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New idea from the GOP for voter suppression

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    Yes your story tell's it all. Sorry but this country has become more and more corrupt through the years. I doubt if anyone here has the brains or "will" to correct all of this. The "corruption in all "system's here is grown out of proportion.

    I wrote about this years ago, but nothing has been done to make things here "fool proof" . As long as this country sticks with its outdated system, which has totally been "walked over" by Trump and his cronies, is not drastically fixed, then this will be the end of "Rome". Amen

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    The Supreme Court on Monday night agreed with South Carolina Republicans and said mail-in ballots must contain a witness’s signature, something federal courts had said should be waived because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The high court made one concession, saying ballots already sent in without a witness should be counted. Tens of thousands of ballots have been sent to voters across the state.

    As is usual in emergency orders, the court did not provide a reason for reimposing the requirement.

    But Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, writing only for himself, said there were two: respecting decisions of state officials and not interfering with election procedures close to the election.

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    He wrote that the “state legislature’s decision either to keep or to make changes to election rules to address covid-19” should not be subject to second-guessing by the judiciary.

    That reflects an earlier decision by the court keeping in place restrictions on worship services. Kavanaugh was a dissenter in that case, in which Roberts was joined by the court’s liberals.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-south-carolina-mail-ballots/2020/10/05/68aedd26-0769-11eb-9be6-cf25fb429f1a_story.html

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    A political scientist at Carroll College, working on behalf of plaintiffs challenging Ohio’s signature-matching law, found that 97 percent of rejected signatures are likely to be authentic—or, for every invalid ballot, 32 valid ones are thrown out.

    Ohio, like 30 other states, uses signature matching as a fraud-prevention measure.

    Even in normal election cycles, signature-matching requirements result in many ballots being rejected. Hundreds of thousands of such ballots were disqualified this way in 2016—almost all, presumably, cast by voters who had done everything right. Rejections disproportionately hit certain demographic groups, including elderly voters, young voters, and voters of color, that are expected to heavily favor Vice President Joe Biden this fall. As voting by mail surges across the country, many elections, including the presidential race, could hinge on a process that one expert recently described to me as “witchcraft.”

    Regardless of the overall rejection rates, it’s a safe bet whose ballots will be rejected most: those of the youngest voters, the oldest voters, disabled voters, and voters of color. The first three of these are relatively easily explained. As schools phase handwriting instruction out of their curriculum, young people no longer learn cursive.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/10/signature-matching-is-the-phrenology-of-elections/616790/

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    Yes they stick to the "antique" ways of identification ; on the airports they use finger prints why are they not doing it that way. I can go to UPS and get a document certification, even valid in the Netherlands. So why the stupidity of an signature on the envelope which can be copied or damaged in the mail. My signature has changed over time, I guess everyone has the same problem. Thus wake up America, and use 2020 technology.

    The voting system is here still in the Stone Age. As is the government.

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    Voter suppression has been a part of politics in this country for well over 100 years, sometimes in ways that have you saying, "are you kidding me?"

    Around supper time on Election Day, 1880, the poll workers in Bolivar County, Miss., were getting hungry. Someone ran out for sardines and crackers. The officials noshed and counted votes until the “violent laxative” that had been added to the Republicans’ sardines started to take effect. Then they ran for the outhouses while the remaining Democrats counted a suspiciously large majority.

    Stealing elections often started with the U.S. Postal Service — central to this election as well. In a nation that was over 80 percent rural, post offices were a choke point for political news. But they were run by deeply partisan postmasters, appointed by the very congressmen they’d help elect, and they frequently “lost” the opposition’s newspapers or correspondences.

    In the South at the end of Reconstruction, white Democratic rifle clubs “policed” the polls. (Today, it's the Republicans doing the same thing). They invented the term “bulldoze” in 1876 to describe the use of a “dose” of the bullwhip to terrorize African-American voters.

    Unlike today, there actually was widespread fraud in casting ballots, what Rudyard Kipling called the uniquely American “art of buying up votes retail.” A glass of lager, $5 or a pork chop sandwich might win over a decisive minority, up to 10 percent in some states.

    There’s no telling how the cast and count will go in 2020, but we can hope that the American people know a rotten sardine when they smell one.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/24/opinion/sunday/stealing-elections.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    Doonesbury reminded us this morning that Brian Kemp is the king of voter suppression.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/doonesbury/

    In his capacity as Secretary of State, Kemp removed 334,000 eligible voters before his "election". Apart from the obvious conflict of interest where Kemp was overseeing an election in which he himself was the candidate, it's galling that his margin of victory over Stacey Abrams was less than 55,000 votes.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_Georgia_gubernatorial_election

    Kemp is far from the only Republican to abuse his status as the Secretary of State to affect an election.

