Monday, July 30, 2007

Voter Caging (w/Video) on PBS NOW

Was there a White House plot to illegally suppress votes in 2004? Is there a similar plan for the upcoming elections? This week NOW examines documents and evidence that points to a Republican Party plan designed to keep Democrats from voting, allegedly by targeting people based on their race and ethnicity with key battleground states like Ohio and Florida of particular interest. "It was a partisan, discriminatory attempt to challenge voters of color," Eddie Hailes, a senior attorney for The Advancement Project, a civil rights group, told NOW.

Was the White House involved? David Iglesias, one of the fired U.S. Attorneys, thinks so: "It's reprehensible. It's unethical, it's unlawful. It may very well be criminal." Iglesias told NOW he was repeatedly urged by his superiors at the Justice Department to investigate allegations of false voter registrations. After his investigations came up short, Iglesias said Republican officials got angry and complained to White House aide Karl Rove. Soon after Iglesias lost his job. As a result of allegations by Iglesias and others, Congress is investigating whether the White House acted unlawfully.

While Attorney General Alberto Gonzales refused to answer many questions about the controversy as he testified before the Senate this week, Iglesias told NOW he believes the White House is keeping documents from Congress to protect the Bush Administration. "That's why there has been such a circling of the wagons around Karl Rove and Harriet Miers and Sarah Taylor. I believe there to be incriminating, possibly criminally incriminating evidence contained in those e-mails and other memoranda," he said.

Voter Caging in Nevada

Vote suppression in Nevada and the Civil Rights Act: "No matter how often the Republicans and their Echo Chamber repeat the mantra that 'The president can hire and fire U.S. attorneys at will,' IF some, any, of those attorneys were fired for not cooperating with the vote suppression activities of the RNC, then someone -- probably in the U.S. Department of Justice -- could be in violation of 18 U.S.C. Section 241. [DK] More evidence is coming to light that the problem may not only reside in the Department of Justice, but spills out over the activities of the Republican National Committee, the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign, and perhaps even some prominent Nevadans. The Civil Rights Act, that may have been arguably violated, is quite clear:

'If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same;... They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both;...' [USDoJ]

' the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution ...' as in the Right to Vote. "............


Saturday, July 28, 2007

Exclusive | Emails Detail RNC Voter Supression in 5 States

Exclusive | Emails Detail RNC Voter Supression in 5 States:Caging and other developments...

"The list of questionable voters that was compiled by the Ohio Board of Elections was quite similar to the vote caging lists used by the Republican campaigners. The Board of Elections sent out voter confirmation letters to targeted registered voters. The letters required the voter to return a confirmation request or have their name removed from the voter rolls. Because the confirmation letter gave the voter 60 days to respond, a voter who failed to respond to the confirmation request would still be on the voter rolls for the primary election, but would be purged prior to the general election.
The list was apparently checked by two people identified only as 'Ted' and 'Evan who' made handwritten notes in one of the columns. According to their notes, they described certain parts of Cleveland where low-income and minority voters were targeted as containing 'mixed use buildings' and 'single family apartments.' Another section said, 'looks like a parking lot ... doesn't look residential.'"

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Perrspectives: Resources

US Attorney Firings

Full timeline...newspaper coverage.

Think Progress » Goodling Dismisses Voter Supression Tactic Of ‘Caging’ As Just ‘A Direct-Mail Term’

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Goodling Dismisses Voter Supression Tactic Of ‘Caging’ As Just ‘A Direct-Mail Term’

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