Sunday January 29, 2012, 12:49 am
In their ongoing attempt to steal the right to vote from students, workers, the disabled, and minorities, Republicans have been quick to make false allegations of voter fraud, despite conclusive evidence from a DOJ investigation that voter fraud accounts for less than one ten thousandth of one percent, a statistically insignificant amount. South Carolina’s new voter ID law is so draconian that DOJ has blocked it’s implementation on Constitutional grounds. In response SC Republicans are claiming over 900 dead people voted in the recent primary, and trotted out their six best examples. The truth here is almost comical.
Sunday January 29, 2012, 1:21 am
They are either insane or wicked - they can never ever back up their insane allegations with facts - trouble is that they know that a lot of people just read the headlines and don't think - and from that point of view they are winning.
Am delighted to hear about their six best examples though!
Sunday January 29, 2012, 2:09 am
Dang, with those eyes, Haley looks like a head-hung-low hound dawg!
With so many Republican/Teabagger government officials, state and federal, trying to control the vote, it makes me wonder if there isn't something more sinister afoot? Either that, or they recognise that the writing is on the wall and they are running scared! Perhaps the greatest gift at this point that the OWS protests have given the people, is the gift of opening their eyes and questioning what is going on about them. I hope this is the case because when people realise that they can and must participate in government, then they are less likely to follow blindly.
Sunday January 29, 2012, 6:41 am
I really don’t consider that place as a “state” – it is the pit of hell (which coming from an Atheist is saying a lot!) – it’s the beginning and end of bigotry – the genesis of slave trade – the genesis in this country of aristocracy – and they are all slime – anyone who lives there knows exactly why – either they were former plantation owners, slaves or bigots who decided to find a territory where they could perform their perversions in public! Nothing that happens in the god forsaken piece of earth surprises me – similar to Afghanistan only a little bit worse! Why don’t you ask me how I feel about South Carolina (apologies to the 3 people who are probably stuck in that desolate-brained territory and have an IQ - it happens - just try to escape!)
Sunday January 29, 2012, 11:36 am
just another fear tactic by repuglicons to try and convince the uninformed vote (or the biased voter or the prejudical voter) that the process needs to be overhauled to make it tougher to vote....I'm more worried about use of touch screens/scanners that don't have a hard copy to verify that votes went the way the voters wanted.....
Sunday January 29, 2012, 12:43 pm
In 2005 Indiana passed a voter photo ID bill. In the ensuing lawsuit, lawyers arguing in favor of the law produced only 10 possible cases.
Almost 400 million votes were cast in general elections from 2000-2005. The briefs cite one attempt at impersonation that was thwarted without a photo ID requirement and nine unresolved cases where impersonation fraud at the polls was suspected but not proven. These nine cases may have been clerical errors. Not one of the cited reports had occurred in Indiana.
A voter photo ID bill affects about 11% of the population, disproportionately affecting demographic groups that typically vote Democratic. Perhaps inadvertently, it would also affect elderly voters who have given up their driver’s license. It would cost my state, Pennsylvania, about $11 million to implement.
The justification for this bill doesn’t even rise to the level of being flimsy. Since voter suppression is unlawful everywhere, I consider any legislator’s vote in favor of a voter photo ID bill to be a criminal act. In 2008, however, the Supreme Court upheld the law, 6-3. Arguing that the motives of the legislature have no bearing on constitutionality, even the fiercely conservative majority opinion conceded that the Republican Party's partisan interest in reducing voter turnout for the working poor, the elderly, racial minorities, students and people with disabilities likely motivated the law's passage.
Sunday January 29, 2012, 2:41 pm
Meanwhile, in New Hampshire, James O'Keefe (activist filmmaker endorsed by Andrew Breitbart) and his minions--oh, sorry, 'allies'--were using the names of recently deceased people--including a navy veteran--to try to obtain ballots illegally, thereby proving voter fraud. I understand that officials there want him arrested and prosecuted . . . for voter fraud . . . Daily Kos has a petition, if you'd like to sign. (Hint, hint.)
Sunday January 29, 2012, 8:36 pm
Thanks all. OK I did not do the best job of picking the title. The problem is that it's dang near impossible to find a derogatory term for anything they do that does not also apply to everything they do.
Sunday January 29, 2012, 10:39 pm
Considering that the maximum number of 'fraudulent votes' for the entire US in any given year is 9, the entire voter fraud claim by all the Repug/Tea Bagged is an f'ing lie that needs to be thrown out of any and every court in America. But this always brings up 'Election Fraud', now considering that to the best of my knowledge Every Elctronic Voting Machine, particularly those that provide no back up paper trail, are manufactured by companies owned by Repugs, programmed by Repug owned companies and remotely monitored/controlled by Repugs.
Sunday January 29, 2012, 11:06 pm
What can you expect from Nikki Haley? She is a member of the tea party and was endorsed by Sarah Palen. When will SC learn to choose their leaders more carefully? Remember the democrat who ran against Jim Demint? Clarence something or other. He had no campaign office, no staff, wouldn't say who put him in the race. I would bet it wasn't the democrats for sure. This man couldn't put two cohesive sentences together. If that wasn't a red flag that there were some mighty sneaky things happening in SC, I don't know what it will take!
Monday January 30, 2012, 6:56 am
The GOP don't know how to play fair - they think if they say something often enough, it will become the truth.
Which, I guess, is why they keep talking and talking and talking and talking....
Monday January 30, 2012, 8:46 am
Please get involved both locally and nationally to insure access and honest ballot counting. There are many organizations fighting to counter the disenfranchisement of voters. The other issue is to protect against computer manipulation of the vote count. Please don't just complain. fight back!
Tuesday January 31, 2012, 9:13 pm
Not necessarily, Jo. Republicans would claim voter fraud by people casting multiple votes, and we'd be in the same place. Republicans want a system where people who will vote for them have to vote and people who will vote for Democrats are not allowed to vote.