Voter Suppression Supporter Enters Ohio Gubernatorial Race - Rewire. Jon Husted, Ohio’s Republican secretary of state, officially launched his campaign for governor this week to replace term-limited Gov.
John Kasich (R). Real clear politics. This week in the war on voting: Conservatives know one dead white guy who should have a vote. Welcome to the return of our war on voting series, a joint project of Meteor Blades and Joan McCarter.
Scott Lemieux at Lawyers, Guns & Money catches up on everyone's favorite vote suppressor, Hans von Spakovsky, and finds him advocating for very specific voter fraud. Hans von Spakovsky, a Heritage Foundation fellow, last week argued that the Supreme Court should count the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's votes in cases in which the justices have already cast preliminary votes. During an interview with American Family Radio's Sandy Rios, von Spakovsky noted that after hearing oral arguments, the justices meet and cast votes in the case before writing the decision. American elections enter a dangerous new era: Here’s what you need to know about Voter ID laws in 2016. The 2016 election is the first Presidential election that will occur since the Supreme Court struck down key provisions in the Voting Rights Act.
Race and the Crime of Felony Disenfranchisement. Now that Super Tuesday is behind us and the field of presidential candidates is narrowing with the suspension of Dr.
Ben Carson’s campaign, a potentially paradigm-shattering general election looms ever closer. “The stakes in this election have never been higher,” Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton said in her speech after she had been declared the victor over Sen. Bernie Sanders in seven of 11 Super Tuesday states. Former GOP Staffer Admits Voter ID Law Meant to Hurt Democrats. The difficulties Wisconsin voters had with the state’s new voter ID law was intentional, according to Todd Allbaugh, former chief of staff to a Republican state senator.
The law, which took effect in November 2014, requires voters to present a photo ID at the polls. 5 Times Conservatives Flat Out Admitted They Don't Want People To Vote. Maybe you missed it in all the excitement over Pope Francis visiting the United States, but earlier this week GOP Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee actually said he doesn’t want “stupid people”–and by that he means those who won’t cast their ballots for him–to vote at all.
Image Via Politico But this is hardly the first instance of a member of the conservative movement in America has been caught saying that they would rather if some folks didn’t show up on election day. See, big turnout, especially in minority communities, is bad for the Republicans, as they found out in 2008 and 2012 when President Obama won by big margins. Charts: How Minority Voters Get Blocked at the Ballot Box. The recent wave of Republican-backed photo ID laws and restrictions on early and same-day voting have made it harder for people to head to the polls.
But that's not the only obstacle to casting a ballot in many precincts. On Election Day two years ago, some voters waited as long as five hours at their polling places. Long lines can depress voter turnout since many voters undoubtedly give up and leave without voting. According to the Cooperative Congressional Election Study, in 2012 minority voters, on average, waited longer to vote than white voters did. Nationwide, black voters waited about twice as long as whites. The waits were especially long in areas with a high proportion of minority voters, according to a recent study by the Brennan Center for Justice. When it comes to voting, conservatives want some people to count more than others. Sound familiar? They won't count as part of the population when drawing electoral district lines, if right-wing activists have their way.
They are creative, I'll give 'em that. The same conservatives who succeeded in getting the Supreme Court to gut the Voting Rights Act last year are now attacking the principle of one person, one vote, and the court has just agreed to hear their case. The purpose of both maneuvers is the same, to help Republicans win elections by diluting or suppressing Democratic votes, in particular the votes of black and brown people. Republicans Try To Rig The 2016 Election By Blocking LEGAL Immigrant Citizenship and Voting.
All of the chatter on the Republican campaign trail is about illegal immigration, but Republicans are pushing back on an effort by President Obama to get legal immigrants citizenship and registered to vote. There is an effort mounting on the right to stop legal immigrants from becoming citizens and voting. According to Politico: It turns out that many Republicans consider legal immigration a more immediate and existential threat to the GOP than illegal immigration. While the total number of illegal immigrants is estimated at 11 million, there are more than 13 million permanent legal residents — and that number could grow at a clip of a million a year. Conservatives have increasingly been raising the alarm about legal immigration as a more imminent threat to Republican power than any possible pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented people living in the U.S.
Just last month, immigration hard-liner Sen. Thousands of American citizens have encountered major issues while attempting to vote. During #WesternTuesday Sen.
Bernie Sanders took to Twitter to express his support for Arizona voters who waited nearly 5 hours to cast a ballot, calling it a “disgrace”. One Arizona county decreased its number of polling sites from 200 during the 2012 presidential election, to just 60… despite being home to over 4 million people, which contributed to significantly longer lines.
Many were denied ballots after pulling up to polling sites just minutes after closing time; others stood in line for hours just to be turned away after finally reaching stations. But Arizona residents haven’t been the only citizens suffering this election season. Judge Napolitano, Fox News Judicial Contributor: Voting A 'Privilege' Not A Right. The Republicans have lost the last two presidential elections, despite their best efforts to paint President Obama as an evil terrorist, one of those frightening Muslims, a dictator born in one of those scary African countries, and…wait for it…a hater of the United States Constitution!
White House Busts Republicans For Being Scared of Letting People Vote. Here are 5 times conservatives have admitted they don’t want people to vote. Earlier this week, GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said that he didn’t want “stupid” people — i.e. people who won’t vote for him — to vote at all. Then a Republican state representative in Florida was caught suggesting that the party beat Rep. Corrine Brown by redrawing her African-American-majority district to include a large population of prisoners, who are not allowed to vote in Florida. “They’re all corruptions of American democracy”: Race, vote buying and the insidious new assault on the poor. Mary Frances Berry is one of America’s most prominent civil rights and social justice activists, as well as a distinguished historian, author and academic administrator. Although she has played many roles and written many books, her longest, most prominent tenure was at the U.S.