    In 2012, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett was also the co-chairman of electing Mitt Romney. Since he was in violation of an Arizona statute that prohibits that practice, I wrote him a letter and asked him to resign. In addition, he also tried to keep Obama off the ballot because he wasn't convinced that Obama was a citizen.

    https://tohell-andback.blogspot.com/2012/05/speak-your-mind.html

    (incidentally, the article above is THE most popular of the 500 blog articles that I have published in the last 11 years, with 35,000 "hits". )

    In 2004, The Republican Secretary of State, Ken Blackwell, served as both the chief elections officer (as do most Secretaries of State) and the co-chair to re-elect George W. Bush.

    If John Kerry had won Ohio, he would have won the Presidency.

    And then there was Florida in 2000.

    George W. initially came to office in the year 2000, in spite of the fact that he had lost the popular vote to Al Gore by almost 500,000 votes. We’re all familiar with the “hanging shards”, which led to a recount vote in several Florida precincts, but you’re probably not familiar with a study done three years later by the National Research Opinion Poll three years at the University of Chicago that concluded that Al Gore had actually won the state of Florida, which would have given him the Presidency.

    The study by the National Research Opinion Poll analyzed a total of 175,000 ballots from the entire state of Florida, and not just the counties that went through a recount in 2000. The fact that Bush won the Presidency in a state where his brother Jeb was governor seems to imply that there HAD to be some skullduggery involved,

    You can use whatever source that you want to analyze this election, but I’ve found the Wikipedia is generally an informative and (more importantly) neutral source when researching just about anything. The comments made under the heading “Florida recount” highlight how the election reporting by the news media, as well as meddling by the REPUBLICAN Secretary of State Katherine Harris, distorted the voting in Florida, and ultimately gave Bush the electoral votes he needed to win the election.

    https://tohell-andback.blogspot.com/2012/02/i-am-not-crook.html

    Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

    After Stacy Abrams was defeated by Brian Kemp, she started an ambitious program to get more people registered to vote.

    The result?

    There are now 7.6 million voters registered, an increase of 1,000,000 from 2016. Of that million new voters, 200,000 were registered in the last three month alone. That’s …. staggeringly mind-blowing!

    According to the latest up-to-date numbers from the U.S. Elections Project,

    2,258,750 Georgians have already voted since early voting began on October 10,

    or 32% of the 2016 total. Early voting will continue until Friday, October 30,

    so we still have another eight days. Not only does this bank Democratic

    votes ahead of time, lessening the load on the Democratic GOTV machine, but

    it will also guarantee shorter lines on Election Day proper.

    The state expects more than 5 million to vote, dramatically higher than 2016’s

    4.1 million.

    This one will be close, no doubt about it. The presidential and both Senate races

    (and several competitive House races down ballot) will all be real dogfights.

    But Georgia’s demographic trends are moving decisively in our direction.

    Georgia may very well follow the most recent example of Colorado—once a

    conservative stronghold, then a battleground, and now a solid, safe blue state.

    Automatic voter registration when Georgians get their driver’s licenses greatly contributed to the addition of nearly 1 million voters.

    Since Georgia instituted automatic voter registration in September 2016, the number of voters under 35 years old has increased by 22%, the largest expansion of any age group. Of all new voters, almost half of them are under 35.

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    In addition to the fake drop off boxes the Republicans have planted in California, there have two cases (so far) of people setting fire to the official drop off boxes, one in the Lost Angeles suburb of Baldwin Park and one in Boston. In Boston, official are allowing people who dropped off their ballots after a certain time (roughly 12 hours before the early morning blaze) can request new ballots

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    In view of the fact that both Trump and his COP enablers aren't afraid of cheating to get their way, things are going to get ugly after November 3. I have already written about the shenanigans that Trump may pull if he becomes a lame duck president, but this morning's New York Times outlines that the of skullduggery that they might try to hold on to power:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/28/opinion/trump-biden-election-scenarios.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

    Kavanagh's vote on Wisconsin's ballots, incidentally, show why the Democrats should have fought harder to keep him off the Supreme Court. John Roberts really needs to keep this guy in check.

    The good news?

    Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Wednesday night tweaked a line in his controversial opinion on Wisconsin mail-in voting this week, after he received criticism for incorrectly saying Vermont had not changed its election rules due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    It's a rare public correction by a justice that comes as the court is facing multiple appeals on voting access and mail-in ballots in the days before the presidential election.

    Kavanaugh's error came Monday night, when the court rejected a Democratic bid to allow Wisconsin to count ballots returned up to six days after Election Day. Kavanaugh wrote a concurring opinion that cited Vermont as a state that hadn't made changes to its "ordinary election rules."

    Vermont, Condos explained, had for the first time sent mail-in ballots to every registered voter and also began counting votes earlier than in previous years. Those actions meant Vermont did not have to change its Election Day deadline to receive mail-in ballots, Condos said.

    Kavanaugh was using Vermont as an example of a state exercising its ability to change -- or not change -- election rules and deadlines.

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/28/politics/vermont-kavanaugh-voting/index.html

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    It is now not only Kavanaugh but also the "bitch" ; sorry as long as Trump sits there, forget any "normal" things neither in the "courts". Don't forget that McConnell placed thousands of judges all over. So let the "festivities begin.

