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Unread post by Vrede too » Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:09 am

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Found:
Voter IQ laws. Now.
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Unread post by O Really » Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:08 pm

That's funny, but so true!

So this month it's nice to be Vermonters. We've got a heavily-Dem-dominated Senate and House, along with about a fourth or so of the Representatives proudly elected on the Progressive ticket. The Governor is nominally Republican, but is a self-described "fiscally conservative, socially liberal" guy with a record to prove it and a 65% favorable rating even by Dems. Trump stickers/signs are a lot more rare than moose, or for that matter more rare than a yard tractor without a snow plow. So far we've seen no signs that there is a Trump.

Bike trails everywhere, lots of hiking, 'yaking (still water to white water), local cheese, local beer, legal weed, death with dignity, and the only state capitol in the US with no Wal-Mart.

Too bad winter is so long. Otherwise, we'd probably never leave.

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Report: Trump commission did not find widespread voter fraud

The now-disbanded voting integrity commission launched by the Trump administration uncovered no evidence to support claims of widespread voter fraud, according to an analysis of administration documents released Friday.

... Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said the documents show there was a “pre-ordained outcome” and that drafts of a commission report included a section on evidence of voter fraud that was “glaringly empty.”

“It’s calling into the darkness, looking for voter fraud,” Dunlap, a Democrat, told The Associated Press. “There’s no real evidence of it anywhere.” ...
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Unread post by Vrede too » Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:04 pm

To: "Rep. Chuck McGrady" <chuck.mcgrady@ncleg.net>, "Sen. Chuck Edwards" <chuck.edwards@ncleg.net>
Cc: info@roycooper.com
Subject: GOP vs. voters

Hi folks,

This is yet another installment in my expression of utter disgust with your wasting so much of our money, your racism, and your complete disdain for fairness, democracy and NC's voters.

Federal Court Strikes Down North Carolina Congressional Map Again
https://www.yahoo.com/news/federal-cour ... 57072.html

Shame.

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Judge James A. Wynn Jr. was born and "grew up in the Eastern North Carolina community of Robersonville. He holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, 1975); Marquette University Law School (Juris Doctor, 1979) and University of Virginia School of Law (Master of Laws, Judicial Process, 1995).

"Wynn served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Navy on active duty for four years - stationed at Navy Base, Norfolk, Virginia. He continued his service for 26 more years in the Navy Reserve which included service as a military judge.

"Wynn served on both the North Carolina Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of North Carolina. In the American Bar Association, Wynn served as Chair of the Appellate Judges Conference and the Judicial Division."

The nomination of Wynn was endorsed by North Carolina Sen. "Richard Burr, a Republican. His nomination was confirmed by the full Senate on August 5, 2010 by unanimous consent."
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United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Senior Judge William Earl Britt "was born in McDonald, North Carolina.... He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Wake Forest University in 1956 and a Bachelor of Laws from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1958. He was in the United States Army (SP-4) from 1953 to 1955."
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Why are you Republicans so terrified of running on the issues that you constantly try to unethically and illegally rig the system?

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Voters Will Likely Use North Carolina's Unconstitutional Congressional Map Again This Year

North Carolina is unlikely to have new congressional districts this year, even though they are so gerrymandered in Republicans’ favor that a federal court ruled this week they violate the U.S. Constitution. It was the second time this year the court reached that conclusion.

The chances that the districts would get redrawn before the Nov. 6 election dropped significantly Friday after those who had challenged the map told the federal court in a brief it would be a bad idea to try to set new districts ahead of the midterms.

The challengers ― Common Cause, the League of Women Voters and the North Carolina Democratic Party ― said imposing new districts would “be too disruptive and potentially counterproductive” because the election was so close. Earlier this week, a panel of three federal judges in North Carolina left open the possibility of quickly drawing new districts after finding the current plan violated Article I of the U.S. Constitution as well as the First and 14th Amendments.

Republicans have controlled 10 of the state’s 13 congressional districts since 2012, and the briefing from the plaintiffs makes it very likely they will maintain an extremely favorable map for November’s vote. Republican legislative leaders had already vowed to appeal the ruling and said it would be impossible to create new districts this year.

In their brief, the plaintiffs said that ordering the new districts would cause chaos in the state and would be contrary to their mission of good government. They asked the court to appoint a “special master” to draw new districts that would be used in the 2020 elections....
I don't disagree with Common Cause, the League of Women Voters and the North Carolina Democratic Party, but the NC GOP still sucks. There should be some penalty other than just having to draw or accept a new map for 2020.

