Vote Fraud News
Rigging the Vote
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Criminal Investigation of GOP Voter Registration Worker Arrested for Destroying Forms in VA Expands to Broader Probe of RNC-Hired Firm 11/3/2012 Brad Blog: "A criminal investigation into voter registration fraud by a company hired by the Republican National Committee for some $3 million to sign up voters in at least five key battleground states this year is now widening, according to a new report by the Washington Post.
The reason for the expansion appears to relate to an overlooked aspect of the nationwide GOP Voter Registration Fraud Scandal highlighted initially by The BRAD BLOG some weeks ago."
FL Voter Purge Disenfranchises Active Duty Military Troops 11/3/2012 Brad Blog
NJ Orders Paper Ballots for Powerless E-Voting Sites, (Insanely) Allows for Voting by Email, Fax 11/3/2012 Brad Blog
Republican Arrested After Allegedly Attempting to Vote Twice in Nevada 11/3/2012 Brad Blog: "While allegations of voter fraud or faulty voting machines are common during a busy election, Clark County Registrar Larry Lomax said this is the first time in his 15 years on the job that a voter has been arrested for trying to cast two ballots."
U.S. Dept. of Justice Will Monitor Polls in 23 States During Tuesday's Presidential Election 11/3/2012 Brad Blog: "On Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that its Civil Rights Division will be deploying "more than 780 federal observers and department personnel to 51 jurisdictions in 23 states for the Nov. 6, 2012, general election."
Their news release, posted in full below, notes that "The Voting Rights Act prohibits discrimination in the election process on the basis of race, color or membership in a minority language group."
U.S. Black Voters Face "Dirty Tricks" 11/3/2012 Our News Now
NAACP Takes Over Houston Polling Station, Advocates for President Obama 11/3/2012 Town Hall: "According to Eve Rockford, a poll watcher trained by voter integrity group True the Vote, three NAACP members showed up to the 139 precinct location with 50 cases of bottled water and began handing bottles out to people standing in line. While wearing NAACP labeled clothing, members were "stirring the crowd" and talking to voters about flying to Ohio to promote President Barack Obama."
FL Gov. Rick Scott Refuses to Extend Days for Early Voting Despite Hours Long Lines 11/2/2012 Brad Blog: Gov. Scott says no to more early voting in Florida. Y'all just keep standing in line
Oregon Dept. of Justice Confirms Investigation of GOP Ballot Tampering in Clackamas County 11/2/2012 Brad Blog: "The Oregon Department of Justice is confirming today that it is investigating a case of ballot tampering by an elections official in Clackamas County, OR after it was discovered that she was allegedly filling in unvoted ballots for Republican candidates."
Ready to Vote? Rampant Suppression Threatens Already Tight Race 11/2/2012 Color Lines: "As seen above, Video the Vote is empowering communities to document what happens Tuesday, from long lines to voter machine failures. Their new promo video encourages voters to sign up, monitor hot spots, and hashtag shared social media content with #VideoTheVote.
The Advancement Project has also released a short film series, produced by Stanley Nelson, that focus on people whose right to vote was threatened this year. The inspirational films encourage people to get out and vote. "
Gov. Scott says no to more early voting in Florida. Y'all just keep standing in line 11/2/2012 Maddow Blog: "Florida Republicans have cut into Democrats' lead in early and absentee voting this year. But here's the thing about early voting: It gives campaigns a greater chance of bringing in voters who might not otherwise vote. They can make appointments with marginal voters to get them to the polls, and the first appointment doesn't work, they can go back for a second and third and fourth try. Democrats in Florida seem to be doing just that. Among voters who've missed the last few elections, Democrats say they're winning this time by more than 77,000 votes."
Active service members upset over removal from voting rolls 11/2/2012 Tampa Bay WTSP: "Kehrig is one of about 30 active and reserve service members who have contacted the Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections' office about the discovery, but October 8 was the last day the law allows a voter to register for the general election. Other Tampa Bay-area counties reported small numbers of complaints too."
Maryland Readies for Hurricane Sandy’s Impact on Early Voting 10/31/2012 Color Lines: "Of the many hurdles black voters in Maryland face on their way to the polls, they now have a new one on their hands: Hurricane Sandy. The hurricane came and left in a matter of days, but with the storm’s timing, it could very well be much more than just an unprecedented natural disaster. It could also turn into a political one.
The storm forced Gov. Martin O’Malley to shut down early voting for two whole days in the state, and even though the polls reopened today, in states like Maryland where the turnout of black voters is being closely watched, the storm could well impact the election."
Voting machine swaps Obama for Romney 10/31/2012 Marion Star: "Rogers said the machine worked fine when she and others tried voting on it. No one else had reported problems with the voting machines malfunctioning.
Rogers suggested the issue may have been caused by not hitting the button directly or tapping with more than one finger."
Iowa warns international observers of arrest 10/31/2012 Politico
Florida Early Voters Show Up in Huge Numbers Despite Suppression Effort 10/30/2012 Color Lines: "There were a few hiccups Sunday, with strange poll watchers—some authorized, some not—showing up at the Souls’ Polls site trying to cause problems. One watcher tried to challenge a voter over her acceptance of fried fish. Stories vary on what happened, but according to Lewis, a poll watcher—a white woman in a sea of black voters—reported to poll judges that a woman headed to the voting line was bribed with a fish sandwich to vote for Obama.
Another poll watcher, described by Lewis as being a Republican Party-appointed watcher, asked poll judges if they “could stop or slow down” the number of voters entering the library because it was getting crowded. Then one poll watcher tried to interrogate an 11-year-old girl about what all the fish serving and gospel music playing was about. In every case, the watcher was confronted by lawyers from the Election Protection team who were at the site in full force, dozens of lawyers, authorized poll watchers and volunteers from the NAACP, SEIU, Obama for America campaign and the Hillsborough County Democratic Black Caucus. The voters were barely disrupted."
Pennsylvania Officials Accused of Running Misleading Voter ID Ads 10/30/2012 Mother Jones: "Early this month, a federal judge partially overturned Pennsylvania's voter ID law, ruling that the state couldn't require voters to show photo identification at the polls until after the 2012 election. But the ruling has not stopped the state from running ads suggesting otherwise—ads that have disproportionately targeted urban and minority communities that tend to vote for Democrats."
Documents Found in Meth House Show the Inner Workings of a Dark Money Group Linked to 23 Conservative Candidates 10/29/2012 Alternet: "The documents pointed to one outside group pulling the candidates' strings: a social welfare nonprofit called Western Tradition Partnership, or WTP.
Altogether, the records added up to possible illegal "coordination" between the nonprofit and candidates for office in 2008 and 2010, said a Montana investigator and a former Federal Election Commission chairman who reviewed the material. Outside groups are allowed to spend money on political campaigns, but not to coordinate with candidates."
Is The Voter Vigilante Group True The Vote Violating Ohio Law to Intimidate Voters at the Polls? 10/29/2012 Alternet: "“A few weeks back it was reported that TrueTheVote had talked about doing trainings,” said Brian Rothenberg, ProgressOhio Executive Director. “It appears that some offshoot of the Tea Party is now training elections workers in Hamilton County and we’re starting to hear that it’s happening in other counties, and that requests are being made for lists of poll workers throughout Ohio—to provide extra training.”
It is a crime in Ohio to interfere with conducting an election."
Obama, Romney line up elite lawyers for potential election disputes 10/27/2012 Reuters: "Leading Romney's team is Benjamin Ginsberg, chief legal counsel for George W. Bush's presidential campaigns in 2000 and 2004.
Obama has turned to Robert Bauer, a past White House counsel who has spoken out against Republican-led efforts to alter voting laws in states including Ohio, a politically divided state that could determine who wins the November 6 election."
Suppression Surges as Election Nears 10/26/2012 Color Lines: "This election could well be decided by Arapahoe County voters, who are essentially split three ways between Democrat, Republican, and independent voters. Rosemary tells us that The Denver Post is reporting a troubling update in the swing county:
More than 230,000 ballots last week were mailed to Arapahoe County’s voters in envelopes that possibly contained a participation sticker that rubbed up against the ballot and in some cases left a faint, near-linear mark that appeared exactly where voters draw a line to select their candidates.
The story concludes that the voting machines won’t count the marks, but this may not be the last we hear about Arapahoe County. "
Here's The Truth About The Story About The Romneys Investing In The Company That Makes The Voting Machines 10/23/2012 Business Insider: "There's a big story circulating on liberal blogs and news sites right now… So Solamere may not have a direct or indirect investment in the voting machine company. But its partner H.I.G. does. And the partner, H.I.G., is run by executives who actively support the Romney campaign."
Why Romney Isn’t Rigging Voting Machines 10/22/2012 Think Progress: "The rigged machines myth is not only distracting, but harms the effort to get out the vote. Conservative groups have been promoting vote suppression tactics for a reason: votes count. In Ohio, for instance, despite the Republican Party’s best efforts to restrict early voting hours, voter turnout is on pace to surpass 2008, with Obama leading among people who have already voted. Spreading the myth that the system is so corrupt that these votes don’t matter tells voters they may as well sit out the election."
Why are legal scholars dismissing election fraud?: Manufactured skepticism and exit polls 10/21/2012 Free Press: "Time and again, the scholarship of citizens, programmers, engineers and others have proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that direct reporting electronic voting machines fail, fail often, and fail in ways that primarily benefit a single party. But to the self-interested, including the self-appointed legal scholar “experts,” the well placed, and those who benefit from those failures a different dynamic than fact is at work. A faith-based reality is being enforced for narrow interest by a few people who are very close to Karl Rove, the inventor of faith based reality and a leading purveyor of push-and-pray voting."
