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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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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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Finally: Dep't. of Justice suing North Carolina over voting restrictions

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MSNBC is now reporting that Attorney General Holder has announced the lawsuit against North Carolina. This is about Voter I.D. laws (scroll), voter registration, early voting, and casting ballots in the wrong place (using a provisional ballot) and then not having the vote you cast counted.

Holder also explained that North Carolina intended to prevent voters from casting ballots, aka voter suppression (scroll).

Here are a couple of email alerts explaining:

Politico:

The suit, set to be filed in Greensboro, N.C., will ask that the state be barred from enforcing the new voter ID law, the source said. However, the case will also go further, demanding that the entire state of North Carolina be placed under a requirement to have all changes to voting laws, procedures and polling places “precleared” by either the Justice Department or a federal court, the source added.

Huffington Post:

The lawsuit, which will be filed on Monday and announced at a press conference featuring Attorney General Eric Holder, challenges four provisions of the voting law, known as House Bill 589 and signed by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) last month. Voter advocates have criticized the law as one of the most restrictive voting measures passed since the civil rights era.

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Florida voter fraud investigations come up empty... again

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I will keep writing about this until we see a major change, which means I'll be writing about this for quite awhile:

Voter I.D. laws (AKA poll taxes) that GOP-run states are implementing are completely unnecessary, because voter fraud is nearly non-existent.

Read that again, Republicans: Voter fraud is nearly non-existent.

And Voter I.D. laws prevent voters from voting. Especially elderly voters. And young voters. And non-white voters. And disabled voters. And any voter unable to come up with enough money to buy an I.D. card or pay for a birth certificate request (should they be one of those Americans who never got one or lost theirs).

And any voter who is unable to find and/or afford transportation to an official Voter I.D. agency.

In other words, mostly Democratic voters, which is exactly why GOP-run states are itching to enforce these partisan, unjustified laws.

That’s called “voter suppression.”

Voter identification is fine as long as it's free and easily accessible. Period. Instead, Republicans see it as a way to prevent Americans from practicing the most fundamental expression of democracy.

Back in July 2012, Wisconsin GOP Senator Glenn Grothman said that Voter I.D. laws would help Mitt Romney in a close race.

Romney lost.

But Grothman wasn’t the only one who said that out loud. Remember back in June 2012 when Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R) said Voter ID laws would help Romney win in his state?

Romney lost.

Which brings us to Florida. Former Florida GOP leaders, including Charlie Crist, said that voter suppression was the reason for new state election laws.

Former Florida Republican Party chairman Jim Greer came right out and said that state Republicans tried to suppress the black vote and called his fellow Republicans “whack-a-do, right-wing crazies.”

And via HuffPo, Republican campaign consultant Scott Tranter was on a panel hosted by the Pew Center and came right out and said this:

“A lot of us are campaign officials — or campaign professionals — and we want to do everything we can to help our side. Sometimes we think that’s voter ID, sometimes we think that’s longer lines — whatever it may be.”

Now this, via the Miami Herald Blog:

[N]ine months after the ballots have been counted, where exactly are the culprits of voter registration fraud?

Keep looking because the the Florida Department of Law Enforcement hasn’t found them yet.

On Friday, the agency released the results of two more cases involving allegations of voter registration fraud.

In a probe of the Florida New Majority Education Fund, which aims to increase voter registration among under-represented groups, the FDLE concluded it could make no arrests.

In a second probe, involving Strategic Allied Consulting, a vendor for the Republican Party of Florida, an arrest was made of a man who stole the identity of a former girlfriend’s ex-husband. He admitted to fraudulently filling out two voter registration forms. And that was it.

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Infographic: "A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon.” Ours does.

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President Clinton gave a terrific speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington which included this memorable sentence:

"A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon.”

Ours does.

To give the point even more oomph, Think Progress posted this handy at-a-glance visual reminder of how wrongheaded the Republican party is in their efforts to slash voting rights while making it a snap to own a deadly weapon:

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See? That way unregulated sales of firearms can continue without those pesky voters trying to step in to make some common sense changes. No I.D., no vote. No vote, no voice. No voice, no change.

Now if states would make official identification cards free and easily accessible, that would be swell. But the GOP would prefer that doesn't happen, because those without I.D.s tend to vote Democratic.

Thankfully, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the Texas voter ID law, and says that's just the first step of many.

Now back to Clinton's remarks. Think Progress:

As it turns out, Clinton is correct: individuals can buy assault weapons without showing identification in more than 30 states, while federal law prohibits states from allowing individuals to vote without some form of identification. In recent years, 13 states have passed stricter voter ID requirements and half a dozen more are considering voter suppression measures in the aftermath of the Supreme Court ruling invalidating a key section of the Voting Rights Act.

In fact, a ThinkProgress analysis found that anyone can obtain assault rifles from unlicensed dealers at gun shows or online without a background check in 39 states. Zero states allow people to vote without displaying identification.

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