History Of GOP Lawmakers Cheating Their Citizens From Their Constitutional Right To Vote

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There are numerous credible studies proving that the Republican Party’s talking point that the steps taken in republican led states to implement laws to require its states’ citizens have Voter IDs in order to prevent voter fraud, is bogus. The numbers of actual in person fraud can be counted by hand in each of these states. There is only one reason for these laws in Republican led states, which is to limit those who would be likely vote for Democratic Party candidates, from exercising their right to vote.

The current widespread in your face cheating by GOP leaders in Republican Party led states for the 2018 November elections, designed to prevent its citizens who are most likely to vote for Democratic Party candidates, has received widespread media attention. In Georgia, at least 53, 000 voters had been purged from its voter roles where 70% are peoples of color, if there were any difference in things like there being no -hyphen in a name where another ID shows it.  Then In North Dakota, Native Americans are being blocked because their voter IDs are required to show a physical address versus the PO box addresses that most use because they live in highly rural areas. In both cases, the Democratic Party and local grass roots organizations have come up with solutions, but I suspect that these are only 2 cases that have earned widespread scrutiny out of many others that are in progress.

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References indicating that the GOP voter fraud allegations are bogus:

See: Kris Kobach couldn’t prove widespread voter fraud. Can he prove to voters that he can ‘Make Kansas Great Again’?]

See: [I’m on Trump’s voter fraud commission. I’m suing it to find out what it’s doing.]

See: Trump abolishes controversial commission studying alleged voter fraud

See: Opinion: America’s No. 1 voter fraud conspiracy theorist goes down in court

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History of the GOP plan to implement a myriad of laws to suppress votes by those likely to vote for Democratic candidates…

These laws were implemented by model template laws created by ALEC American Legislative Exchange Council, after the 2008 US election cycle, backed by the Koch brothers, and other conservative corporate donors.

As per November 8, 2011 PR Watch by Lisa graves, “After the 2008 presidential election — in the wake of the highest general election turnout in nearly 60 years (particularly among university students and African-Americans) — corporations and politicians on ALEC’s “Public Safety and Elections” Task Force voted to approve “model” voter ID legislation as a policy priority for members. (The “private sector” co-chair of that task force at the time was the National Rifle Association.)”

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“ALEC also devoted time to disseminating talking points that pushed the pretext for changing voter laws, the meme of “Preventing Election Fraud,” which was the cover story of the Inside ALEC magazine.”

“Voter ID legislation based on ALEC’s template was introduced in states across the country and passed in at least fourteen states. The ID requirements had been kicking around for years since they were initially pressed for by white Southern politicians after President Clinton’s national voter registration legislation led to increased percentages of African Americans registering to vote. But this discredited legislation had little traction until ALEC took it up to promote in 2009. (Even then state representative Scott Walker, then an ALEC legislator, tried to get into the act a decade ago, but his effort to echo Alabama’s legislation went nowhere in Wisconsin.)”

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ALEC’s Legislative Agenda on Voting Rights

As per the October 13, 2017 ALEC Exposed report, “Through the American Legislative Exchange Council, on ALEC task forces, corporate lobbyists and special interests vote as equals with elected representatives on templates to change our laws, behind closed doors with no press or public allowed to see the votes or deliberations. ALEC has produced model legislation aimed at making it more difficult to vote, specifically for the elderly, minorities, low-income, and college students. In addition, ALEC’s model bills on voting rights include measures opposing a national popular vote to elect the president and citizen ballot initiatives, along with a measure supporting the controversial Citizens United decision.”

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Restricting the Right to Vote

  • “ALEC’s “Voter ID Act” makes it more difficult for American citizens to vote. It would change ID rules so that citizens who have been registered to vote for decades must show certain kinds of ID in order to vote. This bill disenfranchises many low-income, minority, college students and elderly Americans who do not have driver’s licenses but have typically used other forms of ID.”
  • “ALEC’s “Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act” requires evidence of U.S. citizenship be presented by every person to register to vote and at the polling place prior to voting. This act is ostensibly aimed at undocumented immigrants, but requires every voter to show an ID. The bill would end up disenfranchising many elderly people, students, and minorities who may not have the required forms.”
  • “ALEC’s “Resolution on Military Voting Rights” expresses opposition to the 2009 MOVE Act, legislation passed to ensure military ballots are delivered in the shortest possible time. ALEC’s complaint is that the legislation only allows one express mail carry to be used. Both FedEx and UPS are members of ALEC.”