GOP Voter Registration Scandal Widens, Prosecutors File Criminal Charges 10/20/2012 Alternet: "But there is more to the story, as evidence emerges to document that it ties into a still-expanding nationwide GOP Voter Registration Fraud Scandal that the BRAD BLOG first began reporting in late September , after we’d learned that the Republican Party of Florida had turned in more than 100 allegedly fraudulent and otherwise suspect voter registration forms in Palm Beach County. The story has continued to widen ever since, to a dozen Florida counties and several other states, now including Virginia, and even to the upper-echelons of the Republican Party itself."
Does Your E-Vote Now Belong to the Romney Family? 10/20/2012 Common Dreams: "The Romneys are major investors in an investment firm called H.I.G. Capital. H.I.G. in turn holds a majority share and three out of five board seats in Hart Intercivic, a company that owns the notoriously faulty electronic voting machines that will count the ballots in swing state Ohio November 7. Hart machines will also be used elsewhere in the United States."
International monitors at US polling places draw criticism 10/20/2012 The Hill: "The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a United Nations partner on democratization and human rights projects, will deploy 44 observers around the county on Election Day to monitor an array of activities, including potential disputes at polling places.
Liberal-leaning civil rights groups met with representatives from the OSCE this week to raise their fears about what they say are systematic efforts to suppress minority voters likely to vote for President Obama."
Jamia Shepard: Advocate for Voter Rights 10/19/2012 Free Press: "An interview with Jamia Shepard after the Ohio 2004 election (produced by filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman)from Elections at Risk."
A True Army Responds to True the Vote Threats 10/19/2012 The Nation: "Whatever shenanigans True the Vote and their tea party cells had or has in plans for November will run up against a brick wall in the form of civil rights lawyers and government officials who are striking back against threats to corrupt voting rights. News reports from across the nation this week are showing a formidable resistance to True the Vote’s operations, which include recruiting “a million” poll watchers and poll workers, and making voters feel “like driving and seeing the police follow you.”"
Arrest made in Harrisonburg voter registration case 10/18/2012 NBC: "The Rockingham County Sheriff's office has arrested a Pennsylvania man and charged him with attempting to throw away filled out voter registration forms.
Colin Small, 31 year old male from Phoenixville, PA has been charged with 8 felonies and 5 misdemeanors in connection with the controversy. He is employed by Pinpoint, a company that was hired by the Republican Party of Virginia to help with voter registration."
Tricksters Trying To Suppress Vote With Deceptive Phone Calls 10/16/2012 Huff Post: "In Florida, the 866-OUR-VOTE election protection hotline run by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has received a report of a similar calls in Florida.
The lawyers' committee is also investigating reports from callers into African-American and Spanish-language radio stations in Florida that they had received warnings over the phone that election officials would be checking car insurance and registration status at the polls."
Of Republicans, Race Cards, and Voter ID Laws
Why I Used to Believe That Voter ID Laws Really Were Just Common Sense 10/15/2012 Common Dreams: "I doubt that most Republican voters know that some Republican officials are taking steps to make it even harder to get that ID. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, to take an example, signed a strict voter ID law and then made a move to start closing DMV offices in areas full of Democrats, while increasing office hours in areas full of Republicans -- this in a state in which half of blacks and Hispanics are estimated to lack a driver’s license and a quarter of its DMV offices are open less than one day per month. (Sauk City’s is open a whopping four times a year.) Somehow I doubt that this is primarily about saving money."
Koch Brothers Rounding Up Employees' Votes 10/14/2012 Common Dreams: "An investigation out Sunday from Mike Elk at In These Times reveals how brothers David H. Koch and Charles G. Koch, the Koch Industries owners, are taking full advantage of the Citizens United ruling in attempting to control their workers’ votes.
The findings highlight a lesser talked about effect of the 2010 Citizens United ruling. "The Supreme Court decision overturned previous FEC laws prohibiting employers from expressing electoral opinions directly to their employees," Elk writes."
Will E-Voting Machines Owned by His Buddies Give Mitt Romney the White House? 10/14/2012 Common Dreams: "As we document in the e-book Will the GOP Steal America's 2012 Election? (www.freepress.org) George W. Bush got a second term in 2004 thanks to the manipulation of the electronic vote count by Ohio's then-Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell. Blackwell served as the co-chair of the state's committee to re-elect Bush/Cheney while simultaneously administering the election.
The widespread use of electronic voting machines from ES&S, and of Diebold software maintained by Triad, allowed Blackwell to electronically flip a 4% Kerry lead to a 2% Bush victory in the dead of election night. ES&S, Diebold and Triad were all owned or operated by Republican partisans. The shift of more than 300,000 votes after 12:20 am election night was a virtual statistical impossibility. It was engineered by Michael Connell, an IT specialist long affiliated with the Bush Family. Blackwell gave Connell's Ohio-based GovTech the contract to count Ohio's votes, which was done on servers housed in the Old Pioneer Bank Building in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Thus the Ohio vote tally was done on servers that also carried the e-mail for Karl Rove and the national Republican Party. Connell died in a mysterious plane crash in December, 2008, after being subpoenaed in the King-Lincoln-Bronzeville federal lawsuit focused on how the 2004 election was decided (disclosure: we were attorney and plaintiff in that suit)."
Koch Sends Pro-Romney Mailing to 45,000 Employees While Stifling Workplace Political Speech 10/14/2012 In these Times: "Their fear comes not only from the mailing, but also from a new Georgia Pacific social media policy [PDF] implemented earlier this year that warns, “Even if your social media conduct is outside of the workplace and/or non-work related, it must not reflect negatively on GP’s reputation, its products, or its brands.” Given the policy, the workers were scared to appear next to a candidate the Kochs do not support with the plant in the background."
Civil Rights Groups Request International Election Monitoring in Response to Voter Restriction Efforts 10/12/2012 CivilRights.org: "In a letter sent by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP, and six other civil rights organizations, the groups cite new restrictions on voting periods, voter ID laws, and registration as “a coordinated political effort to disenfranchise millions of Americans—particularly traditionally disenfranchised groups like minorities, low-income people, women, young people, persons with disabilities, and the elderly.” The letter was sent in advance of a meeting between the organizations and the OSCE scheduled for October 16.
In addition to monitoring elections throughout the world, the OSCE has monitored U.S. presidential elections in 2004 and 2008, and it intends to do so for the upcoming election in November."
Glorious Irony: True the Vote Missed Possibly the Only Case of Voter Fraud In the Country - By A GOP Candidate Down the Road 10/12/2012 Common Dreams: "It seems Engelbrecht’s own GOP county commissioner candidate is Bruce Fleming, who says recognizing our rights come from God, not government, as one of his "foundational principles." Another of his foundational principles is that he loves to vote so much he voted twice, in Texas and Pennsylvania, which is a felony - news of which over-enthusiasm for voting came after he bragged to another wingnut that he got to vote twice against Obama. "
Four ways the Ohio GOP is already stealing the 2012 election 10/11/2012 Free Press
Federal court rules Ohio counties can have early voting on weekend before election 10/5/2012 Boston Globe
Despite GOP Voter Repression, Get Out the Vote Efforts Continue 10/1/2012 Common Dreams
The GOP Assault on Voting Rights 9/25/2012 Real Clear Politics: "Let's be clear: Voter ID laws are not a solution to the "problem" of voter fraud. There is no problem, or at least no problem that would be solved by voter ID. Proponents should be able to point to troubling instances of voter-impersonation fraud, which is the only kind that would be prevented by the new laws. But they can't. For all intents and purposes, this kind of fraud simply does not happen.
What did happen in 2008 was that African-Americans, Hispanics and poor people -- traditional Democratic Party constituencies -- voted in unusually large numbers. And what happened in 2010 was that Republicans took control of more statehouses and set out to reshape the electorate and make it GOP-friendly."
Black women rally against voter ID laws 9/21/2012 AP: "Reese is part of a cadre of black women engaged in a revived wave of voting rights advocacy four years after the historic election of the nation's first black president. Provoked by voting law changes in various states, they have decided to help voters navigate the system — a fitting role, they say, given that black women had the highest turnout of any group of voters in 2008."
Billionaires and Ballot Bandits: Karl Rove and the Republican Dark Art of Election Theft 9/20/2012 Alternet: "An excerpt from Greg Palast's new book runs through the electoral dirty tricks we've endured at Rove's hands since the Bush years."
Sarah Silverman's Insanely Great Video Going After GOP Vote Suppressors 9/20/2012 Alternet: "And then make sure your voter registration is up to date. If you moved since you last voted, you need to update your address before your state's registration deadline. In Florida, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Nevada, that's two weeks away." ….Her website promoting voting rights is LetMyPeopleVote2012.com."
Bullies at the Ballot Box 9/10/2012 Common Cause: "Common Cause and Demos have analyzed laws in 10 key states governing voter intimidation and organized efforts to block Americans from voting . The report reviews Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia, summarizing each state’s practices, and providing a set of recommendations for improvement. The report describes the threat posed by groups that are training volunteers to challenge and confront other Americans as they go to the polls. Voter intimidation is illegal under federal law and in all 10 states surveyed. The report shows that clear rules will ensure that eligible Americans can exercise their civic responsibility to vote."
