voter suppression

Some of Christie’s biggest bills match model legislation from D.C. group called ALEC

From Salvador Rizzo/Statehouse Bureau at NJ.com

In April, a Star-Ledger investigation found some of Gov. Chris Christie’s biggest legislative proposals and other measures sponsored by lawmakers closely resembled ALEC bills.

“Drawing on bills crafted by the council, on New Jersey legislation and dozens of e-mails by Christie staffers and others, The Star-Ledger found a pattern of similarities between ALEC’s proposals and several measures championed by the Christie administration. At least three bills, one executive order and one agency rule accomplish the same goals set out by ALEC using the same specific policies. In eight passages contained in those documents, New Jersey initiatives and ALEC proposals line up almost word for word. Two other Republican bills not pushed by the governor’s office are nearly identical to ALEC models.”

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Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Ruling: Judge Halts Enforcement Of Law For Election

From HuffPost by 

“In a much-anticipated ruling, Commonwealth Court Judge Robert E. Simpson Jr. ordered that voters without government-issued photo ID should be allowed to cast regular ballots…

“At the same time, the judge specifically ruled to allow the state to continue its education and advertising campaign, which currently tells voters that IDs are required.

“Walczak said that if the state doesn’t change that message, “we may be back in court.”

“You can’t be telling people you need ID if you’re not actually requiring ID,” he said. “That advertising has to be modified to reflect reality.”

Read the full article here

Volunteer Busted Only Registering Romney Voters – VIDEO

Well, this is one instance of a video being named accurately – short and to the point.

Volunteer Busted Only Registering Romney Voters

http://youtu.be/smSDHjN6240

Published on Sep 25, 2012 by TheYoungTurks

“A video uploaded to YouTube on Friday depicting a young
woman registering voters in El Paso County, Colorado claiming she works for the clerk’s office, but is only registering voters who support Mitt Romney has gone viral over the weekend…”.* Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygur


Deterrence of Suppression by Inspecting Voter History Databases – A How-To Guide for 2012

By: Randall Holmes in PDA Clean Fair Transparent Elections Team (Files) | 9.22.12

Deterrence of Suppression by Inspecting Voter History Databases – A How-To Guide for 2012

Because Bev Harris of Black Box Voting found a scheme of digital voter suppression in Shelby County, TN, by inspecting the voter history databases compared over several elections, activists are being encouraged to submit public records request for these databases.

In Shelby County, which is in the district of Rep. Steve Cohen, a rare Democratic House member from TN, voter histories were being retroactively erased to allow the voters to be purged as Inactive.  98% of the voters affected were African-American Democrats.

To deter this scheme elsewhere – especially where close races can affect the balance of power in Washington – activists are submitting public records requests to their county election offices, and asking for the jurisdiction’s voter history databases. (“Voter history databases” and “voter rolls” are often used interchangeably, but the “database” word is more accurate for our purpose. We want to see the list of all voters, at each moment in time: Active, Inactive, and Cancelled.)   More →

Dead Voters & Fraudulent Claims – Desperation to Disenfranchise Voters in NC – VIDEO

Veronica Degraffenreid, elections liason for the North
Carolina State Board of Elections, talks with Rachel
Maddow about the burden on the election boards in her state to address the frivolous claims of dead voters on the rolls by a tea party group called the Voter Integrity Project.

To date, neither the state nor any of the county boards have found any instances of anyone voting who should not have.

We have not found any instances of voter fraud” after hundreds of hoursand how much money–of researching the Tea Party claim, instead of preparing for the elections as they are charged to do.

This can be tracked to True The Vote efforts.  The Tea Party movement out to Texas to intimidate and try to scare people for  registering or voting.

VIP is categorized in the media as a non-partisan non-profit organization according to their web site and claims in their actions.

But they are not listed with the state as a non-profit; they are actually registered with the state as a business.  After being challenged, they have removed their claims of being a non-profit.

Veronica Degraffenreid says what VIP is doing is
unprecedented.  They are winding down their research as VIP did not have all of the necessary data required to make a decision if any given person was deceased–as is already done by the state’s HHS Department.

No instances have been found of anyone trying to vote under the name of someone deceased.  It proves that the NC voter rolls are indeed sound.

Please click here to watch the video segment.

TRMS – 9/20/12  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/vp/49112935#49112935

 

Voter Protection or Voter Suppression? 8min – VIDEO

This video looks at the voter protection bills that have
been proposed in over 40 states. On the surface these
laws seem logical, but as we dig into the reasoning and
people who created them, we see that they are being
pushed in the name of voter suppression.

And “All roads lead to ALEC”.

To watch this very informative video, please click here

The charts shown in this video are shown in our photo gallery.

ALEC Pursues Control of the U.S. Senate in November – The Allen vs. Kaine Virginia Senate Race –

Former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D) are tied in the latest poll of the Virginia Senate race.  Allen and Kaine are tied among likely voters with 46 percent support apiece, according to a new Marist poll conducted for NBC and The Wall Street Journal.

With Democrats scrambling to hold control of the Senate and regain the House majority in November, I’m puzzled by the lack of attention to Allen’s affiliations with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).  Allen has a long history of affiliation with ALEC going back to his days in the Virginia legislature.