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New Voting Restrictions in America

“As per the Brennan Center, after the 2010 election (2013 Supreme Court ruling) , “state lawmakers nationwide started introducing hundreds of harsh measures making it harder to vote. The new laws range from strict photo ID requirements to early voting cutbacks to registration restrictions.”

“Overall, 24 states have put in place new restrictions since then — 13 states have more restrictive voter ID laws in place (and six states have strict photo ID requirements), 11 have laws making it harder for citizens to register, 7 cut back on early voting opportunities, and 3 made it harder to restore voting rights for people with past criminal convictions.”

“In 2016, 14 states had new voting restrictions in place for the first time in a presidential election. Those 14 states were: Alabama, Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.”

“In 2017, legislatures in Arkansas and in North Dakota passed voter ID bills, which governors in each state signed, and Missouri implemented a restrictive law that was passed by ballot initiative in 2016. Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, and New Hampshire also enacted restrictions last year.”

“In 2018, New Hampshire and North Carolina have enacted new restrictions.”

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As per the July 25, 2013 New York Times article by Adam Liptak, “The Supreme Court on Tuesday effectively struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by a 5-to-4 vote, freeing nine states, mostly in the South, to change their election laws without advance federal approval.”

“The court divided along ideological lines, and the 2 sides drew sharply different lessons from the history of the civil rights movement and the nation’s progress in rooting out racial discrimination in voting. At the core of the disagreement was whether racial minorities continued to face barriers to voting in states with a history of discrimination.”

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“Our country has changed,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote for the majority. “While any racial discrimination in voting is too much, Congress must ensure that the legislation it passes to remedy that problem speaks to current conditions.”

“The decision will have immediate practical consequences. Texas announced shortly after the decision that a voter identification law that had been blocked would go into effect immediately, and that redistricting maps there would no longer need federal approval. Changes in voting procedures in the places that had been covered by the law, including ones concerning restrictions on early voting, will now be subject only to after-the-fact litigation.”

5 comments

  1. Gronda, I missed this the first time around. It is excellent, relevant and truthful. Being a NC resident, I have witnessed the Jim Crow and gerrymandering efforts to cheat. When the Voter ID law was declared unconstitutional, it was cited as a laser like focus to discriminate. They also cited the GOP leader in Buncombe County who confessed on the Daily Show that the Voter ID Law was designed to “kick Democrats’ butts.” As an Independent voter, I have this crazy belief that things should be fair and our Supreme Court should be as unbiased as possible. I may be naive as hell to think that, but when a legislator lies to me and said they did not intend to do this, it is frustrating.

    I have shared the story when the author of the NC Voter ID law ripped me a new one in two separate emails, when I told him in advance the law was unconstitutional and Jim Crow-like. After two diplomatic efforts, I finally told him “I am a 56 year old white man and former Republican. You and I both know what this law is all about. ” Keith

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  2. Dear Keith,

    The president is out their lying to the public with just about everything he says to get his base out to vote. The GOP lawmakers in the US Congress aren’t saying a word as they don’t care as long as he saves their bacon.

    They don’t care about the states cheating the voters out of their constitutional right to vote.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Gronda, we need to call it what it is – a cult. Even people like Steve Bannon are pushing this BS that God ordained from on high to let Trump win. His cult laps it up. Politifacfs has him lying 75% of the time at his pep rallies. His former economic advisor, Gary Cohn, called Trump a “professional liar,” after witnessing yet one more blatant lie.

      Reading Bob Woodward’s book “Fear,” he apparently lies so much he does not remember them all. By the way, Rex Tillerson’s calling Trump a “f**king moron,” came at a meeting when he berated all his generals telling them they did not know national security and that these 70 year NATO relationships did not matter. Keith

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