'Occupy the Voting Booth'—Thousands March to Protect the Vote - page 5

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over the last year we’ve witnessed an unprecedented gop war on voting, with a dozen republican governors and state legislators passing laws to restrict voter registration drives, require birth certificates to register to vote,... Read More


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    ironic that on the anniversary of “bloody sunday” when police beat people for wanting voting rights a veteran who fought for his country was not allowed to vote yesterday.

    wwii veteran paul carroll is 86. he was denied the right to vote in ohio.
    he wasn’t allowed to vote in yesterday’s primary because his photo id from the department of veterans affairs didn’t count because his home address wasn’t on it as required by an ohio law that was passed by republicans to combat "voter fraud.”

    mr. carroll said, “my beef is that i had to pay a driver to take me up there because i don’t walk so well and have to use this cane and now i can’t even vote,”…

    … “i had to stop driving, but i got the photo id from the [color=windowtext]veterans affairs instead, just a month or so ago. you would think that would count for something. i went to war for this country, but now i can’t vote in this country.”

    portage county veteran, 86, doesn't vote after va identification card rejected at polls | cleveland.com
    on march 7, 1965, state troopers and a sheriff’s posse in selma, ala., attacked 525 civil rights demonstrators taking part in a march between selma and montgomery, the state capital. the march was organized to promote black voter registration and to protest the killing of a young black man, jimmie lee jackson, by a state trooper during a feb. 18 voter registration march in a near by city.
    new york times article - alabama police use gas and clubs to rout negroes

    the man on your right in the trench coat was john lewis, now a member of congress. he was beaten nearly to death that day in the struggle for voting rights for united states citizens.
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    voting law changes in 2012: publications
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    by wendy r. weiser and lawrence norden
    – 10/03/11

    ahead of the 2012 elections, a wave of legislation tightening restrictions on voting has suddenly swept across the country. more than five million americans could be affected by the new rules already put in place this year -- a number larger than the margin of victory in two of the last three presidential elections.
    this report is the first full accounting and analysis of this year's voting cutbacks. it details both the bills that have been proposed and the legislation that has been passed since the beginning of 2011.
    download the report (pdf)
    download the appendix (pdf), a compilation of potentially vote-suppressing legislation proposed in the 2011 legislative sessions.
    download the overview (pdf), a four-page summary with key findings.
    read the executive summary
    view the report
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    Judge rules Wisconsin's voter ID law unconstitutional
    By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel
    March 12, 2012

    Madison - A Dane County judge struck down the state's new voter ID law on Monday - the second judge in a week to block the requirement that voters show photo identification at the polls.

    "A government that undermines the very foundation of its existence - the people's inherent, pre-constitutional right to vote - imperils its legitimacy as a government by the people, for the people, and especially of the people," Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess wrote. "It sows the seeds for its own demise as a democratic institution. This is precisely what 2011 Wisconsin Act 23 does with its photo ID mandates."

    Niess' eight-page ruling goes further than the one issued by another judge last week because it permanently invalidates the law for violating the state constitution. Tuesday's order by Dane County Judge David Flanagan halted the law for the April 3 presidential primary and local elections, but not beyond that.

    Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen promised to quickly appeal the decision. …

    Judge rules Wisconsin's voter ID law unconstitutional - JSOnline
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    Unbelievable.
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    why do they need this new law?
    pennsylvania officials stipulated that "there have been no investigations or prosecutions of in-person voter fraud in pennsylvania; and the parties do not have direct personal knowledge of any such investigations or prosecutions in other states,”

    the state “will not offer any evidence in this action that in-person voter fraud has in fact occurred in pennsylvania and elsewhere”

    it will not "offer argument or evidence that in-person voter fraud is likely to occur in november 2012 in the absence of the photo id law.”

    stipulation agreement
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    Perhaps there should be criminal penalty for creating legislative efforts for voter restrictions in the absence of documented fraud...
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    Four congressional staffers of former Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, who resigned from Congress on July 6, will face criminal felony charges for voter and election fraud in Michigan. The charges were announced by Michigan’s Attorney General today.

    The election fraud, described as “blatant,” includes forgery and faking petition signatures including using old signatures from past election forms. The voting fraud listed in the indictment report would appear to be the type of criminal activity that various voter ID laws recently passed would not have prevented.

    Voter Fraud: 4 GOP Staffers Indicted in “Blatant and Disgraceful” Election FraudPolitical News and Opinion from a Multicultural Point of View | Political News and Opinion from a Multicultural Point of View
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    Four congressional staffers of former Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, who resigned from Congress on July 6, will face criminal felony charges for voter and election fraud in Michigan. The charges were announced by Michigan’s Attorney General today.

    The election fraud, described as “blatant,” includes forgery and faking petition signatures including using old signatures from past election forms. The voting fraud listed in the indictment report would appear to be the type of criminal activity that various voter ID laws recently passed would not have prevented.

    Voter Fraud: 4 GOP Staffers Indicted in “Blatant and Disgraceful” Election FraudPolitical News and Opinion from a Multicultural Point of View | Political News and Opinion from a Multicultural Point of View
    It is interesting, isn't it, that it is the GOP legislators and governors that are enacting stricter voter registration, etc laws. Having said that, there are idiots and crooks in all walks of life and BOTH political parties have more than the average share.

    The reality is that more than one GOP politician has said out loud that their voter ID changes will help them to defeat Obama in the election. Pretty deceitful, if you ask me, to use fear of fraud to game the voting system to support of your candidates. Not to mention that it is unconstitutional and unethical. The facts surrounding voter fraud do not support the notion that fraud is widespread or problematic...it is an invented issue to promote an electorate more favorable to one candidate, IMHO.
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    Well the Pennsylvania law was upheld. Will the State Supreme court make a decision in time for workers to plan to go to the polls?
    for many who were part of the struggle for voting rights it is a tradition to vote at the polls. and to take children son they learn to value of democracy and and responsibility of citizens to participate.
    If people don't vote i don't want to listen to their complains regarding the government.
    Pa. wants later date for voter-ID appeal

    After winning their first round in Commonwealth Court last week, state officials are in no hurry to hear what the state Supreme Court may have to say about Pennsylvania's new voter-ID law.

    The state Attorney General's Office, defending the law against charges that it will disenfranchise thousands of voters, filed papers Tuesday suggesting that the Supreme Court consider the case the week of Oct. 15 - barely three weeks before the Nov. 6 general election.

    Opponents say the dispute should be settled as quickly as possible so voters will have a clear idea of what will be required of them when they go to the polls.
    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20120822_Pa__wants_later_date_for_voter-ID_appeal.html
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