voter disenfranchisement

Stacking The Deck Again (Still): The GOP's War On Voting Rights

In a piece posted to ThinkProgress by Kevin Donohoe titled REPORT: In 22 Statehouses Across the Country, Conservatives Move to Disenfranchise Voters, a disturbingly familiar bit of news:

In statehouses across the country, Republican lawmakers are raising the specter of “voter fraud” to push through legislation that would dramatically restrict the voting rights of college students, rural voters, senior citizens, the disabled and the homeless. As part of their larger effort to silence Main Street, conservatives are pushing through new photo identification laws that would exclude millions from voting, depress Hispanic voter turnout by as much as 10 percent, and cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

Excerpt from Kevin Donohoe's ThinkProgress pieceToday's GOP, coupled with the extreme insanity of their Tea Party brethren, has steadfastly pursued an accelerated agenda since they were able to reclaim some of their lost power through the last the election cycle. The previous decade of corruption and abuse, diminished civil rights and undermined social safety nets set the stage. Now, apparently panicking at the thought that they nearly saw all of their dismantling of the New Deal un-done with the transfer of power in the 2008 election cycle, they're scrambling to disable what elements they can and rig anThe ything else that could enhance their chances of keeping their claws on the levers of American power.

NEW: Former GOP operative explains why Republicans will use foreclosure lists to block voters

Originally posted 2008-09-15 10:17:05 -0600 - a subject dear to many of us - standingup

Published this morning the next in what is becoming a series about the GOP's voter suppression tactics this election cycle:

Former GOP operative explains why Republicans will use foreclosure lists to block voters

By Eartha Jane Melzer, Michigan Messenger 15-SEP-08

Unfair but "probably" legal, using foreclosure lists provides cheap and effective strategy for McCain campaign

Lose your house, lose your vote -- the latest incursion against voters' rights

Thanks Rayne... this trend is definitely one to watch! -- if anyone is so inclined to buzz the original Michigan Messenger story, here's the buzz link. (originally posted 2008-09-10 02:23:09 -- cho)

Want to make sure this story gets broad coverage across the internet, because this could happen in other states and particularly swing states.

Michigan Republicans plan to foreclose African American voters

The chairman of the Republican Party in Macomb County Michigan, a key swing county in a key swing state, is planning to use a list of foreclosed homes to block people from voting in the upcoming election as part of the state GOP’s effort to challenge some voters on Election Day.

“We will have a list of foreclosed homes and will make sure people aren’t voting from those addresses,” party chairman James Carabelli told Michigan Messenger in a telephone interview earlier this week. He said the local party wanted to make sure that proper electoral procedures were followed.

What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas -- even at the Nevada Caucus?

What did happen in Nevada, are any of us really sure yet?
Both of the Democratic front-runners, Clinton and Obama, are claiming victory. Hillary is claiming the popular vote and Barack is claiming he received more delegates. Along with this disagreement, there are allegations of shenanigans at caucus locations -- particularly in Clark County.
The Washington Post reports:

Aides for Sen. Barack Obama, who lost the first-in-the-West contest, announced they would ask the state Democratic Party to review reports that Clinton caucus organizers had sought to block entry to certain sites a half hour before the official deadline, as outlined in a Clinton campaign caucus manual.

Obama officials said they weren't contesting Clinton's victory and were seeking the review to prevent confusion in future caucuses. But Obama campaign lawyer Bob Bauer said the early closing times appeared to have had a "clear-cut disenfranchising effect."