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Uphold the Voting Rights Act

Posted in civil rights, politics, racism, Supreme Court, voter disenfranchisement by allisonkilkenny on January 25, 2009

New York Times

m319-150bSome people claim that Barack Obama’s election has ushered in a “postracial” America, but the truth is that race, and racial discrimination, are still very much with us. The Supreme Court should keep this reality in mind when it considers a challenge to an important part of the Voting Rights Act that it recently agreed to hear. The act is constitutional — and clearly still needed.

Section 5, often called the heart of the Voting Rights Act, requires some states and smaller jurisdictions to “preclear” new voting rules with the Justice Department or a federal court. When they do, they have to show that the proposed change does not have the purpose or effect of discriminating against minority voters.

When Congress enacted Section 5 in 1965, officials in the South were creating all kinds of rules to stop blacks from voting or being elected to office. Discrimination against minority voters may not be as blatant as it was then, but it still exists. District lines are drawn to prevent minorities from winning; polling places are located in places hard for minority voters to get to; voter ID requirements are imposed with the purpose of suppressing the minority vote.

After holding lengthy hearings to document why the Voting Rights Act was still needed, Congress reauthorized it in 2006 with votes of 98 to 0 in the Senate and 390 to 33 in the House. Now, a municipal utility district in Texas that is covered by Section 5 is arguing that it is unconstitutional, and that it imposes too many burdens on jurisdictions covered by it.

If the Supreme Court — which is expected to hear arguments in the case this spring — strikes down Section 5, it would be breaking radically with its own precedents. The court has repeatedly upheld the Voting Rights Act against challenges, and as recently as 2006 it ruled that complying with Section 5 is a compelling state interest. It would also be an extreme case of conservative judicial activism, since the 14th and 15th Amendments expressly authorize Congress to enact laws of this sort to prevent discrimination in voting.

A perennial criticism of Section 5 is that it covers jurisdictions it should not, or fails to cover ones it should. There is no way to construct a perfect list, but Congress has done a reasonable job of drawing up the criteria, and it has built flexibility into the act. Jurisdictions are allowed to “bail out” if they can show that they no longer need to be covered, and courts can add new jurisdictions if they need to be covered.

In last fall’s election, despite his strong national margin of victory — and hefty campaign chest — Mr. Obama got only about one in five white votes in the Southern states wholly or partly covered by Section 5. And there is every reason to believe that minority voters will continue to face obstacles at the polls.

If Section 5 is struck down, states and localities would have far more freedom to erect barriers for minority voters — and there is little doubt that some would do just that. We have not arrived at the day when special protections like the Voting Rights Act are not needed.

Mark Crispin Miller and Others Explain Voter Fraud

Posted in Barack Obama, politics, voter disenfranchisement by allisonkilkenny on November 3, 2008

Attorney Cliff Arnebeck, cyber-sleuth Steven Spoonamore and author Mark Crispin Miller explain the background the ‘Connell Anomaly,’ named for Mike Connell, allegedly Rove’s IT fixer, who, in a late-breaking story, has been ordered by District Judge Solomon Olive to testify on Monday.According to Arnebeck’s press release,”Connell was a key inside IT contractor for Ken Blackwell in the administration of the 2004 and 2006 elections, while managing the IT function for the Bush Presidential campaigns andother Republican partisan campaigns in 2000, 2004 and 2006. Plaintiffs’ counsel and Plaintiffs’ cyber security expert Stephen Spoonamore in the King Lincoln case before US District Judge Algenon in Columbus have identified Connell as a key witness to Karl Rove’s various maneuvers affecting elections during this decade.”

Remember: Mike Connell, Rove’s boy, is the guy who said he helped steal the election to “Save the babies.”

View the video here.

