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Another CA city sues over voting rights law

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Voting rights, schmoting rights. Who needs 'em in this post-racial day and age? We've clearly evolved, says the Supreme Court. Says Republicans. Says anyone who doesn't want Democrats to have voting rights. After all, if you can't win on the merits of your arguments, on your policies (or lack thereof), your talent, or on your powers of persuasion, then hey, cheat.

It's the 'Murican way!

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Unless, of course, you get called out. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the city of Bellflower, right here in my home state of California, is getting sued. Why? Voting rights are being violated... allegedly:

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and two law firms filed a Superior Court complaint Monday afternoon, on behalf of three minority Bellflower residents alleging the city is in violation of the California Voting Rights Act.

The act seeks to ensure that minorities have an opportunity to elect leaders of their choice.  The suit alleges that Bellflower's practice of electing council members citywide instead of by geographic districts has hindered Latino and African American candidates.

The plaintiffs said they have found patterns of racially polarized voting in the southeast Los Angeles County city of about 77,000. They want the city to switch to by-district elections to give voters in strongly minority neighborhoods an opportunity to elect at least one representative to the City Council.

What? Restricting the rights of not-white voters? In this day and age of GOP outreach? Don't be ridiculous...

It's not like Bellflower's population is 66% Latino and African American, but the council members are monochromatically pale. Come on.

Bellflower's population is 52% Latino and 14% African American, according to the city's website.  All five council members are white.

Oh.

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Scott #Walker supporter committed voter fraud... a dozen times!

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Scott Walker's been salivating over imposing strict Voter ID laws in Wisconsin. But unfortunately for him, his photo ID law was ruled unconstitutional a few months ago. Altogether now: Awwww. The thing is, voter fraud is virtually non-existent, but ironically, it's Republican voters who seem to be the ones who commit voter fraud.

But now Scottie and company can do a Happy Dance, because finally! FINALLY! someone has been charged with multiple counts of voter fraud in Wisconsin!

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And that someone is-- say it with me-- a Republican Scott Walker supporter.

irony is not deadVia CBS:

A Wisconsin voter allegedly cast five ballots in the 2012 recall election that Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., survived, but the voter says he doesn't remember that day due to a temporary form of amnesia.

Robert Monroe, a 50-year-old health insurance executive, was charged last week with 13 felonies related to voter fraud, WisPolitics.com reported. Monroe was a supporter of Walker and Republican state Sen. Alberta Darling.

We have a winner!

But Mr. Fraudie McVotesALot had a perfectly legit excuse. Yes, Robert Monroe claimed amnesia was the real culprit. The dog ate his homework, too. And he also goes by the name Sgt. Schultz:

Oh, but I kid the serial voter. And by serial, I mean voting around a dozen times in five elections in 2011 and 2012.

So congratulations, Scott Walker! You found your voter fraud. And he's a big fan of yours, your kind of guy. Too bad he ignored your self-righteous indignation about following the law at the ballot box(es), all so he could keep his favorite governor in office.

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Karma: GOP gubernatorial nominee forgot his Voter ID, turned away

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Karma can be a bitch, especially if you're a Republican gubernatorial candidate in Arkansas. Especially if you support Voter ID laws that suppress mostly Democratic votes. Especially if those same Voter ID laws end up humiliating you because you failed to present an ID just as you're about to vote for yourself for governor.

Karma bit pro-Voter ID candidate Asa Hutchinson in the ass when he arrived at the polls and was turned away.

MSNBC:

Asa Hutchinson, who won the Republican nomination in the race for Arkansas governor Tuesday, forgot his ID when he went to the polls, despite backing the state’s new voter ID law, according to the Associated Press.

Christian Olson, a spokesman for the Republican candidate, told the AP that Hutchinson believed the situation was a “little bit of an inconvenience” and that a staffer retrieved his ID so he could cast a ballot. Olson said the former congressman still believes voters should be required to show an ID.

His campaign refused to comment, but that doesn't mean we can't. How many voters out there can send their (non-existent) staffers to fetch their IDs for them under the same circumstances?

Come to think of it, how many voters are unable to afford the cost of an ID or can find transportation to the nearest agency that provides them?

How many voters are being denied a chance to participate in elections because of Republican laws intended to prevent them from using the only power they have left: their voices?

The voter ID measure could make it harder for minorities, students, and people from low-income communities to cast ballots.

Or as I like to call them, Democrats.

Here's one for you: How much of that evil, threatening-to-upend-our-elections voter fraud is actually taking place? Think Progress:

[S]uch fraud is virtually non-existent. Indeed, Iowa’s Republican Secretary of State Matt Schultz recently completed a two-year investigation into voter fraud within his state. He was unable to find a single case where one voter impersonated another at the polls — meaning that his own investigation discovered zero cases where a voter ID law would have prevented a fraudulent vote from being cast.

Yet Asa Hutchinson had to tap his foot and look at his watch while waiting for his flunky to deliver his ID to him so that he could vote. Because, karma.

Via onamatopoeia.wordpress.com

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Doonesbury: To GOP, voter suppression "just makes good sense!"

