Tag Archives: voter id

  the state of the state is great

Kansas Named Florida / Arizona / Mississippi Of 2014, Pawns Trophy For Gas Money Home

Picking Wonkette’s State of the Year was no easy feat this time around, but Kansas pulled away from the pack with its flair for the dramatic. For a few heady months of 2014, Kansas shocked the country by flirting with electing politicians who were unaffiliated with the Republican Party. We let ourselves believe there could be a chance for the state to turn puce, if not full-on purple, as Kansas Republicans sucked at their jobs on a scale that was especially shocking given the fact that many of them were running for re-election. Read more on Kansas Named Florida / Arizona / Mississippi Of 2014, Pawns Trophy For Gas Money Home…
  Fraught With Fraud

Wingnut Group’s Exciting ‘Vote Fraud’ App Discovers Black Woman In Polling Place

The tech-savvy wingnuts at True The Vote (a group inalterably opposed to both truth and voting) had a brilliant idea to allow their supporters to document all the dirty shenanigans and voter fraud that they just knew for sure was going on in the election this year: A week before the election, they released a cool smartphone app so people could be all crowdsourcey and make sure that no fraud went unreported. The app allowed people to report all sorts of chicanery that had to be happening at their polling places: Read more on Wingnut Group’s Exciting ‘Vote Fraud’ App Discovers Black Woman In Polling Place…
  Das Vote

Eric Holder Sending Black Panthers To Steal All The Elections Again

You can tell they hate America since they don't have guns
The Department of Justice is sending federal monitors to observe elections in 18 states, and the Wingnuttosphere is pretty darned cheesed about it, because this can only lead to tyranny and the UN taking over and — worst of all — black people voting, many of them as often as once!!! According to The Hill: Read more on Eric Holder Sending Black Panthers To Steal All The Elections Again…
  Wonkette Guide to Electoral Shenanigans

Here’s Your Complete Guide To Frauding The Vote On Election Day

  When it comes to threats against fair elections in America, voter fraud is the new Black Panthers. The way everyone’s talking about electoral integrity this fall, people must be fake-voting coast to coast! With the midterm elections coming up on Tuesday, it’s time to ask: Is voter fraud right for you? Read more on Here’s Your Complete Guide To Frauding The Vote On Election Day…
  Ballot Battle 2014

James O’Keefe Looks For Voter Fraud In Colorado, Finds Nothing. Again.

Ever since we heard the news that James O’Keefe had launched a voter fraud scavenger hunt in Colorado, we’ve been eagerly waiting, as we’re sure you have, Wonketteers, for his latest video to drop. Now that we’ve had a chance to see the highlight reel of O’Keefe’s Rocky Mountain Mustache Caper,  purporting to show Democratic Sen. Mark Udall’s “advocates” standing by while an army of fraudulent voters gear up to steal the election, we have to say we’re a little disappointed. Read more on James O’Keefe Looks For Voter Fraud In Colorado, Finds Nothing. Again….
  Walker 2016

Oh Hey, Looks Like That Lady Might Beat Scott Walker, Huh!

Hey, what do I know?
Republican Gov. Scott Walker might be too busy pre-presidenting to notice the disaster he’s been as union-busting boss of the great state of Wisconsin, but a new Marquette University poll suggests that a growing number of likely voters in the state are on to him. Scotty is now running neck-and-neck with his Democratic challenger, former state commerce secretary and Trek Bicycle executive Mary Burke, among those who say they’re most likely to show up to the polls in November. Read more on Oh Hey, Looks Like That Lady Might Beat Scott Walker, Huh!…
  field trips

Republicans Celebrate Success Of Voter Suppression With Fancy Luncheon

One smug bastard
Photo by Beth Ethier Voter fraud is so hot right now. This year’s midterm elections are only a few weeks away, and courts are still ruling left and right on the identification requirements that states can impose on their voters as a remedy to the virtually non-existent threat of voter impersonation. Read more on Republicans Celebrate Success Of Voter Suppression With Fancy Luncheon…
  Fear Of A Black Ballot

