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grieker

The headlines is written incorrectly.  It is like this.

Republicans are making American elections more secure by making it harder for illegal voting activity.

Do you object to the requirement to present a photo ID to purchase alcohol?  A purchase that affects and has little effect on others?

Yet you DO object to requiring the identity of voters in American elections which affects and has an effect on millions of people and the direction of America?

WTF?

Until you've "done your time" and paid you debt to society - sorry.  Don't care if you are a liberal, Democrat or Republican or in today's world - uncertain of what you are.

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Myth of Voter Fraud

It is important to protect the integrity of our elections. But we must be careful not to undermine free and fair access to the ballot in the name of preventing voter fraud. 

President Donald Trump has repeatedly, and falsely, claimed millions voted illegally. Yet examination after examination of voter fraud claims reveal fraud is very rare, voter impersonation is nearly non-existent, and much of the problems associated with alleged fraud relates to unintentional mistakes by voters or election administrators. Election officials and leaders of the president’s own party also agree fraud is not widespread.

The Brennan Center's seminal report "The Truth About Voter Fraud" conclusively demonstrated most allegations of fraud turn out to be baseless — and that of the few allegations remaining, most reveal election irregularities and other forms of election misconduct. And numerous other studies have reached the same conclusion. In a recent report, "Noncitizen Voting: The Missing Millions," the Brennan Center debunked President Trump's claim that millions improperly voted in the 2016 election. 

Voter fraud is not acceptable in our elections, but we must find solutions that address actual problems instead of imposing policies that make it harder for millions of eligible Americans to participate in our democracy.

https://www.brennancenter.org/issues/voter-fraud

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FACTS of voter fraud.

If you have no idea who is voting - you cannot determine fraud with few exceptions of some morons.

There is no state, city or municipality that has suppressed any voters - period.

There are states, cities and municipalities that have, in an attempt to secure the American election process, taken steps to require government created photo identification.  With all the insignificant processes that require photo identification, voting which determines changes and affects on Americans, photo identification for voting is a requirement.

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On 5/3/2019 at 11:07 AM, prettylight said:

Myth of Voter Fraud

It is important to protect the integrity of our elections. But we must be careful not to undermine free and fair access to the ballot in the name of preventing voter fraud. 

President Donald Trump has repeatedly, and falsely, claimed millions voted illegally. Yet examination after examination of voter fraud claims reveal fraud is very rare, voter impersonation is nearly non-existent, and much of the problems associated with alleged fraud relates to unintentional mistakes by voters or election administrators. Election officials and leaders of the president’s own party also agree fraud is not widespread.

The Brennan Center's seminal report "The Truth About Voter Fraud" conclusively demonstrated most allegations of fraud turn out to be baseless — and that of the few allegations remaining, most reveal election irregularities and other forms of election misconduct. And numerous other studies have reached the same conclusion. In a recent report, "Noncitizen Voting: The Missing Millions," the Brennan Center debunked President Trump's claim that millions improperly voted in the 2016 election. 

Voter fraud is not acceptable in our elections, but we must find solutions that address actual problems instead of imposing policies that make it harder for millions of eligible Americans to participate in our democracy.

https://www.brennancenter.org/issues/voter-fraud

Fact of voter suppression:

2016 voting by colored people was UP 27% and UP by 50% for Hispanic and Asian voters.

Voter suppression DEBUNKED just like RUSSIAN COLLUSION.

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On 5/10/2019 at 9:29 AM, Pastor of Muppets said:

^^^^ More lies and fake news.

Black voter turnout fell in 2016, even as a record number of Americans cast ballots

A record 137.5 million Americans voted in the 2016 presidential election, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Overall voter turnout – defined as the share of adult U.S. citizens who cast ballots – was 61.4% in 2016, a share similar to 2012 but below the 63.6% who say they voted in 2008.

A number of long-standing trends in presidential elections either reversed or stalled in 2016, as black voter turnout decreased, white turnout increased and the nonwhite share of the U.S. electorate remained flat since the 2012 election. Here are some key takeaways from the Census Bureau’s report, the data source with the most comprehensive demographic and statistical portrait of U.S. voters.

1FT_17.05.10_Voter-turnout.pngThe black voter turnout rate declined for the first time in 20 years in a presidential election, falling to 59.6% in 2016 after reaching a record-high 66.6% in 2012. The 7-percentage-point decline from the previous presidential election is the largest on record for blacks. (It’s also the largest percentage-point decline among any racial or ethnic group since white voter turnout dropped from 70.2% in 1992 to 60.7% in 1996.) The number of black voters also declined, falling by about 765,000 to 16.4 million in 2016, representing a sharp reversal from 2012. With Barack Obama on the ballot that year, the black voter turnout rate surpassed that of whites for the first time. Among whites, the 65.3% turnout rate in 2016 represented a slight increase from 64.1% in 2012. 

