Throwing out preclearance…is like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet.
Looks like Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was spot on. The only thing keeping the 15 offending states from voting rights violations was the umbrella of Section 4 of the VRA.
I hope there will be a reckoning for these governors and state legislators that have intentionally tried to prevent people from voting. It is un-American. This is a disgrace. It is a strategy that is a direct descendant of the racist Jim Crowe tactics that were used in the wake of the Civil War.
No matter who wins the presidential race, no matter which party controls Congress, can we at least agree as reasonable adults that when it comes to voting itself the election of 2012 is a national disgrace? We ask our sons and daughters, our husbands and wives, to give their lives abroad for noble concepts like “freedom” and “democracy.” And yet we are content as a nation, and as a people, to tolerate another cycle of election rules that require our fellow citizens to sacrifice a measure of basic human dignity simply to exercise their right to vote. […]
This is happening not because of a natural disaster or breakdown in machinery. It is happening by partisan design. Alarmed by the strong Democratic turnout in early voting in 2008, Republican lawmakers, including Governor Rick Scott, reduced the number of early voting days from 14 to eight. When the restrictions were challenged in federal court under the Voting Rights Act, a three-judge panel said they would have a discriminatory impact upon minority voters. But only five of the state’s 67 counties are covered by the federal civil rights law.
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This is sickening and once Obama is reelected, he and the Democrats in Congress need to push back on the “voter fraud” mythology with the actual facts that partisan hacks should not be in charge of citizens’ votes.
I think that all of this stuff that has transpired over the last two years is in search of a solution to a problem, voting fraud, that doesn’t really exist when you look deeply at the question. It’s part of the mythology now in the Republican Party that there’s widespread voter fraud across the country. In fact, there’s not.
GOP strategist and McCain 2008 campaign chair Steve Schmidt, one of the only honest remaining GOP operatives left. The mythology was necessary for the Republican party to create because that was the way they got states, IN CONCERT, to rush through unconstitutional voter ID laws, voter roll purges, all because their policies suck and they only win if they suppress Democratic votes.
I can mail in a signed application to vote by internet with all my information, signature, etc. Choose a customized pin # and design it so that only the applicant would be able to log in and vote in the two weeks leading up to election day. Wouldn’t this be the solution for all this hyper partisanship by state officials shutting down voting hours, throwing away absentee ballots, bullshit voter ID laws. Can we just address the fucking problem which is THEM taking away our constitutional rights???? I live in Miami and I am furious that for the second time in 12 years, we are again an electoral shitstorm led by right wing dickwads.
Wow it’s so strange, Republican election officials never seem to make mistakes that give the election date earlier than it actually is.
There are no secrets. We’ll win Ohio.
Romney’s top strategist Stuart Stevens
They’re going to steal Ohio, like Rove did for Bush in 2004, and therefore the election. Why has Ohio’s Secretary of State taken every possible opportunity — all the way to the United States Supreme Court — to limit voting by Democrat-leaning voters? And now we find out Tagg Romney has investments in the very voting machines that will be used in Ohio?
If these efforts are intentional, politically motivated and widespread across multiple states, they could amount to a criminal conspiracy to deny legitimate voters their constitutional rights.
Congressman Elijah Cummings, Democrat of Maryland, who is calling for an investigation of 'True the Vote,' aTea Party group that has tasked itself with challenging voter registrations of people with foreign or black sounding last names and those who live in poor neighborhoods.
If they’re policies are so good, why are they so scared of people voting?