    Yes this country cannot finally join all the S.American countries and Russia, instead of The WHO or WTO or NATO or other pacts of which it stepped out of. Let the fun start!

    Yes this country is just about beyond "saving"

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    Heather Cox Richardson had a few words of wisdom about voter suppression last night:

    I know it’s frightening to hear the stories of Republican leaders trying to get ballots thrown out, and right-wing thugs intimidating Biden voters, and so on. But that Republicans feel the need to engage in such tactics despite their ongoing voter suppression and gerrymandering is a tell-tale sign that they know their party has lost any hope of winning a majority of voters, and that the only way they can win an election is to cheat.

    That strategy is not sustainable.

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    From OD Action:

    Police in Graham, N.C., moved in on a march and rally to drive voter turnout, using pepper spray and making several arrests on the state's last day of early voting.

    According to video, police and participants, deputies with the Alamance County Sheriff's Office and Graham police officers twice used pepper spray on the "I Am Change" march to the polls.

    Participants and organizers say they had proper permits for Saturday's event, which marched from Wayman's Chapel AME Church to a rally at the city's Court Square. Following the rally, organizers had then planned to lead the some 200 marchers to a nearby polling place.

    https://www.npr.org/2020/10/31/929940404/police-in-n-c-arrest-pepper-spray-protesters-during-march-to-polls-event

    Trump on Saturday night appeared to embrace the actions of supporters in Texas who surrounded a Joe Biden campaign bus in what a Biden campaign official described as an attempt to slow down the bus and run it off the road.

    Trump tweeted a video of the caravan surrounding the Biden bus with the caption, "I LOVE TEXAS!"

    The FBI is investigating a “Trump Train” incident from Friday, in which a Biden campaign bus was surrounded by a dozen pickup trucks driven by Trump supporters as it traveled down a Texas interstate, according to a report.

    “Rather than engage in productive conversation about the drastically different visions that Joe Biden and Donald Trump have for our country, Trump supporters in Texas instead decided to put our staff, surrogates, supporters, and others in harm’s way,” the Biden campaign’s Texas spokesperson told the paper.

    But Allen West, a spokesperson for the Texas GOP, dismissed questions from the paper as “more fake news and propaganda,” in a statement that concluded, “Prepare to lose … stop bothering me,” the Tribune reported.

    Texas congressional candidate Wendy Davis was on the Biden bus at the time it was swarmed, the paper reported.

    https://nypost.com/2020/11/01/fbi-investigating-trump-train-swarming-of-biden-bus-in-texas/

    Biden spokesman Bill Russo responded to Trump's tweet by pointing to reports that Trump's campaign was not prepared to shuttle attendees who had been bused to a rally at a Pennsylvania airport back afterward, leading to a chaotic situation with Trump's supporters walking across roads to cars parked miles away.

    "For the second time in a week your campaign has left your supporters stranded in the cold with no transportation at one of your superspreader rallies," Russo said on Twitter. "Maybe you should spend more time worried about those buses than ours."

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/31/politics/biden-bus-2020-campaign-texas-trump-supporters/index.html

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    Here's more on Stacy Abrams:

    Stacey Abrams did not deny her anger when Republican Brian Kemp was declared the winner of the Georgia governor’s race two years ago, after a bitter contest marred by widespread irregularities and allegations of voter suppression.

    Instead, she channeled that anger into the work she had started years before to organize and mobilize an army of voters to break the Republican Party’s lock on state politics and create a government that looked more like the new Georgia.

    Throughout the 2018 governor’s race, Abrams criticized Kemp for refusing to step down as secretary of state, whose office oversees elections, while he was running for governor. She also called him the “architect of voter suppression.”

    When the contest ended with Abrams trailing by 55,000 votes, she refused to concede to Kemp — a decision that conservatives and Republicans have criticized. Instead, she filed a lawsuit against the state for “gross negligence” in managing the election and formed a political group called Fair Fight Action, focused on battling restrictive laws and educating people on how to protect their right to vote.

    Fair Fight Action raised tens of millions of dollars to finance voter education and protection initiatives in battleground states across the country. Abrams has said that she intends to run for elected office again, and political observers expect she will make another bid for governor in 2022.

    Since 2018, Abrams said, 800,000 new voters have been added to Georgia’s voting rolls, 49 percent of whom are younger than 30 and 45 percent of whom are people of color, both groups more likely to vote Democratic.

    Deborah Scott, who has been working to register voters and mobilize them through the Black Women’s Roundtable, a national civic engagement group, said many of Abrams’s supporters thought she was cheated out of the governorship. Critics of Abrams say she has fanned that impression, and some have used it to defend Trump’s refusal to say he will concede if Biden wins.

    But Scott said the obstacles that Abrams and voters faced in the election were a reminder of Georgia’s racist history of slavery and Jim Crow segregation, which openly denied Black people the vote.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/stacey-abrams-georgia/2020/11/06/b6aa285e-1e44-11eb-90dd-abd0f7086a91_story.html