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National popular vote’s right-wing detractors are first drawn to the partisan implications, suggesting that this is a potential blue-state bonanza born out of revenge for Al Gore’s loss to George W. Bush in Florida in 2000. Then they are quick to point out that widely held contemporary notions of what our democracy consists of are wrong—and are not what the founding fathers envisioned at all.

“Democrats love this idea,” said Michael Uhlmann, professor of politics and policy at Claremont Graduate School and frequent Heritage Foundation speaker, in a recent debate with Koza. “Any Republican and conservative who signs onto it needs a psychiatric examination. These people aren’t foolish. There are real constraints imposed by the Electoral College system.”

Right-wingers like Uhlmann say that because human nature cannot be trusted, the founders created key governing bodies that were not elected, but instead consisted of wiser "elders" whose decisions put brakes on more impulsive majorities. The U.S. Senate was one such body and until the 17th Amendment passed in 1913, senators were appointed, not elected. The Electoral College, where 48 states (Nebraska and Maine are exceptions) award all their delegates to the state’s presidential victor, is another, because it spreads the real constitutional act of electing the president to special legislators who meet once every four years.

“The criticisms of the institutions of the Electoral College, based on an assumption that there is a mystical ‘will of the people’ that can be divined through elections, are misguided,” said Munger. “There is no better system for controlling political excesses, and forcing presidential candidates to represent the entire nation, that that created out of the original wisdom and compromises of the early 19th century.”

But according to Koza, who launched the National Popular Vote movement, there is a far better system: engaging the majority of American voters in choosing the president.

A national popular presidential vote is the natural next step in the country’s constitutional evolution that has expanded voting rights to all citizens in every state; not just to males, millionaires, landowners and slaveholders, as was the case when the nation was founded, Koza said. NPV elevates voters in every state, not just in tightly divided battleground states. Moreover, the conservatives’ obsession about insulating the presidency from mob rule does not hold up to reality, he said.

But it is perhaps the best argument the hard right has—because everything else they have thrown at NPV and are likely to throw at it as it comes closer to becoming a political reality—eight states plus the District of Columbia have signed on—is unlikely to prevail in federal court. Even noisy critics, like the Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto, admit NPV “is not unconstitutional.” He just hopes it is “unenforceable.”

“Our bill is an interstate compact,”  Koza said. “A state cannot get out of an interstate compact except on the terms of the compact itself. There’s 200 years where no court has ever allowed any state to weasel out of an interstate compact. It’s higher than the state Constitution. When a state enters into an interstate compact, it’s more binding than the state Constitution is.”

NVP: The Fine Print

The idea of a national popular vote to elect the president is not new. What is new is using the legal vehicle of an interstate compact, not a constitutional amendment, to get there.

The current national popular vote movement emerged out of a growing frustration with recent presidential campaigns. What happened in 2000 in Florida, when Al Gore won more popular votes nationally than George W. Bush but the Supreme Court intervened and awarded the presidency to Bush, was a turning point. But there have been other long-simmering frustrations with the way presidential elections unfold, most notably how most of the country is left watching the action in a few other states.

“You just can’t have an election coming down to 500 people or 20,000 people in an entire nation. It’s just crazy,” said Common Cause’s Wilmot. “The reason that it has such appeal is a basic sense that is consistently held in every demographic—Republican, Democratic, old, young, black, white—that the person with the most votes should win, and that every person’s vote in the election should count the same. And neither of those are true in our current system. And they feel it is wrong. And it is wrong.”

Wilmot is correct about NPV’s support. Majorities of American overwhelmingly back replacing the current Electoral College system with popular vote election of the president, according to Gallup, whose polls have tracked the issue for years. And it is not just Democrats who support this, although 71 percent of Democrats said they did, compared to 61 percent of Independents and 53 percent of Republicans polled last fall. But the Republicans who support NPV are cut from a different political cloth than the RNC leadership or conservative think tanks.

“I believe this is a center-right country and that our conservative ideas and ideals will win the day if we take the argument to all the people, not just those in battleground states,” wrote Laura Brod, a Republican member of Minnesota’s House since 2002. “There is a conservative story in favor of a national popular vote to be told.”

The U.S. Constitution grants state legislatures complete power over selecting Electoral College delegates. So the National Popular Vote movement has been working in 42 states to push for identical legislation to join an interstate compact binding their delegates to a presidential popular vote winner once enough states representing 270 delegates sign on—the Constitution’s requirement to elect a president.