Download the Voter Incident Report

Posted in Barack Obama, politics, voter disenfranchisement by allisonkilkenny on November 1, 2008
From MCM
Dear Mark,
Please inform your readers around the country:
When you go to the polls, take an incident report with you.  Collecting signed, dated, paper-based evidence of voter fraud, suppression, or inefficiency is the most important action
any concerned citizen can take in this “once-in-a-century election.”
This is the simplest measure any voter can take:  Stand at their own polls, watch what happens,
report evidence on the (downloadable) Incident Report, and then fax it in to the Election Defense Alliance.
The Incident Report comes with the EDA’s fax number, legal help phone numbers and guidelines
for poll monitors.
The Indient Report will be used widely in Los Angeles–the largest voting county in the
nation–by Work the Vote LA org.
One more thing: If election results go bump late in the night, it may be less of a shock if
people are educated in advance.
Votes are being flipped in West VATexas and Tennessee.   Here’s a timely video.
Wake Up and Save Your Country has just released Part Two of the “Turdblossom Lecture Series” to explain HOW voting machines can be preprogrammed to crash or change vote totals using proprietary software.  
Please take a look, and share this with your audience.
Thank you for your tremendous leadership during this time.
 
Sheri Leigh Myers
Vern Tuck Taylor
The Wake Up and Save Your Country Team
http://wakeupandsaveyourcountry.com/
 Here is a cool visual of our Voters Guide.    Here is a visual of the incident report to grab attention
The Wake Up and Save Your Country Team www.wakeupandsaveyourcountry.com

What to Do November 5th

Posted in Barack Obama, politics, voter disenfranchisement by allisonkilkenny on October 31, 2008

 

MCM:
ALERT 7 – Register your Voter Assemblies now!
This may be the most important message you’ll receive today. Make plans to attend, or if need be, to organize a Voter Assembly in your community on the evening of Wednesday, November 5, the day after the election. Your participation in a Voter Assembly is very important.

A growing database of Voter Assemblies is here:
http://www.nomorestolenelections.org/va

You should register the Voter Assembly you are organizing here:
http://www.nomorestolenelections.org/addva

Here is the plan. Regardless of the declared presidential victor, this Wednesday, we will gather in Voter Assemblies, and we will act:

    A.    If there is reason to believe that the election is likely to be stolen, as was the case in Florida 2000, we will act to prevent this from happening – pressing to prevent the theft and, if that is impossible, demanding a new, honest election.

    B.    If it is unclear whether voting rights violation rise to the level of election theft, as was the case in Ohio 2004, we will mobilize everywhere to demand a full and complete count of the vote.

    C.    If it appears that the election result was defined by the rigging of the process, we will rally nationwide to press for progress in enacting democratic reforms.

By Election Day, millions of people’s right to vote will have been violated. In the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” This is especially true with voting: Voting rights violations anywhere threaten voting rights everywhere. So please, don’t wait for a repeat of Florida 2000, or Ohio 2004, or worse, and don’t think that your community is too distant from the problem to be involved. Get organized, and plan to assemble on November 5. Thank you.

Katherine Harris, Ken Blackwell, and now…Mike Coffman?

Posted in voter disenfranchisement by allisonkilkenny on October 26, 2008

What’s going on in Colorado? Colorado may be our 2008 Ohio.

New York Times

 

Colorado Faces Suit on Voter Purges

By DAN FROSCH

Published: October 24, 2008

A national voter group filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Mike Coffmanalleging that as many as 30,000 voters had been purged from the rolls in Colorado. According to the Advancement Project, which filed the lawsuit in Federal District Court in Denver, Mr. Coffman, a Republican, illegally disqualified thousands of voters by removing them from voter rolls within 90 days of Election Day, which is prohibited by federal law. The lawsuit also alleges that a few thousand new voters were improperly disqualified because election officials did not follow federal guidelines in seeking to verify their home addresses. Instead, the new voters’ registration was canceled if a notice sent by election officials to their address was returned within 20 days, the Advancement Project says. The lawsuit seeks to reinstate those voters who have been illegally purged from the rolls. Richard Coolidge, a spokesman for the secretary of state’s office, would not comment on the lawsuit.

Politics West

Colo.’s Katherine Harris threatens ’08 election

Colorado, as anyone following the election campaign knows, is a major presidential battleground state. Both John McCain and Barack Obama have visited the state multiple times, including in recent/coming days. Though a new poll shows Obama taking a commanding 12-point lead, everyone expects both the presidential and U.S. Senate race here to be very close. That’s why the Secretary of State Mike Coffman’s (R) moves should worry everyone in Colorado and elsewhere. We’ve got our own Katherine Harris here – and a careful look at the news suggests he’s moving to game this election in a state that could be the Florida of 2008.

