Tag Archives: voter suppression

  One Cheer for Voting Rights

Appeals Court Spanks Texas Voter ID Law Right On The Bottom

Offer void where brown
How’s this for timing? Just one day before the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, a federal appeals court struck down Texas’s awful Voter ID law. The three-judge panel ruled that the law discriminates against blacks and Hispanics by making voting much harder, but — sorry, people who’d like to maybe vote — it also leaves the law in place, though unenforced, while sending it back to a lower court to reconsider. So at best, it’s a kinda-sorta victory, and it’s likely that Texas will appeal the decision, because Texas is completely over voting rights, which are such a relic of the 1960s, they may as well be wearing bell bottoms and a peace symbol. Read more on Appeals Court Spanks Texas Voter ID Law Right On The Bottom…
  Mad About A Thing

Congratulations, Texas! No Way Will This 101-Year-Old Lady Do Vote Fraud Now!

If you'd planned better, you wouldn't have gotten old.
San Antonio, Texas, just elected its first African-American mayor, Interim Mayor Ivy Taylor. That’s really exciting news, and while we don’t know how 101-year old Mary Lou Miller planned to vote, she sure wishes her vote could have counted. But thanks to Texas’s asinine voter ID law, Ms. Miller was excluded from casting a ballot, ending a voting career that goes back to 1934. We’re pretty Mad About this Thing, and urge you to go read Miller’s whole story so you can be mad, too. Read more on Congratulations, Texas! No Way Will This 101-Year-Old Lady Do Vote Fraud Now!…
 

Obama Mentions Voting Rights At Selma, Conservatives Outraged Of Course

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On Saturday, your blackest president ever, Barack Obama, traveled to Selma, Alabama, to speak at the 50th anniversary commemoration of “Bloody Sunday,” when civil rights protesters were beaten by police when they walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The events of Bloody Sunday and other protest marches in Alabama led directly to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, so this is an excellent event to solemnly celebrate, and we are very happy that both Republicans and Democrats joined in attending the event, including former President George W. Bush and many congressional Republicans. Read more on Obama Mentions Voting Rights At Selma, Conservatives Outraged Of Course…
  voting is a right. not a crime (but possibly a civil penalty)

Man Learns Voting Is Its Own Reward, Too Bad Reward Is A $1000 Fine

Aubry Wilhoite. Enemy within.
Conservatives looking for the newest fad in voter suppression need to flip off the Drudge Sirens and stealthily motor on down to Tennessee. Last year, 58-year old Aubry Wilhoite voted early in the primary for Bedford County Commissioner. Since no one was on his ballot for this office, he wrote in his own name because democracy sometimes seems quaint. But this is America and Wilhoite is now on the hook to the State of Tennessee for $1,000. So put that in your pipe and teach it to your AP American Exceptionalism class. Read more on Man Learns Voting Is Its Own Reward, Too Bad Reward Is A $1000 Fine…
  Here have some news n stuff

Excellent News: John McCain Talks To ‘Smart’ People, Knows Stuff

He is very excited about his new job!
This interview with Sen. John Grumpypants McCain is a real hoot if you think rolling your eyes repeatedly until you get dizzy, fall down, and vomit is fun. Oh, plus McCain totally stomping on Ted Cruz’s dreams. Wait, that is pretty fun.Here are some fun facts you can learn about one of the world’s sorest losers: He “wrote” a “book” with his “creative partner Mark Salter.” It’s all about blah blah who cares boring zzzzzzzz yawn. Like we really think John McCain wrote a single word of it his own self? Nope, we do not. On immigration reform, he is really feeling the fierce urgency of whenever: Read more on Excellent News: John McCain Talks To ‘Smart’ People, Knows Stuff…
  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…
  'Invisible Man' Wasn't An Instruction Book

We Are Sure Georgia Has A Very Good Reason For Not Letting All Those Black People Vote

Or maybe you just don't exist. Can you prove it?
Nothing like a little week-before-the-election chaos. In Georgia, where activists say that some 40,000 newly registered voters’ names do not yet appear on the state’s database, a judge denied a petition Tuesday requesting that the secretary of state take immediate action to process those missing voters. Judge Christopher Brasher of the Fulton County Superior Court ruled against a claim by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, which said that tens of thousands of properly submitted registrations had not been processed. Brasher’s reasoning appears to be that there simply aren’t any missing voters, because Georgia’s attorney general says that the state and counties have processed all the applications they received. Why should the state go out of its way for applications that it’s quite certain don’t exist anyway? Those tens of thousands of Georgians who say they submitted their paperwork but haven’t received registration cards are probably just attention-seekers, we bet. Here are some, seeking attention right now: Read more on We Are Sure Georgia Has A Very Good Reason For Not Letting All Those Black People Vote…
  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…
  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)…
  Walker's Irregulars