Since 2007, eight states—Maryland, Illinois, Washington, New Jersey, California, Vermont, Hawaii, Massachusetts—and the District of Columbia have passed identical legislation, representing 132 delegates. The Republican critics like to note these are all blue states. Koza, in contrast, calls them “spectator states” that are tired of sitting on the national political sidelines.

“Every state that has enacted this is a spectator state,” he said. “And it is a much more difficult sell in the battleground states because the desires of the people who run the legislatures appreciate the current system, even though the voters of those states don’t support the current system. Look at the polls.”

The NPV compact does not replace the Electoral College; it modifies how states instruct their presidential electors to proceed, which is exactly what the Constitution tells states to do in Article Two. Massachusetts, for example, has done that nearly a dozen times in the past 200 years. It does not tell states or parties that they cannot hold the primaries and caucuses as they are now doing, starting in Iowa and New Hampshire. But after parties nominate their candidates, their picks would need to campaign in far more states and regions than is now the case. In effect, presidential elections would become national contests where candidates would have to speak to a broader range of voters.

“You’ll have to turn out your base,” said Wilmot. “There will be a get-out-the-vote effort everywhere, because you need to turn out your voters and every single one that you turn out is going to add to your total nationwide. And every one that is left at home is one you have to replace somewhere else, or else the other side will beat you in the ground game.”

A handful of states may pass the compact in 2012, Koza said, but presidential election years typically see shorter legislative sessions. Connecticut is a priority for Common Cause, Wilmot said. Other states are holding hearings, like Kansas and Alaska recently did. And there are ongoing efforts in states like New York, where it passed one legislative chamber but was not adopted by the other.

Here Come the Lawyers

The NPV compact’s authors know the law will be challenged in federal court once states representing 270 Electoral College votes sign on. They are confident that the compact is constitutional, which even some right-wing critics concede. Opponents have begun to claim it is unenforceable, saying that the chief election officer in a compact state cannot order a political party’s slate of presidential electors to vote for a candidate who did not win in their state. But Koza and other NPV backers say, yes they can, because state legislatures have absolute authority under the U.S. Constitution to do that.

That scenario, which one critic in Connecticut said “would substitute the will of outsiders for the determination of Connecticut citizens,” is a non-issue, Wilmot said, because Article Two gives states "plenary," the legal term for complete, power to establish rules over their state’s presidential electors.



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‘We have to fix that,’ but will we?

 ‘We have to fix that,’ but will we?

“I want to thank every American who participated in this election,” President Obama said in his acceptance speech Tuesday, “whether you voted for the very first time or waited in line for a very long time.” At the mention of long waits, Obama paused. “By the way, we have to fix that.” Election Day saw news story after news story about interminable lines at polling stations. In some areas, people waited for two hours, three hours or more. To many observers, it seemed ludicrous that a country as advanced and as wealthy...

Brad Plumber | The Washington Post 09 Nov 2012 Hits:916 CFTE Articles

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Does Romney Actually Have a Bigger ‘Ground Game’ Than Obama?

Does Romney Actually Have a Bigger ‘Ground Game’ Than Obama?

Two of the pivotal field offices in the country making phone calls to voters in swing states aren’t in Ohio or Colorado—they’re in Idaho Falls and Rexburg, Idaho. Frank VanderSloot, head of a controversial “multi-level marketing” corporation that sells dietary supplements and cleaning supplies, is donating two of his company’s offices to Americans for Prosperity (AFP) to “create one of the largest call enters in the nation.”

Lee Fang | The Nation 30 Oct 2012 Hits:1120 CFTE Articles

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e-Voting Company Could Intercept and Change Ballots Without a Trace

e-Voting Company Could Intercept and Change Ballots Without a Trace

The Free Press has previously reported, Scytl, a Barcelona based e-voting company will be counting votes in 26 states. They will be doing so through something called the Federal Overseas Voting Program or FVAP. FVAP is a program designed to allow military personnel and other overseas Americans to vote in their home districts seamlessly through electronically delivered absentee ballots. Intercepting and changing these ballots, as well as voting electronically on behalf of service people that have no idea such a thing is happening, is...

Gerry Bello and Bob Fitrakis, The Free Press | Report 22 Oct 2012 Hits:1404 CFTE Articles

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Will E-Voting Machines Owned by His Buddies Give Mitt Romney the White House?

Will E-Voting Machines Owned by His Buddies Give Mitt Romney the White House?

