Starting out with a video highlighting the GOP’S PRIMARY GOAL from day one.
WI Senator Lena Taylor’s TRUTH-TELLING.
Please take a look at this interactive map. It gives details of the current status of voter laws in each state.
Not all of the laws listed below have taken effect. Please see the footnotes for detailed information.
Table 1. State Requirements for Voter Identification
States that Request or Require Photo ID
States that Require ID (Photo Not Required)
|Strict Photo ID||Photo ID|
And, here are two stories that should set it out plain and simple as to what the GOP is doing.
Fla. Gov. started push to remove voters from rolls
By GARY FINEOUT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —
Florida’s quest to identify and remove non-U.S. citizens from the voter rolls was started at the direct urging of Gov. Rick Scott, the state’s former top elections official said.
Ex-Secretary of State Kurt Browning, who resigned this year, told The Associated Press that Scott asked him whether or not non-U.S. citizens were registered and if those people were voting. Browning explained to the governor during a face-to-face meeting last year that people who register and falsely claim they are citizens can be charged with a crime.
“He says to me – well, people lie,” Browning recalled this week. “Yes, people do. But we have always had to err on the side of the voter.”
Browning said the conversation prompted state election officials to begin working to identify non-U.S. citizens. The state’s initial list – compiled by comparing driver’s licenses with voter registration data – showed that as many as 182,000 registered voters were eligible to be in the country but ineligible to vote.
But Browning said he decided against telling local election supervisors right away because he wanted to make sure the information was accurate in order to avoid a “firestorm of press” and criticism. Florida then spent months trying to get access to a federal database that tracks non-U.S. citizens in the country, but the U.S. Department of Homeland Security would not allow it.
“We were not confident enough about the information for this secretary to hang his hat on it,” said Browning, who resigned after the Jan. 31 presidential preference primary.
Browning said media reports earlier this year that raised questions whether non-U.S. citizens were on the rolls required the state to keep pushing ahead with the effort.
In the last few weeks, the state sent a list to county election supervisors of more than 2,600 people who have been identified as non-U.S. citizens. Supervisors have responded warily to the list and have pointed out that it has inaccuracies.
Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Mike Ertel went so far on Monday to put out on Twitter a picture of him holding a U.S. passport that belonged to one of the voters identified on the list.
Last week state officials announced that the Florida agency that handles driver’s licenses and does have access to the federal database would double-check the names on the state list.
40,000 Voter Records Erased?
Updated: Tuesday, 29 May 2012, 9:23 AM CDT
Published : Monday, 28 May 2012, 8:35 PM CDT
Norma Lester with the Shelby County Election Commission says the commission chair requested an investigation into recent allegations of thousands of county voter histories being purged, according to a letter FOX 13 obtained.
Blogger Bev Harris with Black Box Voting originally said her research showed that 488 lifelong voters, mainly African American and democratic voters, were missing in the Shelby County registry. People on this list include political figures like Darrick Harris and Edmund Ford.
“There’s 600,000 voters on the Shelby County voter list and for it just to happen to African Americans in one particular district who vote democrat is certainly not just random chance,” says Harris.
Harris says after continuing her research, she found that not just 488 but 13,000 voter histories have been erased from the Shelby County voter registry.
“The ones I found, the 500 voters, are at least still on the list, although their histories have been erased, which can be a preparation for purging. But, there are over 10,000 voters in Cohen’s district and they have simply been evaporated from the list all together,” added Harris.
Congressman Steve Cohen says the missing records go even deeper. The Congressman announced on Sunday that he’s contacted U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder about 40,000 missing voter histories, which Cohen says is the precursor to purging. He says he noticed the discrepancy in Dec. 2011 when he pulled records from Aug. 2010 for his election mailings.
Shelby County Democratic Chairman Van Turner says, “I applaud Congressman Cohen for calling an investigation because I think that what’s going on is something that affects all voters, all citizens and we need to do what we can to protect the franchise.”
Lester says in a letter that the investigation will look into why only African-American and democratic voter histories were deleted. The letter also states it will further look into, if it was indeed an error, why was it not county-wide instead of inner city.
She ardently added that despite the missing histories, no voters were purged from the list and there should be no problems for voters wishing to cast ballots in upcoming elections.
Turner adds that he trusts that the commission will figure out what happened to those missing voter records, “The system is something that’s always being revamped. It’s something that’s always occurring down there because we have elections so frequently.”
“There’s several thousand discrepancies and we really need to get to the bottom of it to make sure people can vote,” says Harris.
THIS is who they are. This is nothing but VOTER SUPPRESSION.
From C-Span- VIDEOS
Congressional Black Caucus Holds Faith Leaders Summit on Voting Rights
Attorney General Eric Holder delivers the keynote address at a meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Conference of National Black Churches.
The day also features panels on the state of voting rights, protecting a church’s non-profit status, and energizing constituents and congregants to vote.
The Attorney General has announced that he will vigorously defend the Voting Rights Act of 1965, including the Section 5 provision that Southern states or those that have historically disenfranchised black voters must clear any changes to voting law or electoral systems with the Justice Department.
Many states have passed voter ID laws recently, requiring voters to have a state-issued photo ID, like a driver’s license. Black leaders have voiced worry that these laws may disenfranchise urban and low-income African Americans who are less likely to have a driver’s license than their white counterparts.
Energizing the black vote may be especially important this year. African-American voters led President Obama to capture the electoral votes in North Carolina and Virginia in 2008 and will be key to his re-election or defeat in 2012.