Monckton: Poor, Elderly Shouldn’t Vote

Just in case you had the absurd notion that “Lord” Christopher Monckton couldn’t get any more loathsome than he already is, you really should read his latest Worldnetdaily column. He actually argues that anyone who gets any form of public assistance, including Medicare, should be prevented from voting.
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Bipartisan Election Commission Destroys Republican Talking Points

The Presidential Commission on Election Administration, led by Democratic lawyer Bob Bauer and Republican lawyer Ben Ginsberg, who ran the Bush recount efforts in Florida in 2000, has issued a final report that pretty much destroys Republican claims about voter fraud and how elections should be run. Rick Hasan, one of the leading election law experts in the country, has the details.
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Fischer: Only Property Owners Should Vote

Bryan Fischer delivered his usual inane screed, saying that we should go back to the old days when only those who owned property were allowed to vote.

“You know, back in the day, in the colonial period,” Fischer said, “you have to be a landowner, a property owner to be eligible to vote and I don’t think that’s a bad idea. And the reason is very simple: if somebody owns property in a community, they’re invested in the community. If they’re renters, they’re going to be up and gone; they could leave the next day … [P]eople that are not property owners – it’s like people that pay no taxes, they have no skin in the game. They don’t care about the same things that somebody does who is rooted in the community”

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Iowa SOS Misused Federal Funds for Voter Fraud Investigation

Iowa’s Republican Secretary of State Matt Schultz is in hot water even with a fellow Republican, the state auditor, who sent him a letter telling him that he must repay the $140,000 in federal funds he used in the investigation that found a whopping 16 cases of voter fraud in that state (out of more than 1.2 million votes cast).
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Another Voter Fraud Investigation Comes Up Empty

Another Republican launches an investigation into “rampant” voter fraud only to come up pretty much empty in finding actual cases. This time it’s Iowa, where Secretary of State Matt Schultz has spent the last year and a half looking for cases and found a whopping five of them, most of whom had nothing to do with actual voter fraud.
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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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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 right to bring such a lawsuit.
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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 right to vote.
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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 of the nation’s foremost experts on voting rights and election law, has the story.
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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 students to vote. Seriously, how brazen and obvious could this be? They aren’t even pretending that this has anything to do with any goal other than to rig elections in their favor.
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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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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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