Strong Enforcement of Voter Protections Needed in Florida to Stop "Bullies at the Ballot Box" 9/10/2012 Common Cause: "As the elections approach, strong enforcement of voter protections is needed to prevent attempts to block Florida voters from casting their ballot, according to a report released today by voting rights groups Demos and Common Cause."
Will the GOP Steal America's 2012 Election? 9/6/2012 Common Dreams: "The likelihood that the core of the activist "election protection" community that turned out in droves to monitor the vote for Barack Obama in 2008 has not been energized by his presidency and is thus unlikely to work for him again in 2012."
Ark. lawmaker pleads guilty to election charge 9/5/2012 AP: "A Democratic state legislator from east Arkansas, his father and two campaign workers pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit election fraud after federal prosecutors said they bribed absentee voters and destroyed ballots in a special election last year."
Ohio's GOP Secretary of State Ignores Court Order To Expand Weekend Voting 9/4/2012 Alternet: "Earlier today, Husted responded by thumbing his nose at that injunction—which relied on the federal Voting Rights Act—by issuing a directive telling Ohio boards of elections that no early voting would occur on that weekend until the court action ended."
Why We’re Still Fighting for Voters’ Rights 9/4/2012 Common Dreams: "An international study of the percentage of voting-age people who turned out to vote between 1945 and 2000 put the U.S. in 138th place."
Federal Court Restores Ohio Early Voting On Weekend Before Election Day 8/31/2012 Alternet
Judge Restores 3 Early Voting Days in Ohio 8/31/2012 AP: "A federal judge in Ohio on Friday granted a request from President Barack Obama's campaign to give all voters in the swing state the option of casting their ballot in person during the three days before Election Day.
U.S. District Judge Peter Economus in Columbus issued a preliminary injunction in a case involving a state law that cuts off early voting for most residents on the Friday evening before a Tuesday election.
The judge's ruling said that he expects Ohio's elections chief to direct all county elections boards to maintain a specific, consistent schedule on those three days "in keeping with his earlier directive that only by doing so can he ensure that Ohio's election process is 'uniform, accessible for all, fair, and secure.'""
Another Stupid, Racist Comment by the Republicans? Say It Aint So 8/30/2012 Alternet: "A supporter named Ed Koziol wrote to the representative first saying that he was glad of the voter suppression laws that Clemmons had drafted. He then commented that the government shouldn't offer a reward for people to obtain voter ID cards because, in his words, "It would be like a swarm of bees going after a watermelon."
Two Florida Republicans Want Law Allowing Gun Owners to Shoot 'Illegal' Voters 8/29/2012 Alternet: "I continued: “So if I think this looks like a fake ID and he tries to go in....”
Stevens: “Use your gun. Use your gun.”
Me: “I can cap him?”
Stevens: “Yep, yep.” "
FL GUN OWNERS UNITED TO STOP VOTER FRAUD 8/29/2012 Protect the Polls: web site for two 28 year old Republicans from West Palm Beach, Robert Stevens and John Nelson, who advocate shooting 'suspicious' voters at the poll.
Federal Judge: OH Must Count Provisional Ballots Cast at Wrong Place Through No Fault of Voters 8/28/2012 Brad Blog: "Last week, during our exclusive interview with the previous Sec. of State, Jennifer Brunner (D), she told us she felt the Republican attempt to limit Early Voting hours in Ohio was "clearly aimed" at limiting Democratic and African-American access to the polls."
As ID Laws Risk Disenfranchisement, Intimidation Fears Grow with Tea Party Group’s "Poll Watcher" 8/28/2012 Democracy Now: "A coalition of groups are planning to stage a protest outside the Republican National Convention today to decry new voter ID laws and cutbacks in early voting. To discuss voting rights ahead of November, we’re joined by two guests: the Rev. Charles McKenzie of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and organizer of a protest today at Tampa’s Centennial Park in Tampa against voter suppression, and Brentin Mock, a ColorLines reporter covering the challenges presented by new voter ID laws, suppression of voter registration drives, and other attempts to limit electoral power of people of color. Mock’s latest article reveals how a tea party-backed organization called "True the Vote" is building a nationwide "poll watcher" network for November that critics say is designed to intimidate voters."
Ex-Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell Questioned on Vote Suppression, from ’04 to Wave of ID Laws 8/28/2012 Democracy Now: "A recent study by the Brennan Center estimates that new voter ID laws could disenfranchise more than five million people across the country in November, including voters in swing states such as Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Virginia and Wisconsin. On Monday, Democracy Now! Producer Mike Burke spoke with a prominent supporter of the new voter IDs laws, Ken Blackwell, vice chair of the Republican National Committee’s platform committee and the former Republican secretary of state in Ohio. In 2008, Blackwell oversaw the election process for Ohio while serving as state co-chair of the committee to re-elect George W. Bush. His role in the Ohio election, which saw George W. Bush narrowly beat John Kerry, remains controversial to this day, making him the target of over a dozen lawsuits."
Voter Suppression Rally In Tampa Disrupted By Activists With Threatening Fliers 8/28/2012 Huff Post: "The activist pair said they just wanted to engage in a dialogue, but they attempted to pass out fliers that were hardly constructive. The fliers, from a group called Protect the Polls, were so absurdly threatening that at least one journalist suggested they might be fake. The handouts, which repeat what is on the group's website, stated:
Voter fraud is more prevalent today than in anytime in United States History. Florida Gun Owners are banding together to make sure that, in this election, no persons without government ID will able vote [sic]. We need your help! Sign the petition to make Protect the Polls law.
Under the Protect the Polls law, anyone suspected of committing voter fraud can be fired upon -- providing the weapon is registered and operated by its licensed owner."
Group Rallies To Restore Weekend Voting Hours In Ohio 8/27/2012 Huff Post
Pennsylvania, Voter Suppression and the American People 8/27/2012 Politics365: By Ben Jealous, President of the NAACP
Brentin Mock Talks Voter Suppression on MSNBC’s ‘PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton’ 8/25/2012 Color Lines: "Colorlines.com Investigative Reporter Brentin Mock appeared on MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton” as a part of Voting Rights Watch 2012, in partnership with the Nation. Sharpton discussed Brentin’s latest article, “How the Right’s Building a ‘Poll Watcher’ Network for November” on True the Vote’s rapidly growing influence in right-wing political circles. "
Report: Wife of WI GOP Legislator and Photo ID Restrictions Advocate, Committed Voter Fraud 8/24/2012 Brad Blog: "Yes, it looks like, once again --- no matter what the professional GOP "voter fraud" fraudsters and clowns like John Fund, Hans von Spakovsky and Matthew Vadum claim --- if there is an epidemic of "voter fraud" in this country, it seems that its not Democrats, but Republicans, and often very very high-profle Republicans at that, who are carrying it out."
Risk of Voter Suppression Resurfaces: Wisconsin Attorney General Seeks to Reinstate Voter ID Law 8/24/2012 Common Dreams: "Wisconsin's Republican Attorney General is fighting to get vote-suppressing laws in place for the November election, asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to reinstate the voter ID law that has been found unconstitutional by two separate state judges, despite that Court rejecting a similar request in recent months."
How the Right’s Building a ‘Poll Watcher’ Network for November 8/23/2012 Color Lines: "True the Vote’s lawyer Kelly Shackelford, of the Christian rightwing organization Liberty Institute, explained away the intimidation complaints this way: “Poll watchers show up for the first time and [the poll watchers are] a different color than them and they just don’t like that.”
Engelbrecht’s network put together a list of 22 ideas for electoral reform in Texas, based off of its unsubstantiated allegations of fraud at the polls. A new photo ID law was primary on the list. It was an idea that had been circulating in the state since at least 2007, but Engelbrecht’s Tea Party network lobbied Republican leaders hard. When the 2010 elections brought a wave of Tea Party-backed legislators into the state’s House of Representatives, True the Vote’s agenda became top priority. A third of True the Vote’s reform ideas became law, including the voter ID mandate."
6 Million Can’t Vote: NAACP to Focus on Felon Voting Rights Near GOP Convention 8/23/2012 Politics 365: "The NAACP’s press release states that, “felony disenfranchisement is the method of voter suppression that dates back to the Jim Crow Era. It was one of many tools used by state legislators to prevent full political participation by African Americans. Today, nearly 6 million voters are disenfranchised due to felony disenfranchisement across 48 states.”Kemba Smith Pradia, and Desmond Meade will meet with reporters on the issue at Perry Harvey Park in Tampa, Florida on August 28th at 11:00 am."
U.S. joins false claims suit against Gallup polling firm 8/22/2012 AP: "A fired Gallup employee who became a whistle-blower, Michael Lindley, alleges in the lawsuit that he discovered shortly after going to work for the polling company that it had engaged in widespread fraud against the government.
Honored as "Rookie of the Year" at Gallup in 2009, Lindley says he was fired six months later when he told colleagues that if the company didn't report overbilling practices to the government, Lindley would do so himself."
Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom: Craig Unger on Stolen Votes, Political Attacks, Billionaire Ties 8/22/2012 Democracy Now: "CRAIG UNGER: Exactly. And they needed to lock into the fail oversight in Chattanooga with SMARTech. And this is where the results went a little crazy. And suddenly, an enormous number of irregular returns came in, and the votes shifted. The exit polls had shown Kerry winning Ohio, and therefore the election. And it looked like he had won the presidential election. I remember that day vividly because I was getting reports from the exit polls, and I went around telling people it looked like Kerry had won. But there was a 6.7 percent difference between the exit polls and the actual results. And as a result, the election ended up going to Bush. And that was the entire story."
