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Most of the major legal cases against voter suppression have been resolved. But citizens who have been fighting against restrictive photo ID laws, voter-roll purges and other efforts that have a discriminatory impact on minorities, the poor, the young and the elderly fear that, come election day, the war on voting will still be in full force in the form of poll-watchers:
With polls showing a close race between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, a relative handful of votes either way in a battleground state like Florida or Ohio could make all the difference. The potential for disruptive crowds of observers at some precincts has sparked fears that voters may be intimidated or harassed or have their eligibility to vote challenged directly.

The concern is particularly intense among African-American and Hispanic voters, who historically have suffered discrimination and were targeted anew in more recent elections, civil rights leaders say.

"People have suffered and bled for our right to vote," said the Rev. Victor T. Curry, pastor of New Birth Baptist Church in Dania Beach, north of Miami. "We will have monitors who will monitor the monitors."

One group that has drawn considerable negative attention on this score is True the Vote. Its leaders say they will have a million monitors on precinct-watching and voter-challening duty on election day. That's a bold claim for an organization that has raised less than $200,000. It also makes claims to non-partisanship. But it associates with Americans for Prosperity, the Koch Bros.-funded advocacy group that had a tremendous impact on the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives. It also has strong ties to various tea party operations in several states.

In Houston, where it is based, True the Vote in 2010 went after supposed voter fraud in the 18th congressional district represented by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, an African American. Two-thirds of her constituents are black or Latino, and the median income is 60 percent of the national average. The district was chosen because it has thousands of addresses where six or more people are registered to vote. That is evidence of possible fraud, according to True the Vote. This conveniently ignores the fact that financial circumstances and cultural traditions encourage "doubling up" and the practice of extended families living under one roof. Out of 3,800 supposedly suspicious situations, True the Vote ultimately settled on 500, most of which did not pan out when officials reviewed them. In one case, they found eight to 10 persons registered at a vacant lot. Aha! Turned out that the building had been bulldozed and the inhabitants had moved.

From its base in Houston to Florida, Massachusetts, Wisconsin and other states. True the Vote has been implicated in several efforts to intimidate voters, particularly college students, minorities and immigrants or people perceived to be immigrants. The research and policy group Demos and "good-government" advocacy organization Common Cause took issue with a number of True the Vote's alleged actions in its report, Bullies at the Ballot Box.

The report noted that True the Vote's leaders seem to have a special affinity for the work of Matthew Vadum. He wrote an op-ed last year titled, Registering the Poor is unAmerican. “[H]ow else can you justify a law that mandates that welfare recipients be given — be encouraged — to vote when they’re there in the cheese line picking up their check?...You shouldn’t be encouraging people to destroy the country, you shouldn’t be encouraging people to vote themselves benefits from the government.”

Is there an echo in here? Does that sound a little bit like Mitt Romney speaking to donors when he thought he was unplugged?

Demos and Common Cause found the True the Vote crowd just as bad:  

True the Vote’s founder, Catherine Engelbrecht, has said “we see again with this administration ... it’s just stunning the assault on our elections that we’re watching gain steam with every passing day, so we found ourselves to be unwittingly
on the front lines of an issue that I think will be the inflection point for this election.”
A reporter attending True the Vote’s Colorado State Summit described how one speaker told the crowd that “they should enjoy bullying liberals because they were doing God’s work. ‘Your opposition are cartoon characters. They are. They are fun to beat up. They are fun to humiliate,’ he intoned. ‘You are on the side of the angels. And these people are just frauds, charlatans and liars.’”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat, wrote Engelbrecht to say that many of the groups voter challenges that many of the challenges appear to have no legitimate basis and "could amount to a criminal conspiracy to deny legitimate voters their constitutional rights."

