In Candid Moment of Acceptance Speech, Obama Vows Voting Reform

By: Thursday November 8, 2012 7:00 pm

When people can vote, liberals win. I think that’s one of the major takeaways of the night. Take a look at the historic victories for marijuana legalization, a blow against thirty years of the war on drugs. The measure passed in Washington and Colorado. What’s the unifying thread? Washington is 100% vote-by-mail, and Colorado has enough vote-by-mail and early voting options that 80% of the electorate voted before Election Day. Marriage equality and LGBT rights got validated at the ballot box for the first time ever in four states. What’s the unifying thread? Maine and Minnesota have Election Day registration. Washington, as noted before, is 100% vote by mail. Maryland has ample early voting. Expanding the voter universe with online voter registration completely changed the political landscape in California.

 

Voter Suppression In Action in Florida, Ohio Over the Weekend

By: Monday November 5, 2012 8:00 am

Polls predicting a narrow victory for President Obama in tomorrow’s Presidential election are only “skewed” in the sense that they don’t take into account the persistent attempts at voter suppression in key battleground states controlled by Republicans.

True The Vote Targets Transgender Voters

By: Monday November 5, 2012 5:45 am

The transgender population is a small population, and to my knowledge until this election trans voters haven’t been systematically targeted for voter suppression. Well, this year trans people are being targeted for voter suppression by True The Vote. A graphic from True The Vote’s Virginia training materials shows what the organization thinks about trans citizens.

Come Saturday Morning: Voter Fraud and Misrepresentation Exists – And It’s Committed by Republicans

By: Saturday November 3, 2012 6:45 am

Republicans nationwide are pushing laws they claim are intended to “stop voter fraud” which they imply is committed mostly by nonwhites and non-Republicans. But in the rare instances of voter fraud and misrepresentation that I’ve seen, the only people committing it are all Republicans. Here are a few examples.

Appeals Court Stays Ruling, Potentially Allowing Ohio to Disenfranchise Voters Because of Poll Worker Error

By: Thursday November 1, 2012 6:35 am

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted may get his wish of disenfranchisement after all. A three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday placed a stay on a lower court ruling that would allow voter disenfranchisement based on poll worker error.

Sandy and the Election

By: Sunday October 28, 2012 9:30 am

What matters more, the right to vote or adherence to local voting rules and schedules even if a force of nature intrudes? We might find out the answer to that question if a perfect storm disrupts voting in the Northeast or Midwest or both.

As a twitter follower reminded me, in 2000 the U.S. Supreme Court basically decided that the right to vote was secondary to process. Of course, the Court’s political desire to appoint George W. Bush was so obvious the justices took the trouble of stating that their opinion could not be used as precedent.

More Than 180 Voter Suppression Laws Proposed

By: Friday October 26, 2012 7:15 pm

We have written a lot about Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law, which has been put on hold by the courts for the upcoming election. Turns out we’re not alone when it comes to voting suppression.

That may not be news to you, but you may be surprised to know that more than 180 voter suppression laws were proposed in 2011 and 2012, according to The New York Times. These are laws defined as restricting or limiting voter access based on a myriad of qualifications.

The Real Voter Fraud

By: Wednesday October 24, 2012 3:19 pm

Why are there so few articles, or even op-ed pieces in the erroneously labeled liberal media and national newspapers devoted to the scandal of fraudulent election supervision, mistakes on absentee voter ballots, or misinformation on polling places, and dates of election. In the past month, the LA Times has published zero articles on the topic, but seven concerning voter ID laws. The Washington Post: 1, and that one from the AP news wire. The NY Times: zero. The Miami Herald: zero. Bloomberg News: zero.

Supreme Court Will Not Interfere With Ohio Early Voting Ruling

By: Tuesday October 16, 2012 2:15 pm

The Supreme Court will not step in to block early voting hours in Ohio, delivering a win to voting rights advocates and the Obama campaign, which needs the help as polling starts to turn away from them.

Hard-Working Vote Suppressor Jon Husted Appeals Ohio Early Voting Ruling to Supreme Court

By: Tuesday October 9, 2012 4:10 pm

I doubt that the Supreme Court would choose to intervene here, though of course you never know. But that won’t stop Husted’s well-earned gold star as the hardest-working voter suppressor in America.

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