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When the Roberts Court agrees to hear an appeal of a lower court decision striking down a vote suppression statute, it is probably not good news. This morning, the Supreme Court granted certiorari of a 6th Circuit ruling voiding a law that allowed Ohio to purge 846,000 voters between 2011 and 2014.

Use It or Lose It

Last September, the 6th Circuit ruled in A. Phillip Randolph Institute v. Husted that Ohio’s method of purging ineligible voters from its rolls violated the Voting Rights Act. The VRA explicitly prohibits states from removing voters simply because they don’t vote. Ohio added its own special sauce to this by pairing it with a mailer requiring the voter to respond and confirm that she still lived in the precinct. If the voter didn’t respond and then failed to vote in two subsequent federal elections, she would be dropped from the rolls. In practical terms, the voter will be purged if she:

  1. Fails to vote or update her registration for two years (e.g. 2010);
    2. Fails to respond to a mailer confirming that she lives in the district (e.g. 2012);
    3. Fails to vote in two consecutive federal elections (e.g. 2012 and 2014).

In that case, the voter can show up in 2016 and be turned away from the polls. Which is exactly what happened to one of the plaintiffs in this case, as reported in The Nation.

[Larry] Harmon voted for Barack Obama in 2008 but had not returned to vote until 2015. He later learned that he was purged from the rolls in Ohio for “infrequent voting” because he had not voted in a six-year period, even though he hadn’t moved or done anything to change his registration status. The same thing is now happening to tens of thousands of voters across the state. The fear is that voters who cast ballots in 2008 but have not participated since, particularly first-time voters for Obama, will show up in 2016 to find that they are no longer registered. Ohio has purged more voters over a 5-year period than any other state.

One Weird Trick

Ohio’s Secretary of State argues that pairing the failure to vote with the lack of response to a postcard magically brings the statute into compliance with the Voting Rights Act. The Sixth Circuit acidly responded that Ohio can’t simply launder the illegal purging by adding some random other factor.

In more concrete terms, a state cannot avoid the conclusion that its process results in removal “solely by reason of a failure to vote,” by providing that the confirmation notice procedure is triggered by a registrant’s failure either to vote or to climb Mt. Everest or to hit a hole-in-one. [Citation omitted.]

But with Gorsuch on the Supreme Court now, the odds of this interpretation holding got a lot lower. Particularly since the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) implies that a state may purge a voter suspected of moving out of the district if she:

(A) has not either notified the applicable registrar (in person or in writing) or responded during the period described in subparagraph (B) to the notice sent by the applicable registrar; and then

(B) has not voted or appeared to vote in 2 or more consecutive general elections for Federal office.

The 6th Circuit held that the VRA’s No Purging for Non-Voting provision overrules this Section of HAVA, but I’m betting Roberts, Alito, Gorsuch, Thomas, and probably Kennedy have a different take. And so is Ohio’s Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine, who is “pleased the Supreme Court agreed with my arguments that this decision needed review to clarify the important issue of how states like Ohio can best maintain up-to-date and accurate voter rolls.” Yeah, Mike, it’s all about you.

In a SHOCKING Coincidence…

Republican politicians have good reason to celebrate the Court taking this appeal.

In Cleveland’s Cuyahoga County, 5 percent of voters in neighborhoods that backed Obama by more than 60 percent in 2012 were purged last year due to inactivity, according to the Reuters analysis of the voter lists. In neighborhoods where Obama got less than 40 percent of the vote, 2.5 percent of registered voters were removed for that reason.

In Franklin County, home to the state capital Columbus, 11 percent of voters in Democratic-leaning neighborhoods have been purged since 2012 due to inactivity. Only 6 percent of voters in Republican-leaning neighborhoods have been purged.

The disparity is especially stark in Hamilton County, where affluent Republican suburbs ring Cincinnati, which has one of the highest child-poverty rates in the country.

In the heavily African-American neighborhoods near downtown, more than 10 percent of registered voters have been removed due to inactivity since 2012. In suburban Indian Hill, only 4 percent have been purged due to inactivity.

