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I typed this in January when Supreme Court Chief Justice, John Roberts, said he would take up a voter ID issue during an election year.....
If the conservative majority rules that voter ID is Constitutional….it will be a declaration of 'open season' for every voter suppression trick in the book, and some that aren't. How the Supremes can rule that a law, which purports to prevent something that isn't happening, is Constitutional, without coming to terms with the pure political posturing of the law itself…..would be a terrible disservice to the nation. But it would help the Republican Party in their efforts to suppress Democratic voters….so I won't be surprised if once again, the Supreme Republican Court, intervenes in a general election season to the advantage of the GOP.
Pay attention to this case. It could set the Karl Rove, Ken Blackwell, Kathryn Harris, Swiftboat hellhounds loose upon the American general election with brand new and exciting scorch-the-earth-of-minority-voters programs.
Just before the Indiana Democratic primary, the extreme right Chief Justice, John Roberts, and his 5-4 conservative court, ruled in favor of the Republican Party's desire to suppress votes this year. They approved a controversial Indiana voter ID law written and passed in search of election fraud violations. The Indiana case lawyer could not present one shred of voter fraud evidence from the entire state of Indiana.
Raising doubts about whether people should be able to vote has been a perennial favorite trick of the Republican Party. I don't blame the GOP....they simply don't represent a plurality of American voters....so they must resort to gaming the system,.....which, as you'll see below, looks a lot like cheating.
From today's NY Times......
In Michigan, some 33,000 voters were removed from the rolls in August, a figure that is far higher than the number of deaths in the state during the same period — about 7,100 — or the number of people who moved out of the state — about 4,400, according to data from the Postal Service.
In Colorado, some 37,000 people were removed from the rolls in the three weeks after July 21. During that time, about 5,100 people moved out of the state and about 2,400 died, according to postal data and death records.
In Louisiana, at least 18,000 people were dropped from the rolls in the five weeks after July 23. Over the same period, at least 1,600 people moved out of state and at least 3,300 died.
The secretaries of state in Michigan and Colorado did not respond to requests for comment. A spokesman for the Louisiana secretary of state said that about half of the numbers of the voters removed from the rolls were people who moved within the state or who died. The remaining 11,000 or so people seem to have been removed by local officials for other reasons that were not clear, the spokesman said. Link
"other reasons that were not clear". I wonder why that is.
Obama has a 10 point lead at this juncture of the campaign cycle. It will be difficult for Republicans to suppress enough votes to overcome that big of a deficit. I'll guarantee you that won't stop them from trying. In closely contested swing states, cheating by suppressing could make a difference.
Read the entire Times piece to see how the cheating is being carried out.