For the past 18 months, ALEC has come under increasing scrutiny due to their involvement in advancing a partisan conservative agenda throughout the US – including that of suppressing the right to vote by minorities, the elderly and college students.  Forty corporations and more than fifty legislators have dropped membership in ALEC since April of 2011.  The latest to cut ties was Merck just this week.

In the case of George Allen, he was not only a former ALEC member when he served Virginia as a state legislator he was also a recipient of ALEC’s “prestigious” Jefferson Freedom Award in 1996.  Allen proudly advertises this on his website in an August 2011 press release along with this picture –

In his acceptance speech Allen stated:

 

Allen is also an ALEC Jefferson Scholar and in 2006 while serving in Congress Senator Allen was chosen by ALEC to serve as Co-chairman of their new Federal Forum Task Force.

VLTP reported in an in-depth expose last November, “American Legislative Exchange Council – Federal Government and Corrupt Practices”, that Senator Allen was instrumental in advancing ALEC’s agenda directly into the US Congress through the Federal Forum’s initiatives.

As far back as 2002 ALEC Watch listed Allen as an ALEC Alumnus yet of today’s organizations pursuing full exposure of ALEC and transparency to their actions and memberships, VLTP is the only one to identify George Allen’s ALEC connection.  To date few have bothered to look back upon Allen’s legislative record to determine which ALEC model legislation Allen sponsored, supported or introduced.  I would urge those organizations and activists pursuing ALEC nationwide to put some effort into announcing Allen’s ALEC affiliations to Virginia’s voters.

Allen’s opponent in the upcoming election, former Governor Tim Kaine has somehow failed to take full advantage of Allen’s ongoing relationship with an organization now seen as toxic by many Americans in such a tight race.  I believe to continue to not bring Allen’s ALEC involvement to the attention of Virginia’s voters will not only be a disservice to Kaine – it is a disservice to his supporters and the voters of the Great Commonwealth of Virginia.

Please click here to see a video history of George Allen, Candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Merck Pharmaceutical and Wells Fargo Dump ALEC, While Duke Energy Holds Out

From PRWatch by Rebekah Wilce

Merck, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, and Wells Fargo, one of the largest banks in the United States, have joined 38 other major firms and cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC is a controversial “bill mill” that brings together right-wing legislators and corporations to draft controversial model bills behind closed doors. The exit of the two firms brings the total to 40 major American firms that have departed ALEC in recent months. Meanwhile, Duke Energy, the largest regulated utility company in the United States, has not responded to recent intensified consumer pressure to dump ALEC. Beyond their membership in ALEC, all three firms have been criticized for dodging taxes from 2008-2010.”

Read the full article at PRWatch here

ALEC-New Partnerships and Exposing Hidden Foreign Influences – with a Comparison to the NCSL

ALEC Finds New Friends

Republican Study Committee (RSC) a Quiet New Partner

Seems ALEC is searching for legislative support through a new partnership as dozens of members – legislative and corporate – abandon membership in the organization.  In the article about this they provide the RSC is meeting with ALEC at the Heritage Foundation next week:

“Frankly, this gathering is long overdue,” Paul Teller, the executive director of the RSC said in a statement.

“As Washington encroaches more and more into state and local spheres, it’s important that conservative legislators at the federal and state levels collaborate on policies to stop and roll back the ever-expanding federal government.”

“Recent legislative proposals on Capitol Hill have focused on rolling back federal involvement in states, such as efforts to replace Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program with block grants and to allow states to opt out of the federal highway and mass transit programs. Those positions are very much in line with ALEC’s efforts to empower states…Kaitlyn Buss, a spokeswoman for ALEC, said in an email that there is “no formal partnership with ALEC and any organizations.”

“Obviously federalism is one of ALEC’s foundational principles, and so facilitating a conversation about federalism is very much in line with our work,” Buss added.”

I would suggest to the RSC that they fully research ALEC and understand the extent of the group’s efforts to “Roll Back” the federal government before ecstatically climbing into bed with them…but of course, since the RSC, ALEC and the Heritage Foundation were all founded by Conservative activist, Paul Weyrich, they’re already well acquainted.

This is why it is important for us to understand just how far ALEC will go to influence state sovereignty by attempting to lessen the controls exerted upon individual states through federal governmental controls and oversight. In the past the Heritage and members of the RSC have quietly lent assistance to ALEC in their pursuits – now it appears they are preparing to remove the curtain obscuring the close troika-like relationship. I think this removes any further claim of ALEC being truly “bi-partisan” in their operation and legislative pursuits.

Before we consider what the impact of a joint RSC/ALEC partnership against federal controls would have upon the U.S., we should first look at current ALEC activities along these lines involving memberships held by foreign representatives. Together ALEC’s state lawmakers work hand in hand with several influential foreign elected officials to establish US state and foreign policies and pass laws suggested by those representing foreign powers…and the claim ALEC makes that their activities are similar to those of the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL)….not by a long shot More →

Dangerous World – VIDEO

1 in 2.3 million. Those are the infinitesimal chances voter fraud will occur in a federal election. That’s less likely than being struck by lightning or attacked by a swarm of bees. Right now, 33 states have proposed laws making it harder to vote. That means 23 million Americans will have a much more difficult time voting, and communities of color will by hit hardest by these new laws.

Get the facts about voter suppression from our video, and text “VOTE” to 62227 to join the NAACP mobile list.

To watch this video by the NCAAP, please click here

Published on Sep 6, 2012 by naacpvideos