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Category Archive: Voting Rights

May 28 2013

Florida Reverses Voter Suppression Laws

In a rare case of apparently doing the right thing, Gov. Rick Scott of Florida has signed into law a bill that reverses most of the changes made after he came into office that made it more difficult to register and vote in that state, causing long lines and chaos on election day.

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May 07 2013

Barton, Blackwell, Voting Rights and Tribalism

Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell went on the Wallbuilders radio show with David Barton and Rick Green and they made quite possibly the dumbest argument imaginable on the subject of the many Republican plans to pass out presidential electoral votes by congressional district.

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May 05 2013

More Voter Suppression in Ohio

Republicans continue their utterly shameless campaign to make voting as difficult as possible for anyone who isn’t likely to vote for them. In Ohio, they’re trying to pass a bill that would punish schools that help students register and vote at the university rather than where they come from.

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Apr 08 2013

NC Tries to Suppress the Student Vote

The latest example of Republican voter suppression may be the worst bill yet. The North Carolina Senate now has a bill that would make it far more difficult for college students to vote in a number of ways, while also reducing early voting days and hours.

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Mar 12 2013

A Strong Argument for Keeping Section 5

As the Supreme Court considers whether to declare Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional, Alan Abramowitz offers a very compelling argument for why the preclearance requirement is still necessary even if racism is not the primary reason that motivates illegal voting restrictions.

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Mar 11 2013

The GOP’s Own ACORN Problem

Florida has convicted two former employees of Strategic Allied Consulting, one of the many sockpuppet companies owned by Nathan Sproul, the Republican voter registration guru who has gotten in all kinds of hot water around the country, for voter registration fraud.

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Mar 08 2013

GOP Senators Won’t Commit to Constitutionality of Law They All Voted For

As the Supreme Court prepares to possibly overturn a key section of the Voting Rights Act, many of the Republican senators who voted for reauthorization of that bill — it passed on a 98-0 vote — are refusing to say whether they think it’s constitutional.

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Mar 04 2013

Oral Argument on the Voting Rights Act Challenge

The Supreme Court on Wednesday hear oral argument in Shelby County v Holder, the case challenging Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires that states and counties with a history of suppressing the vote on racial grounds get permission from the DOJ or a panel of federal judges before making any changes to …

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Feb 28 2013

Michigan Republicans Overwhelmingly Support Vote-Rigging Scheme

The Republican and Democratic parties in Michigan held their state conventions this past weekend. The Democrats wisely got rid of their chairman, Mark Brewer (covering him for most of the last few years was highly annoying; he was the king of the outrageous and badly reasoned press release). And the Republicans showed overwhelming support for …

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Feb 26 2013

National Review Writer: Repeal Women’s Suffrage

Joining Vox Day and Jesse Lee Patterson, Michael Walsh at the National Review Online thinks we should take the right to vote away from women. Mario Loyola wrote a column calling that referred to alcohol prohibition, but mistakenly said that was the 19th amendment (it was the 18th, repealed by the 21st). But Walsh says …

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Feb 16 2013

Schlafly’s Terrible Arguments Against Early Voting

Phyllis Schlafly has a blog post and audio message about why early voting is a terrible, horrible, no good idea. The headline — Early Voting is Unfair to Voters — should tip you off that she’s about to spew some really, really bad arguments on the subject.

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Feb 13 2013

More Voter Fraud Hysteria at the NRO

John Fund of the Wall Street Journal has a post at the National Review Online pushing the absurd idea that voter fraud is a serious problem that requires making it far more difficult for people — well, minorities and the poor — to vote. He writes:

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Feb 07 2013

The Power of Gerrymandering

With demographic realities making Republican wins at the polls less and less likely, their electoral strategy has been a two-pronged one: 1) voter suppression tactics to keep as many Democratic voters from the polls as possible, and 2) gerrymandering congressional districts to isolate Democratic voters and create safe Republican seats. The first part didn’t work …

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Jan 31 2013

Nevada Republican Pleads Guilty to Voter Fraud

A Republican from Las Vegas who tried to vote twice in the November election has reached a plea deal to pay a pretty big fine. She claims she was just trying to illustrate how easy it was to commit voter fraud, but the fact that she was denied a ballot the second time kind of …

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Jan 31 2013

Bolger Open to Election Rigging Scheme

Rep. Jase Bolger is the speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives and he is about equal parts ruthlessly partisan and unethical. And while some other Republican legislators have spoken out against an election rigging scheme being considered in several states, including Michigan, he’s making terrible arguments in its favor:

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