Court Says North Carolina Constitutional Amendment Questions Are Too Misleading To Be On The Ballot
The proposed measures would strip power from the governor, but the amendment descriptions don’t mention that.


A North Carolina court on Tuesday blocked questions on two state constitutional amendments that would strip power from the state’s governor from appearing on the November ballot, saying the wording of the measures was too misleading.

The 2-1 decision is a victory for Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who sued to prevent the amendments, drafted and passed by the GOP-controlled legislature, from appearing on the ballot. One of the measures would strip the governor of the ability to make appointments to the state elections board and give that power to the legislature. The second would limit the governor’s power to fill vacancies on state courts, allowing him to choose only from candidates selected by the legislature.

The court took issue with a provision in the state elections board amendment that said the measure would “clarify the appointment authority of the Legislative and the Judicial Branches.” The judges in the majority noted that the amendment would substantially change the distribution of power between the executive and the judiciary but the ballot language says nothing about how the amendment would change the governor’s power.

The measure, the majority wrote, did not “sufficiently inform the voters and is not stated in such manner to allow them to intelligently express their opinion on it.”

The panel had a similar issue with the amendment dealing with judicial appointments. The ballot question says the amendment would create a “nonpartisan merit-based system that relies on professional qualifications instead of political influence,” but the court said the amendment didn’t require legislators to consider only professional qualifications or prohibit lawmakers from taking politics into account when considering possible judges. The ballot question also failed to describe how the amendment would change the governor’s power, the court said.

The court had ordered that printing of ballots be delayed while the litigation was pending and on Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction, saying the measures should be blocked because Cooper was likely to succeed in the suit.

Republican legislative leaders appealed the decision on Wednesday to the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and Cooper requested that the case move directly to the state Supreme Court.

Republicans are reportedly considering a special session to rewrite the amendments.

Lawyers for the legislature argued that it would be improper for a court to step in and determine the language of the amendments that voters will decide on. Dallas Woodhouse, the executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party, has floated the possibility of impeaching state Supreme Court justices if they vote to remove the amendments from the ballot.

Republicans have fought to make sure that they control the wording that voters see on the ballot in November. Last month they passed a law blocking a three-person panel controlled by Democrats from writing short summaries of the amendments, out of fear that the descriptions would be used to sway voters.

The court ruled in the same case on Tuesday that two other questions on constitutional amendments — one on a lower income tax cap and one on a photo voter identification requirement — could appear on the ballot.

Two additional amendment questions, dealing with victims’ rights and a right to hunt and fish, are also set to go on the ballot this fall.
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If It Doesn't Have Paper Backups and Automatic Audits, It's Not an Election Security Bill

... It only makes sense to harden the security of U.S. voting machines, which are perhaps the most direct route to impacting an election’s results. But the current bill that’s advancing in the Senate, the Secure Elections Act, is no solution at all. If it isn’t strengthened dramatically, senators should vote against this deeply flawed bill.

The best solution to stop a possible hack of voting machines is clear: all machines must use a paper trail that’s regularly audited. Many states with voting machines already use paper, but more than a dozen are using at least some machines that provide no paper trail. In five states—New Jersey, Delaware, South Carolina, Georgia, and Louisiana—not a single jurisdiction has a paper trail.

As important as they are, paper trails only work if they’re checked. As we’ve said since the aftermath of the 2016 election, we not only need elections to be auditable, we need them to be audited.

Currently, U.S. elections are usually audited only when they are extremely close or in other unusual situations. There is a cheap and effective way to audit all of our elections, using a system that statisticians call “risk-limiting audits.” By hand-verifying a small number of randomly chosen ballots, election officials can check, with a high degree of certainty, that the election results were recorded properly. Because they don’t involve massive statewide recounts, such audits can and should be performed after each election. Election audits should be like an annual checkup, not like a visit to the emergency room.

The current bill moving ahead in the Senate, S. 2593, falls far short. The bill once included both of these measures, but following amendments, now has neither. It isn’t a mystery how to get this done. A competing bill introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden would mandate both risk-limiting audits and a verifiable paper trail, and has gained three more cosponsors since S. 2593 has been watered down.

Secure and verifiable voting isn’t optional. Tell the Senate to either pass a strong bill or oppose the Secure Elections Act.
Tell Congress: Pass (Sen. Ron Wyden's) Protecting American Votes and Elections Act

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Supreme Court Orders Disclosure For Dark Money, As New Report Unveils Some Donors

The Supreme Court on Tuesday insisted that many donations to predominantly conservative political nonprofit groups — what's often called dark money — be disclosed, seven weeks ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

The ruling closes, at least for now, a loophole that has allowed wealthy donors to finance aggressive ads while staying anonymous. Crafted by the Federal Election Commission nearly 40 years ago, the loophole flourished after the 2010 Citizens United ruling.

