

North Carolina's fascist Republicans had their gerrymandering smacked down by a panel of judges.

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In a big victory for anti-gerrymandering activists, a panel of three judges ordered North Carolina’s state legislature on Monday to draw up new U.S. congressional maps in time for the 2020 elections.

The ruling was decided by the same panel that had struck down Republican-drawn state legislative maps for North Carolina’s Senate and General Assembly last month.

Though the judges didn’t establish a hard deadline, the panel warned that it would delay the 2020 primaries if new maps haven’t been drawn up by then.

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Posted 31 October 2019 - 04:46 PM

Georgia, one of America's worst states for Third World style sham elections, is at it again only bigger and "better." Hey, it worked the last time and they got away with it so why not? Is it any wonder Moscow Mitch grasps the importance of packing the court with unqualified but GOP-loyal judges?

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Voting rights advocates in Georgia vowed to fight for the rights of more than 300,000 people in the state whose registrations may be purged from the rolls in the coming weeks by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s administration.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced Monday that about 330,000 voter registrations may be canceled in early December if the voters do not confirm that they still live in the state. The purge is targeting people who have not voted in the last five years and could affect about four percent of the state’s eligible voters.

“Having a long history of voter suppression, the Georgia secretary of state’s office has a responsibility to guarantee that not a single voter is wrongly included on the purge list.”
—Lauren Groh-Wargo, Fair Fight Action

“Voters should not lose their right to vote simply because they have decided not to express that right in recent elections,” Fair Fight Action’s Lauren Groh-Wargo told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The group was founded by Stacey Abrams, the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate in the state.

While Kemp was serving as secretary of state in 2017, his office oversaw the largest purge of voter registrations in U.S. history, kicking more than 534,000 people off the rolls. Voting rights groups condemned Georgia’s Republican leaders for what they saw as massive voter suppression effort—especially after Kemp went on to win the 2018 election by 1.4 percentage points.

“Having a long history of voter suppression, the Georgia secretary of state’s office has a responsibility to guarantee that not a single voter is wrongly included on the purge list,” Groh-Wargo told the Journal-Constitution.

This year, election officials will have to notify voters before their registrations are purged—a requirement that wasn’t in effect in 2018. Notifications warning of the purge will be sent out to voters’ last known addresses in early November and recipients will have 30 days to respond before their names are removed from state records.


Has there been even one case of a Republican voter roll purge that wasn't filled with "errors?"
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Posted 31 October 2019 - 08:38 PM

At least the list is publicized so real folks can be checked. Be interesting to see how many legitimate ones are found.
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Posted 06 December 2019 - 04:14 PM

Democrats support voting rights. Republicans do not. Any questions?

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Just one Republican—Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania—joined a united House Democratic caucus on Friday to pass what rights groups hailed as “historic” legislation to restore and expand voter protections that were gutted by the Supreme Court in 2013.

Lisa Gilbert, vice president of legislative affairs for Public Citizen, said passage of the Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4) is a “critical step” in combating Republican voter suppression efforts that have proliferated in the six years since the Supreme Court’s infamous decision in Shelby County v. Holder.

“Numerous state legislatures have undertaken targeted and deliberate steps to limit or impede the right to vote for communities of color, students, the elderly, and people with disabilities,” said Gilbert. “Americans who are eligible to vote but are denied that right due to fabricated or illegal barriers are being deprived of the full privilege of our democracy.”

“If we want a true democracy, we must protect the right to vote for all,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. “The Voting Rights Advancement Act is critical to getting there.”

The legislation now heads to the Senate, which is controlled by Republicans. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has refused to allow a vote on Democrats’ For the People Act (H.R. 1), to which the Voting Rights Advancement Act was previously attached.

As Ari Berman of Mother Jones reported, H.R. 4—sponsored by Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.)—would “initially cover 11 states: nine in the South, plus California and New York, which have more recently been found to discriminate against Latinos and Asian Americans.”