Electronic voting machines owned by Mitt Romney's business buddies and set to count the votes in Cincinnati could decide the 2012 election. The narrative is already being hyped by the corporate media. As Kelly O'Donnell reported for NBC's Today Show on Monday, October 8, Ohio's Hamilton County is "ground zero" for deciding who holds the White House come January, 2013. O'Donnell pointed out that no candidate has won the White House without carrying Ohio since John Kennedy did it in 1960. No Republican has ever won...

Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman | Common Dreams 14 Oct 2012 Hits:1289 CFTE Articles

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Will 9 GOP Governors Electronically Flip Romney Into the White House

Will 9 GOP Governors Electronically Flip Romney Into the White House

Nine Republican governors have the power to put Mitt Romney in the White House, even if Barack Obama wins the popular vote. With their secretaries of state, they control the electronic vote count in nine key swing states: Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, Arizona, and New Mexico. Wisconsin elections are under the control of the state's Government Accountability Board, appointed by the governor. In tandem with the GOP's massive nation-wide disenfranchisement campaign, they could---in the dead of election night---flip their states' electronic votes to Romney and give him a victory in...

Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman 26 Sep 2012 Hits:6307 CFTE Articles

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Deterrence of Suppression by Inspecting Voter History Databases – A How-To Guide for 2012

Deterrence of Suppression by Inspecting Voter History Databases – A How-To Guide for 2012

Because Bev Harris of Black Box Voting found a scheme of digital voter suppression in Shelby County (Greater Memphis), TN, by inspecting the voter history databases compared over several elections, activists are being encouraged to submit public records request for these databases. In Shelby County, which is in the district of Rep. Steve Cohen, a rare Democratic House member from TN, voter histories were being retroactively erased to allow the voters to be purged as Inactive.  98% of the voters affected were African-American Democrats. To deter this scheme elsewhere - especially where...

Mimi Kennedy - PDA Advisory Chair 25 Sep 2012 Hits:1074 CFTE Articles

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Voters Lose, Secret Money Wins (Again) in Court's Campaign Finance Decision

Voters Lose, Secret Money Wins (Again) in Court's Campaign Finance Decision

In a setback for those trying to curb the secrecy behind election year 'issue ads' funded by shadowy special interests groups, the DC Circuit Court today overturned a lower federal court’s ruling which made public disclosure of such spending a statutory requirement. The earlier decision, in the case Van Hollen v. Federal Election Commission, stipulated that nonprofit 501(c)(4) organizations like Americans for Prosperity and Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS as well as 501(c)(6) associations like the Chamber of Commerce and the American Petroleum Institute would...

Common Dreams Staff 22 Sep 2012 Hits:1087 CFTE Articles

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Will the 2012 Presidential Election Be Stolen?

Will the 2012 Presidential Election Be Stolen?

Why would I even ask that question?  I've been trying (with virtually no success) to get everyone to drop the election obsession and focus on activism designed around policy changes, not personality changes.  I want those policy changes to include stripping presidents of imperial powers.  I don't see as much difference between the two available choices as most people; I see each as a different shade of disaster.  I don't get distressed by the thought of people "spoiling" an election by voting for a legitimately good candidate like Jill Stein. ...

David Swanson | War Is A Crime 18 Sep 2012 Hits:949 CFTE Articles

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New group buys TV ads to help endangered Blue Dog Democrats

New group buys TV ads to help endangered Blue Dog Democrats

Pity the poor Blue Dog. The ranks of self-proclaimed conservative Democrats have been decimated in recent years, victims of increasing polarization in Washington and the sweeping Republican takeover of the House in 2010. But a new advocacy group has popped up this year with hopes of bolstering the remaining Blue Dogs and perhaps even helping a few new centrist lawmakers win election to Congress. The nonprofit group, called Center Forward, has poured nearly $4 million into broadcast commercials aimed at helping conservative House Democrats keep their...

Don Eggen | The Washington Post 13 Sep 2012 Hits:1069 CFTE Articles

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Why We Should Care About the Homeless Vote

Why We Should Care About the Homeless Vote

Having a home is not a prerequisite to vote in the United States. But activists and homeless service providers still face major challenges trying to help homeless Americans register. Pitts v. Black (1984) and several subsequent cases in the 1980s and '90s established that homeless people could not be denied the right to vote because they did not live in a traditional residence. A shelter, park or street corner can be designated as a residence. In states that require...

