Wisconsin Republican Alberta Darling: Voter ID Would Have Let Romney Win | TPMMuckraker
Note that she does not identify any cases of fraud by Democrats while we have news reports of Republicans who were arrested for attempting voter fraud and filling in ballots.
Exactly. Alberta Darling (who was a state co-chair for Romney’s campaign) is not citing examples of voter fraud, she’s advocating voter suppression as the only way for Republicans to win.
Wisconsin high court won’t restore voter ID law before Election Day
Wisconsin’s Supreme Court denied the state’s request to immediately hear its appeals of two trial court-level rulings invalidating a voter identification law, Bloomberg News reported Wednesday.
“There will be no voter ID law in effect for the presidential election on Nov. 6,” plaintiffs’ lawyer Lester Pines said in a phone interview. His Madison firm represented the League of Women Voters Wisconsin Education Network in one of the cases.
Dane County Circuit Judge Richard G. Niess, who presided over the League case, in March ruled the law requiring otherwise eligible voters to present a government-issued photo identification before being allowed to cast their ballots was an unconstitutional burden.
Voter Harassment, Circa 2012
This is how voter intimidation worked in 1966: White teenagers in Americus, Ga., harassed black citizens in line to vote, and the police refused to intervene. Black plantation workers in Mississippi had to vote in plantation stores, overseen by their bosses. Black voters in Choctaw County, Ala., had to hand their ballots directly to white election officials for inspection.
This is how it works today: In an ostensible hunt for voter fraud, a Tea Party group, “True the Vote,” descends on a largely minority precinct and combs the registration records for the slightest misspelling or address error. It uses this information to challenge voters at the polls, and though almost every challenge is baseless, the arguments and delays frustrate those in line and reduce turnout.
Breaking news out of Wisconsin this morning, where the Atty Gen. is attempting to bypass the Court of Appeals in order to have the voter ID law reinstated. Read more here:
The law had already been ruled unconstitutional after a 2nd judge decided it created a “substantial impairment of the right to vote.”
With a Wisconsin native on the GOP ticket, and a tight race ahead, every vote will matter in this important swing state.
[T]his promise of free voter ID is a mirage. In the real world, poor voters find shuttered offices, long drives without cars, and with spotty or no bus service, and sometimes prohibitive costs. For these Americans, the promise of our democracy is tangibly distant. It can be measured in miles.
--Brennan Center for Justice, The Challenge of Obtaining Voter Identification
Chris Hayes takes a look at the 1965 law that may determine the outcome of the 2012 race.
In closing arguments this Friday, attorneys for the state of Texas argued that the state should be released once and for all from the Justice Department’s supervision of its voting process… which is currently authorized by the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The Republican National Committee Paid for GOP Lawmakers to Intervene in Wisconsin Voter ID Lawsuit
Wisconsin law prohibits a public official from accepting payment for any expenses — including legal expenses — unless he or she can show the comped service has nothing to do with the public office.
On Tuesday, RNC spokesman Ryan Mahoney said the Republican committee was paying for the effort to intervene in the case. The committee also bankrolled a friend-of-the-court brief in a separate federal lawsuit challenging Wisconsin’s new voter ID law, he said.
Judge Grants Temporary Injunction Against Wisconsin's New Voter ID Law
Circuit Judge David Flanagan granted the injunction Tuesday, meaning the law would not apply for the April 3 presidential primary and local general election. A trial on whether to grant a permanent injunction is scheduled for April 16.
Flanagan found the impact of the law hit disproportionately hard on the elderly, indigent and minorities.
“The scope of the impairment has been shown to be serious, extremely broad and largely needless,” Flanagan wrote. “There is no doubt that the plaintiffs have shown a very substantial likelihood of success on the merits.”
Election Law Experts Say James O’Keefe Accomplices Could Face Charges Over Voter Fraud Stunt
It was one of the few — if not the only — coordinated efforts to attempt in-person voter fraud, and it was pulled off by affiliates of conservative activist (sleazebag) James O’Keefe at polling places in New Hampshire Tuesday night. All of it part of an attempt to prove the need for voter ID laws that voting rights experts say have a unfair impact on minority voters.
Now election law experts tell TPM that O’Keefe’s allies could face criminal charges on both the federal and state level for procuring ballots under false names, and that his undercover sting doesn’t demonstrate a need for voter ID laws at all.
Conservatives in New Hampshire commit voter fraud then say See? We told you voter fraud is a problem. Fail.
Next fall, thousands of students on college campuses will attempt to register to vote and be turned away. Sorry, they will hear, you have an out-of-state driver’s license. Sorry, your college ID is not valid here. Sorry, we found out that you paid out-of-state tuition, so even though you do have a state driver’s license, you still can’t vote.
--The New York Times, Keeping College Students From the Polls.