The State of Pennsylvania, Voter Suppression and the American People 8/22/2012 Huffington Post: "In Philadelphia alone, over 186,000 registered voters -- or 18 percent of people registered in the city -- do not have the necessary ID to exercise their right to vote. Coincidentally, Philadelphia's minority population is the highest in Pennsylvania.
In states like Texas and Pennsylvania, the law takes it a step further, targeting students who are a part of the fastest growing voting bloc. While Texas eliminates student IDs from the list, the PA voter ID law eliminates student IDs without expiration dates. Coincidentally, the majority of Pennsylvania college and university IDs lack an expiration date. In the 14-school PASSHE system alone, which has agreed to issue compliant student IDs to incoming students but only market the option to continuing students, an estimated 120,000 students could be disenfranchised."
Flurry of Voter ID laws tied to conservative group ALEC 8/21/2012 NBC: "A News21 analysis found that more than half of the 62 bills were sponsored by members or conference attendees of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a Washington, D.C., tax-exempt organization.
ALEC has nearly 2,000 state legislator members who pay $100 in dues every two years. Most of ALEC’s money comes from nonprofits and corporations — from AT&T to Bank of America to Chevron to eBay — which pay thousands of dollars in dues each year."
Poll: Voter ID Support Strongest in Those with Negative Attitudes Toward Blacks 8/20/2012 Sacramento Observer
REV. JACKSON CALLS ON VOTERS IN SWING STATES TO SWING AGAINST VOTER IDENTIFICATION LAWS 8/18/2012 Rainbow Push: "Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. and the members of the RainbowPUSH Coalition call on voters to beware of schemes to suppress the vote in the upcoming November 2012 election. The Brennan Center for Justice issued a study this month indicating that approximately 5 million persons eligible to vote will find it difficult to vote as a result of voter identification laws. There are at least 3 swing states that are likely to have the most."
Judge Allows Pennsylvania Voter ID Law to Move Forward 8/15/2012 Color Lines: "But despite the fact that an untold number of Pennsylvania citizens — most estimates range in the hundreds of thousands — lack ID, that the state’s own governor and secretary of state didn’t know the details of the law, a state legislator admitting the law would throw the election to Mitt Romney, and testimony that thousands of African Americans and Latinos would be unfairly burdened, Judge Robert Simpson rejected many of the arguments made, particularly that it violated the state’s constitutional protection of the right to vote. "
Penn. Judge Refuses to Block Controversial Voter ID Law 8/15/2012 Common Dreams
Vote fraud suspected in race for state seat 8/14/2012 Boston Globe: "The district attorney in Hampden County is investigating whether a Republican candidate for state representative orchestrated an illegal scheme to cast absentee ballots on behalf of hundreds of voters in hopes of winning a primary election. "
Voter fraud investigated 8/13/2012 Reminder: "Specifically, Reminder Publications has learned, absentee ballot requests were allegedly made for registered Democrats for the upcoming Republican primary election for the Second Hampden District's seat on the state House of Representatives between East Longmeadow Selectman Jack Villamaino and Longmeadow Selectman Marie Angelides, who are facing off for the second time. Angelides defeated Villamaino in the 2010 primary before losing to incumbent Democrat Brian Ashe in the general election."
Right-Wing Assault on Voting Rights Began With Bush vs. Gore 8/11/2012 Altnernet: "Starting October 1st, voters in Democrat-leaning urban centers including Cleveland, Columbus, Akron and Toledo will now only be allowed to vote between 8 am and 5 pm on weekdays, when the majority of people are at work. The board of elections in these counties, which are split evenly between Democrats and Republicans, was gridlocked over a Democratic effort to expand hours. The Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted stepped in to deny expanded hours in these counties. But Republican-heavy counties have actually expanded early voting hours on nights and weekends, when most people have time to go to the polls. "
Target Election Fraud, Not "Voter Fraud" 8/11/2012 Common Dreams: "If we’re to have democracy again in this country, the first step is obviously to repeal any law aimed at disenfranchising the voting rights of American citizens, especially registered voters. And we have to strike down the voter fraud myth every time we hear it- even the right’s loudest voices are silenced when asked to provide a specific example of voter fraud. But we can’t stop the fight until unaccountable private corporate entities like Diebold stop marketing easily-manipulated machines to our states, and all Secretaries of State have mandatory paper trails for all ballots in all voting precincts. Like Tom Stoppard wrote in his play Jumpers, “it’s not the voting that’s Democracy, it’s the counting.”"
New database of US voter fraud finds no evidence that photo ID laws are needed 8/11/2012 NBC: "A new nationwide analysis of 2,068 alleged election-fraud cases since 2000 shows that while fraud has occurred, the rate is infinitesimal, and in-person voter impersonation on Election Day, which prompted 37 state legislatures to enact or consider tough voter ID laws, is virtually non-existent. In an exhaustive public records search, reporters from the investigative reporting projecdt News21 sent thousands of requests to elections officers in all 50 states, asking for every case of fraudulent activity including registration fraud, absentee ballot fraud, vote buying, false election counts, campaign fraud, casting an ineligible vote, voting twice, voter impersonation fraud and intimidation. Analysis of the resulting comprehensive News21 election fraud database turned up 10 cases of voter impersonation."
Voting Suppression Schemes and How They’re Being Challenged 8/10/2012 Color Lines: "We’re watching primary elections this season to get a sense of the shenanigans that might occur on Election Day. Well, it’s already started in Michigan. You might recall that Governor Rick Snyder vetoed a bill last month that would have required voters to mark a checkbox indicating their US citizenship—expressly because he didn’t want voters to feel confused. Michigan Live is reporting that not only did Secretary of State Ruth Johnson issue ballots that included the checkbox, but that there was indeed some major confusion over it at the polls this week. Election Protection, which unveiled the smartphone app mentioned earlier, says they received complaints from throughout the state, and that “several voters where turned away.” "
Voter ID laws: the Republican ruse to disenfranchise 5 million Americans 8/10/2012 Guardian: "But it's exactly the likely closeness of the race that may turn Washington's conventional wisdom on its head on election day. That's because, until relatively recently, political experts and journalists have been oblivious to a widespread and pernicious phenomenon occurring in many critical swing states – one that, unless checked, could erase Obama's electoral edge.
This phenomenon takes the form of a spate of new voter laws: efforts by Republican governors and Republican-controlled state legislatures to pass restrictive new voting rules just in time for election day. As a result, at least 5 million Americans could essentially lose their right to vote, according to the non-partisan Brennan Center in New York."
The Voter ID Struggle in Pennsylvania: Losing ID Is About Losing More Than The Right to Vote 8/8/2012 RH Reality Check: "First – when states take away ID from poor and working folks, or limit poor and working people’s access to getting ID in the first place – those people lose far more than their right to vote. They often lose their right to work, to bank without exorbitant fees, to get benefits for which they and their family qualify, and, as noted, to drive even though they’ve passed a drivers’ test. They become even more invisible in our society, and state governments and corporations profit off of their struggle to meet their and their families’ daily needs."
Mitt’s loathsome lie 8/6/2012 Salon: "The Justice Department is trying to block an Ohio law that limits early voting. The “reform” by the state’s Republican-dominated Legislature would let only military voters cast ballots in the three days before an election; the Justice Department would let all eligible Ohioans do so. Romney called that an “outrage” and promised “to protect the voting rights of our military, not undermine them.” But how would the DOJ lawsuit hurt members of the military?"
Ex-Lobbyist Convicted For Corruption Is GOP's New 'Voter Fraud' Expert 8/3/2012 Alternet: "Horace Cooper is now retracing Hearne's footsteps and claiming that stricter voter ID laws will protect low-income voters and communities of color. Only in American politics can an convicted lobbyist in a bribery scandal resurface as peddler of debunked political myths and be given national airtime on television--on Fox News."
Voter Suppression in the Land of Enchantment 8/3/2012 Color Lines: "Regardless of whether New Mexico is a swing state this November, and whether Gov. Susana Martinez becomes Mitt Romney’s running mate, the Land of Enchantment state remains a place to watch. New Mexico has hardly figured in national news about voter suppression, in part because the state doesn’t have a voter ID law that is currently being challenged, and in part because its secretary of state is starting its own massive voter purge only this week, a relatively late date in the wave of purges. But an on-the-ground updated we’ve received from New Mexico may change our perception. It comes from the latest community journalist to join our Voting Rights Watch 2012 investigation, and it challenges us to really think about what voter participation means. "
How Voter ID Laws Expose the GOP Vote Fraud Scheme - Gutting the Right to Vote 8/3/2012 Counterpunch: "Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, the same conservative Republican who recently cut 70,000 from receiving their meager welfare payments in order to cut government costs, is ready to spend millions of bucks to implement a voter suppression scheme that evidence indicates is a blatant partisan measure designed to help Mitt Romney gain a presidential election victory."
Voter Fraud ‘Study’ Authored By Republican Who Pleaded Guilty In Abramoff Scandal 8/3/2012 TPM: "“I worked on Capitol Hill for almost 17 years, I worked as general counsel in the majority leader’s office, I worked on issues involving voter integrity. I followed and closely studied issues involving this matter for quite some time. I did not wake up yesterday and discover an interest in the matter,” Cooper said.
Cooper authored the paper on behalf of the National Center for Public Policy Research. As TPM reported in April, the NCPPR — which described itself as a “conservative, free-market, non-profit think-tank” — formed a Voter Identification Task Force to continue ALEC’s “excellent work” in “promoting measures to enhance integrity in voting.”
