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  •  Most of what they do (9+ / 0-)

    is legal.  Restricting the right of felons to vote is Constitutional.  Requiring voter ID's is legal.  Holding people who register voters liable if they register fraudulent voters is illegal.

    There is no constitutional requirement with respect to early voting.  There were a number of lasuits to extend early voting - some of which succeeded though - on the grounds that long lines were an onerous burden on the right to vote.

    The move to disenroll voters each cycle is suspicious as hell - and they have been sued about that.  The DOJ filed in June to stop it - and lost - but in many countryies the soe's ignored the lists.

    The DOJ did prevent enforcement of some of the most absurd voter registration requirements, though.  

    The bitter truth of deep inequality has been disguised by an era of cheap imported goods and the anyone-can-make-it celebrity myth - Polly Toynbee

    by fladem on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 11:17:07 AM PST

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    •  It is worth noting (5+ / 0-)

      the judge's finding in throwing out the rules around registering voters:

      Requiring a volunteer not only to sign such a statement, but to swear to it, could have no purpose other than to discourage voluntary participation in legitimate, indeed constitutionally protected, activities. This is especially true for a person who merely hands out flyers; why must that person be warned of a possible felony prosecution

      The bitter truth of deep inequality has been disguised by an era of cheap imported goods and the anyone-can-make-it celebrity myth - Polly Toynbee

      by fladem on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 11:56:28 AM PST

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    •  Actually, the early voting lawsuit in Ohio (6+ / 0-)

      succeeded not on the grounds of long lines but on the grounds that since the state was still opening voting to active-duty military the three days before the election, it was unequal access — and everyone should be given the same chance. You may recall that Fox "News" and the Romney campaign tried to frame this as "Obama hates the military and wants to stop them from voting," but that was a lie (big surprise). What OFA sued for — and won — was the opportunity for everybody to vote those days.

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 01:11:36 PM PST

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