The court set aside an order issued by Chief Justice John Roberts on Saturday. The social welfare group Crossroads GPS, a defendant in the lawsuit, had fought to stall disclosure while it prepares to appeal. It failed in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and then appealed to the Supreme Court.

The disclosure requirement is expected to apply to explicitly political ads by nonprofit groups for the remaining weeks of the campaign season....
Wow, that's huge. Shine a light on those fat cat cockroaches.
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Federal Judge To Block Georgia From Rejecting Absentee Ballots Based On Signatures

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It's very possible that SoS Brian Kemp's lame efforts to suppress legit votes will inspire more people to vote for Stacey Abrams (D) than he's suppressed.

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Unread post by Vrede too » Fri Oct 26, 2018 8:56 pm

I am NOT posting this in hopes that you donate. I don't ever do that except for IDing progressive disaster relief groups. However, voter suppression matters a lot to me and I'm too lazy to look for a different article or website that discusses the issue.


Help Standing Rock Vote

Help Standing Rock Fight Voter Suppression in North Dakota.

North Dakota implemented a discriminatory voter ID law targeting Native Americans earlier this month. The District Court found the law had a disproportionate and discriminatory effect on Native voters, yet ultimately the Supreme Court allowed the new rule to take effect.

Now, ND voters can’t use the voter ID they used in the primary because it doesn’t include their now-needed current residential address. Native Americans are disproportionately affected because a majority lack residential street addresses on account of their homes on the Reservation having P.O. Boxes instead of addresses, by no fault of their own.

“This law clearly discriminates against Native Americans in North Dakota. Our voices should be heard and they should be heard fairly at the polls just like all other Americans,” says Chairman Mike Faith.

We are raising money so that our voices can be heard in the upcoming election. Your contribution will help us with: (1) transporting tribal members to the polls; (2) purchasing ID cards for tribal members; and (3) filing voting information paperwork.

If you'd prefer to mail us a contribution, please send a check payable to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to:

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Attn: Danielle Finn
Standing Rock Admin Building
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Stand up to those who wish to silence our voices by supporting our movement.
It's no accident that this arises in a year where the ND US Senate race was tight. It's not anymore, though - Cramer (R) +14. The ND House seat is not in play, either.
https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epoll ... e_map.html
I don't know about other state and local races where the Standing Rock turnout might matter.

Michigan referendum [sic] would expand ballot access, countering a trend toward voter suppression

With less than two weeks until the midterm elections, voter suppression is in the news in states from North Dakota (where a new law requiring voters to register with street addresses rather than post office boxes is likely to disenfranchise many Native Americans living on reservations) to Georgia (where the Republican secretary of state, who is also running for governor, has implemented a strict ID match policy that has stricken hundreds of thousands of mostly minority voters from the rolls). In Kansas, whose secretary of state — who helped run the White House’s investigation of nonexistent voter fraud — is also running for governor, the only polling station in a predominantly Hispanic town of 27,000 was shut down. And the long-standing protections for minority voters in the Voting Rights Act were mostly gutted by the 2013 Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder.

But some states are going in the other direction. Michigan is leading the way with a ballot referendum [sic] for an amendment to the state Constitution: Proposal 3, known as Promote the Vote. It would implement automatic voter registration for anyone getting a driver’s license or ID (unless the person choses to opt out), allow same-day registration with proof of residence and make it easier for deployed military personnel to vote. It would also introduce no-excuse absentee voting, allowing residents to mail in a ballot for any reason. And it would restore straight-party-ticket voting, allowing voters to check one box to choose all the candidates from one party, which could increase voting for down-ballot races that attract less attention.

Polling indicates that the proposal is likely to pass....

Another initiative on the ballot in Michigan, Proposal 2, would create an independent commission to draw congressional and state legislative districts. This is an attempt to eliminate partisan gerrymandering by the Legislature, which redraws the lines every 10 years when a new census comes out. The proposal would turn the job over to a commission with members of both major parties and independents charged with establishing “geographically compact and contiguous districts of equal population, reflecting Michigan’s diverse population and communities of interest.”

A half-dozen other states, including California, also have nonpartisan or bipartisan commissions to draw legislative district lines.

Jocelyn Benson, the Democratic candidate for secretary of state in Michigan, supports both measures. She has said that a purge of voter rolls by the outgoing Republican in that position led to Hillary Clinton’s narrow 10,000-vote loss in the state in 2016....