Clutch the pearls! You mean that this law works to disenfranchise the very voters likeliest to turn this swing state blue? Almost like they planned it that way? UNPOSSIBLE!

And they’ll probably get away with it to, thanks to Justice Gorsuch!

[The Nation / A. Phillip Randolph Institute v. HustedReuters / Cleveland.com]

Annnnnnd, you’re welcome for ruining your afternoon! Don’t forget to throw us a Scooby Snack!

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  • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

    “Fails to vote or update her registration for two years (e.g. 2010);
    2. Fails to respond to a mailer confirming that she lives in the district (e.g. 2012);
    3. Fails to vote in two consecutive federal elections (e.g. 2012 and 2014).”

    FFS, if she registers her car, renews her DL, or pays her state/property taxes, she should be “renewed” or better yet, not taken off the rolls.

    • Moebym Reborn

      When I last changed my address with the DMV, I was given the option to update my voter registration. Every state should provide this, if they don’t already.

      • Claire

        In states that do, DMV offices have a tendency to mysteriously disappear out of districts that vote Dem.

        • Moebym Reborn

          Why am I not surprised?

      • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

        indeed!

      • chortlingdingo

        Surprisingly, Texas does this. I was also able to do all of it online. Probably if I had wanted to update the picture on my license, I would have had to go in person.

  • Moebym Reborn

    Jinkies, these Republicans sure are evil!

  • Lance Thrustwell

    All’s fair in love and Constitutional subversion!

  • goonemeritus

    I have sent my Congressman numerous letters that he has failed to respond to, can he be purged?

  • capnkrunch

    “You want more people to vote? What is this, some kind of democracy?!”
    -Republicans

  • DrBigHead
  • borninatrailer

    I’m gonna need more Scooby Snacks.

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    I dunno, the last time Gorsuch was presented with two conflicting statutes he kept saying “Why can’t we rely on the statute as written?”, like some sort of feedback loop had developed in his programming.

    “For me, it’s rather simple. While I’m faced with a decision my program calculates the variables, and I take action. For example, what could be simpler than a triage situation in Sickbay? Two patients, for example, both injured, for example, both in imminent danger of dying. Calculate the variables. My program needs to ascertain which patient has the greater chance of survival, and that’s the one I treat. Simple. But, what if they have an equal chance of survival? What then? Hmm? Flip a coin? Pick a card?!”

    • Claire

      Wasn’t that the case where Alito got mad and told him he was a moron?

      • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

        Yup.

    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      cognitive dissonance resulting from when that literal interpretation crap runs headlong into reality.

    • puredog

      Death panel. Easy peasy.

    • H0mer0

      This is why you want the dentist doing triage. They know enough not to overthink it (or else you pick the one who hasn’t pissed off your nurse because they definitely are going to do better.)

  • William
    • Logic of Color Mumen Rider

      I’ve always been more of a “Thelma” guy

      • Ferroequinologist Ron

        As all people of sense are.

      • SeeTrain65

        NERD ALERT: It’s “Velma.”

        As an aside: “Scoobypedia,” which I just discovered, has interesting information on Velma herself:
        NAME: Velma Dinkley.
        FATHER: Mr. Dinkley.
        MOTHER: Mrs. Dinkley.

        (FULL DISCLOSURE: I’m not a fan of the show whatsoever. Honestly. I’m more of a Warner Bros. cartoon kind of guy. I just happened to remember the character’s names.)

      • William

        glasses are sexy.

    • Serai 1

      Who is Daphne?

  • Hey, y’know what would be cool? If you were automatically registered to vote when you turned 18, and you were only automatically removed if you went to jail or died!

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      You’re gonna make Dead Scalia cry with talk like that.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        So you’re saying there’s a bonus reason for doing this?

      • puredog

        Yeah, but he no longer has a vote. QED.

    • Republicans sigh and shake their heads. “I think you’re missing the point,” they begin….

