DOJ to Push Back on Texas Voter ID Laws

In a welcome show of political courage, Attorney General Eric Holder announced in a speech before the National Urban League that the Department of Justice would try to stop Texas from implementing voter ID laws which, following the recent Supreme Court Ruling gutting section 4 of the Voting Rights act, had again become possible.

“This is the department’s first action to protect voting rights following the Shelby County decision, but it will not be our last,” Mr. Holder said. “Even as Congress considers updates to the Voting Rights Act in light of the court’s ruling, we plan, in the meantime, to fully utilize the law’s remaining sections to subject states to preclearance as necessary. My colleagues and I are determined to use every tool at our disposal to stand against such discrimination wherever it is found.”

As GOP Chairman Rob Gleason said on a Pennsylvania Cable Network earlier this week, the party “cut Obama by 5 percent” in 2012 and “probably Voter ID had helped a bit in that.”

Voter Registration Fraud Suspected in Florida’s GOP Camp

As with the ACORN registration fraud allegations 4 years ago, so now with the GOP’s Strategic Allied Consultants of Glen Allen, Va., — voter registration fraud is NOT voter fraud.  False registrations bulk up the registrar’s numbers, and so their pay-day, but unless the registrant is a person who votes illegally — more than once, in a dead-person’s name, at an address not their own (which actually is a conjured  crime)– then there is no voter fraud.

That said, it is just a little short of delicious that the folks who have been crying about fraud are those who have spent $1.3 million on a much investigated operative who  apparently has his own fraudulent registration ideas:

Suspicious registration forms have now been found in 10 Florida counties

— and who has been embraced,  despite that, by the Romney campaign.

Late last year, Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign began paying Nathan Sproul, a political consultant with a long history of destroying Democratic voter registration forms and manipulating ballot initiatives. Sproul, who changed his firm’s name from Sproul and Associates to Lincoln Strategies, has received over $70,000 from Romney’s campaign.  Republic Report



Dear GOP — you who roared about fraudulent registrations  maybe destroying the fabric of democracy.– where is the outrage now?


Get Nana A Gun: Sara Silverman

[Not polite-talk friendly….]

Voter Expression, Not Suppression, in CA

What a nice thing to read in San Francisco’s Chronicle, and to feel good about the work done to elect Debra Bowen as Secretary of State, four years ago.

On Line Voter registration!  Really!  Here

[All you have to remember, to tell your unregistered friends, is  From there it’s a pretty obvious set of clicks to get to the real-deal.]

Unlike Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Virginia,Wisconsin,  Minnesota and Kansas and six more states, mostly with Republican governors and legislatures, California is trying to make it easy for people to register, or re-register. What an idea!

It doesn’t work for everyone.  If the potential voter is new to the state and doesn’t have a CA driver’s licence with a signature on file at the DMV then the local library or fire station will still have to do.  But jeez, compared to the schemes in other states, trying to frustrate voters to death, this is way good!

For more on voter suppression try Timothy Noah in The New Republic.

…in June, Mike Turzai, Republican majority leader of the Pennsylvania House, blew his party’s cover by blurting out: “Voter ID, which is going to allow Governor [Mitt] Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania? Done.”