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Today in voter suppression

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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Henry Vilas » Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:58 am

Fallout from the Supreme Court decision gutting the Voter Rights Act:
The Supreme Court on Thursday sent two cases concerning voting laws in Texas back to lower courts for reconsideration in light of a major ruling this week that knocked out a key section of the 48-year-old Voting Rights Act that fought discrimination at the polls.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Huckleby » Thu Jun 27, 2013 1:18 pm

Texas is a nightmare. Smaller voting precincts for white people, long waiting lines in Dem-leaning precincts. They have DMV offices in only 81 of 254 counties. Don't have statistics at hand, but hispanics vote at ridiculously low levels.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Oct 28, 2013 2:39 pm

Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature are still trying to get a Voter ID law passed that will stand judicial scrutiny. But a conservative judge on the Appellate Court in Chicago (which hears appeals from Wisconsin's federal trial court districts), has had a change of heart.

A highly respected federal appeals court judge has cast a dark cloud on Republican efforts to make it harder to vote.

In a new book, U.S. Appeals Court Judge Richard Posner said he made a mistake when he voted to uphold an Indiana law requiring a photo ID or other accepted means of identification in order to cast a ballot. Posner, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981 and sits on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, is a widely respected jurist. His statements were stunning: judges seldom admit they make mistakes. Posner wrote the 7th Circuit majority opinion in “Crawford v. Marion County Election Board” in 2007...

Asked by a reporter whether his opinion was wrong, Posner was frank. “Yes,” he replied. “We weren’t really given strong indications that requiring additional voter ID would actually disenfranchise people entitled to vote.”

The late Terence Evans wrote the dissent in the Indiana case, and Posner said Evans was right. In the dissent Judge Evans wrote: “Let’s not beat around the bush: the Indiana voter-ID law is a not-too-thinly veiled attempt to discourage Election Day turnout by certain folks believed to skew Democratic.”
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Henry Vilas » Sat Nov 02, 2013 9:26 am

Wisconsin Republicans are still fighting to keep secret their machinations behind the gerrymandering when they reset legislative districts. They have spent two million buck and counting.

Legal costs for GOP redistricting plan top $2 million
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Nov 04, 2013 9:13 am

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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby DCB » Mon Nov 04, 2013 2:41 pm

Maybe Wisconsin GOP will change their minds when they see what is happening in Texas - even white Republicans are running into trouble!
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Henry Vilas » Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:01 pm

Next up, shortening voting hours.

Madison would get hit especially hard. The GOP is getting desperate in their attempts to suppress the vote, especially in areas where they have little political support.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Huckleby » Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:19 pm

Weekend in-person voting would end in Wisconsin under a bill the Assembly was poised to pass late Thursday.


OMG
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Henry Vilas » Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:39 pm

Huckleby wrote:
Weekend in-person voting would end in Wisconsin under a bill the Assembly was poised to pass late Thursday.


OMG

Is that code for BFD?

You left out this quote:
The option likely won't appeal to larger municipalities such as Madison and Milwaukee, Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell said.

"This bill is trying to make it harder for larger communities to vote in early absentee and easier for people in smaller communities," McDonell said. "And it strips away local control over something that is fundamentally a local responsibility."
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby DCB » Thu Dec 19, 2013 2:55 pm

Does this sound familiar?
The Florida Supreme Court ruled last week that the state's legislative leaders must turn over their redistricting documents in a simmering legal feud, but legislators say that before the ruling they turned over thousands of records they considered appropriate and destroyed everything else.


SOP for the GOP - rig the elections, and destroy the evidence!
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Huckleby » Thu Dec 19, 2013 6:59 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:
Is that code for BFD?


I was genuinely appalled.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby DCB » Sat Dec 21, 2013 5:59 pm

Obviously, GOP-controlled states didn't have any evidence of voter fraud when they were pushing voter restrictions. So they had to go out find some.
In Iowa
“Before, the narrative was that there’s no such thing as voter fraud,” he said. “That’s obviously changed. Iowans expect us to do something when we know there’s a problem.”

Advocates for ballot access and Schultz’s critics, however, say the five guilty pleas prove only that voter misconduct is statistically insignificant — and that it’s generally the result of misunderstandings rather than fraud.

Five cases, none of which appear to be someone actually trying to commit fraud. Maybe you could investigate some real problems.

And in Ohio, they found a grand total of
Seventeen non-U.S. citizens voted illegally during the 2012 election

Maybe you should deal with your swearing problem. instead.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Henry Vilas » Fri Jan 17, 2014 12:42 pm

Judge strikes down Pennsylvania voter ID law

A Pennsylvania judge Friday struck down a law requiring voters in the state to show photo identification at the polls, saying the requirement imposed "unreasonable burden" on voters and represented "a legislative disconnect from reality."
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"Voting laws are designed to assure a free and fair election; the Voter ID Law does not further this goal," McGinley said in his ruling.


I woulld think the same reasoning would apply to Wisconsin's Voter ID law.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:27 am

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R) says no one cares about redistricting reform. Projecting.

Would he feel the same way if the Dems were in charge? Of course, he hopes GOP gerrymandering will prevent that from happening.
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Re: Today in voter suppression

Postby DCB » Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:57 am

“I hear from newspapers, I don’t hear it from any of the public,” added Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, co-chair of the powerful Joint Finance Committee, who was also present at the meeting.


Which newspapers? All of them, Katie.

Some months ago the WSJ published an op-ed by Sen. Lazich explaining why she is opposed to redistricting reform. The letters-to-the-editor in response were 100% critical.

If Nygren isn't hearing it from the public he's not listening. Which doesn't surprise me in the least.
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