    • jesterpunk

      Woah woah woah there, they argue that violates your first amendment rights somehow.

      http://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/automatic-voter-registration.aspx

      What Are the Disadvantages of Automatic Voter Registration?

      Opponents of automatic voter registration have concerns that the
      government should not be in the business of telling citizens what to do
      or that they have to be registered to vote. They may see automatic voter
      registration as an infringement upon the First Amendment right to free
      speech.

      They question whether Oregon’s opt-out form that is sent and received
      through the mail, in the electronic age, is sufficient to ensure an
      individual can decline to register. Fraud is also a concern, as some
      have questioned whether the process can adequately filter out
      noncitizens who are able to obtain state identification cards legally.

      Opponents also argue that more voter
      registration does not necessarily lead to higher voter turnout. Just
      because a voter is registered does not mean he or she will actually vote
      on Election Day. Further, some add that automatic registration would
      not be necessary if states properly implemented the existing National
      Voter Registration Act. Many states continue to struggle to do so 22
      years after it was enacted, due to inadequate information sharing
      between agencies and a lack of oversight. It remains to be seen whether
      more voters will get to the polls because of automatic voter
      registration.

      • So they argue that automatic registration is the government telling them what to do. In the next paragraph, they argue that the registration is basically invisible and unnoticeable by citizens. Then in the next paragraph, they argue that registration doesn’t actually compel people to do anything.

        All they have to do is conclude with the opposite point than they started with, and this would be comedy.

        • jesterpunk

          Yep, the arguments against automatic voting make no sense really.

      • puredog

        ruh-roh. Paging Little Sisters of the Poor!

        • theblackdog

          Make sure to mention birth control and abortions when you do or else they won’t care.

      • Red Bird Ω

        Wow. The funny part is how they notice that using mail to opt-out of voter registration is inconvenient but seem okay with using mail to verify voter status is not inconvenient.

  • Funny that this isn’t how it works if you go more than two years without paying your county property taxes. “Well, I guess they’ve moved away. May as well remove them from the tax rolls.”

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      I wish it worked that way. My property taxes are insane.

      • h4rr4r

        Mine are high, since I live in NY state. I smile when I pay them. I get lots of good services and taxes are how I buy civilization.

        • puredog

          “I smile when I pay them.”
          Now, THAT’S fake news.

          • h4rr4r

            Huh?

            I smile when I drop off the check. I like having civilization.

        • calliecallie

          Amen to that. Mine are high too, because of the community I choose to live in, but I get lots of good services for them. I was just talking with mr. cc about posting something along those lines to my facebook, because I am so sick of these people whining about taxes. It’s a lot like ACA. You don’t know you’re going to fall off a ladder and need the EMT’s (like he did 12 years ago), but when you do, isn’t it nice that they arrive so quickly? That, among other things, is your tax dollars at work.

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            I pay three times what my neighbors pay. It’s a bullshit law that Mark Sanford passed when he was in office. If you own two homes in South Carolina, you have to pay three times what other people pay for your second home. I was a house flipper, who got stuck with a house I didn’t want during the recession. I pay taxes on a million dollar home, when my house ain’t worth anywhere near a million dollars. Oh, and he ruined the second home market too, in what used to be a thriving market. So much for Republican financial engineering.

          • calliecallie

            So sorry!

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            The worst part was that I was trying to sell my house right before the market collapsed, but I didn’t get out in time, so I’ve been stuck paying this outrageous mortgage on a worthless house with high taxes. That’s what I get from being stuck in this deep red state. Oh, well.

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            I forgot to say “thank you” for your kind words! So, thank you.

        • Vagenda and Pee-ara

          I pay three times what my neighbors pay, due to one neat trick Mark Sanford invented. Oh, and I live in SC, so my taxes pay for shitty schools.

          I swear, Republicans think of policies just to specifically screw me.

    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      IKR?

    • h4rr4r

      They sell your house if you do that.