Study: White People, You’re Racist

Scene from several documentaries by Dinesh D'Souza
Here’s some fascinating Social Science Facts for your consideration! A University of Delaware study found that 67% of whites supported voter ID laws — but that support jumped to 73% when the question was accompanied by a photograph of African Americans voting (it was the same 67% when the question had no photo or a photo of whites voting). In a press release, researcher David C. Wilson of the Center for Political Communication said, Read more on Study: White People, You’re Racist…
  Your Morning Maddow

Morning Maddow: Let’s Call Voter Restriction What It Is — Cheating (Video)

Somebody's gonna get punched
Rachel Maddow lucked into some good timing for this piece on Voter ID laws and other restrictions on voting. While her show was on the air Thursday, the Supreme Court blocked Wisconsin’s clustercoitus of an ID law, and a federal court also blocked a similar law in Texas. So at least a couple of states will be letting everyone vote, at least for now, although the Supremes also gave the OK to North Carolina’s terrible voter restrictions, probably the worst in the nation. Apparently North Carolina’s law is fine because unlike Wisconsin, they put it in place before voting actually started. Read more on Morning Maddow: Let’s Call Voter Restriction What It Is — Cheating (Video)…
  Your Morning Maddow

Rachel Maddow: Voting Is A Right, Just Like Gay Marriage (Video)

Pennies from heaven...
Monday night, Rachel Maddow was positively giddy about the Supreme Court’s decision to let stand lower courts’ pro-marriage equality rulings. By Tuesday, she was wondering whether federal courts would figure out that voting is supposed to be a fairly absolute right as well. Read more on Rachel Maddow: Voting Is A Right, Just Like Gay Marriage (Video)…
  welcome to post-racial america

Whoops, Looks Like Tennessee Forgot To Stop Racisming

You know what’s wonderful? Living in a post-racial America, where everyone is judged based on the content of their character and not the color of their skin. For example: Tucker Carlson is a dick not because of his race, but because he is a cosmic turd wrapped in leaking anal polyps sent here to punish us for some unknown sin. Hell, racism is so far in The Past that John Roberts and SCOTUS said we don’t need no stinkin Voting Rights Act. But apparently Tennessee never got the memo: Read more on Whoops, Looks Like Tennessee Forgot To Stop Racisming…
  and yet you still need i.d. to buy a leinenkugel

Busybody Activist Federal Judge Lets Just Anybody Vote In Wisconsin

Well here’s some nice time for your Tuesday: In Wisconsin, Federal District Judge Lynn Adelman struck down the state’s dumb voter ID law (voter ID laws are, by definition, dumb), ruling that the state failed to prove that there’s any voter fraud that needs to be fixed, and that it also didn’t prove that people without ID could get them without difficulty, and, oh, yes, he also found that the law targeted minority voters. Wisconsin Republicans reportedly replied, yeah, and…? Read more on Busybody Activist Federal Judge Lets Just Anybody Vote In Wisconsin…
  the wizard of voter id

Widows, Please Stop Making The Kansas Secretary Of State Sad With Your Vote-Frauding All The Time

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is branching out from hating immigrants (he helped draft Arizona’s “papers please” immigration law), and is now touting the virtues of the state’s restrictive voter ID law, which requires people to present their birth certificate or other proof of citizenship in order to register to vote. The measure has left some 19,000 voters disenfranchised, but that’s OK, because they’re just “procrastinators” who wouldn’t get their butts in gear and verify they deserve to vote, is all. And now, Kobach is pushing another good reason to make voter ID laws as restrictive as possible: imaginary voter fraud by widows, who apparently are addicted to voting for their dead husbands. Read more on Widows, Please Stop Making The Kansas Secretary Of State Sad With Your Vote-Frauding All The Time…
  still obtuse

