The Obama re-election campaign has quietly opened a counteroffensive against Republican-backed changes to election laws that Democrats say will suppress votes for their candidates and limit their get-out-the-vote drives.
The effort, led by former White House counsel Robert Bauer, prompted the suspension of an Ohio law limiting early voting. Campaign officials produced educational materials to counter a Wisconsin law that requires voters to produce photo I.D.s—but disallows those used by Wisconsin colleges.
By this spring, the Obama re-election campaign will mount what Mr. Bauer called an unprecedented “voter protection” effort, fielding thousands of volunteers in battleground states to help navigate .
Groups ask Justice Department to block S.C. voter ID law
A coalition of six S.C. groups moved Friday to halt a new state law that requires voters to present a picture ID to cast a ballot at the polls.
About 178,000 S.C. voters do not have photo IDs, such as a valid S.C. driver’s license, and would be affected by the change, according to 2010 State Election Commission data. Previously voters could present their voter registration cards, which do not include a photo, at the polls.
The coalition, including the ACLU and the League of Women Voters of South Carolina, sent a letter to the U.S. Justice Department, arguing the new law should be blocked because it is discriminatory. The groups said African-Americans are less likely than whites to have a driver’s license or other state-issued identification, as required by the law.
“We’re rolling back a basic right,” said Victoria Middleton, executive director of the ACLU of South Carolina. “Voting is not a privilege in a democracy.”
Advocates of the new law, approved by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Nikki Haley this year, tout it as a way to curb voter fraud and safeguard state elections.
But these progressive groups are using these “Disenfranchised voters” to present to news services and videos to show that some voters can’t get ID under the new laws. Are these groups helping these voters get Voter ID? By helping the voters get ID to vote the progressive groups including the ACLU and the NAACP. would not have an argument to the Department of Justice that voters are being disenfranchised. So they are doing nothing to help.
The ACLU, NAACP, League of Women Voters and others have come out against the Voter ID law claiming it will disenfranchise African American and poor voters, who comprise most of South Carolina’s voters currently without photo ID. The SC Voter Registration card is the only option that is both free and available to everyone, but is not yet available. The South Carolina Election Commission has no plans to order the equipment to allow them to print the free voter IDs unless the law has been cleared by the DOJ, further delaying voters’ ability to prepare for elections. The Voter ID law is one of a number of new laws, including the controversial SB20, that interfere with the rights of ordinary citizens.
So it looks good on TV and in the newspapers that individuals in these states are not going to be able to vote in the 2012 election due to these laws. Calling them the “Jim Crow” of 2012. Off Camera or away from reporters these groups are not even trying to get these people registered.
While these groups say there is NO evidence of Voter Fraud, a Member of the NAACP is convicted og voting multiple times in an election
While NAACP President Benjamin Jealous lashed out at new state laws requiring photo ID for voting, an NAACP executive sits in prison, sentenced for carrying out a massive voter fraud scheme.
In a story ignored by the national media, in April a Tunica County, Miss., jury convicted NAACP official Lessadolla Sowers on 10 counts of fraudulently casting absentee ballots. Sowers is identified on an NAACP website as a member of the Tunica County NAACP Executive Committee.
Sowers received a five-year prison term for each of the 10 counts, but Circuit Court Judge Charles Webster permitted Sowers to serve those terms concurrently, according to the Tunica Times, the only media outlet to cover the sentencing.
“This crime cuts against the fabric of our free society,” Judge Webster said.
Sowers was found guilty of voting in the names of Carrie Collins, Walter Howard, Sheena Shelton, Alberta Pickett, Draper Cotton and Eddie Davis. She was also convicted of voting in the names of four dead persons: James L. Young, Dora Price, Dorothy Harris, and David Ross.
In the trial, forensic scientist Bo Scales testified that Sowers’s DNA was found on the inner seals of five envelopes containing absentee ballots.
The Liberal Fear of Voter Identification
To cash a check or rent a movie or buy a six pack of beer you might be asked to show a photo ID. In the aftermath of Muslims behaving badly on September 11th, 2001, laws were passed to enhance our security. Henceforth, everyone entering a federal building or boarding a commercial airliner was required to present proof of identity that included a photograph. The most persuasive photo IDs are issued by state and federal authorities who at some time had demanded that the ID’s holder present a birth certificate and other documentation.
So is it really outlandish to defend the integrity of our elections by requiring voters to show up at the polls with a first-rate photo ID? Of course not. We’re patriots and the integrity of our elections means at least as much to us as our ability to rent a movie from Blockbuster. But to hear liberals tell it, asking racial minorities or anyone over 59 years of age to get a free photo ID is the equivalent of disenfranchisement. Please indulge me while I, an authentic adult, demolish the liberal myths about voter photo IDs, one stupid myth at a time.
In America, three states – Florida, Georgia and Indiana – now combat voter fraud by requiring a photo ID to cast a final vote: persons without a photo ID may cast provisional ballots which the voter can validate later by authenticating his identity within a grace period. Four states – Louisiana, South Dakota, Michigan and Hawaii – request a photo ID of all voters, but if the voter has no photo ID he is required to sign a sworn affidavit attesting to his identity on penalty of perjury. Seven more states – North Carolina, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Texas and Mississippi – are now considering the adoption of a voter photo-ID requirement. So the theory and employment of voter photo-ID cards is not so new that it doesn’t have a history that we can examine – we don’t have to rely on speculative, and often hysterical, predictions about the consequences of requiring a photo ID.
Voter photo-ID cards alone will not stop election fraud. As long as some districts entrust their election monitoring, recounts and voting-machine servicing to members of the radical-left Service Employees International Union (SEIU), vote counts will be suspect. It’s disheartening when a gubernatorial-election recount yields more votes than there are registered voters (King County, Washington); the same bloated vote counts occurred in several Wisconsin districts in 2008. The most notoriously padded vote count occurred in Chicago in 1960 when the totally corrupt Chicago Democrat Machine stole the presidential election for John F. Kennedy as a favor to JFK’s daddy Joe Kennedy, by voting the dead in Chicago’s graveyards.
The purpose of requiring voter photo-identification is to suppress voter impersonation at the polls, to stifle double voting by persons who are registered in more than one state or locality, to quash any voting facilitated by fictitious voter registration and to stop voting by legal and illegal aliens who are not citizens and have no right to vote in our elections. These are all worthwhile goals because bogus ballots cast by foreigners, impersonators and frauds are ballots stolen from honest Americans.
Recall the scandal of 2006 when workers for the left-wing organization called ACORN scoured poor neighborhoods looking to register lots more Democrat voters, only to emerge with thousands of fraudulently filled-out registration forms. The ACORN foot soldiers were paid a cash bounty for each completed registration form. Fraudulent registration sets the stage for voter impersonation at the polls. ACORN has submitted tens of thousands of fraudulent registration forms in many different jurisdictions.
Read the full story at The Liberal Fear of Voter Identification.
While the Democratic party and other progressive groups continue the fear-mongering identifying the Republican party, The Party of Lincoln and probably that or Martin Luther King, Jr., and the party who voted free slaves and voted by a larger majority than Democrats for the Civil rights act of 1964, of Jim Crow type voter laws, including the Voter Rights Act.
The Democrats continue to use propaganda to keep Black Americans, who are largely conservative, from voting Republican on baseless identification with the KKK and anti-civil rights groups. Sadly the education system, controlled by leftists, continue with this systematic disinformation.
I am hopeful that readers will examine the links provided and see beyond a shadow of a doubt that democrats are doing their best to hold on to the 12.6% of Black Americans who are becoming keenly aware that the Democrats have done little to help African-Americans.