To the reich-wing trolls Paul Weyrich died in December and may he ROT IN HELL;
Weyrich is the father or reich wing republican anti-american voter suppression so they can steal elections instead of fairly winning them within the RULES
He just didn’t give a speech, he actively helped the right wing of the Republican Party create the dishonest machinery of voter suppression people like Harris in 2000 and Blackwell in 2004 used to deny United sates citizens from exercising the most basic right of a citizen, the right to freely choose their own leaders.
Photo ID laws
The Republican Party has passed photo ID laws in seven states, including Indiana and Georgia. This disproportionately affects minority and elder voters who do not have driver’s licenses and lean towards voting Democratic. For example, about 12 retired nuns in South Bend, Indiana, were barred from voting in Indiana’s 2008 Democratic primary election because they lacked photo IDs required under a state law which the Indiana Supreme Court upheld in April 2008. John Borkowski, a South Bend lawyer volunteering as an election watchdog for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said, “This law was passed supposedly to prevent and deter voter fraud, even though there was no real record of serious voter fraud in Indiana.”
Purging voter rolls
In 2008, more than 50,000 registered Georgia voters were purged from voter rolls because of a computer mismatch in their personal identification information. At least 4,500 of those people must prove their citizenship to regain their right to vote. The state may make the burden impossible to meet. For example, the state of Georgia gave college senior Kyla Berry one week to prove her citizenship in a letter dated October 2, 2008. Unfortunately, the letter was postmarked October 9, 2008. However, Berry is a U.S. citizen, born in Boston, Massachusetts with a passport and a birth certificate to prove it. Wendy Weiser, an elections expert with New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice said, “What most people don’t know is that every year, elections officials strike millions of names from the voter rolls using processes that are secret, prone to error and vulnerable to manipulation.”
Just in case ya didn’t know, Georgia has a republican governor and Sec of State.
They were just following in the footsteps of Katherine Harris who did the very same thing in 2000 in Florida;
Florida Central Voter File
Between May 1999 and Election Day 2000, two Florida secretaries of state, Sandra Mortham and Katherine Harris, distributed the scrub lists produced by the cleansing process to counties and ordered the 57,700 people identified as “ex-felons” to be removed from voter rolls. Together the lists comprised nearly 1% of Florida’s electorate and nearly 3% of its African-American voters.
In Florida during the 2000 presidential election, some non-felons were banned due to record-keeping errors and not warned of their disqualification before they no longer had the right to contest it.
In other words, many people on the list were NOT even a felon, they just shared a name with someone from ANOTHER state who was a felon, or some people had their right to vote reinstated before she illegally stole that right.
But Harris succeeded to throw the election in Florida to Bush in 2000 by her traitorous activity of denying US citizens their constitutional right to vote. In a sense she stole the election before she helped steal the election by blocking the counting of all the votes.
2002 New Hampshire Senate election phone jamming scandal
In the 2002 New Hampshire Senate election phone jamming scandal, Republican officials attempted to reduce the number of Democratic voters by paying professional telemarketers in Idaho to make repeated hang-up calls to block Democrats’ ride-to-the-polls phone lines on election day.
2004 presidential election
Allegations surfaced in several states that the group called Voters Outreach of America had collected and submitted Republican voter registration forms while inappropriately disposing of Democratic registration forms.
What the shit stack said to do in 1980, prevent American citizens who might not vote for you from voting at all;
Michigan Republican state legislator John Pappageorge was quoted as saying, “If we do not suppress the Detroit vote, we’re going to have a tough time in this election.”
2006 Virginia Senate election
During the United States Senate election in Virginia, 2006, Secretary of the Virginia State Board of Elections Jean Jensen concluded that the incidents of voter suppression appeared widespread and deliberate. Documented incidents of voter suppression include:
* Democratic voters receiving calls incorrectly informing them voting will lead to arrest.
* Widespread calls fraudulently claiming to be “Webb Volunteers,” falsely telling voters their voting location had changed.
* Fliers paid for by the Republican Party, stating “SKIP THIS ELECTION” was allegedly an attempt to suppress African-American turnout.
A particularly reprehensibly form of voter suppression practiced by republicans acting out the designs of voter denial for opponents of republican candidates;
Which under the National Voting Rights Act of 1993 (NVRA) should be illegal, but the Bush DOJ never enforced the law as usual.
Pre Election Day Operations New Registration Mailing
At whatever point registration in the state closes, a first class mailing should be sent to all new registrants as well as purged/inactive voters. This mailing should welcome the recipient to the voter rolls. It is important that a return address is clearly identifiable. Any mail returned as undeliverable for any reason, should be used to generate a list of problematic registrations. Poll watchers should have this list and be prepared to challenge anyone from this list attempting to vote.
* Shortly before the 2004 election, Palast also obtained a caging list for Jacksonville, Florida, which contained a high number of African Americans and registered Democrats. The caging list was attached to an email which a Florida Republican party official was sending to RNC headquarters official Tim Griffin.
Who BTW worked directly for Karl; Rove
* The Republican National Committee sent letters to predominately urban minority areas in Ohio. When 35,000 letters were returned as undeliverable, the party employed poll watchers to challenge the voters. Voting rights groups challenged the RNC in a case that went to the Supreme Court, but the RNC was not stopped from challenging those voters. Similarly, the RNC sent out 130,000 letters in Philadelphia hoping to cage voters there. Philadelphia is a city with a majority African American population that votes heavily Democratic. The Republicans were attempting to cage votes by people who were likely to vote for the Democratic candidates.
* In the Ohio court challenge, the RNC submitted a caging list that targeted urban and African-American areas in and around Cleveland.
* Journalists found evidence that the Republican National Committee (RNC) attempted to use caging to suppress votes in five states in the 2004 US presidential election. For example, in New Jersey RNC officials used caging lists to challenge absentee ballots and absentee ballot requests.
The reason I find caging particularly reprehensible, is because caging catches anybody who is NOT living at their home of record but registered to vote there.
Caging is designed to go after college students, a block of voters who historically normally do not vote republican,
BUT it catches another subset of the voting public in similar circumstances as to living at their home of record;
DEPLOYED MILITARY MEMBERS especially ones deployed to combat zones where mail sometimes takes upwards of six weeks to arrive and six weeks to be returned.
When the republicans cage a heavily democratic leaning district, they also deny the right to vote to the very people who are actively defending that very right.
During the Bush administration they even allowed voting suppression activist like Hans von Spakovsky and Bradley Schlozman to actively work within the Justice department lead by Alberto Gonzales, to work the anti-american ideas of Weyrich into using federal power to suppress the rights of American citizens to vote.
Republican based voter suppression, something Weyrich helped create and foster to help his extreme ideology to attack the country is a historical fact, People like Weyrich are traitors to the US Constitution, and our country.
And I have no quarter to give to traitors,
whether they use bombs like Timmy McVeigh did,
or the machinery of the Republican Party to subvert the US Constitution.
May they both rot in hell.