Wisconsin Militia Will Save Election From Criminal Democrats (And Not Just The Black Ones)

Republicans in Wisconsin, and those few Democrats who are not criminals, should be feeling extra safe about Election Day this November. That’s because some anti-labor irregulars left over from the Wisconsin Union Wars are vowing to protect democracy from the many tax dodgers and fugitives who might be tempted to vote against Republican governor and urine enthusiast Scott Walker. Read more on Wisconsin Militia Will Save Election From Criminal Democrats (And Not Just The Black Ones)…
  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…
  so much for freedom of speech

More Non-Racist Politicians Have To Resign After Saying Non-Racist Stuff Out Loud

The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook Looks like the lamestream media is on another witch hunt for decent non-racist politicians. It’s so sad how all this Political Correctness is oppressing people and keeping them from speaking freely, just because some people don’t like the stuff that comes out of their mouth-parts. Today we have two victims of self-inflicted Free Speech: Don Yelton, a North Carolina Republican precinct chair who was asked to resign after being a bit too honest with The Daily Show about the state’s new voter suppression laws; and Mark Lewis, the former mayor of El Cajon, California, who stepped down today following criticism over his remarks about Chaldean kids in his community who qualify for free school lunches but are supposedly “being picked up by Mercedes Benzes” from school; he also had said that when the Iraqi Christians refugees come to America, “it doesn’t take them too long to learn where all the freebies are at.” What ever happened to the First Amendment’s guarantee that you can say anything you want and never be criticized for it? Read more on More Non-Racist Politicians Have To Resign After Saying Non-Racist Stuff Out Loud…
  what we need is some bullet control

NRA Fires Two Colorado State Senators For Doing Their Jobs And Voting On Stuff

Welcome to the USofNRA! And woe be unto you, any politician who dares to cross our not so new overlords in this quick-draw special interest group, by trying to maybe take high-capacity magazines from any maybe-crazy-maybe-not person who wants to get their warm, live fingers on a gun. Because in Colorado, where two rather awful mass-murdering shooting sprees were committed by some awfully deranged mass-murdering spree shooters in Columbine and Aurora, state Senator Angela Giron and Senate President John Morse were straight up recalled by 56% and 51% respectively of the maybe voter suppressed folks in their districts, because “Morse and Democrats passed laws that limit ammunition magazines to 15 rounds and require universal background checks on all gun sales and transfers.” FIFTEEN ROUNDS? What in the name of shooting stuff up real good are we supposed to do with just fifteen rounds? Come on, that’s like, only fifteen bullets before we have to reload! And we’ve only got two hands! And if there’s a gun in both of them, then thirty bullets is all we would have and that is certainly not enough to, um, shoot something more than 30 times? And how can anyone think that limiting bullets and having some sort of terrible “universal” background check on just who might be buying these sorts of things would maybe help keep the awfully deranged from getting to do sprees by shooting? Some people had to be fired over this. Bring on the NRA firing squad: Read more on NRA Fires Two Colorado State Senators For Doing Their Jobs And Voting On Stuff…
  a plague o' both thy houses

Ancient North Carolina Lady Resigns Senate To Personally Register Every Voter Herself

Progressive state Sen. Ellie Kinnaird resigned her seat in the North Carolina Senate Monday so that she can work on a project to register voters and help ensure that people get proper ID so they can vote despite the state’s idiotic new voter suppression laws. Can we nominate someone for Legislative Badass of the Year even though she came to our attention for leaving the state legislature? When it’s a body as thoroughly awful as this year’s North Carolina General Assembly — our first whole-legislature nominee for Legislative Shitmuffin of the Year — then leaving is probably the smartest move. Read more on Ancient North Carolina Lady Resigns Senate To Personally Register Every Voter Herself…
  the voting whites act

North Carolina GOP Will Improve Vote Security By Making Sure No One Can Vote

In a cascade of cynical ratfuckery that absolutely nobody could have predicted when the SCOTUS gutted the Voting Rights Act a month ago, a bill making its way through the North Carolina Senate will impose all sorts of beautiful new restrictions on voting, because apparently North Carolina is having a buy one, get eleventy free sale on terrible legislation this summer. Whoever’s double dog daring Republicans to enact awful laws in North Carolina, could you please just stop now? Read more on North Carolina GOP Will Improve Vote Security By Making Sure No One Can Vote…