“The bill would also require all states to get federal approval for election changes that are known to disproportionately affect voters of color, such as strict voter ID laws, tighter voter registration requirements, and polling place closures in areas with large numbers of minority voters,” Berman noted.


Moscow Mitch will, of course, never let it come up for a vote in the Senate.
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Posted 06 December 2019 - 04:40 PM

Like ousted Kentucky governor Matt Bevin another Republican is looking for a state GOP majority to overturn an election they lost. It's happened before.

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On Thursday, Mississippi Today reported that state Rep. Ashley Henley, who lost her bid for re-election to Democrat Hester Jackson-McCray by just 14 votes in November, has filed a request for the GOP-controlled state legislature to overturn the results of the election and seat Henley for another term.

Henley cites what she claims are several irregularities in voter signature collection, and “missing” ballots. “There were irregularities that happened, absolutely, documented, very much so that bring into question the legitimacy of the election results,” said Henley said. “That is without question.”

Jackson-McCray has dismissed Henley’s challenge as nonsense. “Elections are elections. It’s not a guaranteed position. Anybody could come along and beat you. I just beat you fair and square. Hard work just beat you this time. She has the right to go through the technicalities, but I think if people read this notice she’s putting out, it looks like she’s arguing that her own party didn’t manage the election right. The election was run by Republicans. The DeSoto County election commissioners are Republicans. The Secretary of State is a Republican.”

If Henley’s request is granted, it would not be the first time. Four years ago, Democratic incumbent Bo Eaton and GOP challenger Mark Tullos tied for a state House seat, after which Eaton drew the tiebreaking straw and won re-election. But the state House ultimately overturned this result based on the fact that Eaton was pushed over the top by provisional ballots — even though these ballots were lawfully cast — and seated Tullos instead, giving Republicans a supermajority.

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Posted 13 December 2019 - 02:24 PM

The new Democratic governor of Kentucky supports voting rights compared to the last governor.

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) signed an executive order on Thursday restoring the voting rights of more than 140,000 people with felony convictions.

The order restores the voting rights for people convicted of certain felonies who have completed their sentences. That still leaves as many as hundreds of thousands of people who have felony convictions without their right to vote, but it’s a step forward in a state that has historically taken a very hard stance toward former felons voting.

Beshear’s father, former Gov. Steve Beshear (D), signed a similar executive order. But it was overturned by former Gov. Matt Bevin ®, whom the younger Beshear defeated in an election last month.

Kentucky has one of the strictest laws disenfranchising people with felony records, banning ex-felons from voting for life — unless they get a special reprieve from the state government — even after they finish serving out their prison sentences, parole, or probation. It was only one of two states, along with Iowa, with a strict, enforced lifetime ban.

Based on the Sentencing Project’s 2016 estimates, Kentucky’s ban blocked more than 300,000 people from voting — over 9 percent of the voting-age population. More than 240,000 of those barred from voting had completed their sentences. Due to racial disparities in the criminal justice system, the ban disproportionately affects black voters, with more than a quarter of the black voting age population in Kentucky prohibited from voting.

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Posted 14 December 2019 - 11:16 AM

A Republican judge in Wisconsin has approved pushing up a purge of 200,000 voters for the 2020 election. Apparently the now well proven fact that purge after purge has been riddled with errors doesn't matter because, well, IOKIYAR.

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A state judge on Friday ordered more than 200,000 voters to be kicked off of voter roles in Wisconsin ahead of the 2020 elections — just three years after President Donald Trump won the state by fewer than 23,000 votes.

The voters were initially listed in an October letter from the Wisconsin Elections Commission as having potentially changed addresses. They would have been purged in 2021, but a lawsuit from the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty argued the date should be pushed up to before the 2020 election, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Ozaukee County Circuit Court Judge Paul Malloy ordered the government to do so, and rejected calls from the commission and the League of Women Voters to stay his order pending an appeal, according to the Sentinel.