  • Vagenda and Pee-ara

    Donald Dump:
    “You look at the rules of the Senate, even the rules of the House — but the rules of the Senate and some of the things you have to go through, it’s — it’s really a bad thing for the country, in my opinion. They’re archaic rules. And maybe at some point we’re going to have to take those rules on, because, for the good of the nation, things are going to have to be different. You can’t go through a process like this. It’s not fair. It forces you to make bad decisions. I mean, you’re really forced into doing things that you would normally not do except for these archaic rules.”

    You know what else is archaic? The electoral college.

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      Any time someone advocates doing things “for the good of the nation”, I start hearing martial music.

      • Oblios_Cap

        Or church music.

  • memzilla Ω

    Inasmuch as white people and Rethuglicans tend to own their houses and/or not move a lot, and black and brown people tend to rent and move a lot, I think we all see where this whole “respond to a postcard” ratfuckery came from.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      younger peeps, also too

      • theblackdog

        Yup, that would have been a problem during my college years since I was an out of state student and I switched living spaces several times.

  • Oblios_Cap

    Obviously, laws like these are needed to prevent voter fraud. In case it ever happens.

    • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

      The one case of voter fraud in NC I know about was when a white teenager signed up to vote at Lollapalooza in 1996 and he was caught. (I presume he did it as a teenage joke.) He lived in the same neighborhood we did.

  • SayItWithWookies

    Well, Clarence Thomas seems to have taken an interest in voter disenfranchisement in a distinctly non-conservative way recently. Maybe his opinion on purging voter rolls will surprise everyone.

    • He’s a bit lost without Scalia’s homework to copy from…

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      I would *not* bank on that. Thomas only helped to strike down the last one because North Carolina perverted an explicitly race-based law encouraging gerrymandering (meant to foster black representation) and used it as a “cram all the blacks into one district” law. Thomas has no problem whatsoever with blacks, or any other minority, being disenfranchised, so long as it’s not blatantly based on race.

    • Marceline

      I’m hoping that Donnie’s war on the judiciary will make some of the justices understand what needs to be done.

    • puredog

      It was pointed out elsewhere that what Clarence objected to was that the statute took race into account. In Clarence Club, you never take race into account. Finis.

  • Jgb979

    Shit like this makes me want to gerrymander the entire red blob of empty space in the middle of the country into one giant congressional district.

    Every year the stupids will gather together at the freetonia primary/tractorpull/banjo picking competition.

    screw playing nice if/when Dems ever return to power (hopefully the scary black guy is done turning out the racist vote in opposition)

  • baconzgood

    Now this explains voter rights laws a way I and Trump can understand.

    • Martini Ambassador 🍸

      You libelz!

      • baconzgood

        That’s the first time I’ve ever seen that on wonkette. I laughed.

        I like you martini. I’ll kill you last.

        • Martini Ambassador 🍸

          Not if I kill you first. Nothing personal, but in this end-of-the-world scenario, I’m probably gonna be desperately craving bacon. But it’s nice we can hang out together for a while until then.

          • baconzgood

            I’m tough to get a hold of and I suffer insomnia (fair warning), and I’d kill you when I say to myself “aaaaaa…this guy is going to start to look ‘hungry’ in the next 3 days. Better wait till he slreps”

  • anwisok
    • ltmcdies

      funny…I too look at donuts like that wee doggy is

    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      that puppy is more excited with his cupcake than I have ever been about anything.

      Yeah, they lick their own butts, but cats and dogs may be onto something.

      • MizzMazz
        • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

          “omg…omg…omg”

          He can’t decide which one to eat first.

        • H0mer0

          I saw that episode. He really does look like he has “ghost eyes”

          • MizzMazz

            Never saw him on a show. He was a Dlisted.com Hot Slut of The Day. I love how he’s trying so hard to control himself – he wants those cupcakes so much!

          • H0mer0

            it was an episode of “It’s Me or the Dog!” with Victoria Stillwell (sp?)who had given the owners tips on keeping the dog off the kitchen counter and was cruelly testing the dog. The native Americans called the blue eyed shepherds “Ghost Eye” because of their appearance.

    • Serai 1

      it’s taken this long for critters to be triggered.

