Monday, January 22, 2018

Will SCOTUS Elect our Next President?

SCOTUS has done this before. Millions of Ohio voters have tried to vote on Election Day over the past four presidential elections, only to find they were no longer registered to vote. GOP secretaries of state have become experts at the game of selective purging. In 2004, then-Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell, stripped some 309,000 voters from the rolls and nearly all came from heavily Democratic cities, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo. In Cleveland 25% of all voters were removed from the voting rolls. Nine "Justices" have just heard oral arguments in the Ohio voter registration case. If their decision goes with Secretary of State Jon Husted, it will mean Republicans throughout the country can scrub from the voter rolls millions of citizens merely because they might vote Democrat. This is a country where Attorney-General Sessions fought for state's rights to prevent racial integration but is now overriding the decision by some thirty states to legalize marijuana.

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In the run up to the 2012 presidential election, the Free Press exposed the fact that 1.1 million voters had been purged, according to public records. Husted demands a personal response to his inquiries, or he will void your right to vote. The purges were highest in poor, minority and urban precincts.

Husted is also notorious for seizing on minuscule miscues to pitch ballots. An omitted middle initial, a name that has changed, forgetting to write your birthdate on an absentee ballot, or putting something on the wrong line ... .all are fair game for Husted to make sure you don't cast a ballot, or if it's a provisional ballot, it will be tossed based on age, skin color or social class.

In the 2016 election, Husted's office failed to send absentee ballots to more than a million citizens, again virtually all in urban areas. Why strip any registered voters unless you knew they had died or you had evidence they no longer lived in the county?

Husted's rural county boards of elections that are overwhelmingly Republican rarely strip any voters from those voting rolls.

Last month Trump inexplicably abolished a national purge commission. Investigative reporter Greg Palast has shown, the registration stripping has been moved into the Department of Homeland Security. Where Kobach's commission was opaque, now the partisan purge process will be secret. State officials who refused to provide critical information to Kobach may now have no choice with DHS.

Meanwhile, the USA lectures and threatens other countries for not living up to our alleged democratic principles.

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Riots in American cities will, once again, be required to force the government to stop discriminating against likely Democrat voters; i.e. black, hispanics, elderly, students. Donald Trump was only elected President because of Interstate Crosscheck, I've screamed it here over and over yet even many liberals ignore it. This is too important to continue ignoring it. Wake the hell up America, democracy is being perverted in broad daylight while you blame Hillary for running a "bad campaign" that even you have to admit got almost 3 million more votes than Trump. I will not tolerate any pretense that Trump won the election, that's simply a lie. It was stolen and if you go along just because your side won you are a traitor.

#1 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-22 09:36 AM

Interstate Crosscheck, again? Ha ha ha ha.

#2 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-01-22 11:02 AM

Interstate Crosscheck

*Drink*

#3 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-22 11:19 AM

Republicans pretend that laughing somehow makes inconvenient facts irrelevant. That's because those laughing are just as dishonest as Kris Kobach.

"This anti-voter-fraud program gets it wrong over 99 percent of the time. The GOP wants to take it nationwide."

www.washingtonpost.com

#4 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-22 11:47 AM

Real tin foil is expensive and not as easy to come by. If you are on a budget and need protection from Interstate Crosscheck aluminum foil hat is a good substituted. Use the extra heavy duty.

#5 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-01-22 11:57 AM

Visitor just can't stand it that Trump is not a legitimately elected President and many of us will keep reminding him of that inconvenient fact. Republicans haven't legitimately elected a President since 1988. They can't win unless they cheat.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-22 12:06 PM

Gerrymandering is this country's most egregious violation of democracy, and an official stated objective to US policy, domestically and globally. This dilutes and concentrates targeted voters, just like when our constitution declared all slaves to be 3/5ths of a person. That issue has a long history of judicial approval and is separate from the purging problem or the computerized vote hacking problems.

This story is about Republicans moving voter purging into a process classified "top secret" inside the Department of Homeland Security where is can falsely use the excuse of "national security", making it more difficult to identify much less fix the problem.

#7 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-01-22 02:25 PM

SCOTUS should be dissolved. There is no confidence in that cabal of secrecy appeasers.

They put BushCo in without any real reason other than to allow 9/11 and the fake wars.

#8 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-01-23 04:37 PM

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