Category Archive: Voting Rights

Jan 30 2013

Exchanging Scripts on Dividing Up Electoral Votes

With several Republican state legislatures considering proposals to divide up their electoral votes, would it surprise you that both parties have proposed similar things in the past and have now flipped their positions entirely out of political convenience? In Colorado, for example, the Democrats tried to do the same thing in 2004 when it would …

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Jan 29 2013

Michigan Rep. Gives Away the Game on Electoral College Reform

Michigan is one of several states where the Republican-controlled legislatures are considering changing the way electoral college votes are determined. The proposal here is to have the electoral votes divided up by congressional district rather than a winner-take-all where whoever wins the popular vote gets all of the state’s electoral votes. The arguments they’re using …

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Jan 21 2013

More Exaggerated Voter Fraud Claims Debunked

As usual, a conservative group is wildly exaggerating the existence of voter fraud to further their political agenda of suppressing the poor and minority vote. This time it’s the Club for Growth claiming that there were thousands of fraudulent votes in Minnesota in 2008:

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Jan 20 2013

Rick Scott Plays Pretend on Boondoggle Election Law

Gov. Rick Scott of Florida certainly doesn’t lack for chutzpah. Meeting with a group of black legislators who expressed their concern over the election law changes that resulted in long lines and tens of thousands of people being unable to vote, Scott says don’t blame him, it wasn’t his law.

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Jan 18 2013

SCOTUS Denies Cert in GOP Voter Suppression Case

The Supreme Court denied cert, without comment, in an appeal filed by the Republican National Committee to lift a consent decree they agreed to in 1982 requiring the court’s approval before instituting any “ballot security” measures such as voter caging.

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Jan 17 2013

RNC Chair Wants Blue States to Split Electoral Votes

Since their voter suppression schemes around the country didn’t prevent the Democrats from winning the 2012 election, the Republicans are now floating a different plan to rig the vote in their favor by splitting the electoral college votes — but only in states that tend to vote Democratic in presidential elections, of course. RNC Chairman …

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Jan 04 2013

Tens of Thousands Denied Vote in Florida Due to Long Lines

Much has been written, including by me, about the innumerable ways the Republicans tried to suppress the vote this year by making it more difficult for people to cast a ballot. One of the ways they do that is by trying to make the lines longer so more people have to leave before getting a …

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Jan 02 2013

Did the GOP’s Voter Suppression Efforts Backfire?

Much was written over the last two years, including by me, about the Republican party’s attempts all across the country to suppress the votes of poor and minority voters and make it more difficult for them to get to the polls. But a new report from Pew concludes that black voters, in particular, voted in …

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Nov 30 2012

Virginia AG Agrees Obama Stole the Election

Ken Cuccinelli, the extremely far right attorney general of Virginia, went on a wingnut radio show that has been making outrageous allegations that Obama stole the election and completely agreed with the hosts that what they’re saying is correct and that they were “preaching to the choir.”

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Nov 27 2012

FL GOP Insiders Admit Voter Suppression Efforts

The Palm Beach Post reports on several Republican insiders, including the former Republican governor of Florida, who are admitting what was obvious to anyone paying attention, that the GOP initiatives in that state on voting were designed to suppress the votes of poor and minority voters to help them win the election. One of them …

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Nov 21 2012

Dean Chambers Rewrites his Rewrite

If you thought Dean Chambers’ total humiliation after months of claiming that the polls, if “unskewed,” were predicting a massive landslide electoral victory for Mitt Romney, was just going to admit he was wrong and slink away into the dustbin of right wing history, think again. He’s back for another round of public humiliation — …

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Nov 19 2012

Republican Myths About Overvoting

Joseph Farah and many others are screaming “voter fraud!” based on some easily debunked numbers, though it’s clear they haven’t even tried to check them out. For example, they’re claiming that in St. Lucie County, Florida, there were more ballots cast than eligible voters:

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Nov 15 2012

Gov. Rick Scott Orders Election Review

Florida Gov. Rick Scott seems to be baffled by why so many people had to wait so long to vote in his state during the 2012 election. So much so that he’s ordered a review of the entire voting process to find out what happened and how to fix it:

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Nov 14 2012

Farah’s ‘Evidence’ of Voter Fraud

Joseph Farah of the Worldnutdaily is just sure that Obama stole the election through voter fraud, especially in Ohio. After spending several paragraphs explaining why he isn’t a conspiracy nut, along with irrelevant boilerplate about Bill Ayers and Saul Alinsky, he produces the “evidence” he has for his ridiculous claim:

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Nov 13 2012

SCOTUS to Hear Voting Rights Act Challenge

As predicted, the U.S. Supreme Court has granted cert in a case challenging a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. That provision is the one that requires some or all of 16 states to get prior approval from the DOJ before making any rule that could have a negative effect on the voting rights …

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