Malloy was appointed by Republican Gov. Scott McCallum in 2002 and has been elected to the post three times since.

“This would create chaos to do this now,” assistant attorney general Karla Keckhaver, representing the commission, argued in court.

Purged voters have a chance to re-register, but only a few thousand have so far.

“There’s no basis for saying 12 to 24 months is a good time frame. It’s not that difficult to do it sooner,” Malloy said in court, per the Sentinel. “If you don’t like (it), you have to go back to the Legislature.”

Democrats protested the ruling, which the Sentinel reported applied to more voters in municipalities that supported Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump in 2016.

Trump won the state that year with a margin of fewer than 23,000 votes.

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Posted 16 December 2019 - 05:10 PM

Wisconsin voter rights advocates are going to try to undo the Republican damage.

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Pro-democracy advocates on Saturday vowed to ensure all Wisconsin voters are permitted to vote in the 2020 election after a state judge ordered more than 200,000 voters to be purged from the rolls.

The state had sent letters to 234,000 people who were believed to have moved, who were told they would be removed from voting lists if they did not respond within 30 days—but that the purge would not take place until 2021.


Isn't it "coincidental" that every purge unevenly impacts areas that tend vote Democratic.

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According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 55% of the voters who were sent letters were in districts which Hillary Clinton won in 2016, including many in the state’s two largest cities and in college towns.

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Posted 22 December 2019 - 04:21 PM

You all know that Republicans depend upon voter suppression to win. You may not realize just how many have admitted it out loud. Now there's a new confession. The "explanation" is pretty pathetic.

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One of U.S. President Donald Trump's top re-election advisers told influential Republicans in swing state Wisconsin that the party has "traditionally" relied on voter suppression to compete in battleground states but will be able to "start playing offence" in 2020 due to relaxed Election Day rules, according to an audio recording of a private event obtained by The Associated Press.

"Traditionally it's always been Republicans suppressing votes in places," Justin Clark, a senior political adviser and senior counsel to Trump's re-election campaign, said at the event. "Let's start protecting our voters. We know where they are. ... Let's start playing offence a little bit. That's what you're going to see in 2020. It's going to be a much bigger program, a much more aggressive program, a much better-funded program."

Asked about the remarks by AP, Clark said he was referring to false accusations that the GOP engages in voter suppression.

"As should be clear from the context of my remarks, my point was that Republicans historically have been falsely accused of voter suppression and that it is time we stood up to defend our own voters," Clark said. "Neither I nor anyone I know or work with would condone anyone's vote being threatened or diluted and our efforts will be focused on preventing just that."

Clark made the comments Nov. 21 in a meeting of the Republican National Lawyers Association's Wisconsin chapter. Attendees included the state Senate's top Republican, Scott Fitzgerald, along with the executive director of the Wisconsin Republican Party.

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Posted 22 December 2019 - 07:01 PM

View PostLFC, on 22 December 2019 - 04:21 PM, said:

You all know that Republicans depend upon voter suppression to win. You may not realize just how many have admitted it out loud. Now there's a new confession. The "explanation" is pretty pathetic.

Trump has liberated the Republicans. "Yeah, so what? Get used to it!" is now an acceptable defense.

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Posted 30 December 2019 - 02:04 PM

Wisconsin Republicans are pushing hard for voter disenfranchisement by 2020 but Democrats and non-partisan patriots are fighting back.

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A very partisan battle is being fought in Wisconsin over whether or not to purge 200,000 voters from the rolls just before the 2020 election.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the fight is currently in the hands of the Wisconsin Elections Commission. The body is deadlocked as the three Democrats have blocked the three Republicans from removing voters from the rolls. The voters in dispute will remain active while an appeal is ongoing.

These voters were initially listed in an October letter from the Wisconsin Elections Commission as having potentially changed addresses. They would have been purged in 2021 but for a lawsuit from the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty that argued the date should be pushed up to before the 2020 election.

