Last fall, we saw a number of voting problems in Virginia. The primary problem was long lines (up to 5 hours) which prevented people from voting. I got one… Read More »We Got 99 Problems and Voter ID Fraud Isn’t One
Here is a reprint of an excellent recent Washington Post op-ed regarding some approaches to resolving voting problems.
What Obama can do about all those voting problems
By Greg Sargent
During his victory speech, President Obama surprised and delighted a lot of observers with an offhand reference to fixing our voting problems. After noting that people had waited in line for a very long time, he drew applause when he said: “By the way, we have to fix that.”
Good idea. Let’s do it.Read More »Voting Reform
I couldn’t be happier with the results of election day – the re-election of President Obama, the election of Tim Kaine, and Democrats picking up… Read More »Political Reform – “We have to fix that”
Voters can find their polling location by going to gottavote.com or vote.barackobama.com, or they can call 1-855-VOTE-213 (1-855-868-3213). Virginia has expanded the types of ID… Read More »Virginia Voters – What You Need to Know
There has been a lot of reporting on the GOP efforts to restrict voting rights since the 2008 election. The GOP strategy is simple (and sometimes,… Read More »You’ve Got What It Takes to Vote In Virginia
Convention days were filed with caucus and other Democratic group meetings, including a meeting of the DNC’s Voting Rights Institute on Sept. 6, 2012. We are happy to feature a guest column by Susan Dosier, a communications specialist who attended the meeting.
The Democratic Party and A Host of Voter Groups Needs Volunteers To Help Fight Against Attacks On Voter Rights
A line-up of political rock stars, including actress America Ferrera, Donna Brazile, Congressman Steny Hoyer, Georgia Representative John Lewis, MSNBC talk show host Melissa Harris Perry, and others gathered to focus on what many at the Convention still find incredulous: the narrowing of criteria that allow Americans to vote.
At issue: 25 percent of Americans don’t have a government-issued ID. (Several new laws require as multiple forms of identification in order for someone to register to vote.) For example, in Texas, you can register to vote with an National Rifle Association permit, but the state will not accept a photo ID from a community college.
Melissa Harris Perry moderated a panel with leaders who are working in each of their constituent groups (African Americans, organized labor, youth, Latinos, and more) to help the audience understand what’s happening, what’s being done, and how they can help. Many of the restrictive voting laws passed target African-Americans, Hispanics, young voters, seniors, and people with disabilities.
“I’ve never seen anything like this!” Donna Brazile told the group. The same sentiment was heard from many in the room.
Many organizations and groups are actively responding, including the NAACP, organized labor, and Americans With Disabilities.Read More »#DNC2012 Voting Rights Institute
A recent “analysis of 2,068 alleged election-fraud cases since 2000 shows that while fraud has occurred, the rate is infinitesimal, and in-person voter impersonation on Election Day, which prompted 37 state legislatures to enact or consider tough voter ID laws, is virtually non-existent.” The Study’s authors began “data-gathering effort in January 2012 by reviewing the more than 300 cases of alleged voter fraud collected by the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA). For years, the RNLA has been urging strict voter-identification laws on the grounds of massive amounts of voter fraud, and in 2011 the organization released a survey of voter fraud cases in America. However, the News21 analysis showed that the RNLA cases, now totaling about 375 cases, consisted mainly of newspaper articles about a range of election issues, with little supporting evidence of actual in-person voter fraud.” In contrast to the few and far between fraud cases, new voter ID requirements could disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters. “According to Pennsylvania’s Department of State and the Department of Transportation, as many as 758,000 people, about 9 percent of the state’s 8.2 million registered voters currently don’t have the identification that now will be required at the polling place.” Read the article here.Read More »New Study: Little Voter Fraud, Great Disenfranchisement
Last week, the Virignia State Board of Elections rejected a challenge brought by the Romney campaign to the Voter Participation Center’s campaign to register new voters. Here is the Statement from Page Gardner, President and Founder of the Voter Participation Center August 6, 2012:Read More »VA SBE Rejects Romney Voter Challenge
Virginia recently strengthened its voter ID requirements, but did not require government-issued photo IDs, as discussed in this post.
The Brennan Center just issued a report on other states, however, that have this requirement: “Ten states now have unprecedented restrictive voter ID laws. Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin all require citizens to produce specific types of government-issued photo identification before they can cast a vote that will count. Legal precedent requires these states to provide free photo ID to eligible voters who do not have one. Unfortunately, these free IDs are not equally accessible to all voters.”
