Voter Fraud Does Exist — In the Cheney Family

You know how the GOP has been passing restrictive Voter ID laws to suppress the vote of “those people” in the guise of fighting non-existent voter fraud?

Well, it turns out voter fraud does exist — in Liz Cheney’s house.  Liz (daughter of Dick, in more ways than one) is running for Senate in her “home” (of five minutes) state of Wyoming against GOP incumbent Mike Enzi.  But her husband Phil Perry, who is an attorney at the prestigious Latham & Watkins firm, has been registered to vote in both Virginia and Wyoming since last March.  When Perry registered in Wyoming, he signed an oath that he wasn’t registered in another state.

Can’t wait to hear how they ‘splain spin this.

Ohio Looks to Get It Right — Far Right — In 2016

Y’all remember John Husted, the GOP Secretary of State in Ohio, and all his efforts to suppress the presidential vote and help Mitt, first by pushing Voter ID and then by trying to restrict early voting.  It took federal judges to rein this zealous moron in.

But Husted is nothing, if not tenacious.  His new bright idea is that Ohio’s 18 electoral vote be allocated by congressional district, rather than winner-take-all.  Ohio’s districts have been so insanely gerrymandered to favor the GOP that even though Obama won Ohio’s votes, if Husted’s proposed system had been in place, Obama would have gotten only 6 electoral votes, and Mitt would have gotten 12.

Instead of stopping people from voting or allocating their votes unreasonably, why doesn’t the GOP try to win by, oh, I don’t know, maybe offering some good ideas, maybe not pissing off women and Hispanics and African Americans and people who live in cities or on a coast?  Just a thought, people.

 

Karl Rove Really Needs To Be Committed

Rove went on Fox News to say that Obama “succeeded by suppressing the vote.”

Yes, that explains all the GOP-driven Voter ID laws, decreased early voting, and excruciatingly long lines in heavily Dem/minority areas.  The people who waited in line six or seven hours weren’t rich white guys voting for Romney.  I will be forever grateful to those who stuck it out despite Karl’s best efforts to stick it to them.

Why Mitt Was Campaigning in Pennsylvania

Poll workers in PA are allowed to ask for Voter ID, but it is not required to vote.  Talking Points Memo reports on how well this ridiculous policy is working out:

“Voting and civil rights activists said Tuesday that Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law was causing mass confusion across the state as people tried to go to the polls.

“Because of a judge’s ruling in October, the law attempted to walk a line by allowing poll workers to ask voters for photo identification while also giving voters a big loophole to cast a regular ballot without it.

“The Election Protection’s coalition voter hotline here began lighting up with complaints soon after polls opened. Some voters said they were upset about being asked for photo identification. Others said they had been turned away because they did not provide it.

“’We’ve definitely gotten reports about voters being turned away,’ Eric Marshall, co-director of the Election Protection coalition, told TPM. ‘We’ve had reports of people who have shown up, been asked, and when they didn’t show ID they were turned away.’”

I’m guessing these people who were turned away are not rich white people.

Pennsylvania Voter I. D. Struck Down

The new Pennsylvania voter I. D. law, designed to reduce votes for President Obama, has been struck down for this election cycle.

This is final for the 2012 election, no more appeals.  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court had previously told the Commonwealth Court judge that he must stop the law unless he found that it wouldn’t disenfranchise people, and today he said that he couldn’t make that finding.

President Obama has a solid lead in Pennsylvania polls, and this should ensure that those who want to vote for him (and other Democratic candidates) will be able to do so.

This is a big win for Democrats, but even more, it’s a big victory for our democracy.

Voter ID Struck Down in Texas

A special three-judge federal panel has struck down the new Texas voter ID law.  Judge David Tatel wrote that the state’s evidence that the law wouldn’t discriminate against minorities was “unpersuasive, invalid or both.”  As a state with a history of discrimination, Texas is covered under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, so such laws get special scrutiny.

Mitt is going to win Texas, so this ruling won’t affect the presidential race there.  I’m more concerned about voter ID laws in places like New Hampshire, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, where the new laws could well affect the outcome between Mitt and President Obama.  Section 5 doesn’t apply to northern states.

Obama Up in PA

The new Philadelphia Inquirer Poll among likely voters (more accurate than registered voters) shows President Obama up over Mitt in Pennsylvania, 51 to 42.

Of course, we don’t know how bad the voter suppression will be in PA with the new Voter ID law, expected to (and intended to!) stop voters more likely to support Obama.

Everyone in Ohio Should Vote Against Mitt

With their Tea Party victories in state legislatures in 2010, the GOP has been moving to suppress voter turnout in 2012 among groups that favor President Obama, such as minorities, students, young voters.  Aside from the well-publicized Voter ID laws, they’re also trying to shorten early voting periods, which helped Obama last time.

In Ohio, the GOP-controlled legislature eliminated three days of early voting that occurred in 2008, during which almost 100,000 people voted.  Obama won Ohio.  The shortening of early voting made an exception for military voters.  The Obama Administration sued to reinstate those three days for everybody, whether you are active military or not.

But the GOP has been yelling and screaming that the Kenyan Muslim Socialist, who hates the military and American power, is trying to keep servicemen and women from voting, rather than tell the truth, which is that Obama is trying to let everybody vote as they did in 2008.

Mitt and Fox News and the whole GOP agitprop machine know they’re lying about this, but they just don’t care.  Mitt is doing deceitful ads about it.

The people of Michigan should show that lies have consequences and unanimously vote for Obama.