      You mean even the CRITTERS are freaked out by all this?

  • ltmcdies

    OT….the working theory is Trump and Co are gearing up for something

    https://twitter.com/Maltaplication/status/869583686798155776

    • Anna Elizabeth, Tank Grrl

      His “Short, Victorious War” must have been pushed up. I am already crying for the victims that will be hurt and killed to justify his distraction.

      • Joe Beese

        He’s going to declare war on Germany.

        Look how well it worked out for us the last time.

      • Ferroequinologist Ron

        At a guess, that would be the entire population of Seoul. They’ve really been ramping up the ‘They’re going to launch nuclear missiles at the US!’ lately.

        • Anna Elizabeth, Tank Grrl

          *nods*

        • formerChild

          There’s no need to launch nuclear missiles at Seoul. They’re within easy range of conventional artillery. Of which there’s a medium shitload sitting there aimed and loaded. Has been for 65 years.

          • Ferroequinologist Ron

            I meant that Donnie and crew have been screeching about the threat DPRK missiles pose to the US. I don’t think they know or care that Seoul is more immediately at risk, or from what.

        • actually pyongyang babyman has been doing his best to provoke american babyman (like 3 missiles in last week). i’ve been wondering about this: trump’s such a blowhard…

    • Marceline

      It’s good that people are already calling this out. Always remember that a lot of Trump’s support is simply fake.

    • Red Bird Ω

      I think he’s going to post nudes.

    • But all it took was covfefe.

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨
    • Wild Cat

      Did he wank to these rancid lines:

      No refuge could save the hireling and slave
      From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,

    • …sassy?

      • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

        fab-u-lously sassy.

  • It’s a funny thing how half of the political establishment has such disdain for the very idea of free and democratic elections.

    • Wild Cat

      It’s even funnier the other half THINKS there are free and fair democratic elections . . .

  • proudgrampa

    Use it or lose it.

  • TJ Barke

    When you can’t actually win the votes, make it harder for your opponents to vote. What’s corrupt and amoral about that? Besides everything?

  • Boy, if only the Constitution gave people as much right to vote as it does to own guns.

  • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

    Somehow the selective services (AKA the draft), the IRS, Social Security, the jury system, the census, and probably the NSA manage to have current and up-to-date information on my whereabouts, financial information, and general biographical details. But a voting agency would just be too complicated and also TYRANNY!!!1!

    • chortlingdingo

      They said it themselves: more people voting is bad for the Republican party.

  • >CORRUPT REPUBLICAN POLITICIAN OF YOUR CHOICE< reacts to possible SCOTUS voting rights decision:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swhAv9VcBWc

  • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

    I’m trying to think the way the opposite side does and I can kinda sorta see one point, I’m submitting it purely for discussion (AND I DO NOT AGREE WITH KICKING VOTERS OFF THE ROLLS.)

    I have a very, very common first and last name, in fact I was once placed in handcuffs in Texas for an outstanding warrant from Florida for a different person with the same first and last name.

    When I left Florida, I don’t recall notifying any voting-related state body about me moving and even got renewals in the mail here in texas (which should have been a clue, Florida).

    So I’m GUESSING, through a series of highly improbable events (and that’s the flaw in this argument), it is possible somebody with my first and last name could conceivably vote once for themselves and then once using my info…but they would have to know a) that i left the state, b) know and have whatever identifying information you need present to the poll worker. This argument also relies on Florida not having a voter ID law.

    Anyway, just food for thought.

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      The most common argument I’ve heard from conservatives is that if a person is too lazy/stupid/shiftless to register to vote correctly, they shouldn’t be able to vote. That this is a requirement that applies to no other right or privilege doesn’t ever seem to occur to them. Simply put, they only want the “right” kind of people to vote, because conservatism’s attachment to democracy is conditional.

      • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

        aye, good point…I was taking their arguments at face value and disregarding the underlying motivation. You’re absolutely right.

