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  •  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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