2Number of Latino eligible voters who didn’t vote has exceeded the number of Latino voters since 1996The Latino voter turnout rate held steady at 47.6% in 2016, compared with 48.0% in 2012. Overall turnout remained flat despite expectations heading into Election Day of a long-awaited, historic surge in Latino voters. Due largely to demographic growth, the number of Latino voters grew to a record 12.7 million in 2016, up from 11.2 million in 2012. Even so, the number of Latino nonvoters – those eligible to vote who do not cast a ballot, or 14 million in 2016 – was larger than the number of Latino voters, a trend that extends back to each presidential election since 1996. Meanwhile, the Asian voter turnout rate increased to 49.3% in 2016, up from 46.9% in 2012 and surpassing Hispanics for the first time since 1996. Asians continue to represent a smaller share of voters than Hispanics: Overall, about 5 million Asians voted in 2016, up from 3.8 million in 2012.

3FT_17.05.10_Voter-turnout_naturalized.pn

 

They didn't have a colored person to vote for.  Why wasn't this in issue going back to 1988?

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Pastor of Muppets
21 minutes ago, grieker said:

They didn't have a colored person to vote for.  Why wasn't this in issue going back to 1988?

I was just correcting your and Putin's daily misinformation campaign.

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65% of Texas's colored folk live in Houston.

@70% of colored folk in Texas live in cities.

For those wanting to vote they can.

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8 minutes ago, Pastor of Muppets said:

I was just correcting your and Putin's daily misinformation campaign.

Sorry to correct you - there is no "making it harder" to vote in America.  No matter how much you people lie about it.

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1 hour ago, grieker said:

Sorry to correct you - there is no "making it harder" to vote in America.  No matter how much you people lie about it.

If voter suppression laws didn't make it harder for certain demographics to vote, Republicans wouldn't bother.  

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2 hours ago, grieker said:

Sorry to correct you - there is no "making it harder" to vote in America.  No matter how much you people lie about it.

Your State-by-State Guide to GOP Voter Suppression

Last week, I detailed how the Republican Party is echoing the Jim Crow era in order to suppress the votes of minorities. Florida and Georgia are having a litany of “issues” registering people to vote, and Georgia is also kicking people off the voter rolls (the man running for governor, Brian Kemp, is Georgia’s Secretary of State, and his office has control over all these shenanigans). In Indiana, over 400,000 people—equivalent to a little more than 10% of registered voters in the 2014 midterms—have been kicked off the rolls, and North Dakota is stripping Native Americans of the right to vote because the U.S. Postal Service won’t give some of them an address, and Republican legislators have passed a law requiring a physical address in order to vote. Here is an update on where this nonsense stands exactly three weeks from election day.

Kansas 
Added 10/22

Per The Wichita Eagle:

Access to the ballot box in November will be more difficult for some people in Dodge City, where Hispanics now make up 60 percent of its population and have remade an iconic Wild West town that once was the destination of cowboys and buffalo hunters who frequented the Long Branch Saloon.

...

But the city located 160 miles (257 kilometers) west of Wichita has only one polling site for its 27,000 residents. Since 2002, the lone site was at the civic center just blocks from the local country club — in the wealthy, white part of town. For this November’s election, local officials have moved it outside the city limits to a facility more than a mile from the nearest bus stop, citing road construction that blocked the previous site.

...

That single polling site services more than 13,000 voters in the Dodge City area, compared to an average of 1,200 voters per polling site at other locations, said Micah Kubic, executive director of the ACLU in Kansas.

North Carolina 
Added, 10/17

The Electoral Integrity Project studies democracies across the world, and they concluded that North Carolina is not a democracy and “not only the worst state in the USA for unfair districting but the worst entity in the world ever analyzed by the Electoral Integrity Project.” This is all thanks to Republican rule, and a new law is making the state even less democratic. According to the state board of elections, Over 60% of North Carolinians voted early in 2016, and that will be much more difficult to do now. Per NPR:

North Carolina voters are once again dealing with changes to how the state runs its elections. At a time when early voting is becoming increasingly popular nationwide, a new law passed by the Republican-controlled legislature will result in nearly 20 percent fewer places to cast votes before Election Day.

Democrats say the changes could disproportionately affect African-American voters but some local Republican officials also complain about the changes, arguing they impose too much top-down control on election administration and amount to an unfunded mandate from the state.

