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The Supreme Court barred Arizona from requiring proof of citizenship for federal elections. In order to get around that restriction in most of their elections, Arizona is setting up a two tier system. They will have a separate registration system for state and local elections that will require proof of citizenship. Kansas has also decided to do the same.

Isn’t that voter suppression?

Congress passed the National Voter Registration Act in 1993 that allows people to assert their citizenship by simply checking a box on a federal form. The Supreme Court ruled that the power of Congress over federal elections was paramount. It did not rule on the power of Congress on state elections. Arizona and Kansas are using that loophole.

Until the Supreme Court rules otherwise, this form of voter suppression will be implemented by these two states. Both states are suing the federal Election Assistance Commission requesting that they change the federal form to require proof of citizenship.

Voter fraud in Arizona is almost nonexistent. The same is true for Kansas. Voter suppression is the only logical reason that these extreme methods would be put into place. Instead of working to implement policies that appeal to a large constituency, Republicans would rather make it difficult to vote.

The irony is that there is no upside for an undocumented resident or non-citizen to vote. Undocumented residents want to remain hidden from the government.

This form of voter suppression is costly.

Running a two tiered election is expensive. The logistics are not easy and likely error prone.

Jamie Shew, a Democrat and the clerk in Douglas County, Kansas’ fifth largest, said his office already offers 125 different types of ballots for all local elections, but would have to provide double that number if it were to offer a separate ballot for federal races only, at 34 cents apiece. In Phoenix, the Maricopa County recorder, Helen Purcell, a Republican, estimates the cost of creating the new ballots to be $250,000, or roughly 5 percent of her office’s entire budget for the current fiscal year. [Source]

For a party that stresses fiscal responsibility, this is a very irresponsible act. They will pay for this in the long run.

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  •  The GOP can't win (9+ / 0-)

    in a fair fight b/c their policies are fucking insane.

    They HAVE to cheat and lie if they want to win an election, and so lie and cheat they do.

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 12:10:32 AM PDT

    •  These voter blockade initiatives are ... (4+ / 0-)
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      LakeSuperior, Ahianne, a2nite, Youffraita

      ... the most dickheaded and evil strategies to come out of the Tea Party GOP hive in a long time. It goes to the very core of patriotism, so it shows their hypocrisy, and there is no logic for the laws other than to keep people from voting, so it goes to the GOP's ability to ignore math and reason. What really turns my stomach, though, is that even the so-called "moderate" or "establishment" or "RINO" republicans all stand by without complaint.

      How many republicans have you seen complain about these un-American and unconstitutional actions?  

      Rand Paul is to civil liberties as the Disney Channel is to subtle and nuanced acting.

      by Tortmaster on Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 06:00:53 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  None, of course: (1+ / 0-)
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        Your question was rhetorical. And gerrymandering here was supposed to throw this state toward electing Mittens.

        Mitt lost the state. Maybe two points were shaved off of Obama's win.

        We WILL take them down, b/c there are more sane people in the country than there are Teahadists. And some of those sane people are millionaires and billionaires who see their profits evaporating b/c the Asylum has taken over the GOP.

        Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

        by Youffraita on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 12:21:23 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  It occurs to me that fiscal responsibility (1+ / 0-)
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    is much like personal responsibility in that it doesn't mean what it seems.
    Keep in mind that, although the Cons are big on hierarchy and subordination, they do not employ subordinate concepts in phrases -- i.e. they are not keen on adjectives and adverbs as modifiers of the concepts they are paired with.
    So, for example, "person" and "response" are separate and even antagonistic entities and their appearance in tandem either means that persons are able to respond or to be responded to.
    "Answer me, you dolt, unless you've lost your tongue."

    I suppose we could say "personal responsibility" is short hand for "you're a person, so act like one and do what you're told." "Responsibility" is a euphemism for "follow orders" or "take direction." Which brings us back to Willard's "takers."

    Now, if we apply the same logic to the phrase "fiscal responsibility," we arrive at the understanding that money is merely a substitute for the "person." If people don't respond to their betters, then let's see if dollars do the trick by withholding them until there is compliance.

    "If promises don't work, lets try threats and, if threats don't work, let's take their lunch."

    Coercion and deprivation go hand in hand. Where the Cons go wrong is with the preconceived notion (one they may actually be born with) that man is evil (disobedient) and must be coerced to make him good. Since this preconceived notion or prejudice conflicts with what Jesus taught, one suspects that error was what he meant to address. But, some people, those that are lacking in self-awareness or sense of themselves, just don't get it. Thus, they "know not what they do." They act on instinct and instinct leads them to thievery.

    What is the taking of a man's life but a theft?

  •  Starting to formalize the stratification (2+ / 0-)
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    LakeSuperior, Ahianne

    of society into castes. This is a necessary step on the road to CorporoFeudalism. 1st, define who is ruling class and who are the serfs.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 05:28:32 AM PDT

  •  When you have ideologues running state (5+ / 0-)
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    skrekk, LakeSuperior, Ahianne, a2nite, antirove

    governments this is what you get.  

    The Southern Poverty Law Center knows Kris Kobach and Tom Horne pretty well. They make nativism the centerpoint of their elections, and at least here in blue hair AZ, that plays well. The fifteen cases of double voting were by snowbirds (lol) because no undocumented individual in their right mind is going to attempt to vote illegally.  This is how well these men and their followers understand the undocumented community

    It is ridiculous to pretend that firing teachers based on student test scores, starting charter schools, giving out vouchers or implementing merit pay will overcome the challenges facing a child living in poverty. -Jersey Jazzman

    by Desert Rose on Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 05:53:03 AM PDT

  •  what is their public rationale (2+ / 0-)
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    LakeSuperior, Ahianne

    for a two-tiered voting system? What excuse are they using for implementing this blatant new voter suppression tactic? are they being allowed to get away with it, since it's so transparently...idiotic?

  •  Lawyers need to attack this because this (3+ / 0-)
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    Ahianne, a2nite, antirove

    two tiered voting system is an inherent attack on due process for citizens trying to exercise their voting rights.

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