Voter Restrictions

The steady disenfranchisement of the american people.

Coalition letter to DNC: Tell Duke Energy to Dump ALEC!

Today, Greenpeace and the Coalition to March on Wall Street South sent a letter to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee, highlighting the DNC’s connection to the American Legislative Exchange Council through Duke Energy.

In May, Duke gave ALEC $50,000 for its meeting in Charlotte, NC and has consistently offered staff support at multiple levels of ALEC operations. Now it’s providing office space and a ten million dollar loan for the Democratic National Convention, also in Charlotte. Beyond acting as a political double-agent, Duke Energy’s heavy support for ALEC’s anti-environmental work goes against its own commitments to take climate change and clean energy seriously.

To read all of this excellent Greenpeace USA article by Connor Gibson and to download the pdf file of the complete letter sent to DWS, please click here.

K12, Inc. Advertising Misses a Few Key Points

CEO Ronald Packard’s $5 million salary? Not mentioned.

Nor does K12 mention of the fact that it spent over $26 million on advertising in 2010; or the fact that this advertising budget came from public tax dollars – funds that were supposed to be used educating students.  That $26 million came largely from the money YOU paid in taxes for the purpose of educating ALL Kansas’ students.

K12’s advertising fails to mention its role in efforts to suppress the teaching of evolution in Kansas. K12 also fails to mention how its “flexible” Texas curriculum allows parents to accept or reject specific topics within state-required courses such as biology.

Some teachers wind up with as many as 300 students, and this takes a toll on the curriculum. K12 opted out of sharing the words of parents who spoke to the New York Times, one of whom said “…teachers are not able to keep up with 300 students. The kids are losing out… my son was exempted from “The Great Gatsby” because of the workload of the teacher.”

Finally, K12, Inc.’s advertising fails to mention that the growing for-profit online school market continues to be a major priority for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC, a driving force behind voter-supression and other legislation aimed at disenfranchising the working class, now puts a price tag on our students.

“Which CEO made $5 million stealing your kid’s lunch money?” a new informational video, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUBopyWXmAw) covers much of what K12, Inc. selectively ignores. Grassroots efforts like this one won’t air on network television or top-rated radio stations, so you’ll have to make the effort to watch it yourself and share it with others.

To read about all of the other key points that K12 advertising does not mention, please click here so that you can spread the word about K12 and ALEC.

Judge Won’t Block Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law

I wonder if Judge Robert Simpson is among those judges who have been paid to attend right wing “seminars”–Trips For Judges.  Watch for a future report on www.vltp.net

A state judge on Wednesday refused to block Pennsylvania’s controversial voter ID law. Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson’s 70-page order ruled that opponents of the law failed to establish “that disenfranchisement was immediate or inevitable.”

Simpson did not rule on the case’s merits, only on whether it could be enjoined. Opponents of the law are expected to appeal to the state’s Supreme Court.

Simpson ruled that the law “does not expressly disenfranchise or burden any qualified elector or group of electors. The statute simply gives poll workers another tool to verify that the person voting is who they claim to be.”

To read the entire article about this miscarriage of justice, please click here

Election Fraud? Look at the Republican Party for Actual Election Fraud.

10+ recent cases of voter fraud by very high-profile GOPers…

…you’d think there was an epidemic of Democratic “voter fraud” in this nation. That’s certainly the way the GOP has framed it, fooled the corporate mainstream media into reporting it, and even scammed the White House and Congressional Democrats into going along with it when they signed legislation that defunded ACORN, a four-decade old community organization never found to have committed voter fraud, or even helped to see a single fraudulent vote cast in any election anywhere.

As it turns out, not only is there no such epidemic of Democratic voter fraud, but the opposite is true. Over the past year, very high profile Republicans — including this year’s presumed standard bearer, Mitt Romney; the Sec. of State of Indiana (the first state to institute polling place Photo ID restrictions) Charlie White; one time GOP front-runner Newt Gingrich; MO’s new GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate Todd Akin; and the group hired the Sacramento, CA Republican Party to collect voter registrations this year for Rep. Dan Lungren; among others (all detailed below) — have each been revealed as having committed or participated in election fraud — both voter registration fraud and actual voter fraud — in state after state.

For the details about these hypocrites and what they have been doing, please click here.

Ohio Limits Early Voting Hours In Democratic Counties, Expands In Republican Counties

From Think Progress By Aviva Shen and Adam Peck

Starting October 1st, voters in Democrat-leaning urban centers including Cleveland, Columbus, Akron and Toledo will now only be allowed to vote between 8 am and 5 pm on weekdays, when the majority of people are at work. The board of elections in these counties, which are split evenly between Democrats and Republicans, was gridlocked over a Democratic effort to expand hours. The Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted stepped in to deny expanded hours in these counties. But Republican-heavy counties have actually expanded early voting hours on nights and weekends, when most people have time to go to the polls. The Nationreports:

According to the Board of Elections, 82% of early voters in Franklin County voted early on nights or weekends, which Republicans have curtailed. The number who voted on nights or weekends was nearly 50% in Cuyahoga County.