Earlier this month, Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Paul Malloy, appointed by former Republican Gov. Scott McCallum, agreed with that opinion. Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul asked the District 4 court of appeals to review the case. Meanwhile, those who brought the initial lawsuit are trying to get the state Supreme Court, with its Republican majority, to take up the case before the appeals court makes a decision.

Meanwhile, the League of Women voters is suing the commission in federal court in an attempt to keep the voters registered for 2020.

Those votes could be hugely significant for the upcoming presidential election. In 2016, President Donald Trump won the state and its 10 electoral votes by fewer than 23,000 votes.

" '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

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Posted 02 January 2020 - 06:11 PM

Aggressive little fascists, aren't they?

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While the courts and Elections Commission are currently in stasis in Wisconsin over a massive voter purge dispute, Republicans are trying to force the issue.

The conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty asked a judge Thursday to hold the state Elections Commission in contempt and charge its members $2,000 every day until it removes over 200,000 voters from the voting rolls, per the Associated Press. One member is not named in the filing, a Republican who was not on the board when the battle began.

The motion follows a judge’s order last month to immediately purge voters who did not respond to inquiries about a possible change of address. The commission has since become deadlocked along partisan lines as Republicans try to remove the voters immediately and Democrats, led by Attorney General Josh Kaul, wait on a decision from a state appeals court.

The Institute for Law and Liberty is also pushing for the Republican-majority state Supreme Court to take over the case even before the appeals court can issue a decision. That body has not yet decided whether to hear the case.

Meanwhile, the League of Women Voters filed a federal lawsuit to try to keep the voters on the rolls.

For context, Trump won Wisconsin and its 10 electoral votes by fewer than 23,000 votes in 2016. On top of that, the over 200,000 voters in question come largely from Democratic parts of the state.

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 11:01 AM

Expect widespread voter suppression and intimidation in 2020. They have the backing of their base and they have the courts. It will be a repeat of the same shit they pulled they forced them under a consent decree decades ago.

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Take it from the leaked words of top Trump campaign advisor.

The end of a court decree that barred so-called “ballot security” activity by certain Republicans is a big deal for President Trump’s re-election efforts.

An audio tape of Trump campaign official Justin Clark describing Election Day plans for 2020 made headlines last month for Clark’s reference to the “suppressing” of votes Republicans have “traditionally” done.

Clark has since claimed he said “suppressing” while making air quotes, and that he was referring to accusations of Republican voter suppression, which he said were false.

But just as concerning to voting rights experts, as well as to Democrats, was how he described the effect of the decades-old consent decree being lifted. The Republican National Committee entered into the consent after being sued for targeting minority voters with discriminatory tactics in the name of “ballot security.”

In private remarks recorded in Wisconsin last November, Clark explained “what is going to be different about Election Day operations in 2020 versus 2016.”

“First and foremost the consent decree is gone,” he said.

Clark went on to discuss the financial and institutional benefits of having the Republican National Committee take the lead on poll watching and other Election Day operations. He also raised President Trump’s own well known obsession with voter fraud. Trump has embraced false claims that millions of noncitizens voted illegally in 2016 — claims that have been used to push restrictive policies.

Marc Elias, a Democratic election law attorney, told TPM that the decree being lifted will be “enormously consequential, because this will be the first presidential cycle in which the RNC will be able to directly coordinate these poll monitoring and [ballot] challenge programs.”

“And it is a sad commentary that the Trump campaign views the ability to prevent people from voting as an important accomplishment for the 2020 cycle,” Elias said.

Rick Hasen, an election law expert and professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, pointed to Trump’s calls for poll watchers in 2016 — an effort the RNC distanced itself from due to the decree.

“Now that the consent decree is gone, and Trump has taken over the RNC as well as many state activities, I am very concerned they’re going to up their activities here, in an effort to prevent minorities from voting,” Hasen told TPM. “The tape is just further confirmation that that is a risk.”

" '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

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