Sharron Angle Pretty Sure She Is The Senior Senator From Nevada, Actually

We all had a bit of a sad when crazy Sharron Angle and her Second Amendment solutions lost her challenge to Harry Reid back in 2010. Oh, sure, Harry’s competent and an effective Majority Leader and, significantly, not full-bugfuck crazy. But Sharron Angle was entertaining, with her nutso call — long before the election of course, not after — for armed insurrection if she lost, and her fear that Harry Reid would unleash cocaine-crazed monkeys upon the populace, and her charmingly casual ethnic slurs about those Messican kids who look Asian to her. Happily, she’s just as unhinged as ever, and in an appearance on the Nevada Newsmakers teevee show Thursday insisted that voter fraud is rampant, just completely rampant in U.S. America, and for all she knows, maybe she really won in 2010. It’s just a rhetorical question, mind you. But maybe that happened? Because even though study after study shows that voter fraud is extremely rare, she knows better than to trust studies, because for one thing, they downplay all the voter fraud she just knows is out there. Read more on Sharron Angle Pretty Sure She Is The Senior Senator From Nevada, Actually…
  guns still easy to buy

Texas Voter ID Law Will Work Just Fine. Except for 200,000 People. In One County.

Nobody needs to worry about Texas’s new voter ID law — at least, nobody except for the god-knows-how many people who end up in long lines while poll workers help people sort through the problems resulting from the new voter ID law. Just to be on the safe side, the Dallas County elections department mailed notices to roughly 200,000 voters to inform them that they may face problems at the polls, since their names on the voting rolls don’t exactly match the names on their state-issued photo IDs. And that’s just one county. But even if that results in some voters deciding to give up in response to long lines and delays, that’s a small price to pay to prevent vast numbers of acts of voter fraud, which may number in the high single digits. Read more on Texas Voter ID Law Will Work Just Fine. Except for 200,000 People. In One County….
  nice time!

Quick, Let’s All Do Frauds On PA Elections

Mitt Romney’s chances of winning Pennsylvania’s electoral votes were dealt a serious blow on Friday as a Commonwealth Court judge issued a permanent injunction against the enforcement of PA’s strict voter ID law. In the ruling, Judge Bernard L. McGinley noted that, despite compelling evidence that the law would disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of eligible voters, the state did a poor job of explaining why the law was necessary, in the sense that they did not even attempt to do so: Respondents stipulated that the reason [for the law] was not predicated upon in-person voter fraud, and that there were no specific incidents of voter fraud underlying passage of the Voter ID law. Oh sure, they expect us to believe that Democrats were winning all those elections because people were legally voting for them. Read more on Quick, Let’s All Do Frauds On PA Elections…
  mittens

Mitt Romney Acknowledges He Did Not ‘Speak Openly And Effectively To Minority Populations,’ Fails To Note Wetness Of Water

Average guy Mitt Romney and his wife Egg went on the CBS This Morning teevee Showcase of Disgrace to talk about why he lost so badly in the last “America’s Next Top Figurehead” contest. Oddly, he said a thing that is arguably true: “The place that my campaign and I fell short was probably in being able to speak openly and effectively to minority populations. We didn’t get as many African-American voters as we should have, didn’t get as many Hispanic voters as we should have.” We’re not so sure about the “openly” part, because when he did speak “openly” it was kind of disastrous for him. But effectively, sure. Romney was certainly not as effective at lying to minorities as he was with the white men, who unaccountably seemed to believe that Mitt Romney was the guy who would help them become or remain rich and powerful. Then again, people believe gay marriage is caused by supernatural hell-beasts, so maybe it’s not that weird after all. Read more on Mitt Romney Acknowledges He Did Not ‘Speak Openly And Effectively To Minority Populations,’ Fails To Note Wetness Of Water…
  the pageant of democracy has no swimsuit competition

We Asked, You Told: Wonkers’ Election Day Reasonably Free Of Irregularities … THAT WE COULD SEE