I say “careful look” because Coffman’s behavior – while outrageous and potentially election-throwing – has received coverage mostly in the back pages of local newspapers (and similarly little attention from the national media). But if you bother to dig down, you will see what I’m talking about – and it’s scary.

Here’s page 21 of Saturday’s Rocky Mountain News:

The story on the left describes Coffman’s efforts to invalidate roughly 5,000 registrations (depending on which source you ask). Here’s the crux of what’s going on:

“5,000 Coloradans whose voter status is in limbo because of [a] controversial check box…The registration form asks for a driver’s license or state ID number. If applicants don’t have that, they’re supposed to check a box and then put down at least the last four digits of their Social Security numbers. But thousands of people didn’t check the box. According to a policy adopted last year by Secretary of State Mike Coffman, these applications are supposed to be listed as incomplete…National and local voting-rights organizations criticize Coffman’s policy, saying it violates other federal laws. They say Coffman is unfairly putting up barriers for people who are eligible to vote and want him to change his policy.”

The check box is “controversial” because you are asked to check it on the form if you don’t “have” a driver’s license or ID card. Here’s what it looks like on the form (which you can download and see yourself here):

So, here’s the thing – what’s the definition of “have?” I may have one at my house or in my car, but not with me at the very moment I am filling out the registration form. In that case, it would be logical – and, in fact, honest – for me to not check that box, while also putting down the last four digits of my social security number as my selected method of verifying my registration. Alternately, for whatever reason (privacy, etc.), I may simply feel more comfortable listing the last 4 digits of my social security number, rather than my entire driver’s license number. So therefore, I might have listed my social security number and not checked the box.

And yet, if you made any of those logical choices – if you gave all the social security information required by law, but simply didn’t check the box – Coffman is attempting to use that choice to potentially invalidate your registration and prevent you from voting.

In case you think Coffman’s move isn’t extreme or motivated by partisanship, consider the fact that two big Republican counties are doing exactly the opposite of Coffman. As the Rocky Mountain News notes, “Election officials in Jefferson and Larimer counties also disagree with Coffman, saying they are weighing in on the side of the voter and won’t disqualify people because of what they call a technicality.” The Denver Post reports that Coffman reacted by sending a letter to other counties telling them they cannot follow suit, meaning two Republican counties are registering these voters, but others are not.

Thus, it isn’t surprising that the Rocky Mountain News notes that “the largest number [of registrations affected by Coffman’s edict] are Democrats, followed closely by unaffiliated voters,” and “hundreds live in predominately minority neighborhoods in Denver and Aurora” (ie. traditionally Democratic constituencies).

Remember, Coffman is an up-and-coming Republican “star” – he’s simultaneously Secretary of State and running to replace Colorado U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo (R). So he’s not some nonpartisan election observer – as I said before, he’s positioning himself to be Katherine Harris, who also went on to use her notoriety as an election thief to win a seat in Congress.

And Mike Coffman in particular understands that 5,000 Democratic votes is no small number in a place like Colorado. A 12,000 vote switch from Republican to Democrat in2006 would have cost him his election to the Secretary of State’s office. 

To be sure, there are going to be a lot of election-day shenanigans all over the country, much of it in the shadows. But what we’re seeing here in Colorado is a very public attempt to use Republican-controlled offices to potentially disenfranchise thousands and rig the election. Indeed, the Denver Post now reports that Coffman has asked his fellow Republican crony, state Attorney General John Suthers (R), to validate his moves with an official legal opinion so as to trip up potential pre- and post-election legal challenges to the disenfranchisement. This isn’t a conspiracy theory – it’s happening all right out in the open for everyone to see.

It all adds up to the kind of coordinated Republican scheme we’ve seen in the last two elections. And once again, that scheme could throw a national election.

And the Saga of Missing Ballots:

By John Gideon

In a stunning admission Sequoia Voting Systems has admitted to not printing and mailing over 11,000 absentee ballots to Denver, Colorado voters. Their spokeswoman claimed they “made an unfortunate mistake”. In fact, the company had failed to notify the city of this “mistake” and when originally asked they lied and told the city they had delivered all 21,450 ballots they were supposed to print and deliver  to the post office on Oct. 16. Sequoia claims they will have ballots printed and delivered to the post office by tomorrow, Monday. Voters have until election day to get those ballots marked and either back in the mail or delivered to any early polling site. Not mentioned by anyone is if any overseas voters or military are affected by this failure.