It won't just be True the Vote monitoring the polls. There is nothing wrong with doing so. In fact, it's a good thing as long as the goal is to facilitate fairness and lubricate the participation of all citizens who want to vote. It's the intimidation factor that is at issue. For minority voters, blacks, Latinos and American Indians especially, that intimidation has ugly roots. For this reason, every state should adopt Nevada's rules for poll monitors. Before anyone is allowed to observe the conduct of the voting, s/he must sign a form stating s/he:

• may not talk to voters within the polling place;
• may not use a mobile phone or computer within the polling place;
• may not advocate for or against a candidate, political party or ballot question;
• may not argue for or against or challenge any decisions made by county election personnel;
• may not interfere with the conduct of voting; and
• may be removed from the polling place by the county clerk for violating the election laws or any of the above.
It will take more than a few rules, of course, to keep the dark forces from trying to suppress the vote at the polls. As we have seen for decades, and in a heightened form this clear, clearing obstacles from citizens' right to cast a ballot free from harassment and worse is forever a work in progress. Whether in the courts, the legislatures or head-to-head with the intimidators right at the polls, liberals must remain in the forefront of a struggle that has cost the lives of more than a few Americans whose sole reason for being victimized was their belief that they and everyone else had a constitutionally guaranteed right to choose their representatives.

Originally posted to Meteor Blades on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 12:09 PM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  If there was any election where (6+ / 0-)

    the true vote of all of the people will somehow not be counted, or that a national election canl be stolen, it will be this one.

    Thanks for this diary, and yes, we must be vigilant as to what the dark side intends to do with this election.

    •  That's why I say a close election goes to the (9+ / 0-)

      ... Republican.

      And I prefer to use the term Voter Intimidation for these people. It is an international disgrace that we do not have federal standards for the conduct of elections.

      "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

      by Demi Moaned on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 06:18:57 PM PDT

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      •  If Engelbrecht was really worried about fraud, (7+ / 0-)

        Why isn't she working to get all eligible voters to DMV offices so they can get the ID she demands?

        Either 1) It's not as easy as the GOP operatives claim, or

        2) Easy or not, their concern about fraud is itself fake; and they don't want the people who don't already have photo IDs voting.

        The furor over Friday's [10.5] job report revealed a political movement that is rooting for American failure, so obsessed with taking down Obama that good news drives its members into a blind rage. -Paul Krugman

        by Judge Moonbox on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 07:16:21 PM PDT

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        •  Getting an ID (6+ / 0-)

          I presented testimony last week to a commission in my state that was appointed to review the conduct of elections, after a Voter ID bill failed to pass in the Legislature.  It was a way for the Republicans to keep the issue alive and bring it back next session, but I hope this commission is not going to recommend it.  The vast majority of the testimony at public hearings has been in
          favor of more accessible voting, rather than restrictions.

          My testimony presented several real-life scenarios we've encountered trying to help young people get ID's.  Short version: 90% needed to get source documents first, at a cost of up to $45 depending on the state where they were born,  and taking at least 2 weeks.  More complicated cases have dragged on for months, and several have required the help of lawyers.  All this before ever getting to the DMV for the $5 ID card.

        •  Voter fraud is happening under her nose (2+ / 0-)
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          ardyess, Judge Moonbox

          Republican candidate repeatedly votes in PA & TX

          This is why Engelbrecht and True the Vote try to suppress minority and in-person voting, because more individual voter fraud is done by absentee ballot by Anglos, and they are using misdirection to get away with it.

    •  Ohio's rules are the same as Nevada's (1+ / 0-)
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      ardyess

      I am working in the in-person early vote section of my big urban BoE.at least 80% of our voters are African-American. We have had GOP observers. They sit in an alcove specially designated for observers and watch. I don't think anyone notices them much. It seems like a boring job, and I am not sure what they are looking for.

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

      by anastasia p on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 09:04:59 PM PDT

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  •  yes, true the vote is racist and scary (14+ / 0-)

    I wrote diary about last month, and here is taste of how they use fear, hatred, racism, and also fantasy when training their volunteers:

    The scary part is True the Vote is training thousands of people to disenfranchise voters based on racism, paranoia and fantasy. For example, the group is training people to use driving while black tactics to disenfranchise voters: Volunteers or "recruits" for their "poll watcher program" are instructed that their "job is chiefly to make voters feel like they’re 'driving and seeing the police following you." Thus, it was not a surprise that on a prior Election Day, there were reports in Black and Latino districts of "poll watchers tailing vans that were transporting voters to the polls, snapping photos of voters’ license plates, even directing voters to the wrong polling places."

    Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Mohandas K. Gandhi

    by Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 12:19:01 PM PDT

    •  Troll the vote (11+ / 0-)
      "a criminal conspiracy to deny legitimate voters their constitutional rights."
      Otherwise known as the Republican party

      Regulate banks, not vaginas

      by MinistryOfTruth on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 12:35:09 PM PDT

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      •  Meanwhile here in Houston... (0+ / 0-)

        I've been working (somewhat ineffectually I must admit) at trying to irritate the hell out of Catherine Engelbrecht and her minions.  I make comments on local news articles and blogs pointing out their logic errors, contradicting their blatant falsehoods, or just making wise-ass comments.  Last night I was blocked from True the Vote's Facebook page : (   I think I should get a patriotic ribbon just for that distinction alone!  But hurray!  You can still make fun comments on TTV's Facebook page and I encourage you to do so.

        If one can point to guilt by association without sounding biased, Engelbrecht courts a loyal following on FB that is filled with hatred and is paranoid beyond belief.  And she doesn't correct them in their delusional thinking.  I like to follow the commenters of TTV's facebook page and see what they post on FB - it's like lurking at a peep show to see what kind of creeps show up.  One doesn't want to touch anything.  

        Some of the things I keep pointing out in my comments:

        1.  She is not a simple housewife who volunteered in 2008 and was appalled by what she saw as reported in the media.  She is the president of a manufacturing firm. It's considered a "minority" business because it's run by a female.  If she is just a housewife as she herself has stated on national media, how does she run this company and still claim minority status for government contracts?    

        2. Contrary to MSM and otherwise, Catherine Engelbrecht isn't from Harris County (Houston) where she started True the Vote.   Her home is in Fort Bend County where, ironically, a Republican running for office was just exposed for voting in two elections both in Texas and in Pennsylvania.  Whatever she witnessed in 2008 was in Fort Bend County, not Harris County because it's against election in law in Texas for a Poll Watcher to serve in another county.  So why did she start her group in Harris County and target the minority precincts first?  

        3.  Catherine's husband started a company shortly after the election of Barack Obama called Plan B Firearms, Inc.   This was about the same time Catherine became enamored with rooting out voter fraud.  

        4.  In Texas, if you don't have your current voter registration card with you, you have to show some form of ID to vote.  That's the law and has always been the law.  

        5.  Voter ID laws would not have stopped the few cases of voter fraud that have been uncovered.  Voter ID laws are meant to scare and disenfranchise minority voters.  Voter ID laws are also meant to confuse the GOP faithful into thinking there is a problem to begin with.   It's the same tactic used with tort reform - convince the loyal followers that a problem exists and get their help to legislate it out of existence.  

        6.  Why does the map of all the post 2010 voter suppression activity look just like a Red State/Blue State map?

        Look folks, this is not a group of concerned housewife patriots.  This effort is being instigated by a group of fearful white male businessmen (okay, that's code talk for the GOP) who see a democratic system as one they are eventually going to lose control of because IT IS DEMOCRATIC.  If these women are not in on what's really at stake here, they are more ignorant than I thought.  Based on their FB postings, I will give these women the benefit of the doubt and claim ignorance for them.   Because if they recognized what's really going on, there would be a hell of lot more divorces in Gilead, er, I mean Fort Bend County.  

  •  Thanks for the info. (4+ / 0-)

    As I've said before I'm more than a little nervous about the precinct that I'm clerking for on election day.  

    not all those who wander are lost - J.R.R. Tolkien

    by Lilith on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 12:21:24 PM PDT

  •  thinking we need our own army (7+ / 0-)

    of poll watchers in vulnerable areas.  You mentioned that there will be other poll watchers, but thinking the NACCP, Voto Latino and other groups might want to be on the job.

    sh

  •  Don't stand for it. (6+ / 0-)

    If you are intimidated or witness intimidation raise hell right  at that moment.  I know some of these arseholes and they are cowards.  They tried to intimidate the voters in the wards of Houston and it didn't work.  Look them in the eye and tell them that we will not go back to Jim Crow days!

    Don’t argue with idiots because they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.—Greg King

    by Pinto Pony on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 12:29:41 PM PDT

  •  Former Bain ees own voting machine company (3+ / 0-)
  •  Some additional info... (5+ / 0-)

    According to tOSU's Moritz College of Law...

