The politics I love and hate, wrapped up in a conundrum.

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. 

Republican consultants pushed the new measures as a way to suppress Democratic voters.  [A] GOP consultant, who did not want to be named, also confirmed that influential consultants to the Republican Party of Florida were intent on beating back Democratic turnout in early voting after 2008.

Every single incident of voter fraud and suppression was committed by Republicans, either institutionally (Nathan Sproul hired by the RNC, robocalls to registered Democrats misinforming they could vote by phone) or Republican voters trying to vote twice. At this point, let them spout their nutso conspiracy theories because then they won’t actually address the real reasons they lost in a landslide. 

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.

—Powerful words from Al Gore on voter suppression efforts. Tune in to Current TV right now to see what else he has to say. (via current)

(Source: bit.ly)

motherjones:

MoJo received the following tip from a reader:

polling location in Glenshaw PA 15116 has signs up inside [!] that says

BE PREPARED TO SHOW PHOTO ID

In PA, that law IS not supposed to be enforced until 2013

The reader identifies the precinct as:

SHALER VILLA VOLUNTEER FIRE CO

958…

CALL THE FBI VOTER INTIMIDATION HOTLINE: 202-514-1888

The forms have been rejected unanimously by all members (Rs and Ds) on the board.  True the Vote observers will not be allowed in Franklin County polling locations tomorrow.  Board [of Elections] member Zachary Manifold told us he was ”amazed that a group that goes to such extreme lengths to claim voting fraud in Ohio would knowingly forge or misuse signatures to try to gain access to Franklin County polling locations.”

theatlantic:

No One in America Should Have to Wait 7 Hours to Vote

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.

Read more. [Image: Michael Finnegan/Twitter]

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.

theatlantic:

No One in America Should Have to Wait 7 Hours to Vote

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.

Read more. [Image: Michael Finnegan/Twitter]

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.

If we can vote by mail, why can’t we vote over the internet?

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? 

Yeah, the right wing has smashed our country down to the level of a corrupt banana republic. If they’re so confident of their policy proposals, why are they so afraid to let people vote?

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. 

(Source: cummings.house.gov)

Republican Party Training ‘Poll Challengers’ In Illegal Voter Suppression

If they’re policies are so good, why are they so scared of people voting?