What’s Happening With Voting Rights Near You? Here’s a National Look 7/31/2012 Color Lines
Taking a ‘Freedom Ride’ Against Pennsylvania’s Voter ID 7/27/2012 Color Lines: "Over the coming weeks, we’ll introduce you to more community activists and bloggers, who will explain what draws them to work against voter suppression. Several of them are also joining our Voting Rights Watch 2012 team as community journalists, offering additional eyes and ears in their districts and states. "
A whopping 43 percent of Philly voters may not have voter ID, according to new data 7/26/2012 Philadelphia City Paper: "And on Monday, the U.S. Attorney General announced that it was investigating whether the law violated the federal Voting Rights Act. In particular, the Department of Justice wants to know upon what basis Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's administration declared that just 1 percent of residents lacked valid identification during the legislative debate over the law."
Jim Greer denounces Florida Republican Party officials as liars, 'right-wing crazies' in deposition 7/26/2012 Tampa Bay Times: "Greer said some GOP leaders were meeting to discuss ways they could suppress black votes while others were constantly scheming against each other."
Voter Suppression: Up to 43% of Philly Voters May Not Have Newly-Required ID 7/25/2012 Alternet: "The number of Pennsylvanians who might not have the photo identification necessary to vote this November has more than doubled: at least 1,636,168 registered voters, or 20 percent of Pennsylvania voters, may not have valid PennDOT-issued ID, according to new data obtained by City Paper. In Philadelphia, an enormous 437,237 people, or 43 percent of city voters, may not possess the valid PennDOT ID necessary to vote under the state's controversial new law."
Why the Voter ID Faceoff in Pennsylvania Is Crucial 7/25/2012 Color Lines: "If Barreto’s research is correct, then 1.3 million Pennsylvanians, or 14.4 percent of the voter-eligible population, lack ID—that’s twice as large as the number of votes President Obama earned in the state in 2008. Aichele’s office originally said that only 1 percent of voters, or about 88,000, lacked ID, but then later released figures suggesting that 9.2 percent of voters, or 759,000, didn’t have state-issued photo ID. Yesterday, Aichele said they’re back to sticking with the 88,000 number. "
Emails Show Racist Motivation Behind Arizona Immigration Law 7/21/2012 Common Dreams: sick puppies - ""Can we maintain our social fabric as a nation with Spanish fighting English for dominance ... It's like importing leper colonies and hope we don't catch leprosy. It's like importing thousands of Islamic jihadists and hope they adapt to the American Dream."
"Last week, Denver's illegal aliens sang our national anthem in Spanish and bastardized the words of OUR country's most sacred song.""
Study Links ‘Racial Resentment’ and Voter ID Support 7/20/2012 Color Lines: "Researchers at the University of Delaware’s Center for Political Communication weren’t surprised to find that most Republicans and conservatives were in favor of voter ID laws—regardless of how they measured on the “racial resentment” scale used in the study. The shocker came when Democrats and liberals who rated highest on the racial resentment scale also indicated support for voter ID laws.
How likely one is to possess or be able to acquire a specific form of voter ID is also affected by race. The Brennan Center released a report illustrating, among other challenges to obtaining identification, the lack of overlap between offices that issue valid voter IDs and high populations of people of color. More than one million blacks and half-a-million Latinos live more than 10 miles away from such offices. "
Minnesota Voter ID Amendment Draws Youth Activists 7/18/2012 Color Lines: "Minnesota remains one of only seven states that does not use a provisional ballot system. This measure would institute provisional voting, but lawyers argue that the measure is misleading because it makes no mention of the significant change to the way votes are counted when using provisional ballots. "
Feds let Florida access noncitizen list to purge voter rolls 7/15/2012 AP: "Florida has agreed that it can challenge voters only if the state provides a "unique identifier," such as an "alien number," for each person in question. Alien numbers generally are assigned to foreigners living in the country legally, often with visas or other permits such as green cards.
Unless they become naturalized citizens, however, these people cannot vote.
The agreement will prevent Florida from using only a name and birthdate to seek federal data about a suspected noncitizen on voter rolls. It's unlikely to catch illegal immigrants who might have managed to register to vote because such people typically would not have an alien number."
Voting rights in America under attack 7/15/2012 Global Research: "Texas attorneys did not dispute evidence that 80 of the state’s 200 counties have no location where photo IDs can be obtained, and that many residents would have to drive more than 120 miles one way to get such an identification card, for a fee of at least $22, a hardship and expense particularly onerous for the elderly and the poor. At one point, Robert Hughes, one of the Texas state attorneys, declared that he also regarded literacy tests as permissible, although they were one of the principal tactics for excluding minorities barred by the 1965 Voting Rights Act."
The Right to Vote Affects the Power to Choose: How Voter Suppression in 2012 Will Erode Reproductive Rights 7/14/2012 Common Dreams: "Some Republican officials are transparent about the intent behind their efforts to rig the 2012 elections. Last month, Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R) openly stated that voter ID “is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.” As a result of Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law, over 758,000 eligible voters now face disenfranchisement because they lack an acceptable form of ID. Over 186,000 of these voters live in the urban cente of Philadelphia -- home to nearly half of all African Americans in Pennsylvania."
Voter ID cards headed to your mailbox 7/14/2012 Historic City News, St Augustine: "St Johns County Supervisor of Elections Vicky Oakes told Historic City News that her office is sending all registered voters a new voter information card to reflect changes made during the recent redistricting process; they will be arriving by mail in the next few days."
Texas vs. Voting Rights, 1944 to 2012 7/12/2012 Color Lines
Texas’ Road To Victory in Its Decades Long Fight Against Voting Rights 7/12/2012 Color Lines: "None of this may matter, though. If the district court judges rule that Texas’s law should not be cleared by DOJ, then that could set it up for a fast-track hearing before the Supreme Court. And the court has indicated that it is ready to throw Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act—the part that gives DOJ preclearance authority over Texas’s election laws—out altogether, which would trigger a rollback of voting rights expansions made since the civil rights movement. There is little optimism that Chief Justice John Roberts will do for VRA what he did for the Affordable Care Act. Section 5 is to the VRA what the individual mandate is to ACA, but Roberts has little sympathy for laws that remedy histories of racial discrimination."
Texas Wants to Say Adios to the Voting Rights Act’s Authority 7/10/2012 Color Lines: "Look up at your clock. By this same hour tomorrow, more than 1,500 U.S.-born Latinos will have celebrated a milestone birthday, and turned 18. They’ll be eligible to vote in local, state and federal elections in their home states—but if that state is Texas, that right is under threat."
Indiana and Georgia discarded 1,200 ’08 votes 7/9/2012 Boston Globe: "As more states adopt strict voter ID rules, a review of temporary ballots from Indiana and Georgia, which first implemented stringent standards, found that more than 1,200 such votes were tossed during the 2008 general election.
During sparsely attended primaries this year in Georgia, Indiana, and Tennessee, the states with the toughest ID laws, hundreds more ballots were blocked.
The numbers suggest that the legitimate votes rejected by the laws are far more numerous than are the cases of fraud that advocates of the rules say they are trying to prevent. Thousands more votes could be in jeopardy for this November, when more states with larger populations aim to have similar rules in place, according to an Associated Press review."
Three Quarters of a Million Voters Set to Be Disenfranchised in Pennsylvania 7/6/2012 Common Dreams: "Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner said the election officials' report showed an unacceptable number of voters would be disenfranchised. “About 10 percent of otherwise eligible Pennsylvanians are disenfranchised by the Voter ID law. That’s not an acceptable number of people to tell that they can’t vote.”
And Pennsylvania House of Representatives Majority Leader Mike Turzai's statements cast doubt on the aim of preventing voter fraud. "Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done.”"
Estadísticas de Participación y Actividad 7/3/2012 Observación Electoral 2012: Mexican vote fraud monitoring site.
Florida to People of Color: Don't Vote Here 7/2/2012 Color Lines: "As its sponsor, State Senator Mike Bennett, made clear when the bill passed last year, its intent is to make voting more difficult. “I don’t have a problem making it harder,” Bennett said. “I want people in Florida to want to vote as bad as that person in Africa who walks 200 miles across the desert. This should not be easy.”
If reinstated, Bennett’s bill could unravel years of work by voting rights activists like Bracy to tear down the barriers that discourage African-Americans, Latinos and young people in particular from participating in our democracy."
Espaillat Compares Election to Florida; Vows to Go to ‘Final, Final Round’ 7/2/2012 Politicker: “I have family members that were prime voters that go out to vote every single year, and when they went to vote, they were told this year that their name was not the list,” he said."
Florida to People of Color: Don’t Vote Here 6/29/2012 Color Lines: "Bracy’s beating was so traumatic that she stayed home from school for the next three days wondering whether to go back. But in the end, she returned. Bracy told the Voices of the Civil Rights project, “I refused to allow them to win.”
That was her thought this spring, too, as she plunged the New Covenant Baptist Church—the Orlando congregation she leads with her husband—into a voter registration campaign more dangerous than it has been in a generation."
Florida to People of Color: Don’t Vote Here 6/29/2012 Color Lines: "As its sponsor, State Senator Mike Bennett, made clear when the bill passed last year, its intent is to make voting more difficult. “I don’t have a problem making it harder,” Bennett said. “I want people in Florida to want to vote as bad as that person in Africa who walks 200 miles across the desert. This should not be easy.”"
