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Monday, January 22, 2018

President Trump's voting commission asked every state and the District for detailed voter registration data, but in Texas's case it took an additional step: It asked to see Texas records that identify all voters with Hispanic surnames, newly released documents show. In buying nearly 50 million records from the state with the nation's second-largest Hispanic population, a researcher for the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity checked a box on two Texas public voter data request forms explicitly asking for the "Hispanic surname flag notation," to be included in information sent to the voting commission, according to copies of the signed and notarized state forms. White House and Texas officials said the state's voter data was never delivered because a lawsuit brought by Texas voting rights advocates after the request last year temporarily stopped any data handoff.

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Why is the state selling voter information?

#1 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-01-22 08:05 PM | Reply

And why is there even a box to check for "Hispanic surname" flag notation?

#2 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-01-22 08:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Not as nefarious as it seems.
en.m.wikipedia.org

#3 | Posted by bored at 2018-01-22 08:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#3 | POSTED BY BORED

Please explain how your link nullifies the scumminess of this story. It's not as clear for me as it is for you.

#4 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-01-22 09:13 PM | Reply

Why is the state selling voter information?

It is public information, with the exception of a social security number and the address of state and federal judges.

Here's the VOTER REGISTRATION PUBLIC INFORMATION REQUEST FORM. www.sos.state.tx.us

Fill out the form, pay the fees and you too can buy the information provided you can't use it for commercial purposes.

#5 | Posted by et_al at 2018-01-22 09:39 PM | Reply

#4 the link detracts little scuminess from the story. It just explains there is a reasonable reason to have a flag that indicates a name type that has two surnames for Hispanic names.

The rest of the story likely indicates the GOP traitors are using gov money to collect data on who to disenfranchise or how to gerrymander better.

#6 | Posted by bored at 2018-01-22 10:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The rest of the story likely indicates the GOP traitors are using gov money to collect data on who to disenfranchise or how to gerrymander better.
#6 | POSTED BY BORED

I appreciate the clarification. That makes sense.

#JustLearnedSomethingFromBORED

#7 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-01-22 10:55 PM | Reply

This is simple. The Republican purging campaign is not across the board. It only targets groups with a high probability of voting Democrat, therefore those groups, and those groups alone should be purged. Non-whites and students are at the top of their list. It prefers to blindside you on voting day, when its too late to do anything about it.

#8 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-01-23 06:09 AM | Reply

Just more Interstate Crosscheck voter suppression and any a*****e who says different is a liar. And I will continue to remind you liars of it every chance I get. Some of us don't think "one man one vote" is just an empty slogan for Republicans to ignore. Republicans win because they cheat.

#9 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-23 07:36 AM | Reply

Interstate Crosscheck? Sorry it's too early to drink.

#10 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-01-23 07:49 AM | Reply

"Interstate Crosscheck? Sorry it's too early to drink."

That is the actual subject of the thread stupid.

#11 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-23 08:15 AM | Reply

I bet #10 agrees that the Earth is getting warmer but does not believe in global warming..

#12 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2018-01-23 09:45 AM | Reply

Prolly also likes that his kid can be on his insurance until they are 26 and that his own pre existing conditions are covered but hates Obamacare..

#13 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2018-01-23 09:46 AM | Reply

I bet 12 & 13 doesn't know what a 'straw man' is.

#14 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-01-23 10:16 AM | Reply

That's right, #14.

You may not be the type of idiot described in #12 & #13, but you obviously wonder about the shady practice of purging voter rolls based on matching names in different state while simultaneously not believing in this moonbat conspiracy called "interstate cross check."

#15 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2018-01-23 10:34 AM | Reply

Trump Researcher Arrested for Child Porn Also Made Mysterious Request for Latino Voter Info

Since 1983, Texas has attempted to identify Hispanic voters in order to comply with laws that require bilingual election notifications. The state uses the U.S. Census Bureau's list of common surnames by race and Hispanic origin to determine which voters may require Spanish-language mailers. Anyone can purchase the data, and advocacy groups frequently do.

Why would the voter fraud commission need this data? Kobach told the Post the records "did not advance the commission's inquiry in any way," and that the request "just doesn't make any sense." He added that "this is the first I've heard" of the purchase," calling the records "a complete surprise to me."
According to Kobach, it was Ronald Williams II, a policy adviser on the commission, who bought the data. "Mr. Williams did not ask any member of the commission whether he should check that box or not," Kobach asserted, "so it certainly wasn't a committee decision."