        Also too, as you noted, a gun should be able to be bought and carried anywhere at any time cause that’s sacred, but voting should be as fucking complicated as possible (for some people).

        • chortlingdingo

          Except for where elected officials gather. They don’t want guns there.

      • Serai 1

        Can we add “too stupid to vote for the candidate who can actually do the job” to those requirements?

        • willi0000000

          no . . . but we can add: too stupid/clueless to run for that office

      • h4rr4r

        As a gun owner I would be in favor of restricting the second amendment in a similar manner.

    • bupkus231

      Florida has fought it’s court battles per purging voter rolls in the past. Here’s the most current bit:
      [ http://dos.myflorida.com/elections/data-statistics/voter-registration-statistics/voter-registration-monthly-reports/voter-registration-new-and-removed/ ]

      Under Florida law, a registered voter may only be removed from the rolls if he or she requests in writing to be removed, if a Supervisor of Election received notice from another state election official that the voter has registered out-of-state, if the voter is ineligible, or if the voter fails to respond to an address confirmation final and there is no voting or voter registration record activity for two subsequent general election cycles.

      That bolded [ my emphasis ] part sounds an awful lot like that Ohio law….

      • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

        it does actually…thanks for doing the leg work on that.

    • h4rr4r

      Wait, they tried to use first and last name as a GUID to ID someone for a warrant? Can you sue them? The police of all people should be aware that human names are not unique.

      • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

        not quite, he pulled me out of line and asked me some questions first…turns out I gave him the right (or wrong) answers.

        • h4rr4r

          Was the question anything that uniquely IDed you as this other fellow?

          • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

            had I lived in Florida? Had I been to Orlando? Had I ever bounced a check there?
            To be fair, his birthday was also similar to mine, but a year earlier.

          • h4rr4r

            So your birthday was hundreds of days apart, ace detective work there.

  • Martini Ambassador 🍸

    This is no excuse for ratfucking, and I do not want to victim-blame in any way. That being said, though, please citizens, you’ve got to vote. Every single time.

    If only we had a holiday that would make it possible for the working poor to find time for voting. I know, not gonna happen any time soon, with cheating ‘Thugs in charge of everything.

    • puredog

      “Rodent copulation,” please. We have standards here.

      • ichthyopteryx

        You mean “murine intercourse”. Class it up, buddy. ;)

        • H0mer0

          I thought “murine” describes mice, not rats, big f–king rats with dicks this long…

          • ichthyopteryx

            I actually looked it up before writing this; it’s apparently usable for both.

    • I do not understand how they voted for Obama in 12, and were purged for inactivity.

      • theblackdog

        Voting machines “lost” those votes for Obama?

      • phoenix00

        > they voted for Obama in 12

        That is all the reason needed.

    • Serai 1

      Gee, if only we had a day every week when most people aren’t working.

      • Martini Ambassador 🍸

        The Frenchies do it (voting, you pervs!) in Sundays. But unlike the US, they really almost all have the day off, since retail is almost always closed that day except for people in large cities or select tourist areas. I feel like unless things changed in the US, weekend voting would be more burdensome for retail workers, which tend to be poorer folks.

        • Serai 1

          As I understand it, employers are obligated to let people have the time to vote. Perhaps a law saying they must compensate the worker, as well?

          • Martini Ambassador 🍸

            They need to sign up for the Soros system. I bought a new Range Rover with all of my illegal immigrant voting proceeds.

          • Serai 1

            Goddamnit, WHEN the hell is Jeanine going to get my check in the mail???

          • HooverVilles

            Funny!

          • theblackdog

            It would be nice and the law should also be changed so that there is better incentive to provide the time off. Even on the fed level it’s couched in some weasel language that if I have at least 2 hours that I could go to the polls before or after my usual time at work, I don’t get comp time to vote.

            It becomes an issue for those who work a compressed schedule or have long commutes. I work 9 hour days to get an extra day off every other week so my usual time for work is 8 – 5:30. Polls are typically open in Maryland from 7 AM – 8 PM. Since I technically get off at 5:30, I have 2.5 hours after work that I could go to the polls. However, it also doesn’t factor in commuting time, which is a 40 minute bus ride home so I really only get about 1.5 hours to hit the polls if I go after work.

