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Another GOP Voter Supression Effort Confirmed

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Re: Another GOP Voter Supression Effort Confirmed

Postby DCB » Sat Nov 03, 2012 10:46 pm


How many ways is this guy a dick?
Husted is now ordering county elections boards to reject provisional ballots when ID information on a particular part of the ballot form is incomplete, contrary to a court decision on provisional ballots a week ago and contrary to statements made by attorneys for Husted at an Oct. 24 court hearing, Chandra and other attorneys said in a federal court motion late Friday.

Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/ ... z2BDmojLk3

Not only is he trying to fuck up the election, he's basically lying to the courts.

And even if his last-minute directive doesn't hold up, poll workers and voters will be understandably confused.

Can't Obama get this guy shipped off to Gitmo?
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Re: Another GOP Voter Supression Effort Confirmed

Postby pjbogart » Sat Nov 03, 2012 11:09 pm

DCB wrote:Can't Obama get this guy shipped off to Gitmo?


You may say that in jest, but it's a rational question. At what point do voter suppression efforts become crimes against democracy? Treason is generally defined as providing aid and comfort to the enemy, but isn't an enemy of the voters also an enemy of our nation? If you interfere with our citizens' fundamental right to vote, aren't you engaging in seriously criminal behavior?

As far as I'm concerned, anyone engaging in behavior with the intent to deprive legitimate voters of their right to cast a ballot should lose their citizenship. I'm not sure what you do with them at that point... perhaps give them a raft and a paddle?
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Re: Another GOP Voter Supression Effort Confirmed

Postby Henry Vilas » Sun Nov 04, 2012 10:07 am

Right here in Wisconsin, the Government Accountability Board is telling Tea Party poll watchers not to intimidate voters or otherwise interfere with balloting or they will be arrested.

Tea Party groups, the two presidential campaigns and several other organizations claim to have trained thousands of lawyers and ordinary citizens to spend the day at polling places looking for irregularities — and keeping an eye on each other.
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To prevent a repeat of chaotic conditions caused by observers in 2004 and complaints about disruptive poll-watchers in the June recall election, the state’s election agency has reaffirmed restrictions on observers, ramped up training for election workers and for the first time trained local police on their duty to arrest troublemakers.
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Re: Another GOP Voter Supression Effort Confirmed

Postby DCB » Mon Nov 05, 2012 9:29 am

pjbogart wrote:
DCB wrote:Can't Obama get this guy shipped off to Gitmo?


You may say that in jest, but it's a rational question. At what point do voter suppression efforts become crimes against democracy?

It wasn't in jest. Aside from the 'gitmo' part. I agree with 2008-President-Obama that we should close Guantanamo Bay.

But in all seriousness, I don't understand why Eric Holder doesn't personally escort SoS Husted to the nearest federal prison.
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Re: Another GOP Voter Supression Effort Confirmed

Postby Henry Vilas » Wed Nov 21, 2012 11:08 am

Now Walker wants to get rid of voter registration at the polls. Seems like too many people are voting and he doesn't like it.

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker is suggesting that he may move to eliminate same-day voter registration in Wisconsin, a high-turnout state that has allowed citizens to register to vote on Election Day since 1976.


As the Associated Press reported, Walker gave a speech in which he said same-day registration is problematic because volunteer poll workers struggle to handle the same-day registrations.

That's his reason, poor over-worked poll workers? How disingenuous of him, especially considering the extra work required with his Voter ID law (which is now on hold).
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Re: Another GOP Voter Supression Effort Confirmed

Postby Henry Vilas » Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:25 am

Wisconsin clerks fighting Walker on same-day voter registration

In recent years, Republicans across the country and in Wisconsin have made clear their distaste for laws that make voting easier.

So it was not particularly surprising that Gov. Scott Walker, who last session led efforts to reduce the early-voting period, to impose a voter ID requirement as well as to tighten requirements for "proof of residence," recently announced a plan to eliminate Election Day registration.

But there are several reasons why Walker will likely have more trouble getting such a bill through the Legislature than he might have had last session.

Wisconsin's 1,400 municipal clerks will likely be against the change. While the governor claimed changing the law would "make it easier for our clerks," to handle registration, rather than volunteer poll workers, a top official with the Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association forcefully pushed back.

"It will make it more burdensome," says Sun Prairie City Clerk Dianne Hermann-Brown, a former clerks association president who currently heads the group's election communication committee. "It would be a logistical nightmare."
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Re: Another GOP Voter Supression Effort Confirmed

Postby kiwiwannabe » Mon Nov 26, 2012 1:01 pm

When Walker says "our clerks," he is referring specifically to his friend, the Waukesha County Clerk, and any other clerks around the state who aided and abetted the Republicans in their current power grab.

I hope the Clerks all stand up to him on this and encourage people to register on election day. Given the redistricting, the public needs as much help as they can get to prevent what I consider to be election fraud of the highest order - you can't register to vote on election day.
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Re: Another GOP Voter Supression Effort Confirmed

Postby Stebben84 » Mon Nov 26, 2012 1:38 pm

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/1 ... tion-laws/

Former governor Charlie Crist (R-FL) and former GOP chairman Jim Greer (R-FL), as well as several current GOP members, told the Post that Republican consultants pushed the new measures as a way to suppress Democratic voters.


Nothing to see here. Just move along.
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Re: Another GOP Voter Supression Effort Confirmed

Postby Henry Vilas » Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:09 am

Eliminating Election Day registration wouldn't have blocked state's known cases of voter fraud

According to the Wisconsin Attorney General’s Office, 20 individuals have been charged and convicted of crimes related to fraudulent voting dating back to the 2008 presidential election. through an Election Fraud Task Force, a joint effort by state Department of Justice, Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office and law enforcement.

Of the 20 found guilty, 12 were felons who voted illegally while still on probation. Two people were found guilty of voting twice, in different locations; one man was found guilty of falsifying information to obtain an absentee ballot for his deceased wife (it was her dying wish to vote for Obama, he claimed); and five were found guilty of providing false information to procure voter registration forms.

But none of these cases would have been prevented if same-day registration was ended because none of the perpetrators registered on Election Day. All filled out their forms in the months prior to voting day.
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Walker’s statement, made during a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Foundation in California earlier this month, immediately caught the attention of voting rights advocates back home.

Since then Walker has backtracked a bit.

In an interview with the Associated Press Monday, the governor said his California comments have received “undo attention.” He added while he would sign such a bill, it is not a priority.
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