“I cannot create unequal access from one county board to another, and I must also keep in mind resources available to each county,” Husted said in explaining his decision to deny expanded early voting hours in heavily Democratic counties. Yet in solidly Republican counties like Warren and Butler, GOP election commissioners have approved expanded early voting hours on nights and weekends.

Read the full TP Article here

Voter Suppression in Florida part of Long Term Planning

Jim Greer, ex-Chair of the Republican Party of Florida, is feuding with the radical right wing that forced him out of his job.  For a few days now he has been talking about how the Republicans in Florida met to discuss disenfranchising black voters back in 2009.

He talked with Al Sharpton today about this, and you can watch the videos of the conversation on Politics Nation on the VLTPVideoChannel at   http://youtu.be/MiXHTvhLefI and the continuation of the conversation at http://youtu.be/iYEp-i4BnKk

 

Think for yourself

…among the many provision of the Voting Rights Act was the prohibition on the notorious poll tax, which was specifically designed to eliminate large (and poor) groups of otherwise eligible voters from casting their ballot. In inflation-adjusted dollars, your average 1965 poll tax cost $10.64. In contrast, today it can cost $25 for a birth certificate, up to $100 for a driver’s license, $97 for a passport, and over $200 for naturalization papers, all of which could be required under various versions of voter ID laws. More →

Suppressing Votes By Law–Bill Moyers

this post jumps right in to the middle of a conversation regarding voter suppression and Photo ID laws.

KEESHA GASKINS: Again, our research shows us that African American voters, Latino voters, voters over 65, young people 18 to 24 are all in populations that lack this type of ID at rates well beyond the 11 percent of the general population.

BILL MOYERS: You have some startling statistics on your website. Of the states with the highest Hispanic population growth, seven have passed restrictive voting laws. Of the ten states with the highest black turnout, five have passed restrictive voting laws. Of the nine states covered by the Voting Rights Act, six passed restrictive voting laws.

You call it in your report the first rollback in voting rights since the Jim Crow era.

KEESHA GASKINS: Yes, and it is. I mean, when you look at the laws that were passed between 1865 and 1967, the laws that could be ascribed to, sort of, voting and voting rights, depending on how you count, were about 29 laws. In the last 18 months, 23 laws have passed in this country, in comparison between 18 months and that entire period. There has been a concerted effort to limit access to the polls during this period. And this is unprecedented since that time.

BILL MOYERS: Do you think that these efforts to select out certain voters, to discriminate against certain voters that one party or another might not like anything to do with race?

KEESHA GASKINS: It has to do with race because it’s clearly affecting voters of color in this country. The Department of Justice identified that, and pursuant to the Voting Rights Act said the laws in Texas, the laws in South Carolina were unfairly discriminatory. And so, whether or not it was the intention of those legislators to do so, the fact is these laws disproportionately impact voters based on race.

There is so much more to be read in this article, or you can watch the embedded video.  All you have to do is click here

Amgen Drops ALEC – Pfizer Leaves ALEC Board & Dreyfus Not Funding ALEC in 2012

From an article published at PRWatch by Rebekah Wilce

Continuing and unrelenting pursuit of ALEC and their corporate members by activist and labor groups, having huge impact upon the ultra right organization.  Thirty plus companies, four foundations and more than 50 legislators have already left ALEC – an organization operating under the banner of being a “Charity”, much like their former UK partner, Atlantic Bridge. The AB charity was disbanded by the UK government earlier this year when it was discovered their agenda was solely conservative and that it performed no real charitable operations – again much like ALEC.

Common Cause and Clergy Voice have already challenged ALEC’s charitable and IRS exemption status through whistleblower claims to the IRS filed earlier in 2012.  As the controversy continues to make headlines, more and more companies are finding it more prudent to separate themselves and their “brands” from ALEC and their numerous legislative pursuits that includes the disenfranchisement of voters and privatizing state education systems.

Amgen, a $15.3 billion pharmaceutical company based in California, announced its determination not to renew its membership on August 3 in response to a letter from a group of concerned shareholders and advocates led by Walden Asset Management and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Pfizer, the world’s largest pharmaceutical company, has dropped its seat on ALEC’s corporate board, according to the agenda from ALEC’s 2012 annual meeting. Even commodities and energy trading corporation Louis Dreyfus confirmed to CMD that it had decided not to fund ALEC this year.”

ALEC Exposed lists the following companies and foundations that have now dumped ALEC:

Companies:

Foundations:

Read the full CMD article here

“I Don’t Know What The Photo ID Law Says”

Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Carole Aichele, testifying Tuesday during a state trial on the state’s controversial voter ID law, said she wasn’t sure about the details of the law, but stood by her unsupported claim that 99 percent of voters had valid identification.

…Aichele also couldn’t provide any evidence that 99 percent of voters already have a valid form of ID, as the state has claimed. CBS reported that when lawyers cited testimony from a Department of State official calling the number likely inaccurate, Aichele responded “I disagree.”

Aichele is a Republican. Her husband is Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s chief of staff. Corbett was recently forced to admit that he had no clue what type of ID was now required to vote under the new law he recently signed.

To read more about the know-nothings who are suppressing voters without knowing how or why, please click here