Nevada

Nevada is facing scrutiny for purging over 90,000 voters from the rolls (equivalent to about 16% of the 2014 turnout) in a scheme that is clearly orchestrated to target poor and minority voters. Per Law & Crime:

Postcard-style purges work in the following fashion-noted in a previous Law & Crime article about similarly alleged shenanigans in Alabama:

[The state sends] postcards to…voters. The [original] postcards were not forwardable-meaning if a voter moved, the postcard wouldn’t follow them to their new address. Postcards that came back as non-deliverable resulted in the state sending a forwardable postcard to the old address.

If the second card was not returned within [a certain time frame], then voters were moved to “inactive” status. As many voting rights advocates have pointed out, such revisions of voter rolls disproportionately impact poor and minority voters-who tend to move around more often than their white and wealthy counterparts.

Georgia

As of this writing, no concrete progress has been made to counter GOP voter suppression efforts in Georgia or Florida. Here’s a quick refresher on what’s going on, per The Washington Post:

In Georgia, election officials have suspended more than 50,000 applications to register to vote, most of them for black voters, under a rigorous Republican-backed law that requires personal information to exactly match driver’s license or Social Security records.

Texas

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts got rid of a crucial plank in the 1965 Voting Rights Act, because “the conditions that originally justified these measures no longer characterize voting in the covered jurisdiction.” (Texas is not a “covered jurisdiction” per the VRA, but Georgia, where Brian Kemp is doing all he can to squash the minority vote, certainly is). The Republican Chief Justice of the Supreme Court basically said that racism was not a factor in the GOP’s efforts to restrict the vote anymore, and therefore, this crucial law passed to protect the vote of minorities is no longer necessary. Well, enter Texas, who has been purging voters from the rolls nonstop since Roberts’ 2013 ruling, and they have escalated their attacks as of late. Per My San Antonio:

More than 2,000 potential voters in Texas had their voters’ registration applications unfairly rejected by the Texas Secretary of State, a national advocacy group said Wednesday.

Those voters will be barred from voting on Nov. 6 unless they re-submit updated applications with new signatures on them, according to the Secretary of State’s office, which will send affected voters the paperwork by mail. It must be resubmitted to the state within 10 days.

Texas election law is not clear as to whether a handwritten signature is necessary. It calls for a voter registration to be “submitted by personal delivery, by mail, or by telephonic facsimile machine” and states that it must be “in writing and signed by the applicant.”

Lawyers for Vote.org disagree with the Secretary of State’s interpretation and say they “reserve all rights to challenge it.”

North Dakota

We’ll end with perhaps the most egregious offense, as the other restrictions on voting at least contain the facsimile of legality. Here, this is nothing more than a Jim Crow-era unwinnable-by-design scheme, fully backed by the United States Supreme Court. Per the ACLU:

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court chose to stand by and allow the war against voting to continue. Just a little less than a month before midterm elections that will determine control of Congress, the court decided not to block North Dakota’s restrictive voter ID law, which will make it harder for people in that state to cast their ballots.

Republicans in the state legislature insist that the law is needed to prevent voter fraud — despite there being virtually no evidence that such fraud is a problem. Instead, the real effect of their law will be to prevent voters whom they fear from going to the polls and having their say in who represents them.

The voter ID law was introduced just months after Senator Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat, eked out a narrow upset victory in 2012, winning by less than 3,000 votes. Republican lawmakers responded by passing restrictive voter ID legislation that all but guaranteed that large numbers of Native Americans — who tend to vote Democratic — wouldn’t be able to participate in the political process. Specifically, the law requires voters to bring to the polls an ID that displays a “current residential street address” or other supplemental documentation that provides proof of such an address.

It’s pretty simple: Republicans win elections when less people vote. The polls right now prove that.

 
 
 

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3 minutes ago, Pastor of Muppets said:

Your State-by-State Guide to GOP Voter Suppression

Last week, I detailed how the Republican Party is echoing the Jim Crow era in order to suppress the votes of minorities. Florida and Georgia are having a litany of “issues” registering people to vote, and Georgia is also kicking people off the voter rolls (the man running for governor, Brian Kemp, is Georgia’s Secretary of State, and his office has control over all these shenanigans). In Indiana, over 400,000 people—equivalent to a little more than 10% of registered voters in the 2014 midterms—have been kicked off the rolls, and North Dakota is stripping Native Americans of the right to vote because the U.S. Postal Service won’t give some of them an address, and Republican legislators have passed a law requiring a physical address in order to vote. Here is an update on where this nonsense stands exactly three weeks from election day.