This morning, we asked for your completely unscientific, anecdotal reportage on how the 2013 vote has been going. It would seem that the wheels of Democracy are turning fairly well, with only a few squeaky glitches here and there! Hurrah for the integrity of the process and all that. AS FAR AS WE CAN TELL. That said, a few of you encountered some definite oddness, including one touch-screen “miscalibration” that sounds a lot like the experience of the guy trying to vote for Terry McAuliffe whose story we led off with this morning. “D.H.” writes, I touched Northam for lieutenant governor, but on my summary page the machine indicated I had chosen E.W. Jackson … at least twice I went back and changed it to Northam on the lieutenant governor options page with the “x” unmistakably replaced in front of Northam; and, for sure both times my summary showed I’d chosen Jackson. On my last try I was incredulous. Fortunately, D.H. was able to get help from a poll worker who explained “it might not work if you hit the choice box directly, but hitting it a little above the box might,” which is what did the trick for Col. Morris Davis, too. But! Did D.H. consider the possibility that God was using the “malfunction” for a higher purpose, to elect Ew Jackson? Anyway, don’t worry. Everything’s fine. Read more on We Asked, You Told: Wonkers’ Election Day Reasonably Free Of Irregularities … THAT WE COULD SEE…
  costello unavailable for comment

Texas Governor Candidate Greg Abbott Wanted To Keep Cheats Like ‘Gregory W. Abbott’ From Voting, Even If They’re White

Texas has one humdinger of a Voter ID law, because they don’t want any more of the voter fraud going on. You know, the kind that doesn’t actually exist, but that everyone knows is rampant. One of the biggest supporters of the law is state Attorney General Greg Abbott, who’s also running for governor. He’s especially proud of the law’s provision that requires the name on people’s photo ID to be exactly the same as the name on the voter rolls, because only a voter-fraudy person would register to vote under a different name than the one on their driver’s license, right? Like for instance this one guy whose name on his license is “Gregory Wayne Abbott,” but whose name on the voting rolls is “Greg Abbott.” That bastard’s not gonna get away with voting fraudulently, that’s for damn sure. Exceptin’ there was this Democrat state Senator — name of “Wendy Davis” on the voter rolls, but “Wendy Russell Davis” on her driver’s license, the sneak — and she added this amendment to the law that allows someone to vote even if the ID and the voter rolls don’t match perfectly, as long as the two names are “substantially similar.” They can sign an affidavit stating they’re the right person and their vote will still be counted. Pretty selfish of her, but that little loophole will allow her to vote for herself for governor, as long as she signs that affidavit. Same for Greg Abbott. Wonder if he’s thanked her? Probably not, seeing as how she’s too stupid to be governor. Read more on Texas Governor Candidate Greg Abbott Wanted To Keep Cheats Like ‘Gregory W. Abbott’ From Voting, Even If They’re White…
  poison pen letter of the law

Arizona, Kansas Follow SCOTUS Voter ID Ruling With Narrow Vote Suppression Plan, Announce ‘La-La-La I Can’t Hear You’

Well, Wonketteers, did we ever jump the gun back in June! We went and celebrated the Supreme Court’s smackdown of Arizona’s dumb voter-registration law, which required people to show a photo ID in order to register to vote. Basically, the SCOTUS held that states can’t have more restrictive registration requirements than federal law, and since the 1993 National Voter Registration Act only required people to swear they’re citizens, Arizona’s 2004 law, called Proposition 200, was invalid. A similar restriction in Kansas was thrown out by the same ruling. But in a charming illustration of that line from Jurassic Park, “Slimy vote-suppressing racism finds a way,” both those states have figured out a nifty catch: Since the ruling only covers voting in federal elections, they can still require a photo ID for state and local elections. A wave of the 10th Amendment wand, and wallah! Out of the hat jumps a two-tiered voting system! Read more on Arizona, Kansas Follow SCOTUS Voter ID Ruling With Narrow Vote Suppression Plan, Announce ‘La-La-La I Can’t Hear You’…
  the voting whites act

Tyrannical Justice Department Will Sue To Force Its ‘Let Everybody Vote’ Agenda on North Carolina

The U.S. Department of Justice will sue to block North Carolina’s terrible new voter suppression laws, according to the Associated Press. Attorney General Eric Holder seems to think that even after the Supreme Court threw out part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the rest of it still remains in effect and the federal government has an interest in ensuring that blacks and poors can vote, so he will ram equality down North Carolina’s throat. Why is Holder so indifferent to the state legislature’s perfectly legitimate desire to engineer a voting advantage for the Republican party? Read more on Tyrannical Justice Department Will Sue To Force Its ‘Let Everybody Vote’ Agenda on North Carolina…