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Thank you, Garry Trudeau. Thank you for covering voter suppression again. Thank you for always knowing where to take your brilliant Doonesbury strip. Thank you for not allowing vital issues to die, despite an appalling lack of media coverage. Thank you for boiling it down to a premise so easy to grasp that a Republican could even understand it.

Okay, no.

Thank you for not mincing words. Thank you for making Republicans look as desperate and vindictive as they are. Thank you for pointing out their disdain for civil rights, voting rights, and anyone who doesn't look, sound, or believe as they do.

Thank you for pointing out their hypocrisy and racism. And their misleading messaging.

GOP outreach, my ass.

Thank you, thank you, thank you:

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Texas Voter ID law snags another one: Former Democratic U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright

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First Think Progress noted the following:

As early voting begins in Texas, the state’s new, strict voter ID law has thus far flagged a judge, gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, and another state senator as potentially illegitimate voters. 

Then there was that awkward moment when the Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbott nearly disenfranchised himself.

Now a former U.S. lawmaker joins the Texas Jump Through Hoops club. Did I mention he's 90 years old? Just a guess, but I'm willing to bet he's voted before, without a hitch.

Via TPM:

Former U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright (D-TX) was denied a voter ID card thanks to Texas's strict voter ID law.

"Nobody was ugly to us, but they insisted that they wouldn't give me an ID," 90-year-old Wright said according to the Forth Worth Star-Telegram.

Wright said he previously realized earlier in the week that the identification he had to vote, a Texas Christian University faculty ID and a Texas driver's license that expired in 2010, did not meet the criteria of the new voter ID law.

So now Wright is going to try again, with birth certificate in hand. That ought to do the trick, right? But that's not really the point, is it? The point is that he has to produce his damned birth certificate in the first place after all these years. He's not exactly a voter newbie.

What about those who have no birth certificate because of when, how, and where they were born? Meaning, decades ago at home by a midwife who didn't have a way to issue a birth certificate. Not only is it difficult to produce a new one, it costs money, which is tantamount to a poll tax.

Of course, strict Voter I.D. laws are intended to suppress the vote, especially the Democratic vote. So much for that GOP outreach we keep hearing so much about.

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That awkward moment when the TX Attorney General nearly disenfranchised himself

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Think Progress:

As early voting begins in Texas, the state’s new, strict voter ID law has thus far flagged a judge, gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, and another state senator as potentially illegitimate voters. Attorney General Greg Abbott (R), voter ID’s most strident defender, was also flagged as a suspicious voter under his own law’s strict criteria.

On his license, his name is “Gregory Wayne Abbott,” but on his voter registration record he's “Greg Abbott.” How does it feel, "Greg"? Or is it "Gregory Wayne"? How do we know both of you are really you? How does Texas know you're not trying to cast fraudulent votes, hmm? Why should we trust you? Because you say we should? Because you're white and relatively well-off?

So Mr. Gregory Wayne Greg Abbott, do you like having your vote being suppressed? Oh wait, it wasn't. That's right. However:

People of color, low-income voters, seniors, and students are most likely to lack the required ID and may not have their votes counted as a result.

They may not be as high profile as Abbott, but their votes should count as much as his do.

Now let's find out why Gregory Greg Wayne GregGregory Abbott Abbott got off the hook, and who he owes, big time.

Per Burnt Orange, he has-- ta daa!-- Wendy Davis to thank:

However, thanks to Wendy Davis, Greg Abbott and others will still be allowed to vote because of an amendment Davis added to the Voter ID law which provides voters the opportunity to sign an affidavit to verify their identity. When the bill was being debated in 2011, the State Senator provided the amendment for voters whose names appeared slightly different on their ID than what was on the voter roll. Without the Davis amendment, the Voter ID Law would have pushed away even more already marginalized voters in droves. It also would have also turned away our State Attorney General, one of the most adamant supporters of the Voter ID law who is ready to spend millions of taxpayer funds to keep it in place.

Via onamatopoeia.wordpress.com

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GOP finds solution to their failures: Virginia purges 40,000 names off voter rolls

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The GOP just suffered a huge defeat for the infantile, idiotic games they've been playing with our lives and the world economy. The more sane Republicans in the Senate have the appropriate concerns about the behavior of their House colleagues, whose only concerns seem to be getting re-elected and avoiding being primaried by right wing extremists.

The party's approvals are in the toidy and they know it. So what the heck is the Party of Fail to do to become relevant again? Simple!

WaPo:

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Virginia elections officials say they have already purged nearly 40,000 names from the voter rolls that are the subject of a lawsuit filed by Democrats seeking to keep those voters registered.

The Democratic Party of Virginia has already filed a federal lawsuit to fight a plan to purge up to 57,000 names. And is it even necessary to mention that Dems say that the list is "riddled with errors"? In fact, county registrars who did their own reviews kept 11,000 names on the rolls.

But 38,870 names are gone. At least for now.

Remember this? Virginia Dems ask Justice Dep't. to investigate GOP firm for alleged voter fraud.

Apparently, Virginia is taking its cues from Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

The moral of the story: When you throw a public tantrum and still don't get your way, eliminate those who are now dying to vote you out.

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