Jin Zhao | AlterNet 10 Aug 2012 Hits:1081 CFTE Articles

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Occupy Elections with Care - Pima County Rigged Election

Occupy Elections with Care - Pima County Rigged Election

Your presence is needed to send a message that elections matter and they must be verifiable. Fact: “At the present time it is easy to cheat using our election computers and impossible to challenge a rigged election. The ease of cheating when matched with the impossibility of challenging any specific election requires court intervention in order to protect the purity of elections and ensure that we will have free elections.” Attorney Bill Risner New Motion filed Aug 6th: The county ‘we only cheated once’ argument: http://tinyurl.com/cp928z7 Judge...

John R Brakey | AuditAZ 08 Aug 2012 Hits:1125 CFTE Articles

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The Solution to Citizens United That No One Is Talking About

The Solution to Citizens United That No One Is Talking About

Could a narrow focus on Citizens United actually set back our drive for democracy? That's been a real worry of mine, but my thinking has been fussy. So I was relieved to see Matt Bai, the New York Times Magazine's political correspondent, take on the challenge of deciphering what can and cannot be laid at the feet of this awful ruling. In "How Did Political Money Get This Loud?" Bai suggests that Citizens United mainly "intensified" unintended consequences of earlier reforms. He argues that the burst of political spending...

Frances Moore Lappé | Common Dreams 31 Jul 2012 Hits:1270 CFTE Articles

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Malaysian-owned voting machine firm plans to grow USA vote-counting

Malaysian-owned voting machine firm plans to grow USA vote-counting

NEW CERTIFICATIONS, PLANNED EXPANSION: Black Box Voting has been investigating and reporting on this disconcerting trend for nine years now. Everything we've been reporting has not only turned out to be true, but is increasing. A press release today about the planned expansion of Unisyn into more USA locations renews attention on foreign ownership of corporations selling voting systems into the United States.  Unisyn is owned by a Malaysian gambling outfit. Another major elections industry player, Canada's Dominion, purchased the massive Diebold Election Systems division (which it shares with ES&S); Dominion also...

Black Box Voting 20 Jul 2012 Hits:1175 CFTE Articles

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The Voter Empowerment Act Protects and Promotes the Freedom to Vote

The Voter Empowerment Act Protects and Promotes the Freedom to Vote

Leaders in the House of Representatives introduced The Voter Empowerment Act of 2012 to protect and promote our freedom to vote. This bill seeks to provide more access to the ballot, more efficiency in our election systems, and more accountability in our elections. The ability to cast a ballot that will be counted is a fundamental freedom that protects the other essential rights that Americans hold dear. The freedom to vote is how Americans, regardless of privilege or economic status, maintain the power to hold...

DEMOS 20 May 2012 Hits:1086 CFTE Articles

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Court ruling may force advocacy groups to disclose secret donors

Court ruling may force advocacy groups to disclose secret donors

WASHINGTON -- Advocacy groups spending millions of dollars in the 2012 campaign are now faced with the prospect of having to reveal the donors who have been secretly financing their efforts after a federal appellate court panel refused to block a lower court order requiring the move. In a 2 to 1 decision issued Monday evening, a U.S. Court of Appeals panel in Washington declined to stay a ruling by a federal judge requiring organizations that run election-related television ads to disclose their donors. The...

Matea Gold | LA Times 17 May 2012 Hits:1055 CFTE Articles

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The Dilemma, and a Solution?

The Dilemma, and a Solution?

We saw him just the other day. He makes a great impression: well dressed, articulate, at ease in front of an audience. He is young (forty,) passionate about his convictions, well-versed in domestic and foreign policy. His positions would warm the heart and conscience of any liberal/progressive Democrat. He has graduate degrees, has worked to educate and train convicts, teaches history to middle and high school students, and has taught college and graduate courses. He does work for the Humane Society. His resources exceed...

Sam and Stephanie Levine | PDA Palm Beach 18 Mar 2012 Hits:1136 CFTE Articles

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GOP Loses Big Voter Suppression Case In Federal Court

GOP Loses Big Voter Suppression Case In Federal Court

A federal court has rejected an appeal from the Republican National Committee to modify a 30-year-old legal agreement that prevented it from engaging in one of the most offensive forms of voter suppression: targeting minority voters whose credentials were to be challenged once they enter polling places. The unanimous opinion of the three-judge-court of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit was a stunning rebuke of an ongoing effort by the RNC to use any means necessary to game the outcome of elections. "The...

Steven Rosenfeld | Sourced from AlterNet 08 Mar 2012 Hits:1879 CFTE Articles

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VIDEO: Internet Voting: Will Democracy or Hackers Win?