Kansas 
Added 10/22

Per The Wichita Eagle:

Access to the ballot box in November will be more difficult for some people in Dodge City, where Hispanics now make up 60 percent of its population and have remade an iconic Wild West town that once was the destination of cowboys and buffalo hunters who frequented the Long Branch Saloon.

...

But the city located 160 miles (257 kilometers) west of Wichita has only one polling site for its 27,000 residents. Since 2002, the lone site was at the civic center just blocks from the local country club — in the wealthy, white part of town. For this November’s election, local officials have moved it outside the city limits to a facility more than a mile from the nearest bus stop, citing road construction that blocked the previous site.

...

That single polling site services more than 13,000 voters in the Dodge City area, compared to an average of 1,200 voters per polling site at other locations, said Micah Kubic, executive director of the ACLU in Kansas.

North Carolina 
Added, 10/17

The Electoral Integrity Project studies democracies across the world, and they concluded that North Carolina is not a democracy and “not only the worst state in the USA for unfair districting but the worst entity in the world ever analyzed by the Electoral Integrity Project.” This is all thanks to Republican rule, and a new law is making the state even less democratic. According to the state board of elections, Over 60% of North Carolinians voted early in 2016, and that will be much more difficult to do now. Per NPR:

North Carolina voters are once again dealing with changes to how the state runs its elections. At a time when early voting is becoming increasingly popular nationwide, a new law passed by the Republican-controlled legislature will result in nearly 20 percent fewer places to cast votes before Election Day.

Democrats say the changes could disproportionately affect African-American voters but some local Republican officials also complain about the changes, arguing they impose too much top-down control on election administration and amount to an unfunded mandate from the state.

Nevada

Nevada is facing scrutiny for purging over 90,000 voters from the rolls (equivalent to about 16% of the 2014 turnout) in a scheme that is clearly orchestrated to target poor and minority voters. Per Law & Crime:

Postcard-style purges work in the following fashion-noted in a previous Law & Crime article about similarly alleged shenanigans in Alabama:

[The state sends] postcards to…voters. The [original] postcards were not forwardable-meaning if a voter moved, the postcard wouldn’t follow them to their new address. Postcards that came back as non-deliverable resulted in the state sending a forwardable postcard to the old address.

If the second card was not returned within [a certain time frame], then voters were moved to “inactive” status. As many voting rights advocates have pointed out, such revisions of voter rolls disproportionately impact poor and minority voters-who tend to move around more often than their white and wealthy counterparts.

Georgia

As of this writing, no concrete progress has been made to counter GOP voter suppression efforts in Georgia or Florida. Here’s a quick refresher on what’s going on, per The Washington Post:

In Georgia, election officials have suspended more than 50,000 applications to register to vote, most of them for black voters, under a rigorous Republican-backed law that requires personal information to exactly match driver’s license or Social Security records.

Texas

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts got rid of a crucial plank in the 1965 Voting Rights Act, because “the conditions that originally justified these measures no longer characterize voting in the covered jurisdiction.” (Texas is not a “covered jurisdiction” per the VRA, but Georgia, where Brian Kemp is doing all he can to squash the minority vote, certainly is). The Republican Chief Justice of the Supreme Court basically said that racism was not a factor in the GOP’s efforts to restrict the vote anymore, and therefore, this crucial law passed to protect the vote of minorities is no longer necessary. Well, enter Texas, who has been purging voters from the rolls nonstop since Roberts’ 2013 ruling, and they have escalated their attacks as of late. Per My San Antonio:

More than 2,000 potential voters in Texas had their voters’ registration applications unfairly rejected by the Texas Secretary of State, a national advocacy group said Wednesday.

Those voters will be barred from voting on Nov. 6 unless they re-submit updated applications with new signatures on them, according to the Secretary of State’s office, which will send affected voters the paperwork by mail. It must be resubmitted to the state within 10 days.

Texas election law is not clear as to whether a handwritten signature is necessary. It calls for a voter registration to be “submitted by personal delivery, by mail, or by telephonic facsimile machine” and states that it must be “in writing and signed by the applicant.”

Lawyers for Vote.org disagree with the Secretary of State’s interpretation and say they “reserve all rights to challenge it.”

North Dakota

We’ll end with perhaps the most egregious offense, as the other restrictions on voting at least contain the facsimile of legality. Here, this is nothing more than a Jim Crow-era unwinnable-by-design scheme, fully backed by the United States Supreme Court. Per the ACLU:

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court chose to stand by and allow the war against voting to continue. Just a little less than a month before midterm elections that will determine control of Congress, the court decided not to block North Dakota’s restrictive voter ID law, which will make it harder for people in that state to cast their ballots.