“This report is the first comprehensive assessment of the difficulties that eligible voters face in obtaining free photo ID. The 11 percent of eligible voters who lack the required photo ID must travel to a designated government office to obtain one. Yet many citizens will have trouble making this trip.” As the report details, many of the state ID-issuing offices are long distances from voters, lack public transportation, and have limited business hours. Moreover, the documentation required to obtain a photo ID, including birth certificates and marriage licenses, can cost up to $25. “By comparison, the notorious poll tax — outlawed during the civil rights era — cost $10.64 in current dollars.”Read More »The Challenge of Obtaining Voter ID
There will be a GOP presidential primary – of a sort – in Virginia on March 6, 2012, offering a choice between Mitt Romney and… Read More »Virginia Democrats shouldn’t vote in GOP primaries.
DPVA issued the following press release today regarding voter supression bills the GOP is pushing in the General Assembly. Go to Virginia’s Legislative Information Services page for more information on the specific bills and contact your delegate or state senator, here.Read More »Virginia Democrats Stand up to Voter Suppression Legislation
Federal District Judge John Gibney yesterday rejected the efforts by GOP Presidential candidates Perry, Gingrich, Santorum, and Huntsman to litigate their way onto the Virginia March 6, 2012 primary ballot. Each of the candidates had failed to comply with the Virginia statutory requirement that they obtain 10,000 signatures to qualify for the primary. In its Opinion, the Court held that their request for a preliminary injunction to place them on the ballot was barred by the equitable doctrine of laches – meaning that they waited too long to challenge the law, and a change at this time would disrupt the printing of the ballots and the primary process. “In essence, they played the game, lost, and then complained the rules were unfair.” Op. at 2. In doing so, the candidates “displayed an unreasonable and inexcusable lack of diligence.” Op. at 11.Read More »Judge to GOP Candidates: You Snooze, You Lose
Failed GOP Presidential Candidates Seek Federal Court Ruling that VA GOP, SBE Violated Voting Rights Act
After only Willard Romney and Ron Paul timely submitted the required 10,000 signatures (with 400 from each CD) to qualify for the Virginia GOP primary ballot, Rick Perry sued Virginia State Board of Elections (“SBE”) members (Judd, Bowers, and Palmer) and Republican Party of Va. (“RPVA”) Chair (Pat Mullins), in their official capacities, in federal court. Perry sought to litigate his way onto the ballot by having the Court issue an injunction prohibiting the SBE from enforcing the law and compelling the RPVA to place him on the ballot. Perry v. Judd, Civ. No. 3;11-cv-856-JAG (E.D. Va. Dec. 27, 2011). The Court invited the other GOP candidates to intervene, and Santorum, Gingrich, and Huntsman did so. The Court set a schedule requiring opening briefs to be filed on Jan. 6, responses on Jan. 11, and a hearing with live witnesses on Jan. 13. Here are some of the highlights of the briefs the parties filed yesterday.Read More »Failed GOP Presidential Candidates Seek Federal Court Ruling that VA GOP, SBE Violated Voting Rights Act
RTD p0litical reporter Wesley Hester reports that Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuchinelli wants to lower Virginia’s presidential primary signature requirement to 100 per congressional district,… Read More »Cooch Wants to Change Rules to Help Loser GOP Candidates
Ballot Access News and Republican blogger Moe Lane have a fascinating take on the failure of GOP loser candidates to get on Virginia’s primary ballot. … Read More »NOT Getting on the GOP Primary Ballot in Virginia
There’s been a lot of press today on the failure of nearly all of the Republican presidential candidates to qualify for the March 6, 2012 Virginia GOP presidential… Read More »Getting on the Primary Ballot in Virginia
One of the most important groups within the Democratic National Committee is the Association of State Democratic Chairs (ASDC), which consists of each state’s party chair, first vice chair, and executive director. The ASDC meets four times a year and just concluded its winter meeting here in Las Vegas. Over the past three days, the ASDC presented speeches, panels, and workshops providing practical information and guidance on issues including state party budgeting, state party fundraising (including for the national convention), social media, party administration, DNC and state party constituency efforts, national convention best practices, DNC technology, state party campaign structure, voter protection efforts, and updates on President Obama’s campaign and the national convention. The DPVA was well represented by VC Gaylene Kanoyton and ED Dave Mills, and I attended with DNC members Mame Reiley, Doris Crouse-May and Susan Swecker, and Sen. Louise Lucas. Some highlight of the sessions I attended:Read More »DNC State Chairs Group Meets