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Could African-American Women Voters Win the Election for Obama?

Could African-American Women Voters Win the Election for Obama?

In the 2008 election, voter turnout among African-American women surged and helped in part to elect President Obama. In response, Republicans have pushed restrictive voter ID bills designed to throw hurdles up between minority voter turnout and actual votes cast.

Not surprisingly, a lot of black women are not having it.

The Washington Post reports
that the wave of new voter restrictions designed to tip the scales in the GOP’s favor has inspired African-American women to go out and register voters in order to make sure they are not disenfranchised in November. Featuring a group of women in Ohio, the piece details how African-American women are finding their voice and their power in this new political economy.

Judith Browne-Dianis, co-director of The Advancement Project, said black women showed in 2008 they can turn out in record numbers. But in 2010, “we sat home and while we were sitting at home, there were others that were plotting and what they decided to do was to change the rules of the game.”

The women invoke the name of abolitionist and women’s suffragist Sojourner Truth, and repeat civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer’s famous line — “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired” — as a rallying cry. They talk strategy about checking to see who’s been purged from voter rolls or locating documents that voters need to get photo identification. All along, they remind voters of the time, before the Voting Rights Act of 1965 became law, when black people were kept from voting.

Barbara Arnwine, executive director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said a voter hotline set up by several groups already gets a thousand calls a day. Callers are typically people who don’t know if they can vote, whether their felony conviction keeps them from voting or what ID is required in their state, if at all.

Her organization has created a computer app that allows people to verify their registration status, get help registering online, learn about voting requirements in their state, find polling places and receive other assistance.

It is this coordinated effort with an understanding of the personal civil rights struggle and victory that voting represents among African-Americans that can truly push back against the tide of cynicism and lust for power driving the voter ID rush. It is offensive, at its core, to target populations that have been historically and systematically oppressed for nothing more than the color of their skin. With some hard work and a little luck all that cynicism from the right will be for nothing.

 

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4:37AM PDT on Oct 3, 2012

Anyone with any sense, intelligence and basic decency will vote for Obama in the November election!

12:07PM PDT on Oct 2, 2012

TOGETHER WE CAN!

1:04AM PDT on Oct 2, 2012

there is no doubts about it!

2:09PM PDT on Oct 1, 2012

I tell you what win or lose we are going to be out in full force and affect for Obama in November. We realize he is the only one who has got our back. A lot of black women are single mothers trying to raise their children and on the low end of the totem pole. We get no respect and less pay than the white men and women and the black man. Most of us "work" just like every one else but for Mutt Romney its not enough - -we're still freeloaders. Black women all over the nation are proud to see a black man being president, married, taking care of his business, working it, and raising his family. It is a downright shame that the republican party has to resort to defrauding the electoral process by hiring firms to rig the vote, making up false voter registration forms and disenfranchising black voters. They are doing this because they realize they cannot win on their own merits. They have no policies and what little policies they do have, only benefit the wealthy. Also way to many black men have fallen by the way side, selling drugs, doing drugs, burglarizing someone else's home, killing each other, alcoholics, wife beating, you name it they are doing it. Black man, sit down, go to school and earn an honest living. They need to look to Obama as a role model and strive to be more like him instead of the despicable acts they are now engaged in which they think makes them a man.

7:50AM PDT on Sep 29, 2012

It is not surprizing that the most oppressed group in America are the one's leading the fight and showing us the way to fight for our rights. Just like the hotel maids and homeworkers who are leading the fight to unionize the lowest paid workers in society. African American women are usually at the bottom of the income scale of all groups. We need to learn from them and join them in their struggle. It makes us all better.

12:03AM PDT on Sep 29, 2012

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ALSO: 10+ recent cases of voter fraud by very high-profile GOPers...

including: ... • MITT ROMNEY... ... NEWT GINGRICH... ... REP. TODD AKIN... ... ANN COULTER... and the cast of ethically deficient clowns who were caught.


(Pssst - and spread it around! I hadn't heard a word about this recent stuff until I found it myself.)

12:00AM PDT on Sep 29, 2012

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Similarly, the willful submission of “any false voter registration information” is also a third degree felony. (Just don’t tell fading GOP superstar Ann Coulter that, since she submitted fraudulent information on her own voter registration form — in Palm Beach County, FL, coincidentally — back in 2005, before knowingly voting at the wrong precinct illegally, as The BRAD BLOG has covered in great detail here over the years. See BradBlog.com/CoulterFraud for full documentation.)