Former U.S. Rep. Davis (D-TN) purged, not allowed to vote 6/25/2012 Roane Views: another victim of voter purges
GOP Purges Voters Denying the Right To Vote 6/25/2012 Roane Views: "In the 2008 Presidential election, nearly 65% of Shelby County's 625,000 registered voters cast ballots. The GOP dominated Election Commission has just issued voter lists with only 431,000 registered voters. We find it very difficult to believe that 171,000 voters, nearly 30%, disappeared in Shelby County with nearly every one of them being Democrats."
Voter ID Standoff Threatens New Hampshire’s Proud Turnout Record 6/22/2012 Color Lines: "New Hampshire is notable for its high voter turn out, second only to Minnesota and Wisconsin in the 2008 elections, according to the U.S. Elections Project at George Mason University. For a year, Gov. John Lynch has tried to protect that legacy against the legislature’s attempt to pass a voter ID bill. He now appears ready to concede the point—if only the legislature would let him.
This week, Lynch was ready to compromise and sign off on a bill. But the version the state’s legislature presented was so excessively restrictive he vetoed the legislation Wednesday. Lawmakers are now preparing to vote on whether to override the governor’s veto on June 27."
DOJ threatens to sue Georgia under MOVE Act over compressed primary runoff period 6/22/2012 Election Law Center: "The federal government has sent a letter to Georgia officials saying the state's schedule for runoff elections violates federal law on military and overseas absentee ballots and threatening a lawsuit if the matter isn't resolved quickly. U.S. Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez on June 15 sent the letter to Attorney General Sam Olens and Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Olens' office declined to comment on the letter, but Kemp said the state is in the middle of the primary election and doesn't intend to make changes suggested by federal officials."
Maryland election integrity group alleges voter rolls have numerous discrepancies 6/22/2012 Election Law Center: "A Maryland organization says it has found hundreds of dead people listed on voter registration rolls in Baltimore and Prince George's counties, as well as residents who have registered in multiple places and some who have addresses that turn out to be vacant lots. "
Florida Voting Rules Discriminate Against Minorities: Justice Department 6/21/2012 HuffPost Black Voices: "The federal government said the new rules violated Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act requiring certain states with a history of discrimination to obtain federal approval before making changes to electoral rules.
Section 5 also requires courts to review the law for retrogression, anything that would leave minority groups worse off than they were before the law's enactment."
Vote Suppression and the Ballot Battles for Blacks and Hispanics 6/19/2012 Politics 365: "A Florida coalition of conscience which includes progressive Whites, Latinos, African Americans, Asians, Native Americans, Unions, and young voters are also contesting Gov. Scott’s efforts. Voters are fed up with partisan extremists. They remember the “pregnant chads” in 2000 which became part of the determining factor for George Bush receiving a 534 vote victory over Al Gore. During that same election cycle Florida’s Secretary of State had ordered election supervisors to purge ex-felons from the voter lists. Experts later reported that the list “flagged” close to 91,000 names of which more than 57,000 were purged. More than half of the list — 54% — was African American and Latino."
Meet Nathan Sproul, the Karl Rove of Arizona
Romney’s Dirty Trickster 6/13/2012 Counterpunch: "The firm Sproul and Associates was investigated for voter fraud in Nevada during their work on behalf of the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2004. Sproul’s registrars allegedly canvassed voters about which candidate they were planning to support. If they were leaning Republican, the group helped them to register. If they leaned Democratic, they ignored them, or later destroyed the form.
*In Oregon as well, the state attorney general opened a criminal investigation into allegations that Sproul’s group (they have since changed their name to “Lincoln Strategies”) was involved in intentionally destroying or discarding voter registration forms signed by Democrats. Portland CBS affiliate KLAS-TV reported that a former employee of Sproul claimed that hundreds, if not thousands, of Democratic registration forms were trashed by the Sproul’s minions."
Groups Sue to Block Florida Voter Roll Purge 6/8/2012 AP: "A Hispanic civic organization and two naturalized citizens — backed by the American Civil Liberties Union and others — filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Tampa seeking to halt the purge. Two days ago, the administration of Republican Gov. Rick Scott rejected calls by the federal government to stop the effort.
"The illegal program to purge eligible voters uses inaccurate information to remove eligible citizens from the voter rolls," said Howard Simon, executive director of the ACLU of Florida. "...We now look to the courts to stop the Scott administration from assaulting democracy by denying American citizens the right to vote."
Governor, halt the flawed voter purge 6/8/2012 Tampa Bay Times: "This June, the governor of another Southern state is challenging the federal government's authority. Nearly 50 years after Wallace's showdown, you are standing between Floridians and their right to vote as U.S. citizens. We agree that only citizens should vote, but your approach to cleaning up the voter rolls is fatally flawed. The U.S. Justice Department and county supervisors of election have reached the same conclusion and told you to stop, yet you persist."
Montgomery County police union used felons to gather signatures in ballot drive 6/7/2012 Examiner
Black Clergy Join Forces With Black Caucus on Voting Rights Issues 6/7/2012 Huff Post: "Black clergy from the Conference of National Black Churches ("CNBC") joined forces with the Congressional Black Caucus ("CBC") in Washington, DC for a first ever summit last week to discuss new voting laws, voting registration strategy and empowerment of the black vote. What Republicans call voter protection to prevent voter fraud is disguised as voter ID laws that actually prevent voting by blacks and other segments of the population, according to a panel of voting rights experts speaking at the conference. "
Back to the future: Election rigging in Florida 6/6/2012 Progreso Weekly: "Now, here's the scary part: As reported by Think Progress, the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal have not published one single article on voter suppression laws enacted in state after state. The New York Times, only one. These laws pose the greatest threat to democracy of our lifetime, but the media would rather talk about Donald Trump."
Reports of Voter Suppression in Wisconsin--Robocalls Targeting Recall Petition Signers 6/5/2012 Alternet
Voter-suppressing robo-calls reported in Wisconsin recall 6/5/2012 LA Times: "Numerous voters said they received a “robo-call” telling them “if you signed the recall petition, your job is done and you don’t need to vote on Tuesday.” Challenger Tom Barrett’s campaign has been swift to respond to the claims of misleading information being disseminated by an unidentified group.
Mary Urbina-McCarthy, finance director of Barrett’s campaign, sent out a fundraising email Monday after learning of the calls.
“Reports coming into our call center have confirmed that Walker’s allies just launched a massive wave of voter suppression calls to recall petition signers,” she said."
Wisconsin State Senator: investigations and prosecutions needed for voter suppression 6/5/2012 MSNBC: "Investigations and criminal prosecutions are needed for election fraud in Tuesday night's gubernatorial election, Wisconsin State Senator Lena Taylor said. Taylor wrote to the state's Government Accountability Board, arguing that "It is imperative that your agency uphold the law and criminally prosecute any person that is engaged in voter suppression and disenfranchisement tactics." Robocalls have been made to citizens in Wisconsin misleadingly telling them that they needn't vote if they already signed the petition to recall Governor Scott Walker. "It is my understanding that a reporter did call and find out that that call did come from the Republican Party," Taylor said, speaking on The Ed Show. "I'm looking forward to the GAB doing an investigation, and I think the Attorney General also should have done and should be doing an investigation of anyone who is attempting to intimidate or to give misinformation to voters in order to suppress votes."
Wisconsin Recall Election Results: Scott Walker and Reince Priebus Fabricate Voter Fraud Claims to Steal Election 6/5/2012 Policymic: "In 1938, Kenosha, Wisconsin-born Orson Welles stoked widespread confusion and panic when he broadcast mock news reports of an extraterrestrial invasion, with his famous radio adaptation of H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds convincing some listeners that Martians were attacking the earth. In 2012, another Kenosha native, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus, is promoting similar confusion by attacking the integrity of Wisconsin's elections and stoking fears of "voter fraud" in advance of Tuesday's recall election. Does Wisconsin really have a history of "voter fraud," or are Priebus and other Republicans following in the footsteps of Welles and pulling a massive hoax?"
Top Wisconsin Dem: Voter fraud is a 'completely made-up issue' 6/4/2012 MSNBC: ""It's a completely made-up issue," said Erpenbach. "A few years ago a Republican attorney general did an investigation into voter fraud allegations in Wisconsin. They found eleven cases. Eight of those were convicted felons that a photo ID would've never caught to begin with. And three of them were actual cases of fraud. Three cases of fraud and they were prosecuted. We have laws on the book already. Voter fraud is all about voter suppression, and the Republicans know that."
Federal Judge Overturns Draconian Voter Registration Rules in Florida 6/1/2012 Color Lines
Shameless: Florida's Tea Party Governor Trying to Strip Voting Rights from Thousands 5/31/2012 Alternet: "Progressive voting rights groups and even county election supervisors from Scott’s own party are saying the businessman-turned-governor’s latest gambit—claiming there are as many as 182,000 non-citizens among the state’s 11.2 million registered voters and having his appointed Secretary of State send out an initial list of 2,600 names to be purged—has crossed a line in the Florida sand, topping previous voter suppression efforts, and may violate two federal voting right laws."
FEDERAL JUDGE BLOCKS FL GOP'S 'ONEROUS' RESTRICTIONS ON VOTER REGISTRATION 5/31/2012 Brad Blog: "A federal judge blocked enforcement of key provisions of a restrictive voting law in Florida today, a breakthrough victory for Florida voters and voting rights advocates nationwide."