    In Ohio, other than voters casting their ballots, only election officials, employees, witnesses, challengers and police officers are permitted to enter the polling place. Ohio Rev. Stat. § 3501.35.
    In Ohio, a challenger is a person selected by a political party or group of five or more candidates who is allowed to observe all election proceedings while the polls are open. Witnesses, on the other hand, are only allowed to be present for the counting of votes after the polls close. Both challengers and watchers are required to take an oath of office. Ohio Rev. Stat. § 3505.21.
    IANAL, but my casual reading is that anyone from True The Vote would need to have gone through some established, formal procedures to be legally allowed into any polling place.

    One might even expect them to be required to show proof that they've been properly sanctioned if asked?

    There are more state by state breakdowns at the link.

    -- Mitty's media placement firm is named "American Rambler." How appropriate.

    by here4tehbeer on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 12:36:55 PM PDT

  •  I fear their primary objective is to slow voting (9+ / 0-)

    as much as possible at predominantly minority polling places. The longer they can make the lines to vote, the more people they can discourage to vote - as in Ohio in 2004.

    Free: The Authoritarians - all about those who follow strong leaders.

    by kbman on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 12:45:16 PM PDT

  •  If you have the inclination, help (1+ / 0-)
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    KateCrashes

    Video the Vote document voter suppression/intimidation.

    We've been wondering how to get through the clutter and reach low-information voters. Mitt haz it.

    by Crashing Vor on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 01:22:45 PM PDT

    •  There Should be an App for That (2+ / 0-)
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      Mary Mike, boofdah

          I wonder if, just as there have been mobile apps developed for Occupy Wallstreeters to send out notifications when they are being arrested, perhaps someone could develop a mobile app that would allow people to send out a message when they observe voter intimidation at the polls.  

           The app could allow fellow subscribers to the app who are in the same vicinity as identified via GPS to provide assistance at the polling place, or to contact local authorities and media.  While Video the Vote sounds like a great idea, an app such as I am describing could go beyond  mere after-the-fact documentation, and facilitate a real-time response.

             If there's anyone out there reading this with a background in Android or iOs development, feel free to take the idea and run with it!

  •  link to contribute to Ohio Dems grassroots (0+ / 0-)

    early voting drive

    https://secure.ohiodems.org/...

    thx again for the diary...vigilance...

  •  Meanwhile, in their own back yard (3+ / 0-)

      The first reported case of voter fraud.

    A Republican precinct chairman running for a seat on the Fort Bend County Commissioner's Court has cast ballots in both Texas and Pennsylvania in the last three federal elections, official records in both states show.

    details at the link:  http://www.chron.com/...

  •  Scary tweet from PPP about Ohio (1+ / 0-)
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    boofdah

    PPP is tweeting that Ohio is close in their polling so far. That's truly scary. Ohio was the only thing keeping me off the ledge.

    •  You need to step away from that ledge (0+ / 0-)

      and vow not to look at polling for the next month. I really think people here need to focus on polling much less.

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

      by anastasia p on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 09:08:18 PM PDT

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      •  I hear you. I'm trying to stay away from 538 (0+ / 0-)

        I am so obsessive, I'm going to drive myself crazy. It is just so hard from one day feeling like it was in the bag to having the rug pulled out from under us, but I'll try to take a breath. :)

  •  Can these "observers" pack themselves (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    714day, Mary Mike

    into precincts at will? Or can precinct managers control who gets inside?

  •  These people are fascists. eom (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    714day, Mary Mike, boofdah

    "So, am I right or what?"

    by itzik shpitzik on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 06:24:24 PM PDT

  •  Please repost this regularly until election day. (7+ / 0-)

    [side note:] I'm guessing whomever fired a shot awhile ago into a Colorado Obama campaign office believed they were "on the side of the angels" too, huh?

    "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

    by Sybil Liberty on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 06:24:52 PM PDT

  •  My guess is that Rove has a secret pipeline of (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    714day, boofdah

    money to true the vote.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 06:28:43 PM PDT

  •  Let me add one item for Florida (4+ / 0-)
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    714day, Mary Mike, ozsea1, boofdah

    I came across some True the Vote people from Arkansas who were planning on coming to Florida. That would be a bad idea. Poll watchers must be an elector in the county in question.

    http://www.leg.state.fl.us/...