Republicans in the state legislature insist that the law is needed to prevent voter fraud — despite there being virtually no evidence that such fraud is a problem. Instead, the real effect of their law will be to prevent voters whom they fear from going to the polls and having their say in who represents them.

The voter ID law was introduced just months after Senator Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat, eked out a narrow upset victory in 2012, winning by less than 3,000 votes. Republican lawmakers responded by passing restrictive voter ID legislation that all but guaranteed that large numbers of Native Americans — who tend to vote Democratic — wouldn’t be able to participate in the political process. Specifically, the law requires voters to bring to the polls an ID that displays a “current residential street address” or other supplemental documentation that provides proof of such an address.

It’s pretty simple: Republicans win elections when less people vote. The polls right now prove that.

 
 
 

I know for a fact there are lies contained in the information you provided from the lyin progressive fake news media affiliates.

 

Stacey Abrams interview with Joy Reid has the petulant losing candidate disproving her own accusations of fraud.

Georgia Democrat contender for the governorship, Stacey Abrams, has been a perpetual source of whiny outrage. Even before the November election results came in her campaign had waged a disinformation campaign, setting up the possibility of a controversial result against her opponent, Brian Kemp. The main issue is that Kemp was the Secretary of State, and thus Abrams had her built-in controversy; the man running for office was overseeing his own election!

But many of Abrams’ claims are not substantiated by facts, and beyond that — she just contradicted her primary claim of proof there had been voter suppression in Georgia. There have been a number of claims made by the losing candidate, the primary being that widespread voter suppression amongst minorities took place in her election. Yet, when Abrams recently sat with MSNBC hostess Joy Reid she told a differing version of events.

I ran a race where we tripled Latino, Asian-Pacific Islander turnout, increased youth participation by 139%, increased black turnout by 40%… the highest share of white voters in a generation… Winning… is about building the largest coalition possible.

Just one example of the lies of voter suppression, racist prohibiting colored folk from voting etc., etc.

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Posted (edited)

I know for a fact that you live in a bubble and in trump's alternate fact world.

You are immune to actual facts.

Additionally turnout and voter suppression are not mutually exclusive.

Increase black turnout by 40%?

Maybe it would have been increased by 100% if not for all the underhanded tactics that republicans need to win elections.

Edited by Pastor of Muppets

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33 minutes ago, Farmer Vincent said:

Sorry Republicans.  You gotta use more finesse when doing voter suppression. 

 

Texas secretary of state resigns after leading botched voter purge that questioned the citizenship of almost 100,000 people

"Numerous voting rights groups sued on behalf of threatened eligible voters, in three separate federal lawsuits, and Congress opened an investigation into the alleged voter suppression efforts. In February, a federal judge blocked Texas from carrying out its “ham-handed” and “threatening” voter purge effort, saying there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud. The letters sent by the secretary of state’s office to thousands of eligible voters threatening to cancel their registration, U.S. District Judge Fred Biery wrote, “exemplifies the power of government to strike fear and anxiety and to intimidate the least powerful among us.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/05/28/texas-secretary-state-resigns-after-leading-botched-voter-purge-that-questioned-citizenship-almost-people/?utm_source=reddit.com&utm_term=.4a545f52130e

 

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On 6/3/2019 at 7:11 PM, prettylight said:

Sorry morons.  No proper identification - no airline seat, no train seat, no alcohol purchase, no marriage license, no driver license, no cigarettes, no firearm and so on and so on.

Cumbersome my ass. 

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Only reason anyone would oppose voter ID is if they intend to cheat!  Every progressive opposes voter ID laws - nuff said.

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10 hours ago, Pastor of Muppets said:

I'm not opposed to it, IF they are free and the government has mobile units traveling to every house to issue them.

Free, I agree.  Mobile units delivering door-to-door!  You're nutz.  No government vehicle goes door-to-door to deliver your food stamps, your drivers license, your liquor license or your marriage license - so be it with the voter ID.  You want to vote, go get one.

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party of law and order

 

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17 minutes ago, prettylight said:

party of law and order

 

You didn't hear?

They are now the party of lawlessness and disorder.

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47 minutes ago, Pastor of Muppets said:

You didn't hear?

They are now the party of lawlessness and disorder.

oh, well that explains it then, lol

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and then, Alabama's elections chief wants to supervise his own election:

Alabama’s Top Elections Official Thinks Voting Shouldn’t Be Easy. Now He’s Running for Senate.

John Merrill says he will supervise his own election.

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https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/06/alabamas-top-elections-official-thinks-voting-shouldnt-be-easy-now-hes-running-for-senate/

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