In Jefferson Co Arkansas voters will vote on ballots that don’t have some alderman races on them. The county discovered their error too late and they have now fixed it but all early voting has been done without those races being voted on by the voters. The county will just forget all of those voters and hope that none of the races are close which would open them up for potential lawsuits.

Protest Against Machine, Other Shortages

Posted in voter disenfranchisement by allisonkilkenny on October 21, 2008
No More Stolen Elections! has been carefully monitoring the potential ballot and capacity shortages that voters will encounter when they arrive at the polls on November 4th.  TrueVote.us, one of our coalition partners, is working with us to allow you to simply go to their site and quickly send a message to the election officials of states where we already know this will be a problem.  
In 2004 tens of thousands of voters were denied their right to vote in Ohio when election officials provided inadequate voting machines in African American communities.  Some people waited in line to vote for longer than 12 hours.  Many thousands of others gave up and did not vote.  This alone may have been enough to change the outcome of the 2004 election.
 
Well, it’s happening again. A recent report indicated that college-age and African American precincts in Florida, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia will not have sufficient numbers of voting machines or election staff to handle the number of voters expected on Election Day.
What you can do:
Help us to let these officials know that tens of thousands of people are watching their actions and documenting what occurs on Election Day. Some of us have already written to them (click here to read about it). Even if you do not live in these states it is important for these officials to hear from you. They need to know they will be held accountable for their actions.
 
Click and send a letter to the governor, congressional delegation (House and Senate), the secretary of state as well as election administrators where questions have been raised about the adequacy of the number of voting machines and staff. 

Click here to take action now.

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State-by-State Election Update

Posted in voter disenfranchisement by allisonkilkenny on October 21, 2008

From John Gideon:

15 days until Election Day.

Election officials in Jacksonville Florida must not have done the required Logic and Accuracy testing on all of their optical scan machines to be used in early voting. Nearly half of the optical scan machines in use in the city failed because they indicated the ballot was too long. This is clearly an error that should have been 
discovered in pre-election Logic and Accuracy testing. The problem is also being reported in other counties in the state and is being attributed to the machines purchased by the state.

Voters in Houston Texas were faced with long lines for the first day of early voting. Long-lines in some voting sites caused by failures of the computers used to check-in the voters. There were also some reports of voters who voted straight-party Democrat only to find that their Presidential selection was given to the Republican.

Featured – FL: Jacksonville – Early Voting off to Rough Start
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/breaking/news-article.aspx?storyid=121489&catid=17

Featured – FL: Leon County – Ballots not being recorded at two Leon County polling places
http://www.tallahassee.com/article/20081020/BREAKINGNEWS/81020024

Featured – TX: Houston – Voters turn out in force for historic campaign
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/hotstories/6068201.html

Featured – WV: Ireland Says No Major Problems With Early Voting
http://www.wvmetronews.com/index.cfm?func=displayfullstory&storyid=26987

National: Snopes confirms danger of Straight Ticket Voting (STV)
http://www.opednews.com/articles/Snopes-warns-of-dangers-of-by-Joan-Brunwasser-081020-116.html

National: Are voting machines reliable? DVICE looks at every type — in every state
http://dvice.com/archives/2008/10/are_voting_mach.php

National: Obama Assembles U.S.’s `Largest Law Firm’ to Monitor Election
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601070&sid=a.hk4HvCkpiE&refer=home

National: Heavy Voter Turn Out Nationwide Could Cause Delays at Polls
http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?parm1=5&docID=news-000002976666

National: YouTube, PBS urge Americans to record voting problems
http://nbbusinessjournal.canadaeast.com/journal/article/453547

National: Class voting hacks prompt call for better audits. University exercise illustrates the potential for electronic vote tampering
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27205654/

National: Eight Years After Bush v. Gore, Why is There Still So Much Election Litigation and What Does This Mean for Voter Confidence in the Electoral Process?
http://writ.news.findlaw.com/commentary/20081020_hasen.html

National: CountTheBallots (CTB) Calls for ‘Citizen Audits’ on Election Day – Warns of Widespread Fraud
http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/counttheballots-ctb-calls-citizen-audits/story.aspx?guid={6213A17F-0BA6-4A58-A3D1-A9573EAA1A47}&dist=hppr

