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Voting Rights: Then and Now

Monday, August 06, 2012

President Lyndon Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act in 1965. (Wikipedia Commons)

On the anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, Andrew Young—former U.N. ambassador, congressman, Atlanta mayor and civil rights activist—remembers the day and talks about laws affecting ballot access today. He's joined by Michael Waldman, executive director of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and a former chief speechwriter to President Clinton.

Guests:

Michael Waldman and Andrew Young

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Comments [20]

tom LI

well that was the most uninformative segment Ive heard in a long time.

I learned nothing - nothing about these "Laws", etc...

Aug. 06 2012 06:02 PM

Poor Gary.

He doesn't know that voter registration forms are legal affidavits & those signing acknowledge that voting (not registering) with false information makes them vulnerable by their OWN signature for felony fines & prison.

He doesn't ask why Board of Elections offices are not equipped to make photo cards, though that should be redundant as the cards are sent by the Board of Elections to the registered address, which should make a second ID unnecessary.

& he doesn't question the results of elections run with private company proprietary software & hardware that's not verifiable, except by counting paper ballots, as the software & hardware "protections" are 10-20 years out of date.

With Gary protecting our votes, we have a lot to worry about.

Aug. 06 2012 04:46 PM
Leo from queens

Hi Gary from Queens: Can you please summarize for me the left's voter fraud strategy? I just want to know what this fraud strategy is? I am just too lazy to read - I can hardly bother to read the ballot myself!>

As I understand it I see the Right passing legislation that makes it difficult for most people that can't drive or don't drive and have not lived in one address from at least a year from voting? I hear that people are being convicted on made up charges and then denied their right to vote because of the conviction or people being sent flyers or getting calls asking them that they should report to vote to a wrong location or to vote on an incorrect day.

can U enlighten me on the Left's plan to counteract the Right's fraud with their fraud?

Aug. 06 2012 11:14 AM
gary from queens

The Left’s National Vote Fraud Strategy has been Exposed
James Simpson — May 8, 2012

This report reveals the Left’s vote fraud strategy for the 2012 elections. Like a KGB operation, it is thorough, multi-faceted and redundant. It has overt and covert, illegal and legal elements, the latter of which are designed, at least in part, to facilitate illegal activities later. It is a deliberate, premeditated, comprehensive plan to win the 2012 presidential election at all costs, and is in keeping with the organizational methods, associations and ethics of the Community-Organizer-in-Chief, Barack Obama.

The Left seeks fundamental structural change to our entire form of government. In keeping with their amoral, means-justifies-ends philosophy, they will register any voters, dead or alive, legal or illegal, who will then vote as many times as possible, in order to establish a “permanent progressive majority .” As two New York Democrats recently caught in a vote fraud scandal told police, “voter fraud is an accepted way of winning elections…”

More:
http://www.aim.org/special-report/the-lefts-national-vote-fraud-strategy-exposed/

Aug. 06 2012 11:07 AM
judy from Manhattan

I don't think there is anything wrong with IDs per se, but if required they must be available for free to those who need them.

Perhaps if Presidential elections were decided by the popular vote, more people would come out. Weekend voting is problematic because it would interfere with religious observance. Workers should have ample paid time off to go and vote.

Aug. 06 2012 11:05 AM
gary from queens

Voter fraud by SEIU union in the Gov Walker recall election.

The Wisconsin AG said there wasn't enough evidence that rose to criminal violation----just a rule violation. Ahhh, now i feel better.

Now that they got away with "rule" violation, watch out this Fall. Expect to see unions renting out hotel rooms in battleground states and register to vote claiming permanent residency. Even if they're caught, they wont face penalties.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/07/18/New-Media-Victory-SEIU-Subpoenaed-The-WAR-on-Voter-Fraud-Goes-On

Aug. 06 2012 11:04 AM
Sunshar from AZ, MI in SW

I hope someone follows up on Mr. Young's comment that to renew a driver's license requires multiple pieces of proof. That is yet another way to make the process of obtaining the "approved" "government" ID difficult. Of course, that would seemingly make it difficult for all, not just the poor, or older population, or student, or non drivers, etc. etc.

Aug. 06 2012 11:02 AM
gary from queens

What voter fraud Democrats complain? THIS voter fraud!

Voter fraud is rampant, despite it being difficult to detect, and even harder to convict.

