Link. ... << MORE >>The League of Women Voters has joined those who seek to overturn, by judicial challenge, the Wisconsin voter ID law. The entity which is known for providing opportunities to further our knowledge of our political candidates, has now also set itself up as an authority on constitutional law. ...Let's hope that the LWV soon tires of taking sides in partisan politics, and returns to its good non-partisan work regarding candidate exposure.
In all of this, Obama’s key thought will be to effect Saul Alinsky’s eighth rule for radicals: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep the opposition off balance. Attack from all sides, never letting the opponents catch their breath or regroup.
To study Obama is to understand these tendencies."
That good old "voter suppression" narrative again, this time from Bill Nelson.
Control and custody of absentee ballots is one of the ripest areas for voter fraud, perhaps even more than polling place fraud. Opponents of Voter ID regularly proclaim there should be more scrutiny of what happens with absentee ballots, until there is.
Nelson says there are Voting Rights Act issues here. He's wrong. States can make rules about absentee ballots, as Florida has done. The Voting Rights Act doesn't reach the question of how absentee ballots are handled after casting in this circumstance.
"Next year, people in Mississippi who do not currently have a valid photo I.D. will be able to get a voter identification card for free, which will be required by the time the summer elections begin.
The requirement aims to help cut down on voter fraud. Photo I.D.'s like a driver's license, college ID, or passport, are OK. But other forms of identification, without a photo, will not be
There are no sensible triggers outlined in this piece about designing a sensible trigger for Section 5 coverage. One sensible trigger is found in Section 3. The best "sensible trigger" that Congress might adopt would relate to fixing Section 3, as I discussed in my Congressional testimony last summer, or using Section 2 violations to trigger coverage, which would capture a few towns and counties in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York and Montana.... << MORE >>
... << MORE >>Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder last week asking him to review two proposed voting measures she claims are designed to “suppress the voting rights of African Americans and other minorities.”“I am concerned about restrictive legislation concerning voter photo identification and the reduction of early voting days pending in the Ohio legislature, and seek your assistance,” Fudge wrote in her letter.
Delays at the polls this month due to glitches with voters’ identifications could signal a bigger problem to come next year, when many more turn out for state and county elections....It took most only a short time, but election officials are concerned that a few minutes per voter to carefully check names and photos against voter registration cards, and then to have voters sign affidavits or fill out provisional paperwork, could snowball into longer waits and more frustration.... “If it made any kind of a line in an election with 6 percent [voter] turnout, you can definitely imagine with a 58 percent,” said Dallas County elections administrator Toni Pippins-Poole....Name-match issues might surface for women who recently married or divorced and changed their identification but not their voter registration. For others, a shortened version of a name might appear on one document, while the full name is on the other.
Horowitz continues to question votes cast by over 100 students who may not be legitimate residents of the district. "Every time the residency requirement is ignored, it waters down the votes of those who are proper residents.”
Horowitz’s appeal also raises “important legal issues on the scope of the statutory ban on offering alcohol for votes.” Alabama Code 17-17-39 clearly states (emphasis added): “Any person who buys or offers to buy any vote of any
qualified elector at any election by the payment of money or the promise to pay the same at any future time, or by the gift of intoxicating liquors or other thing of value, shall be guilty,
upon conviction, of a Class C misdemeanor.”