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Obama’s Voting Rights Priorities

Filed under: 2010 Election,2012 Election,Obama — DRJ @ 12:58 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Voting Section Told Not To Enforce Purging the Dead or Ineligible from Voting Rolls:

“It’s not just the New Black Panther case: in November 2009, political appointee Julie Fernandes told a packed room of Voting Section employees to simply ignore this provision of the “Motor Voter” law.”


30 Responses to “Obama’s Voting Rights Priorities”

  1. Law, Law; We don’t need no stinking law!

    All Hail Barack!

    When the Rule of Law is supplanted by the wishes and desires of The Leader,
    the Republic is lost.

    The Rubicon has been crossed.

    “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.”

    AD - RtR/OS! (2e91a1)

  2. I think I saw this movie before. The next thing is when Teh Won appoints his Portuguese Water Dog a Senator.

    Actual (7b98e9)

  3. Thank Heavens we finally have a Department of Justice that is “non-politicized.” Right?

    But never fear, the mainstream media will soon be on the case.


    JVW (18d81d)

  4. Still waiting for the ferocious investigation of all Barry’s illegal off-shore funding via his deliberately mis-configured website.

    Yeah. *chirp* *chirp*

    Frank Drebbin (8096f2)

  5. But there were policemen at polling places during the 2004 and 2006 elections and that was an obvious attempt by Bush to intimidate minority voters into not voting or something like that according to the latest lefty meme du jour, which has nothing to do with the Black Panther Case or the current allegations.

    daleyrocks (1d0d98)

  6. I was a poll worker in Ventura County, and had several people attempt to remove a deceased spouse from the rolls. They were (rightly) disturbed to continue receiving voting materials and campaign advertising in the mail.

    After several years of following the instructions for voter removal, and continuing to see the same people make the same requests, I followed up. And at the top level, I was informed that voters would NOT be removed from the rolls without proof of death; in other words, the spouse had to send a death certificate in to the Registrar. I wound up making a copy of what to do and where to send the death certificate to hand out; this information is not available on the website.

    Kind of sad, and embarrassing, because these people did what was asked of them, the poll workers followed procedure, and it turns out the Registrar just junked the information. Don’t know if it was laziness or incompetence, but it would essentially go on until the survinng spouse moved or died. Disturbing.

    TimesDisliker (1964da)

  7. Izzat why turnout is so low:

    Them dead voters, only half of ’em ever show up. DEADbeats. 😉

    Andy (b63f79)

  8. Can’t mess with the Chicago system

    great unknown (261470)

  9. In Chicago, after all, the dead can and do vote…

    Technomad (e2c0f2)

  10. As a political appointee didn’t this woman have to take an oath of office to uphold the Constition and Laws of the United States? Hasn’t she violated that oath?

    Rbattman (facebf)

  11. In Chicago it is called representation without respiration…

    nocoen (ffdeb7)

  12. We are now to (in truth beyond) the point where citizens need to make a big deal about this sort of non-enforcement. The country is literally thirsting for a LEADER who will seize this and other issues and not let go. If that leader has the support of the citizenry, it will be next to impossible for the media to ignore it. This and other issues need the harsh light focused on them.

    It doesn’t have to be someone running for office, in fact, may be better if they’re not. It needs to be someone who knows what is at stake.

    GeneralMalaise (9cf017)

  13. Write letters to the editors of your local newspapers… talk to co-workers… friends… family. This kind of unprecedented nonsense must be stopped.

    GeneralMalaise (9cf017)

  14. Comment by TimesDisliker — 7/9/2010 @ 2:43 pm

    As I remember it, CA Election Law calls for Registrars to remove anyone who has not participated in six General Elections in a row.
    They started ignoring that provision decades ago.
    I saw a figure somewhere that some believe that as much as 20% of the CA Voter Rolls are filled with people who have died, moved, or are fictitious.
    It is what it is in a Blue state – and that’s how we got into this mess, Stanley!

    AD - RtR/OS! (2e91a1)

  15. It’s true that the dead in Chicago do vote. My question is whether the dead unionized government workers are drawing their pensions. We might all be surprised. . .

    Brooks (61d48c)

  16. “My question is whether the dead unionized government workers are drawing their pensions.”

    Brooks – Theoretically checking that is a standard step in an audit program for benefit programs, but that does not mean anyone is actually performing the step.

    daleyrocks (1d0d98)

  17. I want to know if there is a higher percentage of “resurrected voters” in Philly or Chicago. Maybe we could get the mayors to have a contest.

    Some things like maintaining legitimate elections and preventing foreign occupation of areas of the country should be considered de facto failure to live up to the oath of office.

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  18. I heard something this week where it was claimed that the Black Panthers weren’t really trying to intimidate voters, but there were intending to cause enough anxiety to distract the election workers so ACORN folk could cast extra votes. There was no further informationm on the source of that claim or the details of what they were going to do, but I thought it interesting. If that was true, it would be another reason for the Obama machine to try to bury it.

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  19. MD in Philly – The impact on the election outcome would be the same either way if they were successful in intimidating voters, right?

    daleyrocks (1d0d98)

  20. daleyrocks-

    Oh, of course it is bad either way. it’s just the ACORN angle added another wrinkle and another thing that some would want to keep buried.

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  21. …and you believe all this blather about how things are going to turn around in November? All those angry voters, buyer’s remorse, blah blah. Forget it. They will steal the election…
    We are so screwed.

    sam (5ef311)

  22. They will steal the election…

    They certainly will try.