    Each political party and each candidate may have one watcher in each polling room or early voting area at any one time during the election. A political committee formed for the specific purpose of expressly advocating the passage or defeat of an issue on the ballot may have one watcher for each polling room or early voting area at any one time during the election. No watcher shall be permitted to come closer to the officials’ table or the voting booths than is reasonably necessary to properly perform his or her functions, but each shall be allowed within the polling room or early voting area to watch and observe the conduct of electors and officials. The poll watchers shall furnish their own materials and necessities and shall not obstruct the orderly conduct of any election. The poll watchers shall pose any questions regarding polling place procedures directly to the clerk for resolution. They may not interact with voters. Each poll watcher shall be a qualified and registered elector of the county in which he or she serves.
    There's more at the link.

    Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

    by Just Bob on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 06:35:49 PM PDT

  •  your last paragraph (2+ / 0-)
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    714day, boofdah
    Whether in the courts, the legislatures or head-to-head with the intimidators right at the polls, liberals must remain in the forefront of a struggle that has cost the lives of more than a few Americans whose sole reason for being victimized was their belief that they and everyone else had a constitutionally guaranteed right to choose their representatives.
    I'd like to see a discussion here about how we do that last part, because I don't have much faith in the first two venues in the long run.

    Oregon: Sure...it's cold. But it's a damp cold.

    by Keith930 on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 06:40:37 PM PDT

  •  Do we have a team of democratic poll watchers? (4+ / 0-)
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    verso2, Mary Mike, ozsea1, boofdah

    We need that. I suspect that anywhere the red vote watchers find themselves watched they will behave much better. After all, what happens in America stays on U-tube.

    A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by notrouble on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 06:42:39 PM PDT

    •  Accusations of election fraud (3+ / 0-)
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      notrouble, ozsea1, boofdah

      or other violations of election laws by the intimidators need to be met with personal lawsuits.

      If someone accuses me of illegally voting--a crime in many jurisdictions--they had better have proof. Otherwise: how about a lawsuit against them personally for violating my rights?

      Right now, these jerks think that they get a free ride. Even if they are wrong, which they are 99+% of the time, they suffer no consequences. If they find themselves on the wrong end of $1 million lawsuit, they might start to regret their intervention in the electoral process.

    •  Contact Election Protection to be a poll monitor (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      notrouble

      Election Protection - click here for information to volunteer as a poll monitor in your state.

      Seen on Facebook: "Rich people are not the cause of a robust economy, they are the result of a robust economy."

      by boofdah on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 08:57:09 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  No, we don't. (0+ / 0-)

      And we don't need it. My vibe here in Ohio is they will try another tack: challenging voted ballots, not polling places, where they are not allowed to challenge anyway. It is so easy for undereducated voters to make mistakes that they could easily use to claim a ballot is invalid. Enough of those types of challenges and a close election could go their way.

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

      by anastasia p on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 09:11:48 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Remove the photo ID requirement from everything. (0+ / 0-)

    There should be no photo requirement for a driver’s license, for cashing checks or for anything else. We should just take everyone’s word that they are who they say they are.
    What’s so damn hard about getting a photo ID anyway? Maybe we should provide a government service to help people acquire a photo ID.

    •  Photo Identification (0+ / 0-)

      If a state is that concerned about voter fraud, then it should provide a computer data base of voter photos. When you show up to vote you would be checked against the photo in the data base. If there is no record/photo of you, then one would be taken and added to the data base at that time, to allow the check in the next election. The voter would have to supply some minimal identification, as currently required, but would be allowed to vote.

      Based on the current frequency of voter fraud, most states would find this a waste of tax payer money, but there is no inconvenience for the voter.

    •  Money. (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      RadGal70

      Popping down $30 for an ID might not sound like a lot to you and I, but to a single mom who has to feed her kids on a budget of $25/week, it could mean her kids eat or don't eat.

      Seen on Facebook: "Rich people are not the cause of a robust economy, they are the result of a robust economy."

      by boofdah on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 08:59:13 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Driving, cashing checks and everything else... (0+ / 0-)

      aren't Constitutional rights.

      It is much less unconstitutional to place restrictions on these other things.

      That's the difference.

      It seems curiosity has killed the cat that had my tongue.

      by Murphoney on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 05:59:32 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  So now are we going to debate (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    ozsea1, howd, boofdah, VirginiaBlue

    taking voter privileges away from everybody who expects benefits from the government?  Like military contractors and oil companies and financial wizards and corporations?  Who will be left to cast ballots?

