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Category Archive: Voting Rights

Nov 08 2013

Gaffney: Low Income Voters are the End of America

Like many wingnuts, deranged bigot and delusional paranoiac Frank Gaffney is mighty upset that the Obamacare website gives people the change to register to vote. Never mind that this is actually required by federal law and has been for two decades. It’s bad, you see, because when poor people vote it’s the “end of America.”

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Nov 04 2013

Texas’ Bad Arguments on Voting Rights

Plaintiffs in a Texas lawsuit are challenging that state’s voter ID law on the grounds that it has a disparate impact on minority voters. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who wants to be the next governor of the state, is not only arguing that this is false, he’s arguing that no one even has a …

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Oct 28 2013

Kobach Tries to Make a Case for Voter Fraud

Kris Kobach, the rising star Republican secretary of state in Kansas, is trying to move beyond his status as the GOP’s chief anti-immigration advocate by taking up the issue of voter fraud. He wrote an op-ed on a radio station website making a ridiculously bad case for the existence of serious voter fraud.

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Oct 16 2013

Virginia Voter Purge List Highly Inaccurate

A voter purge list sent out to all counties by state officials of alleged out-of-state voters turns out to be highly inaccurate. One county election registrar examined a list of 1000 names and found 170 incorrect entries. If they use that list to purge the county’s Qualified Voter File, those people will be denied the …

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Oct 16 2013

Posner Recants Voter ID Ruling

Richard Posner is an absolutely legendary federal judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, probably the most famous and most respected member of the federal bench not on the Supreme Court. And he once wrote a decision upholding photo ID laws for voting, a decision he has now decided was wrong. Rick Hasen, one …

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Aug 22 2013

The GOP’s Brazen Assault on Voting Rights

Rachel Maddow had a very important segment on her show Tuesday night about what the Republicans in control of North Carolina are doing to make it far more difficult for college students, especially black students, to vote in that state. They’re shutting down polling places at historically black colleges, making it far more difficult for …

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Aug 22 2013

Christian Action League Opposes Sunday Voting in NC

The Christian Action League, which is the North Carolina affiliate of the American Family Association, is cheering a new law in that state that bans early voting on Sundays, along with a bunch of other heinous provisions designed to reduce the number of minorities who vote. Because…Sabbath!

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Aug 19 2013

Another Voter Fraud Fail

A few weeks ago, Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler made a big deal out of a list of 155 voters that he claimed had likely voted illegally in last year’s presidential election (out of more than 3 million votes cast). But an investigation of the 17 names on the list from Boulder County found …

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Aug 16 2013

Texas AG Admits to Gerrymandering

In a rather extraordinary development, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is admitting that the Republican-controlled legislature in that state gerrymandered their electoral districts to hurt Democrats’ chances of winning a majority of seats. He did so because it’s better to admit to that then to gerrymandering for racial reasons.

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Aug 05 2013

Restore Voting Rights of Ex-Felons

If you’ve read Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness — and you really should, it’s an incredibly important book — you know how our criminal justice system has, intentionally or not, reestablished the reality of the Jim Crow south. Our obsessive focus on drugs and the obsessive …

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Jul 11 2013

Conservative Legal Scholars Slam VRA Ruling

Two of the most prominent conservative legal scholars in the country, including one who has long been on a short list of potential Supreme Court nominees for Republican presidents, slammed the court’s ruling in the Voting Rights Act case in interviews with Nina Totenberg.

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Jul 11 2013

The Republican Boy Who Cried Wolf

Every election we hear from some Republican politician — always a Republican — that there was rampant voter fraud. They will often point to some numerical discrepancy that sounds compelling but they always fall apart on examination. The latest example is from South Carolina:

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Jun 25 2013

The Real Problem With the Voting Rights Act Ruling

This morning, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Shelby County v Holder, which challenged two sections of the Voting Rights Act, first passed in 1966 but reauthorized several times, most recently in 2006 by a nearly unanimous vote of Congress. There’s some good news and some bad news in that ruling, which can be …

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Jun 24 2013

More Republican Petition Fraud in VA

Remember during last year’s election when Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry didn’t get on the ballot for the Republican primary in Virginia? It turns out that’s because the petitions their campaign turned in to get on the ballot were full of fake signatures. And one of them has now pleaded guilty to election fraud.

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Jun 07 2013

TX Tea Party Leader Doesn’t Want Blacks to Vote

Republican leaders in Texas held a conference last weekend to talk about how to prevent that state from going Democratic in the next few years as demographic shifts suggest that’s entirely possible. And one Tea Party leader, probably thinking he was safe in a room full of allies, blurted out the truth:

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