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  •  Ok - use your power (3+ / 0-)
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    Canadian Reader, Dems2004, Dave925

    First of all Caging is illegal period!  The RNC was already cited on this practice and demanded to cease and decise on any future activities.  IF the word Caging and or strategy is explicit in these emails then the Democractic Party of each state needs to file a law suit.  ACtually why not have the DNC file it?

    Second of all each and ever State party chair needs to have a press release.  Name names and get public exposure.

    Third Democratic state legislators (call David Sorita) need to introduce legislation in each and every state that only the Board of Election has the authority to remove and or challenge a voters status.

    Unleash the potential to make a difference

    by totallynext on Wed Jun 27, 2007 at 08:18:52 AM PDT

    •  Caging is only violation of consent decrees if (2+ / 0-)
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      Dems2004, Ahianne
      1.  RNC involved
      1.  ballot security method (caging) affects minority population disproportionately, regardless of intent.
      1.  The method is designed or used to make challenges to voter registrations or votes at the polls.

      Anyone besides the RNC can cage with abandon.
      Which is why the RNC is farming it out.

      It is unethical, but not illegal.  If you want to make it illegal you have to pass a law.  In the meantime, shine a light on it to discourage its use.

      •  What's illegal is caging a targeted group (2+ / 0-)
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        by race for instance.

        So sending out mailings for the purpose of assembling caging lists to predominantly black or Hispanic neighborhoods would be illegal.   And in violation of the consent decree I think.

        •  Yes (0+ / 0-)

          and this is what they did in 1981 in New Jersey.  In 2004, they sent broadly to all new registrants (which happened to be more black than the general voter population).  But the real bias is in how caging hits minorities even if the letters were sent diffusely.  So there is really no way to escape the bias if you cage at all.  The way to escape legal violation is to get the state party or campaign to do the caging.  but in 2004 RNC was involved.  I can guarantee caging will be migrated out of RNC for future elections.  Like maybe setting up an independent research shop that is well funded and focused on Fraud.  NVRA ring a bell?  Maybe this is what Dyke and Thor had in mind before it was shut down???

          •  Plus the (2+ / 0-)
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            changes within the DOJ's focus under the Bush administration, Ashcroft included, have been in the direction of supporting ballot security.  They have done less to enforce laws that support voters' rights and more to enforce laws that work to restrict minorities and don't protect their right to access to the ballot.  

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