Update on Repressive Voter ID Laws in U.S.

Election integrity cat is shocked by Karl Rove's voter fraud fraud and the rush to pass voter suppression laws in mostly Republican-controlled states in the U.S. Democracy is under attack by the party that yells loudest about "freedom." Photo credit: cat by jwright4701 on flickr cc

Election integrity cat is shocked by Karl Rove’s voter fraud fraud and the rush to pass voter suppression laws in mostly Republican-controlled states in the U.S. Democracy is under attack by the party that yells loudest about “freedom.” Photo credit: cat by jwright4701 on flickr cc

The Fraud of Voter Fraud continues…

The Brennan Center for Justice reports that more states have passed and implemented unnecessary voter ID laws.

This map shows where there are voter ID laws and the type of ID required.

Where have all these various voter ID laws come from? The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) helped create template legislation in primarily Republican-controlled states that hid behind “voter fraud”. This article by Andrew Cohen, “How Voter ID Laws are Being Used to Disenfranchise Minorities and the Poor,” reveals the real agenda behind voter ID laws that are supposedly to help the “safety” of elections. Yeah, the safety of only having those people Karl Rove and his buddies want to vote. Remember, there are some who even admitted they don’t want everyone to vote. Cohen wrote in his article:

“The Republican lawmakers who are leading the fight for the restrictive legislation say they are doing so in the name of stopping election fraud — and, really, who’s in favor of election fraud? But the larger purpose and effect of the laws is to disenfranchise Hispanic voters, other minorities, and the poor — most of whom, let’s also be clear, vote for Democrats.”

Even though ALEC claimed it was disbanding their “voter ID task force” the reality is that the train has already left the station. The template legislation is out and available and claiming the “voter ID task force” is no longer in operation is just a public relations ruse to lull people into thinking ALEC is out of the voter suppression business. The template laws are still in the process of being pushed through various states, especially before the 2012 election.

Paul Weyrich – “I don’t want everybody to vote” (Goo Goo government)

Michigan GOP joins push to raise obstacles to voting

Recently Michigan passed horrible voter ID laws and restrictive registration laws. The Speaker of the Michigan State House lied when he claimed there was a 2/3rds majority – 73 lawmakers – but the vote passed with 66 votes — that enabled the voter ID laws to go immediately into effect. This is a miscarriage of justice and shows the hubris of those who are ramming through repressive voter ID laws as fast as they can before the 2012 Election.

The AARP claims the “Voter Photo ID Laws Hit Older Americans Hard.”

Voter ID Requirement as of May 2012:

  • Requires a photo ID: Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi*, South Carolina*, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin**
  • Requests a photo ID: Alabama*, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Puerto Rico, South Dakota
  • Requires a non-photo ID: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode, Island, Utah, Virginia*, Washington
  • Does not require an ID: California, D.C., Guan, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, U.S. Virgin Islands,
*Will require Department of Justice approval
**Court has barred enforcement; states is appealing decision
Sources: National Conference of State Legislatures, Election Boards

For more about ALEC, the Center for Media and Democracy created the website ALEC Exposed.

John Nichols said in his article, “ALEC Exposed: Rigging Elections”:

“ALEC’s goal is to influence not just state politics but also the 2012 presidential race, to “give the electoral edge to their preferred candidates,” as Cristina Francisco McGuire of the Progressive States Network pointed out in March. “It’s no coincidence that they are waging the fiercest of these battles in states that are also the likeliest battleground states in 2012, where suppressing the youth vote could have a dramatic impact,” she wrote. The one class of voters that ALEC seeks to protect with resolutions and model legislation – overseas military voters – happens to be likely to vote Republican.”

The Mark of Rove All Over “Voter Fraud” Fraud:

After Karl Rove gave speeches about so-called “voter fraud” in 2006 around the time the attorney purges began. The attorney purges targeted states attorneys general who supposedly weren’t targeting democratic “voter fraud” fast enough. These purges bloomed into a full blown scandal extraordinaire reminiscent of the Red Communist conspiracy witchhunts lead by Republican, Joseph McCarthy. Rove’s call to arms about non-existent “voter fraud” goaded conservatives to take up the charge to implement voter ID laws. And so the election follies of voter suppression get ramped up by the talking point of “voter fraud” which basically does not exist.

However, Karl Rove doesn’t allow facts to get in the way of a talking point that can scare people. Karl Rove will just keep saying that talking point over and over and over again until the lie of “voter fraud” seems plausible, even when numerous studies have proven that voter suppression is more rampant than voter fraud.

Sean Parnell, president of the Center for Competitive Politics and “a key member of the Corporate Executive Committee for ALEC’s Public Safety and Elections Task Force” began focusing on voter ID efforts after Rove’s 2006 emphasis on “voter fraud.”

The Mark of Rove regarding “voter fraud” and repressive voter ID laws now has a huge line connecting the dots back to Karl Rove, including his behind-the-scenes efforts to purge attorneys general in 2006-2007.

Exposing the Lies of Voter Fraud and Repealing Repressive Voter ID Laws to Protect the Integrity of the Vote in 2012

What has happened with the swift passage of antidemocratic voter ID laws and other voter suppression laws is a crime against civil rights and democracy in the United States. The question is whether the people who can change the situation will do anything about it before the 2012 election.

Education of the people is needed to help them clearly understand that “voter fraud” is a fraud and what is most important is enabling every eligible citizen, young and old, rich or poor, black or white, democratic or republican, to be able to cast their vote and have their vote properly counted.

Right now the way things are going in the states it is a dream come true for the King of “voter fraud,” Karl Rove. It is time for the people of America to wake up and fight back against this seizure of power through voter ID laws that could possibly prevent 5 million or more legal U.S. citizens the right to vote in the November 2012 Presidential Election.

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