In October, Williams was arrested and charged with the possession and distribution of child pornography. (He has pleaded not guilty.) While the Post was not able to reach Williams for comment, the available evidence does bear out Kobach's version of the events. Only Williams' name appears on the invoice, and he indeed merely had to check a box to request the Hispanic voter data. The records also indicate Williams handled these kind of requests with virtually no oversight.


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It's reassuring to know that the------------------- is still hiring the best people.

#16 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2018-01-23 11:12 AM | Reply

"Fill out the form, pay the fees"

So they didn't actually buy the data, as the article suggests. Stories like this play right into the angle of those pushing the "fake news" narrative. Quotes from people hyperventilating over someone checking a box on a form that people select all the time. If you want to talk about voter suppression, find something with substance, not this faux news type yellow journalism. Or maybe go to the library and pick up a copy of "the girl who cried wolf".

#17 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-01-23 12:08 PM | Reply

So they didn't actually buy the data, as the article suggests. Stories like this play right into the angle of those pushing the "fake news" narrative. Quotes from people hyperventilating over someone checking a box on a form that people select all the time. If you want to talk about voter suppression, find something with substance, not this faux news type yellow journalism. Or maybe go to the library and pick up a copy of "the girl who cried wolf".

#17 | POSTED BY SENTINEL

Or you don't act like an imbecile and you see they were targeting specific groups rather than looking for actual voting irregularities as they had promised. But hey, we can stick to math/statistics and you can keep your head crammed in Trump's...Twitter feed.

#18 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-01-23 06:50 PM | Reply

"Or you don't act like an imbecile "

That's the next step after checking out the book I recommended.

"and you see they were targeting specific groups rather than looking for actual voting irregularities as they had promised. But hey, we can stick to math/statistics and you can keep your head crammed in Trump's...Twitter feed."

I'd wager I know a hell of a lot more about math and statistics than you do. I've worked in data mining, and I know the most likely reason anyone would even need this type of flag notation for surnames is because the system they're storing the names in would make it impossible to parse what the persons' actual names are without it. Whether they're targeting specific groups for nefarious purposes may or may not be the case, but if any actually evidence of that comes to light then most people will have tuned out because of all the hissy fits like this one which don't prove anything.

#19 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-01-23 09:21 PM | Reply

" If you want to talk about voter suppression, find something with substance"

A list of voters likely to vote against the person requesting it isn't substantial?

#20 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-23 09:34 PM | Reply

No.

#21 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-01-24 11:04 AM | Reply

"Whether they're targeting specific groups for nefarious purposes may or may not be the case, but if any actually evidence of that comes to light then most people will have tuned out because of all the hissy fits like this one which don't prove anything."

May or may not be the case? Are you not paying attention? They did and they are targeting specific groups. Trump is a racist per and simple. He would use that info for nefarious purposes. The reason that he tries to single out Hispanics is for one reason. So he can deport them.

Grow up.

Go to the library and check our Fire and Fury.

Then.

Get a clue.

#22 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-24 11:20 AM | Reply

"Go to the library and check our Fire and Fury."

That's about as credible as the Drudge Report.

#23 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-01-24 11:32 AM | Reply

Because it's the right thing to do.
You people are racially insane.

#24 | Posted by fresno500 at 2018-01-24 11:49 AM | Reply

A list of voters likely to vote against the person requesting it isn't substantial?
#20 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

No.
#21 | POSTED BY SENTINEL

^
How about using said list to racially Gerrymander the districts, would that be substantial?

#25 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-24 01:36 PM | Reply

That's about as credible as the Drudge Report.

#23 | Posted by sentinel

Drudge spent months and months in the White House interviewing folks for a book?

I did not know that.

#26 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-24 02:27 PM | Reply

Drudge doesn't need to be there in person. He has little sparrows to report to him.

#27 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-01-24 07:40 PM | Reply

#25, which racial group are you referring to there?

#28 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-01-24 08:48 PM | Reply

#28 The racial groups that contain Hispanics.

#29 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-24 08:54 PM | Reply

Remind us again which racial groups are Hispanic containers.

#30 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-01-24 09:17 PM | Reply

All of them!

#31 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-24 09:18 PM | Reply

Well done!

#32 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-01-24 10:30 PM | Reply

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