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 06:51:15 PM PDT

  •  Vigilance? (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    boofdah

    How about prosecutions?

    "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

    by MargaretPOA on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 06:53:06 PM PDT

  •  the election now appears so close (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    boofdah

    in a number of critical states that voter suppression can really make the difference. To be exact, one debate suppression got us there. So, O bring us back into safe territory. Ideally it won't matter at all.

    •  It always matters. (0+ / 0-)

      Aside from the Presidential race, which I hope is not close three weeks hence, there are dozens of other important races on every ballot,any of which could be stolen by voter suppression.

      And whether or not it makes any difference at all, the right to vote is sacred.

      Mark E. Miller // Kalamazoo Township Trustee // MI 6th District Democratic Chair

      by memiller on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 09:10:49 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  And now we have 15 radical right states joining (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Mary Mike, ozsea1

    Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted's appeal of the early voting denial of equal protection of the law treatment of Ohio voters the last weekend prior to the election.

    http://news.yahoo.com/...

    Surprise! Surprise!:

    The states that filed in support of Ohio are Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.
    All of these states are Radical Right Republican dominated, and most, if not all have introduced and/or passed voter suppression laws since 2010, and if you look very hard, I expect you can find a role for ALEC in their coordinated attack on voter's rights, and it all boils down to following Dear Leader's edict that voters must be suppressed:

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 06:54:20 PM PDT

  •  It's difficult for me to understand how even those (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    ozsea1

    who participate in DK threads believe voter IDs should be required.
    Admittedly, I wish that some people could not vote - the small minded and ignorant, for example; but that's just not how a democracy works and I accept that.

  •  My precinct is in Texas and heavilly Hispanic (2+ / 0-)
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    Mary Mike, lorell

    If I see these vote suppressing bullies at the polling place, I fully in tend to challenge them. If they can't produce official election credentials or if they are lying to people, I intend to file a complaint.

    "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

    by MargaretPOA on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 06:58:13 PM PDT

  •  Why are the tactics of True the Vote not illegal? (1+ / 0-)
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      in many states.

      If they try to disrupt the polls in Michigan, in many municipalities at any rate, they will end up in hoosegow PDQ.

      Mark E. Miller // Kalamazoo Township Trustee // MI 6th District Democratic Chair

      by memiller on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 09:15:43 PM PDT

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    You shouldn’t be encouraging people to destroy the country, you shouldn’t be encouraging people to vote themselves benefits from the government.”
    Banking, the MIC, Oil, Nuclear power.....

    If comprehensive, that list of the "non-encouraged" would be rather long.

    The "extreme wing" of the Democratic Party is the wing that is hell-bent on protecting the banks and credit card companies. ~ Kos

    by ozsea1 on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 07:32:23 PM PDT

  •  Republicans don't believe in voter suppression .. (0+ / 0-)
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    Be an election poll worker.  Be one of those people who gets some say in putting a lid on this kinda crap.

    "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem." Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther Party (quoted by Paul Ryan without proper attribution)

    by Land of Enchantment on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 08:53:33 PM PDT

  •  Vote by mail (0+ / 0-)

    is the answer.  When it first started I wasn't sure; I always liked going to the polls and hearing "RadGal70 has voted."  But after a couple of years I began to love it - I can take my time, I can read the voters pamphlet for judges and other obscure races or ballot measures while I'm voting.

    It's verified by checking your signature on the ballot envelope against the signnature on your registration card.  If you don't trust the mail you can drop your ballot off at various locations like libraries or drive it down to the elections office on election day.

  •  Hey! I'm down with this! (0+ / 0-)
    you shouldn’t be encouraging people to vote themselves benefits from the government.
    Because, really, that's what happens whenever congress critters and senators get to vote on their own pay.

    "I'm grateful for my job - truly, but still...ugh." CityLightsLover

    by Audri on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 07:57:53 AM PDT

  •  Use the RICO Act (0+ / 0-)

    It is an organized criminal activity by the GOP. Use RICO Act and go after all theirs and their family's Public, Private, Personal and Family assets.

    When those assholes are in prizon and pennyless then it will stop. Not until then will it.

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