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Today in voter suppression

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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:17 pm

US Justice Department to monitor Tuesday's election in Wisconsin

The U.S. Justice Department says it is dispatching observers to watch over Wisconsin's presidential primary on Tuesday.

The Justice Department said Monday its poll watchers will be in Milwaukee to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and other federal voting rights laws.

The Voting Rights Act prohibits discrimination in the election process on the basis of race, color or membership in a minority language group. Milwaukee is required under the law to provide assistance to Spanish-speaking voters.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Francis Di Domizio » Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:48 pm

Well, it's good to know the vast number of Milwaukee's Spanish speakers who show up to vote in the Republican primary will have someone watching out for their rights...

Wonder what they are actually there looking for.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby DCB » Fri Apr 06, 2012 10:26 am

Coca-Cola has pulled its support from ALEC, a right-wing corporate-funded front group which has been pushing voter restriction efforts around the country.

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/0 ... n-efforts/

Our own voter suppression laws were probably cut-and-pasted directly from ALEC. Apparently Coca-Cola doesn't want to be associated with that sort of thing.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Francis Di Domizio » Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:05 pm

Supreme Court refuses to take up voter ID cases

So looks like no voter id at least for the recall primary, possibly the general as well.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Henry Vilas » Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:56 pm

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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby snoqueen » Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:10 pm

But it's not yet clear what district some Milwaukeeans -- or maybe all of us -- will be voting in:

http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolit ... 46325.html

It's a little hard to figure why Van Hollen is doing this, but here we go.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Francis Di Domizio » Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:41 pm

snoqueen wrote:But it's not yet clear what district some Milwaukeeans -- or maybe all of us -- will be voting in:

http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolit ... 46325.html

It's a little hard to figure why Van Hollen is doing this, but here we go.



The only logical reason I can see for Van Hollen appealing to the Supreme Court on this is that he actually doesn't like the Republican drawn maps (or how they went about drawing them). As crazy as it sounds, nothing else makes much sense. There isn't anything the Republicans can get out of this. Neither of the two districts in question were likely to vote for Republican no matter what. All this move does is give the plaintiffs a chance to try and get a better ruling.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Henry Vilas » Thu Apr 26, 2012 6:00 pm

The Appellate Court also refused to intervene, so the trial on Voter ID will proceed.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby lukpac » Thu May 17, 2012 12:25 pm

ilikebeans wrote:
jjoyce wrote:http://www.wisconsingazette.com/breaking-news/anti-gay-group-sends-fraudulent-ballots-to-democrats.html

Yep, here's the real attempt at voter fraud. Prosecute!

Incidentally, isn't this an interesting tidbit:

Despite WFA’s fierce opposition to gay rights, Appling lives with her longtime companion Diane Westphall in a home the two own together in Watertown. Neither woman has ever married.


Somehow I missed this the first time around. Related:

CT: Have you ever felt this same-sex attraction?

Appling: I would submit there’s not a person alive who hasn’t said “well I wonder,” because of the culture we live in, the time we live in. It’s a natural part of the maturation process. It’s not a life sentence.


http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/g ... 963f4.html

Also:

http://www.wisconsingazette.com/wiscons ... ction.html
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Henry Vilas » Thu May 17, 2012 12:44 pm

Just picked up this week's Isthmus which contains an article on how students will have their vote suppressed. The new law contain a 28 day residency rule, meaning that students who are currently registered at their college address, but will be going home for the summer won't be able to vote in the recall election on June 5.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby acereraser » Thu May 17, 2012 1:02 pm

So the students should vote absentee before they leave town, right? And the Democrats should organize some sort of shuttle service down to the City-County Building for this purpose? Maybe they aren't interested in that kind of effort.

That is a wrinkle, fer sure, thanks for the info.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Stebben84 » Thu May 17, 2012 1:13 pm

acereraser wrote:So the students should vote absentee before they leave town, right?


There have been a lot of people on campus trying to do this before the kiddies head home.

This part of the bill was never talked about much, but it pissed me off almost more than the id part of the law. ANYONE who moves less than 28 days before an election has to vote absentee. How many people actually know this? Weren't they going to do an ad campaign or something. Ya, right.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Henry Vilas » Thu May 17, 2012 1:15 pm

acereraser wrote:So the students should vote absentee before they leave town, right? And the Democrats should organize some sort of shuttle service down to the City-County Building for this purpose? Maybe they aren't interested in that kind of effort.

That is a wrinkle, fer sure, thanks for the info.

A little late for that how, as the semester basically ends this weekend.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby DCB » Thu May 31, 2012 11:38 pm

The Wisconsin Voter ID law is now on hold. But that's only because our state judicial system is not completely wacked (yet).

Lets take a look at Florida, who are also trying to 'get tough' on alleged voter fraud:
Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) has ordered the state to purge all “non-citizens” from the voting rolls prior to November’s election. But that list compiled by the Scott administration is so riddled with errors that, in Miami-Dade County alone, hundreds of U.S. citizens are being told they are ineligible to vote, ThinkProgress has learned exlusively.
...

In short, an excess of 20 percent of the voters flagged as “non-citizens” in Miami-Dade are, in fact, citizens. And the actual number may be much higher.


If Walker survives the recall, I wouldn't be surprised if tries the same thing.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby DCB » Thu Jul 05, 2012 6:14 pm

Same shit, different state:
In fact, over 758,000 registered voters in Pennsylvania — representing 9.2 percent of the state’s 8.2 million registered voters — do not have photo identification cards from the state Transportation Department, based on a comparison between voter registration rolls and the Transportation Department database.


I'm sure some people will just dismiss this out of hand because, you know, it just couldn't possibly be true.

But 9.2% seems like a lot of people to cheat out of their vote.
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