This article cites dozens of voter fraud convictions----all prosecuted by Democrat district attorneys. One of those sent to prison for 10 counts of voter fraud was a Mississippi NAACP leader. (It was a five-year prison term for each of the 10 counts, but the judge permitted her to serve those terms concurrently.)

http://dailycaller.com/2011/07/29/mississippi-naacp-leader-sent-to-prison-for-10-counts-of-voter-fraud/

While NAACP President Benjamin Jealous lashed out at new state laws requiring photo ID for voting, an NAACP executive sits in prison, sentenced for carrying out a massive voter fraud scheme.

In April 2011, a Tunica County, Miss., jury convicted NAACP official Lessadolla Sowers----a member of the Tunica County NAACP Executive Committee----on 10 counts of fraudulently casting absentee ballots.

The NAACP has had other problems with voter fraud. The NAACP National Voter Fund registered a dead man to vote in Lake County, Ohio, in 2004. That same year, out of 325 voter registration cards filed by the NAACP in Cleveland, 48 were flagged as fraudulent.

Aug. 06 2012 11:02 AM
Lisa from Union Square

With Citizens United, corporations have no restriction in financing their political elect, and voters suppression laws are restricting the rights of the most vulnerable in our society. It’s clearly a calculated strategy to "win" the election by any means necessary.

Aug. 06 2012 11:01 AM
gry from queens

How can you have 5,000 more votes than there are voters!? Welcome to Democrat voter fraud.

APRIL 6, 2011, 12:59 P.M. ET
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704013604576246821949372388.html

A recount and any subsequent litigation in Wisconsin could bring the state's unusual same-day registration law into the spotlight. Minnesota has a similar law that allows anyone to show up at the polls, register and then cast a ballot. ID requirements are minimal. If someone lacks ID, he can vote so long as someone who lives in the same city vouches for him. In practice, same-day voting becomes an engraved invitation to commit voter fraud with little or no risk of detection.

A 67-page 2008 report by investigators for the Milwaukee Police Department blew the whistle on what it called an "illegal organized attempt to influence the outcome of [the 2004] election in the state of Wisconsin"—a swing state where recent presidential elections have often been very close.

The report found that in 2004 between 4,600 and 5,300 more votes were counted in Milwaukee than the number of voters recorded as having cast ballots. Absentee ballots were cast by people living elsewhere; ineligible felons not only voted but worked at the polls; transient college students cast improper votes; and homeless voters possibly voted more than once. The report found that in 2004 a total of 1,305 "same day" voters gave information that was declared "un-enterable" or invalid by election officials.

The police department's report concluded that "the one thing that could eliminate a large percentage of the fraud" would be elimination of same-day voter registration (which is also in use in seven other states). It also suggested that voters present a photo ID at the polls.

Aug. 06 2012 11:00 AM
gary from queens

What voter fraud Democrats complain? THIS voter fraud!

Voter fraud is rampant, despite it being difficult to detect, and even harder to convict.

Voter fraud, sometimes called electoral fraud, is a blanket term used by lawyers that encompasses a host of election-related improprieties including fraudulent voting, voter registration fraud, perjury, forgery, counterfeiting, impersonation, intimidation, and identity fraud.

Yet there have been hundreds of convictions in recent years, most if not all committed on behalf of Democrats.

This article cites dozens of voter fraud convictions----all prosecuted by Democrat district attorneys. One of those sent to prison for 10 counts of voter fraud was a Mississippi NAACP leader. (It was a five-year prison term for each of the 10 counts, but the judge permitted her to serve those terms concurrently.)

http://dailycaller.com/2011/07/29/mississippi-naacp-leader-sent-to-prison-for-10-counts-of-voter-fraud/

While NAACP President Benjamin Jealous lashed out at new state laws requiring photo ID for voting, an NAACP executive sits in prison, sentenced for carrying out a massive voter fraud scheme.

In April 2011, a Tunica County, Miss., jury convicted NAACP official Lessadolla Sowers----a member of the Tunica County NAACP Executive Committee----on 10 counts of fraudulently casting absentee ballots.

If yopu missed it, it's because the story was ignored by the national media. The Tunica Times was the only media outlet to cover the sentencing.

Sowers was found guilty of voting in the names of Carrie Collins, Walter Howard, Sheena Shelton, Alberta Pickett, Draper Cotton and Eddie Davis. She was also convicted of voting in the names of four dead persons: James L. Young, Dora Price, Dorothy Harris, and David Ross.

The NAACP has had other problems with voter fraud. The NAACP National Voter Fund registered a dead man to vote in Lake County, Ohio, in 2004. That same year, out of 325 voter registration cards filed by the NAACP in Cleveland, 48 were flagged as fraudulent.

