Voter Suppression Being Investigated As Criminal Conspiracyon October 8, 2012 at 5:58 pm
Yes! It’s one thing to fight GOP voter suppression laws in court, it’s quite another to label right wing suppression tactics for what they are: a criminal conspiracy to steal the vote of tens of thousands (or more) of eligible citizens.
Via Think Progress:
The Tea Party organization launching a multi-pronged voter suppression effort this election is under investigation by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) for a possible “criminal conspiracy to deny legitimate voters their constitutional rights.”
Cummings sent a letter to True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht warning her that the Ohio branch of the group, in suing to throw thousands of students, trailer park residents, homeless people and African Americans off the voting rolls, may be violating the law:
At some point, an effort to challenge voter registrations by the thousands without any legitimate basis may be evidence of illegal voter suppression. If these efforts are intentional, politically motivated and widespread across multiple states, they could amount to a criminal conspiracy to deny legitimate voters their constitutional rights.
I really should be saying this every single day until the election: if you are in, or border, a swing state, don’t just go vote and go home. Stick around and keep an eye out for “concerned citizens” that just HAPPEN to feel the need to challenge voters who just HAPPEN to be minorities or college students. They’ll just HAPPEN to tie up the entire process in crowded Democratic leaning districts. They won’t be in Republican districts for some strange reason but they’ll be VERY concerned about election integrity elsewhere.
These people are there for one reason only: to intimidate others into not voting or waste enough time that people will give up and go home. They will make it sound as if you need ID when you do not. They will accuse people of voter fraud without proof to bog down the lines. They will “accidentally” mention that people with outstanding warrants or tickets will get in trouble if they vote.
Bring a camera. Get their name and face. Check THEIR ID. Make sure everyone on the line knows who they are, what they’re doing and why. Roaches scatter in the light. If a single person says they were lied to, call the police and have that “concerned citizen” arrested. This is their last real chance to steal a national election but they want to steal local and state elections as well.
Don’t let them.