Donna Brazile dodges Secretary of State's questions on voter fraud 5/31/2012 Detroit Free Press: "Johnson asked Brazile, who is vice chair of voter registration and participation for the Democratic National Committee, if she was concerned about election integrity, citing a recent Michigan auditor general report that said records showed voting by about 1,500 dead people and prisoners between October 2008 and June 2011."
Wisconsin Recall Election: Pro-Scott Walker GOP Front Group Sparks Fears of Election Fraud 5/31/2012 PolicyMic: "An out-of-state Tea Party organization recently called a "GOP front group" by a Texas judge is again intervening in Wisconsin's recall election and perpetuating unfounded fears of "election fraud," a spectre also raised by right-wing media, Governor Scott Walker, and most recently, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chair Reince Priebus."
Dirty Tricks In Wisconsin: Secret Group Shuts Down Phones Of Scott Walker’s Democratic Challenger With Spam Texts 5/29/2012 Think Progress: "One week before Wisconsinites vote on whether or not to recall Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI), a conservative group is engaged in dirty tricks that have shut down the Democratic challenger’s campaign phones.
According to multiple reports, independently verified by ThinkProgress, the following spam text message is being blasted out to many Wisconsin cell phones:
MSG:Tom Barrett is a Union Puppet who will give Union Thugs everything they want. Call & ask why 414-271-8050
The phone number is that of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s campaign headquarters. The influx of calls following this spam text message has shut down phones at Barrett’s campaign, just seven days before Election Day and right as get-out-the-vote efforts are ramping up."
Voter Purge, Minority Voting Rights Flashpoints Of New Showdown In Florida 5/27/2012 Huff Post: "In the last three weeks alone, the Florida secretary of state's office has identified and started to purge what it says are at least 50,000 dead voters from the state's rolls and stripped out about 7,000 convicted felons. Officials at the same time are defending a more controversial plan to remove as many as 182,000 suspected noncitizens from the state's voter rolls.
“Florida has a very shameful history of purging minority voters based on false information before presidential elections,” said Katherine Culliton-Gonzalez, director of voter protection projects for the Advancement Project, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that works to protect voter rights. "
Florida Telling Hundreds Of Eligible Citizens That They Are Ineligible To Vote 5/27/2012 Think Progress: "Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) has ordered the state to purge all “non-citizens” from the voting rolls prior to November’s election. But that list compiled by the Scott administration is so riddled with errors that, in Miami-Dade County alone, hundreds of U.S. citizens are being told they are ineligible to vote, ThinkProgress has learned exlusively."
Florida Telling Hundreds Of Eligible Citizens That They Are Ineligible To Vote 5/27/2012 Think Progress: "Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) has ordered the state to purge all “non-citizens” from the voting rolls prior to November’s election. But that list compiled by the Scott administration is so riddled with errors that, in Miami-Dade County alone, hundreds of U.S. citizens are being told they are ineligible to vote, ThinkProgress has learned exlusively."
Gov. Scott Orders Purging of Florida’s Voter Rolls - Just in Time For Prez Election 5/26/2012 Washington Monthly: "In state after state, right-wing Republicans are seeking to pare the voter rolls by any means necessary. In high-turnout elections, Republicans tend to fare less well, especially when turnout includes sizable percentages of racial and ethnic minority groups."
Paul Supporters Robbed at County Convention in GA Win Some Justice Against Establishment GOP 5/25/2012 Brad Blog
CAUGHT RED HANDED 5/23/2012 Black Box Voting: "Four hundred and eighty-eight voters, every one of them in the Tennessee district of US Rep Steve Cohen (D-09), all but four lifelong Democrats, and nearly all Black, had their voting history erased by Shelby County election workers, setting them up for purge from the voter list."
Appellate Court Refuses to Block Ruling That Electioneering Non-Profits Must Disclose Donors 5/17/2012 Brad Blog: "One of the most consequential campaign finance loopholes affecting the 2012 race --- the one allowing big-money donors to secretly funnel millions into campaign ads --- is now closed, after an appellate court ruling on Monday.
In April, a district court judge struck down a Federal Election Commission regulation that allowed donors to certain nonprofit groups --- including those created by Karl Rove and the Koch brothers --- to evade normal disclosure requirements."
GOP in CA Hired 'Professional Con Artist' Who Turned in Thousands of Fraudulent Voter Registrations in $50,000 'Bounty' Scheme 5/16/2012 Brad Blog: "The growing scandal, all but ignored by those on the Right who professionally pretend that Democrats and ACORN are stealing elections, underscores yet again the extent to which the Republican Party is willing to go in order to win elections, even while falsely accusing Democrats of undermining them…"
Mailing of Absentee Ballots for WI Recall Elections Delayed; Watch for Dirty Tricks Soon 5/16/2012 Brad Blog: "As a result, a small number of people who will be out of town June 5 won't be able to vote because they won't be able to get an absentee ballot this week, Kennedy said Tuesday.
"We're dealing with a short time frame," Kennedy said. "Some people are going to get caught."
State law used to allow election clerks to email absentee ballots to voters at the discretion of the clerks. Voters would then fill out the ballots and return them through traditional mail. But last year, Republican lawmakers eliminated the ability of clerks to do that except in limited circumstances."
Paper Ballot Op-Scan Systems in FL, WI, NY, OH Confirmed to Overheat, Mistally 70% of Votes 5/14/2012 Brad Blog
Ron Paul is not OUT! He is UP! 5/14/2012 Doug Wead: "The establishment turned off the air conditioning at the Arizona State GOP Convention last weekend, trying to sweat the Ronulans into leaving.
In Oklahoma they pulled out a ballroom divider to cordon off Ron Paul supporters and shut them out of participation. Later they turned out the lights. Voice votes that were clearly lost were declared won.
In Carson County, Nevada they turned off a microphone when a Hispanic tried to speak, they knew that Hispanics were for Ron Paul."
'Show-Me State' Courts See Through GOP Photo ID Deceptions, But MO Republicans Undeterred 5/11/2012 Brad Blog: "Good news for democracy. Bad news for the GOP deceivers and the billionaire sociopaths, like the Koch brothers, who fund them. Missouri's courts have shown that their state's nickname, "The Show-Me State," is apropos.
In Weinschenk v. State (2006), the MO Supreme Court struck down a GOP-enacted polling place photo ID law because it violated the Equal Protection clause of the MO Constitution which treats voting as a "fundamental right." It recognized a compelling governmental interest in preventing voter fraud, but observed that "the Photo-ID Requirement is intended to prevent only impersonation of a registered voter and will not affect absentee ballot or registration fraud."
GOP Voter Registration Firm Turns in Thousands of 'Invalid' Registration Forms in California 5/4/2012 Brad Blog: "You're unlikely to hear a peep about this on Fox "News" (unless they happen to have me on), but the California Secretary of State's Election Fraud Division is now reportedly investigating a firm hired by the Sacramento County Republican Party said to have submitted thousands of fraudulent voter registration forms.
According to a report today from Sacramento ABC affiliate News10 [see video posted below], a private, for-profit firm calling itself Momentum Political Services, hired by the local Republican Party "to boost GOP registration ranks in key battleground communities" has turned in more than 3,100 invalid voter registration cards during their recent drive."
SHELBY COUNTY PERFORMED UNAUTHORIZED ALTERATIONS IN ITS (NOW UNCERTIFIED!) VOTING SYSTEM - 4/19/2012 Black Box Voting: "Details on Shelby County, Tennessee alteration of its Diebold voting system. They inserted a completely different program (not from Diebold at all) which alters the way the system works. Documents show that fully half of White suburbs are now processing information in a different way than the rest of the county, and that this selective and unusual processing has been taking place for at least four years. The alterations made to the system are illegal almost everywhere in the USA and automatically render their $600,000 voting system decertified, although they will claim that they don't need to use a certified system. One man, who does not work for Shelby County, has been given almost unprecedented access to the system. The alterations allow them to customize how party affiliation is coded, creating different party identifiers in White, Black, and mixed counties."
REBUTTALS TO WASHINGTON STATE'S TALKING POINTS ABOUT VOTING MACHINES 2/27/2012 Black Box Voting: "TALKING POINT: We have a state law that requires every electronic voting machine to have a paper backup, referred to as a Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail.
THE TRUTH: The public is not allowed to examine the paper trail. "
The gap narrows in Maine 2/19/2012 Maddow Blog: "Following up on a story we've been reporting on all week, several communities in Maine hosted Republican presidential caucuses yesterday, unsure how their preferences would be tallied by the state party. Given Mitt Romney's narrow-but-dubious lead over Ron Paul, yesterday's results had the potential to push the former governor into second place."
Backfired! 4 Ways the Ohio GOP Tilts Voting Rules But Ends Up Helping Democrats 2/17/2012 Alternet: "Traditionally, on Election Night, absentee ballots are counted first (because they’re already at the board of elections when the polls close). From the political side, we call a heavy emphasis on absentee or early voting “banking” your votes before Election Day. Before the advent of no-fault absentee voting, traditional absentee ballots tended to be voted more heavily by Republicans. But no more.
No-fault absentee voting created a way for grassroots organizers (many of whom are Democratic) to reach out to segments of their constituency that traditionally had difficulties getting to the polls. By 2008, especially with the strategic use of early voting by the Obama presidential campaign, “no-fault” absentee voting became a strong tool for banking Democratic votes. Republican plans to retain power by changing the voting rules backfired."
GOP in Maine Though Also Pretty Much Everywhere Else: OOPS 2/17/2012 Common Dreams: "Much like Iowa only worse, Maine Republicans evidently misspoke when they announced Romney won the state's caucuses. It seems some counties hadn't even met yet and others might have been miscounted and in fact Ron Paul - who supposedly lost by 200 votes - might have won, so sorry but could the local "leaders" please resend their vote totals and this time they'll try not to screw them up?"