SUMMARY While it seems like everything can be done online these days, that's not actually the case when it comes to elections. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien explores the security, logistical and secrecy challenges of Internet voting.         Transcript JUDY WOODRUFF: Now another kind of election story, as both parties ramp up their efforts to get voters to the polls this fall. NewsHour science correspondent Miles O'Brien explores why most people still can't vote online. NATALIE TENNANT, West Virginia secretary of state: We don't have archives. There are some secretaries around the...

Miles O'Brien | PBS News Hour 19 Feb 2012 Hits:1541 CFTE Articles

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The Strange Career of Voter Suppression

The Strange Career of Voter Suppression

THE 2012 general election campaign is likely to be a fight for every last vote, which means that it will also be a fight over who gets to cast one. Partisan skirmishing over election procedures has been going on in state legislatures across the country for several years. Republicans have called for cutbacks in early voting, an end to same-day registration, higher hurdles for ex-felons, the presentation of proof-of-citizenship documents and regulations discouraging registration drives. The centerpiece of this effort has been a national...

Alexander Keyssar | New York Times Opinion 19 Feb 2012 Hits:1291 CFTE Articles

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Why the Right Wing Is Petrified of Letting Voters, Instead of the Electoral College, Pick …

Why the Right Wing Is Petrified of Letting Voters, Instead of the Electoral College, Pick Presidents

A movement to reform the Electoral College and elect the president based on the national popular vote has half the states it needs. Republican Senator Mitch McConnell calls it “absurd and dangerous.” The Wall Street Journalsays it deserves to “die.” The Heritage Foundation calls it “unconstitutional.” The Washington Post calls it “flawed.” A Republican National Committee resolutionsays it is a radical, un-American, “questionable legal maneuver.” It is awarding the presidency to the candidate who wins the most votes. “The United States is not a democracy and shouldn’t be,” said Michael Munger, Duke University’s Political Science...

Steven Rosenfeld | AlterNet 07 Feb 2012 Hits:2359 CFTE Articles

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Why New Photo ID Laws Mean Some Won't Vote

Why New Photo ID Laws Mean Some Won't Vote

The argument over whether voters should have to present photo identification at the polls usually splits along party lines. Republicans who favor the requirement say it prevents ballot fraud. Democrats and election rights groups who oppose it say it is meant to suppress turnout. And people of all political stripes wonder what all the fuss is about. Most Americans are accustomed to whipping out photo IDs at work, the bank or even their own apartment buildings. And their driver's license — perhaps the most common...

Corey Dade | NPR 28 Jan 2012 Hits:1250 CFTE Articles

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Alvin Greene Was Here: 100% Unverifiable Statewide e-voting in SC's 2012 GOP Primary

Alvin Greene Was Here: 100% Unverifiable Statewide e-voting in SC's 2012 GOP Primary

The voting systems in use for the nation's first three all-important electoral contests in the 2012 primary --- from Iowa to New Hampshire to Saturday's South Carolina Primary --- go from pretty great to intolerably horrible. And then comes Florida, which deserves its very own special category, thereafter. The "First-in-the-Nation" caucuses in Iowa allowed voters to vote on hand-marked paper ballots, counted by hand in front of the public at the caucus site, with results announced to everyone right then and there before being called in...

Brad Friedman | The Brad Blog 20 Jan 2012 Hits:4011 CFTE Articles

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The Year of Voter Suppression

The Year of Voter Suppression

As we enter another election cycle, our most urgent challenge will be to ensure that the right to vote and the right to have that vote counted is protected. It comes as no surprise that this “basic right, without which all others are meaningless” has come under massive attack as we prepare to re-elect the first Black POTUS, who was swept into office by voters of color, youth and women. Voter suppression efforts take a variety of forms. Certainly there are the blatant efforts to legislatively restrict...

Nancy A. Heitzeg, Critical Mass Progress | News Analysis 08 Jan 2012 Hits:1606 CFTE Articles

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Cardin, Schumer Introduce Legislation to Prevent Voter Disenfranchisement

Cardin, Schumer Introduce Legislation to Prevent Voter Disenfranchisement

Senators Ben Cardin (Md.) and Charles Schumer (N.Y.) have introduced a bill that would impose greater criminal and civil penalties for individuals who attempted to trick voters for political gain. The legislation is an effort to crack down on misleading campaign literature like the 2010 Maryland “robocall” incident during the state’s gubernatorial election. “Efforts to mislead and confuse eligible voters by distributing false and deceptive voting information and campaign literature is part of what seems to be a larger strategy to keep certain voters away from the...