National: Protect Your Vote – Carry This Number
http://sanfrancisco.about.com/b/2008/10/20/protect-your-vote-carry-this-number.htm

AL: Bulging voter lists invite election fraud
http://www.al.com/opinion/press-register/editorials.ssf?/base/opinion/1224494160274420.xml&coll=3

AZ: Arizona expects less wait at polls. Early balloting, more sites aim to reduce winding lines
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/2008/10/20/20081020azvote1020.html

AZ: Pima County – Help AZ Candidate Restore US Election Integrity
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00288.htm

CA: County registrars are scrambling to keep up with new voter rolls. In some California counties, officials are doubling up on polling machines, ballots and workers, and even hiring people to direct traffic.
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-vote20-2008oct20,0,7589384.story

CO: Colorado will be under watchful eyes of media, monitors on Election Day
http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/oct/20/state-will-be-under-watchful-eyes-of-media/

FL: Long lines, a few glitches mark start of early voting in South Florida
http://www.miamiherald.com/979/story/733312.html

FL: Duval County – Machine Problems Plague 1st Day Of Early Voting Metro Counties See Brisk Turnout, No Problems
http://www.news4jax.com/news/17760842/detail.html

FL: Miami-Dade County – Early voting draws lines at some Dade polling places
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/broward/breaking-news/story/733312.html

FL: Past voting gaffes put Palm Beach County in spotlight
http://www.tampabay.com/news/article862247.ece

FL: Pasco County – Early Voting Turnout Higher Than Expected
http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/oct/20/early-voting-turnout-higher-expected/

GA: Ga. secretary of state faces slew of voter issues
http://www.fortmilltimes.com/124/story/329984.html

IL: Early voting in DuPage exceeds expectations
http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=244076

MD: Md. US attorney creates election fraud task force
http://www.mddailyrecord.com/article.cfm?id=8858&type=UTTM

NJ: NJ Judge Allows Release of Princeton Report Critical of Sequoia Voting Systems Sequoia Counters With a Strongly Worded Response That Does Not Answer The Critical Question: Do Their Machines Count Votes Accurately?
http://www.bradblog.com/?p=6527

NJ: Editorial: Our election systems still beset by flaws
http://packetonline.com/articles/2008/10/20/the_princeton_packet/opinions/doc48fd0157b6044428005400.txt

NV: Washoe County – Early voters line up to cast their election ballots
http://www.rgj.com/article/20081019/NEWS/810190350/1321/NEWS

NY: State finds some county election boards unprepared Schuyler among 18 county offices across state checked by officials
http://www.stargazette.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081020/NEWS0110/810200301

NY: Ulster County – Kingston, Ulster towns get nailed in voting upgrade. County passes on cost of 2009 election
http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081020/NEWS/810200315/-1/NEWS

PA: Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Outraged at Partisan Lawsuit Attempting to Undermine Voter Confidence
http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/pennsylvania-secretary-commonwealth-outraged-partisan/story.aspx?guid={AA1B4F2A-3174-4C4D-996D-CB0C444E55F6}&dist=hppr

PA: Allegheny County says voting machines ready
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/breaking/s_594256.html

SC: League questions voting machines
http://www.tradingmarkets.com/.site/news/Stock%20News/1954210/

TX: Big Texas turnout on first day of early voting
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/APStories/stories/D93UFFFG0.html

TX: Denton County voters urged to use paper ballots
http://www.wfaa.com/sharedcontent/dws/wfaa/latestnews/stories/wfaa081020_wz_paperballots.12d6c23f6.html

TX: Galveston – Voting Rights Watch: Post-Ike displacement could cause voting problems for Galveston
http://southernstudies.org/facingsouth/2008/10/voting-rights-watch-post-ike.asp

UT: Study: Utah vote devices unreliable
http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_10765686

VA: Local precincts bracing for flood of voters. Registrar officials have had to get more voting equipment and poll workers to handle the crowds.
http://www.dailypress.com/news/dp-local_registration_1020oct20,0,6267498.story

WV: Paperless Electronic Voting Machines Flipping Votes from Obama to McCain in West Virginia
http://www.opednews.com/articles/Paperless-Electronic-Votin-by-Kevin-Zeese-081020-346.html

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