            This was one reason why I did early voting in 2016.

          • ahughes798

            Yep. And the worker must be paid for that time off. I think you’re allowed 1 1/2 to 2 hours to vote.

        • Rags

          Japan also too.

      • chortlingdingo

        We had a local vote (mayor plus a couple council positions) that was held on a Saturday, after two weeks of early voting, and still only about 10% showed up to vote.

        • Serai 1

          Well then, they have no right to bitch, do they? If you’re not actually being PREVENTED from voting, then the results are on you if you’re too fucking lazy or self-serving to take part in our FUCKING DEMOCRACY.

          Christ, that shit pisses me off.

          • HooverVilles

            Eggsactly! And this last presidential election ~90,000,000 people didn’t vote.
            Grrrrrr!!!!!

          • chortlingdingo

            Yeah, it was pretty disappointing. We’ve got a run-off in about two weeks, and I’m sure even fewer people will turn up.

      • President in Exile Firefly

        Move Election Day to Veterans Day and give everyone the day off. It would increase turnout and give added meaning to Veterans Day.

        • Serai 1

          That really is an excellent idea. What better way to honor veterans?

          • President in Exile Firefly

            Hey, maybe we should start a movement!

    • Rick Hill

      What if the rat was asking for it? Dressing all slutty, and walking alone at night?

      • ichthyopteryx

        She was in heat, Your Honor!

        • H0mer0

          are lady rats as slutty as lady cats or Aristocrats?

  • disqus_lWwzrwNaw6

    Democrats need to stop bitching about the undisputed fascism and malevolence of the Republican Court, and get out there not just registering voters, but persuading voters that there’s an actual reason for them to get to the fuck to the polls and vote.

    The dark money Republicans are not going to stop being fascist, racist bastards. This voter suppression project has been years in the making, and it’s rolling out across every single Republican controlled state in America (that’s 32 of them, I believe), accompanied by gobs of dark money propaganda and trollery (as the 2018 mid-terms draw nigh, you can expect every single website in the known world to be colonized by zillions of pretend “Bernie bros” urging people not to bother to vote, since both parties are “just the same” and “the Democrats are just corrupt and corporate devils” etc.).

    Voter suppression is THE reason Chief Justice John Roberts was place on the Court–he first achieved prominence in Republican circles as a voter suppression specialist in the Reagan Justice Department, back in the 1980s.

    So yeah. Fascist bastards gonna fascist bastard. So what else is new?

    Don’t mourn, Democrats, for fuck’s sake, organize. Register. Educate. Vote. Resist.

    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      i would quibble only by saying, it doesn’t matter HOW much you register and vote if the game is stacked against you, which – as you yourself noted – is the R’s plan.

      We have to aggressively fight back against every one of these little violations of the system or we will ALWAYS lose.

      • disqus_lWwzrwNaw6

        I agree.

        Plus, in addition to their propaganda-fueled Long March to total power, the Republicans are becoming increasingly, openly violent, physically violent–fists, knives, and guns being added to ugly rhetoric at a reckless rate of speed.

        This could mean that they’re confident and that they believe they have progressed enough in terms of their seizure of the machinery of government and the press to dispense with democratic norms, or it could mean that they’re terrified by the surprising resurgence of the left and are panicking like cornered rats (my apologies to cornered rats everywhere–you are much nicer than Republicans).

        Either way it means they’re a clear and present danger to democracy, and we cannot let anything go by out of some outmoded notion of comity or “both sides” or any such malarkey.

        • LeighBowery’sLuxuryComedy

          I am absolutely of the latter opinion. They’re not all senile old men doodling on their placemats, even if it looks exactly that way from a distance. They know perfectly well the country no longer wants Their Kind in power; so they have no intention of giving us the choice.