Jon Christian | Sourced from Campus Progress 17 Dec 2011 Hits:1286 CFTE Articles

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Schultz: "A Political Tsunami" is Coming as States Crack Down on Voting Rights

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"We need to pay  attention to this, " says Ed Schultz. "171 electoral votes are in play." He calls it a series of laws that could have a "political tsunami" effect ont he rights of groups like the elderly, the poor, minorities, the rural and students to vote in the next election--and potentially even have an effect on the election's outcome. These are "laws across more than a dozen states designed to severely reduced voter participation." And the voters from these groups are Democratic constituents. "It's going...

Sarah Seltzer | Sourced from AlterNet 17 Dec 2011 Hits:1138 CFTE Articles

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Holder Signals Tough Review of New State Laws on Voting

Holder Signals Tough Review of New State Laws on Voting

Austin, Texas - Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Tuesday entered the turbulent political waters of voting rights, signaling that the Justice Department would be aggressive in reviewing new voting laws that civil rights advocates say will dampen minority participation in next year’s elections. Declaring in a speech that protecting ballot access for all eligible voters “must be viewed not only as a legal issue but as a moral imperative,” Mr. Holder urged Americans to “call on our political parties to resist the...

Charlie Savage, New York Times News Service | Report 14 Dec 2011 Hits:1349 CFTE Articles

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Maryland Verdict: GOP Guilty In Voter Suppression, Fraud

Maryland Verdict: GOP Guilty In Voter Suppression, Fraud

Last-minute robo-calls in 2010 tried to discourage African-American vote A Maryland jury on Tuesday convicted Paul E. Schurick, the 2010 campaign manager for Republican ex-Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., of four counts of election law violations stemming from an Election Day decision to make thousands of recorded telephone calls into African-American homes telling likely voters that the Democratic candidate was on his way to winning -- implying there was no need for them to vote. The gambit came after exit polls showed Ehrlich losing. The ...

Steven Rosenfeld | Sourced from AlterNet 06 Dec 2011 Hits:1271 CFTE Articles

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GOP Eager to Squelch Student Voters

GOP Eager to Squelch Student Voters

Dwight Eisenhower backed the 18-year-old vote nearly 60 years ago. Richard Nixon backed it a decade and a half later. Forty years ago, every Republican in the Senate supported amending the Constitution to lower the voting age to 18 across the nation. Only 19 Representatives opposed the amendment in the House. The key argument: If you're old enough to get drafted and die and kill for your country, you're old enough to cast ballots for the people likely to order you into battle. The only way...

Meteor Blades | Sourced from Daily Kos 05 Dec 2011 Hits:1341 CFTE Articles

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Democrats Plan Big One-Two Punch on Voter Suppression

Democrats Plan Big One-Two Punch on Voter Suppression

DCCC Chairman Steve Israel announced a major Voter ID education initiative to be headed by House Assistant Leader Jim Clyburn (D-SC). “The DCCC will be announcing a major voter protection initiative headed by Jim Clyburn that will deal with legal, public relations and related strategies to make sure every American who has the right to vote is able to vote,” Chairman Israel said. “If the Democrats have one scintilla of a chance of either taking the House back or keeping the Senate or retaining the Presidency we...

Lauren Victoria Burke | Politics 365 22 Nov 2011 Hits:3220 CFTE Articles

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Watching the GOP War on Voting Rights

Watching the GOP War on Voting Rights

“This year, thirty-four state legislatures introduced bills requiring photo identification in order to vote. This rash of legislation classifies several previously accepted IDs as unacceptable, and will affect roughly 21 million Americans if they are passed.” Ninety-seven-year-old Emma Lee Green balances an armload of old books and yellowing papers around the stacks of musty files in her San Bernardino attic. She remembers well the days of Jim Crow, poll taxes and literacy tests that barred many African-American citizens from the voting booth. Americans set their...

Chris Levister | New America Media 19 Nov 2011 Hits:1286 CFTE Articles

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Video: U.S. House - State Voting Law Changes and Voters' Rights

Video: U.S. House - State Voting Law Changes and Voters' Rights

House Democratic members held a forum on recent voter identification requirements in Kansas, Tennessee, and Wisconsin, which had passed voter identification measures requiring a photo ID to vote. They focused on the potential impact of these laws on minority, low-income, elderly and student voters.

C-SPAN 14 Nov 2011 Hits:986 CFTE Articles

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