Aug. 06 2012 10:58 AM
Edward from NJ

I don't approve of Voter ID laws, but at the same time, Republicans have been trying to pull this cr@p for over a decade. Get people registered! Get them ID! Make Voter ID irrelevant!

Aug. 06 2012 10:58 AM
gary from queens

There are many instances of voter fraud. But why win on advocacy of better public policy positions when you can more easily steal the election?

May 2, 2012 4:00 A.M.
The Reality of Voter Fraud --- It is a serious problem.
By John Fund

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/297461/reality-voter-fraud-john-fund

and

April 9, 2012 12:00 A.M.
Why We Need Voter-ID Laws Now
Voter fraud is a scandal, and the attorney general can’t look away anymore.
By John Fund

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/295431/why-we-need-voter-id-laws-now-john-fund

Aug. 06 2012 10:58 AM
RL

Gary, Sowers was convicted of requesting and submitting Absentee Ballots. Voter ID requirements would not have changed a single thing about that case.

Aug. 06 2012 10:57 AM

Please keep your comments short. Thanks!

Aug. 06 2012 10:56 AM
gary from queens

On January 26, 2012, Black columnist Deroy Murdock argued that dead voters prove the need for photo ID at the polls.

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/289271/ballot-box-zombies-deroy-murdock

After describing voter fraud in DC and New Hampshire, he said this about SC:

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Meanwhile, South Carolina attorney general Alan Wilson told the U.S. Justice Department on January 19 that his office has documented 953 cases in which ballots have been cast by dead voters in the Palmetto State. Democrats can giggle all they want, but 953 is a potentially game-changing number of votes.

[ ... ]

The easiest way to disfranchise the dead is to require every voter to show photo ID. Those who lack identification should get it for free. Reasonable accommodations can be made for the infirm.

And let’s not hear the Left’s scratched record about how mandating photo ID for voters is step one on the road to lynching. If that were true, then demanding photo ID at America’s airports would make the TSA the KKK. The Left’s oft-cited claim that blacks are too befuddled to possess or acquire photo ID is pure racial profiling. Just how lame does the Left think black Americans really are?

Aug. 06 2012 10:53 AM
gary from queens

red herring!!!

Most republicans would love week end voting. WHY? because most of their voters are employed and find it hard to vote during weekdays

Dems had the Congress and the presidency from 2008-2010. why didnt they pass this law?

Aug. 06 2012 10:52 AM
gary from queens

A black Tea Party activist dispells liberal libels about voter registration: Walter Hudson is a political commentator and co-founder of Minnesota's North Star Tea Party Patriots.

He wrote an article on April 6, 2011 at
http://www.newsrealblog.com/2011/04/06/the-pied-piper-of-voter-fraud/

where he noted:

In Minnesota, we have an unholy trinity of provisions which invite fraud. We do not require photo identification at the polls. We have same-day registration which may not get verified for up to six months after an election. Perhaps most egregious, we let each voter who is registered vouch for up to 15 who are not.

And concluded after describing incidents of fraud:

If fraud can occur without us knowing about it, as it allegedly did in the Stene case, then there is no accounting for how much fraud has occurred. Conversely, under the proposed Voter ID system, it would be quite obvious whenever someone who was eligible to vote was denied the opportunity. That knowledge would enable contingency, whereas the current system does not. This leaves another uncomfortable question. Why would anyone be opposed to such transparency?

Aug. 06 2012 10:49 AM
gary from queens

But the king of voter fraud is ACORN-----the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

At least 54 individuals employed by or associated with ACORN have been convicted of voter fraud.

And ACORN, which filed for bankruptcy last November, was itself convicted of voter fraud in Nevada in April. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 10 in Las Vegas. ACORN was also banished from Ohio in 2010 when it settled a state racketeering filed against it by the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, a project of the Buckeye Institute. Under the settlement ACORN, which is now reorganizing its state chapters under different names, agreed never to return to the state.

http://dailycaller.com/2011/07/29/mississippi-naacp-leader-sent-to-prison-for-10-counts-of-voter-fraud/

Aug. 06 2012 10:47 AM
oscar from ny

I think voting is just a novelty, i have never voted for anyone, i think its racist and a vote can be tampered with, in these days were the rich control everything, why should i waste more energy on them?...besides presidents or leaders should come in a box, like software, a computer, that way it will just crunch unbiased data and inform the public how to get in the right track..
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Aug. 06 2012 10:19 AM

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