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Posted 2 years ago on Oct. 3, 2012, 6:54 a.m. EST by WSmith (1944) from Cornelius, OR
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Pa. Judge Rules Strict Voter ID Law Will Go Into Effect Year After Election

SUMMARY

A Pennsylvania judge blocked a law that will require voters to show government ID at the polls from taking effect until after the 2012 elections. Ray Suarez asks Republican Pa. state representative Daryl Metcalfe and Judith Browne-Dianis of Advancement Project if the law addresses voter fraud or merely disenfranchises voters.

Take a good look at Republican Pa. state representative Daryl Metcalfe as he argues for voter suppression:

VIDEO: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politics/july-dec12/voting_10-02.html

Courts Block GOP Voter Suppression Laws

Ari Berman on October 2, 2012 - 12:33 PM ET

In a major victory for voting rights, Judge Robert Simpson of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled today that voters in the state do not need to show government-issued ID in order to cast a ballot in November. A full trial is scheduled for after the election to determine whether a permanent injunction will be issued against the state’s voter ID law. By my count, Pennsylvania is one of eleven voter suppression laws passed by Republicans since the 2010 election that have been invalidated by state or federal courts in the past year, including in crucial swing states like Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin. (Click graphics to enlarge.)

“It is a remarkable development that courts across the country have almost uniformly rejected every single law passed making it harder for eligible citizens to vote,” says Wendy Weiser, director of the democracy program at the Brennan Center. “This is a clear rejection of attempts by politicians to manipulate the election rules for political gain.” Below are details on the overturned laws, by category.

Voter ID Laws. Courts have nullified voter ID laws in Wisconsin and Texas (and, for now, in Pennsylvania), and a voter ID ballot initiative in Missouri. South Carolina’s law is blocked pending federal approval under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

Voter Registration. A federal court overturned Florida’s restrictions on voter registration drives for violating the First Amendment. Voters in Maine also repealed a ban on Election Day voter registration.

Early Voting. After public outcry, the Ohio legislature repealed its own legislation cutting back on early voting days, but kept a ban on three days of early voting before the election, which a state court subsequently overturned (Ohio is appealing). A federal court blocked early voting limits in Florida in five counties covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act for discriminating against African-American voters.

Voter Purges. A district court in Iowa blocked an attempt by Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz to purge so-called “non-citizen” voters from the rolls.

Student Voting. A New Hampshire court ruled that students do not have to register their car in the state in order to cast a ballot.

Provisional Ballots. An Ohio judge ruled that provisional ballots mistakenly cast in the wrong precinct must be counted.

It’s important to note, however, that voter suppression laws passed since 2010 have not been blocked unanimously. Kansas and Tennessee have new strict voter ID laws on the books for 2012, and Rhode Island and Virginia mandated looser voter ID laws (allowing some forms on non-photo ID). A strict voter ID initiative is on the ballot this November in Minnesota. Restrictions on voter registration drives are still in place in Texas (the law was blocked in district court, but reinstated on appeal). Early voting periods have been limited in Tennessee, West Virginia and most of Florida (excluding the five counties subject to Section 5). Ex-felons will be unable to cast a ballot upon release in Florida and Iowa. Florida has resumed its stalled voter purge, albeit on a smaller scale, and without the cooperation of local election officials. (For more details, see this comprehensive summary on voting law changes from the Brennan Center.)

That said, the pushback against these laws in court has been rather extraordinary, sending a strong signal that restrictions on the right to vote are unconstitutional, discriminatory and unnecessary.

http://www.thenation.com/blog/170287/courts-block-gop-voter-suppression-laws#

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[-] 3 points by LeoYo (5866) 2 years ago

National Republican Voter Registration Strategy Includes Lying to Potential Voters About "Taking a Poll" in Order to Screen Out Obama Supporters

Wednesday, 03 October 2012 10:45 By Brad Friedman, The Brad Blog | News Analysis

http://truth-out.org/news/item/11904-national-republican-voter-registration-strategy-includes-lying-to-potential-voters-about-taking-a-poll-in-order-to-screen-out-obama-supporters

[-] 1 points by WSmith (1944) from Cornelius, OR 2 years ago

Thanks for this.

Who has time to track and collect all the dirty tricks Rs and Big$ perpetrate constantly. If you can think of some dirty trick, they're doing it somewhere. And the WS heist proves they can do it with impunity.

But come on people, Ds don't do this! That's a huge difference.

[-] 2 points by richardkentgates (3269) from Fort Walton Beach, FL 2 years ago

I'm all for preventing fraud but the timing makes it obvious that blocking the vote is the intended goal with these laws. I think a class action suit against individual congressmen/congresswomen by disenfranchised voters for impairment of civil rights, may be in order.

We need an organisation just for the purpose of suing individual politicians for attempting to pass legislation that is not compatible with the bill of rights when it can be shown that there was foreknowledge that the proposed legislation was not compatible.

Conspiracy to undermine the bill of rights.

[-] 1 points by WSmith (1944) from Cornelius, OR 2 years ago

A DOJ Special Prosecutor of Fraud, headed by none other than Ralph Nader! Let's all petition the POTUS.

[-] 1 points by bensdad (8977) 2 years ago

I think it is next to impossible ( if not legally impossible ) to sue a government member for anything they do in performance of thier jobs.
Consider the hell that America was put thru by bush-cheney.
They are DIRECTLY responsible for 100,000 deaths. no law suits.

Sorry -but it all goes back to one thing-
get the money out of politics with an amendment
government of the people, by the people, for the people
NOT THE 1%

[-] 1 points by WSmith (1944) from Cornelius, OR 2 years ago

They changed the laws. And planted their Regent U toadies in the DOJ. Another thing Ds don't do, and huge difference!