The Post reports that “The 106 applications flagged by Bucher were part of a batch of 304 turned in Sept. 5 by the contractor, using the Republican Party of Florida’s identification number.”

As of tonight, the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) says they have fired the firm, which they claim they had hired at the request of the Republican National Party. ...

My comment: I accidentally clicked on a link when copy-pasting to get a notice that the statute the link led to was not available.

Is it in the process of being altered to not apply to Republicans when caught?

Please do read this in full at: http://www.salon.com/writer/brad_friedman/

Don't miss the link to: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=9467

Republican U.S. House Staffers Indicted for Felony Election Fraud as GOP Fraud Epidemic Continues

MI prosecutors: 'Blatant', 'disgraceful' aides 'lost moral compass', were 'completely indifferent to requirements of law'

ALSO: 10+ r

11:46PM PDT on Sep 28, 2012

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But Strategic Allied Consulting is not the only case of its kind, as a massive GOP voter registration scheme, which could involve the upper-echelons of the national party, appears to be underway.

Questionable’ registrations in Palm Beach

The Palm Beach Post reports tonight that Bucher turned the “questionable” applications over to Florida State Attorney Peter Antonacci and Chief Assistant State Attorney Paul Zacks during a meeting on Monday in “an abundance of caution” after her staff “had questions about similar-looking signatures, missing information and wrong addresses on the forms.”

The paper reports that “some of the applications she questioned were for new voter registrations while others were for address or party affiliation changes or requests for new voter cards.”

According to the FL Election Code, the alteration of a “voter registration application…without the other person’s knowledge and consent” is a third degree felony, punishable by a $5,000 fine and up to five years in jail.

Similarly, the willful submission of “any false voter registration information” is also a third degree felony. (Just don’t tell fading GOP superstar Ann Coulter that, since she submitted fraudulent information on her own voter registration form — in Palm Beach County, FL, coincidentally — back in 2005, before knowingly voting at the wrong precinct illegally, as The BRAD BL

11:44PM PDT on Sep 28, 2012

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The firm is not only tied to the Florida GOP, but also to the Mitt Romney Campaign, which hired Sproul as a political consultant late last year, despite years of fraud allegations against his organizations in multiple states.

Moreover, the firm is also reportedly operating similar voter registration operations on behalf of the Republican Party, to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars, in a number of key battleground states this year, including North Carolina, Virginia and Colorado. Strategic Allied has recently taken steps to hide their ownership by Sproul’s notorious firm, Sproul & Associates.

Palm Beach County Supervisor of Election Susan Bucher confirmed to The BRAD BLOG late this evening that she turned over 106 suspicious voter registration applications to the Florida State Attorney during a meeting yesterday afternoon in Palm Beach, after the “questionable” applications were submitted to her office by a worker for Strategic Allied.

The forms were said to all have similar signatures, changed addresses and party affiliations, and other defects which appear to have all been done by the same hand.

The case emerging in Florida tonight mirrors a similar incident reported earlier this year in which more than a thousand fraudulent voter registration forms were discovered to have been turned in to the Sacramento County, CA Registrar of Voters by a group hired by that state’s Republican Party.

11:42PM PDT on Sep 28, 2012

If everyone's votes get through votes get through...

http://www.salon.com/writer/brad_friedman/

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012
Fla. voter registration fraud charge has ties to Romney
Florida GOP fires firm linked to Romney after suspicious voter forms reported
By Brad Friedman, The BRAD BLOG

The Republican Party of Florida’s top recipient of 2012 expenditures, a firm by the name of Strategic Allied Consulting, was just fired on Tuesday night, after more than 100 apparently fraudulent voter registration forms were discovered to have been turned in by the group to the Palm Beach County, FL Supervisor of Elections.

The firm appears to be another shell company of Nathan Sproul, a longtime, notorious Republican operative, hired year after year by GOP Presidential campaigns, despite being accused of shredding Democratic voter registration forms in a number of states over several past elections.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Strategic Allied Consulting has been paid some $667,000 this year by the Florida GOP, presumably to run its voter registration campaigns in the state. That number, however, does not account for another identical payment made in August. The Palm Beach Post is reporting tonight that the firm received “more than $1.3 million” from the Republican Party of Florida “to register new voters.”

The firm is not only tied to the Florida GOP, but also to the Mitt Romney Campaign, which hired Sproul as a political co

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