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  23. If the GOP gains control of both houses in November I hope to hell that the gloves come off and they start investigating and jailing these criminals. Too often the GOP seems to decide that it would be too impolite to get to the bottom of these scandals. Geezuz, it’s their friggin job, don’t they realize that????

    scr_north (e1227f)

  24. Am I imagining it, or is this the worst political atmosphere in memory?

    Patricia (358f54)

  25. They will steal the election…

    I’m more concerned that too much of the American electorate, mimicing their Euro-socialized counterparts recently in Britain, will just barely turn the tables on the ultra-liberal guy in the White House and his leftwing buddies in the Congress.

    Although early polling data indicated the UK’s Labor Party would be slapped by voters in favor of the Conservative/Tory Party, when election day finally did roll around several weeks ago, quite a few folks went into their usual “liberalism is beautiful and sophisticated!” mode and either did the watusi for the Laborites or back flips for an even more liberal 3rd party in the UK. In that regard, such feedback from the electorate in Europe is not too different from the left-leaning idiocy evident in societies like Mexico.

    This was penned in some online forum and I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiments of the writer. Moreover, it applies 10 times — or 100 times — over to a large part of the electorate in states like California:

    “The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency.

    It will be easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.

    The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails them. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince.

    The republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.”

    Mark (411533)

  26. Weeks prior to the election, I attended a large wedding and reception on California’s central coast along with several hundred others. The party went on from mid-afternoon till 10pm.

    I spoke with several reasonably well off individuals who I took to be likely GOP voters and tried to get a sense of what they thought about Obama’s prospects. They all were going to vote for him.

    One even said, “Isn’t it wonderful that we finally get to vote for a black man.” I knew McCain was DOA.

    Dems didn’t have to cheat to beat McCain/Palin. That contest was already decided when McCain got the nomination. It was a non-contest, pure Kabuki and nothing else. If he hadn’t picked Palin for the VP spot he would have gotten only 3 out of 4 of the votes they eventually did get.

    But, that’s over and the question is how do we deal with fraudulent elections. The time to do it was when GWB finally won out over Algore’s attempt to steal the Florida vote. That extended drama should have put the question front and center. Bush and the GOP had an opportunity, eight years of opportunity to clean out the rats nest.

    But, he didn’t do it, and now look at the mess we have to face, and with a so-called Justice Department in-bed with the criminals. Just look at the damn mess. Now tell me how the GOP is going to lead us into the future.

    ropelight (21e779)

  27. This gives me some hope. However, I’m suspicious if this actually is just as much a case of limousine liberals finding it easier to somewhat distance themselves from Obama because they originally were (and are) in love with Hillary Clinton., July 7, 2010:

    You’d think the well-heeled and enlightened eggheads at the Aspen Ideas Festival…would be receptive to an intellectually ambitious president with big ideas of his own.

    In a way, the folks attending this cerebral conclave pairing the Aspen Institute think tank with the Atlantic Monthly magazine might even be seen as President Obama’s natural base.

    Apparently not so much.

    “If you’re asking if the United States is about to become a socialist state, I’d say it’s actually about to become a European state, with the expansiveness of the welfare system and the progressive tax system like what we’ve already experienced in Western Europe,” Harvard business and history professor Niall Ferguson declared during Monday’s kickoff session, offering a withering critique of Obama’s economic policies, which he claimed were encouraging laziness.

    Ferguson added: “The critical point is if your policy says you’re going run a trillion-dollar deficit for the rest of time, you’re riding for a fall…Then it really is goodbye.” A dashing Brit, Ferguson added: “Can I say that, having grown up in a declining empire, I do not recommend it. It’s just not a lot of fun actually—decline.”

    This was greeted by hearty applause from a crowd that included Barbra Streisand and her husband James Brolin. “Depressing, but fantastic,” Streisand told me afterward, rendering her verdict on the session. “So exciting. Wonderful!” Brolin’s assessment: “Mind-blowing.”

    [Silicon Valley guru Michael] Splinter, president of the Applied Materials solar energy company, complained about Obama’s economic performance. He was speaking to an agreeable audience in an interview with Atlantic Media owner David Bradley. “When I talk to venture capitalists, their companies are starting to move their manufacturing operations out of the United States…”

    The consensus was similar in an afternoon panel discussion on the decline of the American middle class. “He said jobs were going to be his No. 1 priority — there’s a huge disconnect between Washington and what’s going on out in the country,” nominal Obama supporter Arianna Huffington said. “The president’s economic team kept talking about a ‘cyclical’ problem. Larry Summers said jobs were a lagging economic indicator. All these things are simply wrong. The president put all his trust in the wrong economic team — an economic team that didn’t understand what was happening.”

    Mark (411533)

  28. Comment by ropelight — 7/9/2010 @ 10:54 pm

    GWB was too much of a “Gentleman”
    (it’s that New England, Preppy, noblesse oblige crap instilled in him by his Mother)
    to contemplate such a blood-letting, no matter how well deserved.

    AD - RtR/OS! (2e91a1)

  29. If the 2008 election proved anything, it’s that the brain-dead were allowed to vote.

    Icy Texan (7ea4cc)

  30. If the 2008 election proved anything, it’s that the brain-dead were allowed to vote.

    And reproduce

    Horatio (55069c)

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