    • javadavis

      Since another reported tactic is to make voting as difficult as feasible in those same districts, this isn’t all on the voters. Perhaps the DNC could offer assistance in getting voters to the polls. Just remember to document that this assistance is offered to ALL, not just to the democrats, or document that the assistance is offered to any who actually need help. If Rs object saying that mostly dems get the help, make sure to document that this is because the rethugs already have all the help they need.

    • Cat Cafe for the Investigation

      Yes, I was just thinking this EXACT thing earlier today. Marching is nice, but our only actual weapon is to VOTE. And to get OTHER people to vote. We need to do these exact things: register people. Educate people. Help them vote. And vote ourselves.

      I like what Swing Left is doing and suggest we all take a look at their website–they tell you the district nearest to you with a Republican, how close the race was and how few people voted, and give you the tools to get in there and do literally swing it left, working to register people, educate people, make sure they vote. Those who can donate should also donate.

      If we all just pick the district nearest to us, and every group simply focuses on that election, together we can make a difference here. We have to start organizing our forces meaningfully. https://swingleft.org/

  • calliecallie

    “In the heavily African-American neighborhoods near downtown, more than 10 percent of registered voters have been removed due to inactivity since 2012. In suburban Indian Hill, only 4 percent have been purged due to inactivity.”
    If the above is true, then clearly there is racial impact to the purge. So is what they need to prove that there was racist intent, like in NC?
    Republicans fucking suck. That’s all.

  • mancityRed6

    maybe because it was in the same state but different counties, I just looked and I’m off the voter roles in Douglas County and on them in Johnson County. I didn’t have to fill out any forms.

    • RMKH

      I would expect trouble the next time you try to exercise your rights.

  • theblackdog

    Ugh. I don’t know what else we can do other than try to force changes in the laws and push to get people to pay attention to their registration and get registered now rather than later.

    • Bobathonic

      And vote in every election!

      • theblackdog

        I already do and tell others to do the same. I don’t know if I can do much more than that.

    • boll ocks

      Volunteer for voter registration drives. That is the most important thing we can do now.

      • gkshenaut

        One problem with voter registration drives is that they are strongest in presidential election years. The trick is to motivate voters to vote every election, and to make sure they have the information they need to cast an informed ballot.

  • Bitter Scribe

    Isn’t it just amazing how these objective, fair, impartial, nonpartisan voter-roll purges always seem to target Democrats?

    • Anne Rogers

      Just as amazing as voter fraud (when it occurs) always seeming to take place in heavily Democratic areas.

  • Iam Reading

    Gorsuch is a usurper. Not your fucking seat, Gorsuch.

  • President in Exile Firefly

    If people want to vote so bad, they should join up to fight The Bugs. Remember, Service Guarantees Citizenship! Would you like to know more?

    • 3FingerPete

      Nah. I live in Rio. I’ll be fine.

  • anon_the_great

    Voting ought to be one of those right you have regardless. Yannow, like guns

    • Anne Rogers

      You have the right to vote- you just have to register and actually bother to use that right once in a while.

      Unless you are a convicted criminal- but then they don’t have the right to a gun either.

  • Paperless Tiger

    They have suppressed the vote and thwarted the will of the majority. It doesn’t matter how they did it; they have proven themselves anti-democratic and illegitimate. Now they cry for order, but they have destroyed that themselves. They have power, but they also have anarchy by their own decree. The only question now is how to restore the Republic.

  • SeeTrain65

    My state doesn’t get the credit it’s due for being as awful as it is.

    • Ducksworthy

      Meth makes you stoopid, also.

      • SeeTrain65

        Peeking into my medicine cabinet again?

  • SeeTrain65
  • phoenix00

    With all the My Little Pony overload lately I am personally VERY PLEASED to see Scooby Doo artfully leveraged.

  • Zyxomma

    I want to puke. Thanks, FDF.

  • Anne Rogers

    Let me guess, guy voted for Obama, figured he was a lock for 2012, doesn’t give a shit about midterm elections, then decides to bother to vote again- and is upset that he isn’t on file in perpetuity?

    Where’s the problem?

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