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Elections Panel Calls On States To Make It Easier To Vote


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Americans, elections, freedoms, voter rights, politics, ethics )

Carrie
- 240 days ago - huffingtonpost.com
States should implement online voter registration and expand early voting in order to reduce long lines at the voting booth, the Presidential Commission on Election Administration recommended in a report issued Wednesday.



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Bryna Pizzo (139)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 9:20 pm
Thank you for the good news.
 

Lona Goudswaard (70)
Thursday January 23, 2014, 6:35 am
Presidential elections are one thing, but we all know what a lot of Republican states have done to make voting in general almost impossible for those who are not inclined to vote GOP. Are these legislative changes going to be reversed with this report?
 

John B. (215)
Thursday January 23, 2014, 7:18 am
Thanks Carrie for the link to the article by Mr. Reilly. Great read and very good recommendations, now all we have to do is see if the GOP Governors and legislatures will put them into effect. Read and noted.
 

Jason R. (60)
Thursday January 23, 2014, 2:43 pm
When the right pushes too far. The war on election fraud will be a long one.
 

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Thursday January 23, 2014, 6:23 pm
Great article, Carrie. Thanks for sharing.
 

Alan Lambert (93)
Friday January 24, 2014, 1:56 am
Fan-damned-tastic idea
 

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Elizabeth M. (67)
Friday January 24, 2014, 11:46 am
Thanks for this very informative read Carrie. Noted. Hope nothing will hold back these good recommendations!
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Carrie B. (305)
Friday January 24, 2014, 11:57 am
Spam Flagged.
 

Joanne Dixon (38)
Friday January 24, 2014, 1:46 pm
All good recommendations. My state has a Secretary of State who supervises, among other things, elections We have a great candidate for this office this year, Joe Neguse. If he gets in I'm sure he will utilize these recommendations to the maximum extent possible. If not ...
BTW Phisher flagged
 

Bridget Robertson (106)
Friday January 24, 2014, 2:12 pm
Thank you. I needed some good news.
 

Diane O. (148)
Saturday January 25, 2014, 3:40 am
Before anyone votes they must prove that they are American citizens. The taxpayers are funding over $60 billion in fraud and abuse in our social programs. How do we stop voter fraud? It takes a photo ID and even then there will be those voting who shouldn't be voting in any election due to fake ID's.

I'm all in for stopping voter fraud. We shouldn't make it easier for those who aren't American citizens. I'm skeptical of "on line" registration but I'm open to new ways to tighten up voter fraud.
 

James Maynard (68)
Saturday January 25, 2014, 12:28 pm
Excellent report with concrete solutions.
Thank you for sharing Carrie.
 

Carrie B. (305)
Saturday January 25, 2014, 1:39 pm
"Shocker: Republicans Account For Most Cases Of U.S. Voter Fraud"
AUTHOR: WES WILLIAMS JUNE 21, 2013 12:47 PM

"The Republican party is certain that U.S. elections are rife with voter fraud. How are they so sure of that? Apparently because Republican operatives are the source of most of it.

This past Tuesday, Adam Ward of Bassett County Virginia pleaded guilty to 36 counts of voter fraud and perjury in connection with an attempt to help Newt Gingrich reach the number of signatures required to appear on last year’s Virginia presidential primary ballot. Ward collected over 11,000 signatures on behalf of Gingrich, over 4,000 of which, according to investigators, could not be verified. According to RawStory, the Virginia campaign of Texas governor Rick Perry faced a similar dilemma, with almost half the 11,900 signatures collected on his behalf failing verification. No Perry supporters are currently facing criminal charges.

A variety of Republican-controlled state legislatures passed “anti-voter fraud” legislation in 2012, in what was considered by many to be a blatant attempt to disenfranchise traditional Democratic constituencies such as minorities and college students. These measures typically centered around enhanced ID requirements for voters. Courts blocked the implementation of many of these laws in time for the 2012 election, but left open the possibility that they could be permitted to go into effect in the future. The Minnesota Post reported that an analysis of over 2,000 cases of voter fraud revealed an “infinitesimal” rate of fraud, and that “in person” fraud of the type that is targeted by voter ID laws is “virtually non-existent.”

The irony of the big GOP push for voter ID laws seems to be that when it comes to actual voter fraud, Republicans are often the ones who are most responsible. Consider the following examples of voter fraud that have been committed over the past few years:

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) has recently closed two cases involving Strategic Allied Consulting, a Republican hired vendor. Although investigators found at least 11 voter registration forms that were of questionable authenticity, no charges were filed due to lack of evidence. Strategic Allied Consulting is the subject of three ongoing cases in Florida. A FDLE spokesperson said that no details could be provided regarding those cases.
Last November two Republican voters in separate states decided to prove how easy it would be to vote illegally. Both were arrested and charged with voter fraud.
In February 2012 a jury found Indiana’s Republican secretary of state, Charlie White, guilty on six counts of voter fraud, theft, and perjury.
Four staffers of Republican congressman Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) were indicted last August, charged with submitting over 1,500 “forged and falsified” signatures in what the Michigan attorney general, also a Republican, called a “blatant” and “disgraceful” attempt to qualify the congressman for last year’s ballot."
 

Jason R. (60)
Saturday January 25, 2014, 5:04 pm
LOL Diane is such a liar!
 

Lona Goudswaard (70)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 5:19 am
Carrie, you rock!
 
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