Déjà Vu 2002 in Florida 2/17/2012 Huffington Post: "Florida's Republican governor and GOP-led legislature are attempting to retain a stranglehold on state government and cement their control in Tallahassee for another decade. Déjà vu 2002.
Just like in 2002, the GOP is ignoring the will of the people. Voters in 2010 overwhelmingly approved the Fair Districts amendments with 63 percent of the vote in a clear demand for a different process -- one free from incumbent protection and partisan advantage."
Mitt’s ticking Maine time bomb? 2/16/2012 Salon: "One tiny Down East county could cause some serious trouble this weekend."
CITIZENS SUE TO FORCE GOVERNMENT TO STOP LINKING VOTES TO VOTER - 2/12/2012 Black Box Voting: "Public officials now admit they can see how you voted and link it to your name. This issue affects Colorado, almost all of Washington State, as well as some locations in California, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia and likely other states as well.
If you vote by mail or at combined-precinct "vote centers" your vote may be viewable by public officials and/or vendors.
In Colorado, election officials have been trying to cover up this inconvenient (and unconstitutional) issue, by preventing the public or the media from being able to examine ballots -- ever, even after elections are over. The Hart brand ballot scanner, widely used in CO, WA, and TX, affixes a unique identifier bar code to each ballot. With absentee or mail-in ballots, this produces a mechanism for the government or its vendors to download how you voted into a database. "
Ron Paul campaign implies foul play in Romney victory in Maine 2/12/2012 Raw Story: "In an email sent to supporters late on Saturday, however, Paul campaign manager John Tate noted that the media had called the polling for Romney even before the votes had been fully counted
Tate went on to charge that “in Washington County – where Ron Paul was incredibly strong – the caucus was delayed until next week just so the votes wouldn’t be reported by the national media today. Of course, their excuse for the delay was ‘snow.’ That’s right. A prediction of 3-4 inches – that turned into nothing more than a dusting – was enough for a local GOP official to postpone the caucuses just so the results wouldn’t be reported tonight.”
Has America’s Stolen Election Process Finally Hit Prime Time? 12/30/2011 Common Dreams: "For years the Democratic Party and even much of the left press has reacted with scorn for those who’ve reported on it.
But the imperial fraud that has utterly corrupted our electoral process seems finally to be dawning on a broadening core of the American electorate---if it can still be called that."
Technology is WAY Ahead of the Elections Department. By Geniusofdespair 9/15/2011 Eye on Miami: "I can get anyone's signature online - it is easy. If I were a loathsome person trying to steal absentee ballots and forge signatures on them, it wouldn't be too hard. But then, I don't think you have to worry too much about copying the signature. The Elections Department thinks that sending it to your address is good enough security. In their attempt to make every vote count, Elections leans over backwards for absentee ballots. If I go to vote on election day, I have to sign AND bring I.D. For absentees you have to get close to the signature...or maybe not even that. There is no way for anyone to check how close you have to be without a court order - you aren't allowed to see the signatures in the database, even your OWN signature. Isn't that odd that I can view anyone's signature online but I can't look at it on the Election's database? That is a recent law passed by our Republican legislators."
A Hostage to Fraudulent Elections - The Dismal Future of America 9/14/2011 Counterpunch: "Clinton surely knew that America’s future, in a city like Miami, was also hostage to unreliable elections that could be determined by absentee ballot fraud. And as a student of ward politics, he surely knew, as did then US Senator Bob Graham, that election fraud in Miami Dade was rampant. (A top Graham top aide, Lula Rodriguez– and White House official during the first Clinton term–, personally signed 14 fraudulent ballots during the 1993 campaign of Hialeah mayor Raul Martinez.)
As the blog Eyeonmiami reported yesterday, absentee ballot fraud is alive and well in Miami-Dade. In light turn-out and closely contested elections, the results of fraud can be determinant. This is especially harmful in state legislative races that in Miami are glorified popularity contests. The toxicity out of absentee ballot fraud cannot be rinsed out; it is based on political cronyism and sanctioned illegal activities that endure like the symptoms of a tick bite."
The GOP War on Voting 8/30/2011 Rolling Stone: "A major probe by the Justice Department between 2002 and 2007 failed to prosecute a single person for going to the polls and impersonating an eligible voter, which the anti-fraud laws are supposedly designed to stop. Out of the 300 million votes cast in that period, federal prosecutors convicted only 86 people for voter fraud – and many of the cases involved immigrants and former felons who were simply unaware of their ineligibility."
Jim Crow Resurrected in Florida 7/15/2011 Counterpunch: "The real issue however is the suppression of black votes. The limits on voter registration (the signatures collected by those registering to vote in Florida must now be turned in within 48 hours) greatly impacts the ability to sign up new voters and is aimed directly at poor minorities and college students. Is it not enough that Florida, under Rick Scott, changed the amount of time that those who committed felonies (mostly on minor drug charges) are now required to wait five years instead of three before their civil and therefore voting rights can be reinstated?"
Complaint: Elderly Black Voters Intimidated at Home 10/29/2010 Mother Jones: "In the Texarkana area, Democratic consultant Malcolm acknowledges that local Republican officials have rejected such tactics, claiming that those responsible are "more of your right-wing renegade" conservatives. When asked about the alleged home visits and intimidation, Jeff Akin, coordinator of the tea party group Texarkana TEA Patriots, reponded that he believed local county officials were perpetrating election fraud in the area: "I have heard reports of voter fraud in Bowie County. I have even seen the documents myself and to the untrained eye it looks as though an elected official in Bowie County could be involved in the alleged voter fraud."*
*Akin's remarks have been updated. Nichols later replied in an email: "Since I turned over evidence to Federal and State law enforcement agencies quite some time ago, I am not at liberty to comment on this issue at this time," calling the accusations against her "absolutely false and libelous."
Concerns grow about election fraud, voter intimidation 10/28/2010 McClatchy: ""Legal war rooms," roving teams of lawyers, hot lines and poll challengers are all part of the strategy that Democrats and Republicans will employ Tuesday to handle suspected fraud or to help voters whose right to vote is questioned.
The issue is also on the Justice Department's radar. It will post federal monitors at selected polling places around the country, and prosecutors, civil rights attorneys and the FBI will be tasked with handling election-related complaints that day. A special toll-free number — 1-800-253-3931 — will be available for complaints about ballot access."
CBS, CNN capture video of Ohio attorney subpoena served on Karl Rove 10/27/2010 Colombus Ohio Examiner: "In an article written by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman and published at OpEdNews.com, the federal subpoena orders Rove to testify in deposition about his role in the alleged theft of the 2004 election, and to discuss his orchestration of tens of millions of corporate/billionaire dollars in this year's General Elections on November 2."
The Tea Party's Election Spies 10/22/2010 Mother Jones: "In response to the voter fraud hysteria, voting rights advocates and Democratic officials in Minnesota and elsewhere are planning their own "voter protection" efforts, alerting vulnerable groups to tactics that poll watchers and others might use to intimidate or suppress voters. "We have an offensive strategy—educating voters and constituency groups about the forms you need to bring, what people can ask and can't ask of you, basic voting rights," says Pakou Hang, election protection director for Minnesota's Democratic Party. The party is also planning to station legal teams to respond to complaints of voter intimidation or harassment at the polls. Independent groups like the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights are executing similar efforts on a national level."
Who is rigging our elections? Clues from Massachusetts. 9/10/2010 Op Ed News: "His starting point is the fact that among the 3% of ballots that were hand-counted, Coakley won a solid victory. He then proceeds to eliminate, one by one, all the innocent explanations for the disparity between the 3% (hand counted, publicly verifiable) and the 97% (machine-tallied using trade-secret software by two large corporations, ES&S and Diebold, both with partisan Republican ties)."
ELECTION 2008: VANISHING VOTES, DISAPPEARING DEMOCRACY AND MEDIA MISDIRECTION 6/1/2010 Project Censored
Georgia Supreme Court Rules Unauditable, Unverifiable Elections Are Just Fine 10/1/2009 Brad Blog
Report: One-fourth of overseas votes go uncounted 5/13/2009 AP: "One out of every four ballots requested by military personnel and other Americans living overseas for the 2008 election may have gone uncounted, according to findings being released at a Senate hearing Wednesday."
Supreme Court conservatives criticize voting rights law 4/29/2009 Reuters
Voting machine maker agrees to pay Calif. $3.2M 3/19/2009 AP: "A voting machine manufacturer has agreed to pay California $3.2 million to settle a lawsuit claiming it sold unauthorized machines to San Francisco and four counties, the secretary of state's office said Thursday.
Secretary of State Debra Bowen, who oversees elections, sued Omaha, Neb.-based Election Systems & Software Inc. in November 2007, alleging the company sold 972 machines that the state had not tested and certified. She sought $15 million in penalties and compensation."
KY Election Officials Arrested, Charged With 'Changing Votes at E-Voting Machines' 3/19/2009 Brad Blog: "Circuit court judge, county clerk, and election officials among eight indicted for gaming elections in 2002, 2004, 2006
Used popular, unverifiable ES&S touch-screens to flip votes…"
Exclusive: All Charges Dropped Against FL Election Integrity Advocate Arrested Last November 3/11/2009 Brad Blog
Hurdles to Voting Persisted in 2008 3/10/2009 NYT