How likely are the measures to become new constitutional amendments? Enthusiasm for the proposals has been high, beginning with getting them on the ballot. Michigan state law required 315,654 signatures and in July, supporters submitted more than 430,000 signatures for Proposal 3. A poll earlier this month found 72 percent support for expanding voting rights and 19 percent opposing it. The same poll found 55 percent support for the independent redistricting plan.

The process of getting measures on the ballot varies by state, so the path Michigan is taking to expand voting rights would not work everywhere else in the country. There are other ballot initiatives related to voting in play this November, including a Florida amendment that would restore voting rights to felons who have completed their sentence. A recent poll shows the measure leading 65 percent to 28 percent; it requires 60 percent to pass. A Nevada measure that would institute automatic voter registration is also on the ballot, and independent redistricting plans are up for a vote in Colorado and Utah.
Correction: Referendums are referred to the people by the Leg., and the current Michigan government is con thanks to prior and ongoing gerrymandering and voter suppression. These measures are initiatives - placed on the ballot by citizen signatures.

ACLU sues Dodge City over voting access for Hispanics

Moving the only polling site in Dodge City, Kansas, outside the city limits will make it more difficult for the city's majority Hispanic population to vote because they tend to have less access to transportation and flexible work schedules, according to a federal lawsuit filed Friday.

The lawsuit also seeks a temporary restraining order that would force Ford County to open a second voting location in Dodge City for the Nov. 6 election after the county sent newly registered voters an official certificate of registration that listed the wrong place to cast a ballot in the general election.

The southwest Kansas city, located 160 miles (257 kilometers) west of Wichita, has only one polling site for its 27,000 residents. For nearly two decades, that site was at the civic center in the mostly white part of town. Citing road construction, the county moved it for the November election outside the city limits to a facility more than a mile from the nearest bus stop.

The federal lawsuit was filed by The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas on behalf of the League of United Latin American Citizens and voter Alejandro Rangel-Lopez, and names Ford County Clerk Deborah Cox as its defendant.

"We understand that there are people who believe voting is a privilege, but we don't. It is a right that must be fiercely protected. We can and must do better," said Micah Cubic, executive director of the ACLU in a news release announcing the lawsuit.

Cox did not immediately return a call for comment.

The iconic Dodge City of yesteryear embodied the romance of the American West with its cattle drives and buffalo hunters, but today this western Kansas town is 60 percent Hispanic after an influx of immigrants drawn to its two meatpacking plants.

The Wichita Eagle reported that after the ACLU initially objected to the Dodge City's single, out-of-town location. Cox forwarded to the state an ACLU letter asking her to publicize a voter help. "LOL," she wrote in an email to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office.

Cox told the newspaper she didn't mean anything when she wrote "LOL," and the move wasn't done with any racial intention at all....
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Unread post by billy.pilgrim » Sat Oct 27, 2018 6:26 am

Her defense choices were
I always write words without meaning, or
I thought LOL meant Lots of Love, or Luck, or Linguine, or
Words, who knew they were so different? or
Let's call Boof.
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billy.pilgrim wrote:
Sat Oct 27, 2018 6:26 am
Her defense choices were
I always write words without meaning, or
I thought LOL meant Lots of Love, or Luck, or Linguine, or
Words, who knew they were so different? or
Let's call Boof.
Bigot and anti-democracy extremist Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the recipient of Ford County Clerk Deborah Cox's voter suppression conspiracy implying "LOL" email, is only leading by 1% in the Kansas Governor race, Kansas!
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Supreme Court turns away Pennsylvania electoral map dispute

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rebuffed a bid by Republican legislators in Pennsylvania to reinstate a congressional district map struck down by that state's top court as unlawfully biased in favor of Republicans.

A new state electoral map, devised by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court after it invalidated the Republican-drawn districts in January, is seen as giving Democrats a better shot at gaining seats in the U.S. House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 congressional elections in which President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans are seeking to retain control of Congress....
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Pubs work on plans to outright steal LAST election.

Unread post by Vrede too » Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:28 pm

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Kobach (R-KS) wants voter fraud committee reinstated to figure out why he lost.
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Unread post by Vrede too » Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:29 pm

Wisconsin’s GOP Aims to Strip Power From the Incoming Democratic Governor
Republican lawmakers will try to do it this week.


Just like NC when Cooper was elected Gov. 2 years ago. The courts struck some things down, let others stand. The NC voters just shot down 2 further GOP power grab efforts in the election last month.
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