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DNC Announces Unprecedented Election Protection Project (Barf Alert!)
PR Newswire ^ | August 2, 2007 | DNC Staff

Posted on 08/25/2007 8:33:53 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Democrats to conduct nationwide survey of administration of elections as part of an ongoing commitment to protecting the rights of every American

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the 42nd anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act approaches, the Democratic National Committee today announced its unprecedented 50-state election protection effort to prepare for the 2008 election. When signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson said that the "right to vote is the basic right without which all others are meaningless. It gives people, people as individuals, control over their own destinies." But nearly 42 years after the signing of this legislation, the right to vote is still under assault.

Through its 50 State Strategy, Voting Rights Institute and National Lawyers Council, the DNC is conducting an in-depth nationwide survey to collect critical data on voting practices and procedures at the local level. The goal of the project is to map the often confusing and complex sets of administrative practices and decisions governing election administration in every state. Working with local election boards, the DNC is examining the election mechanics in each state, flagging potential problems and election administration issues that threaten to deprive citizens of their right to register, vote and have their vote counted. Once these issues are identified, the DNC will work to resolve potential problems well in advance of the 2008 election. Election laws, while written on the federal and state level, are often subject to interpretation at the local level. This decentralized process results in varied administration and supervision of the elections themselves, which can be potentially problematic considering that in 2008, there will be at least 13,000 elections run by localities.

No organization has ever undertaken a project of this magnitude. This project is made possible through the DNC's 50 State Strategy, which has had staff on the ground in every state for almost two years. With very specific questions, the survey covers topics such as voter registration, centralized voter databases, voting systems and absentee voting, provisional balloting, polling place procedures and Election Day preparation.

This survey is just one part of a comprehensive program on the part of the DNC to ensure that every American's right to vote and have that vote counted is protected. Data collected from the survey will be analyzed to determine the needs of each election locality and next steps for strengthening the election process in that locality. In addition to this project, the DNC will continue its efforts to resolve the identified issues throughout next year, continue to organize its network of lawyers in the states through the DNC's Voting Rights Institute/National Lawyers Council and will run the most extensive voter protection program throughout the country for the 2008 general election.

While the Democratic Party continues to work to protect every American's right to vote and have that vote counted, Republicans have aimed to create roadblocks for Americans to exercise their right to vote through restrictive voter ID laws, voter purging, and voter intimidation tactics. Under the Bush Administration's politicized Justice Department, we have seen an outright attack on voting rights. In their latest scheme, the Republican Administration has manipulated the mission of the Department of Justice, firing US Attorneys who were unwilling to pursue phony "voter fraud" cases, and politicized the Civil Rights Division -- both underscore the GOP's utter disregard for the integrity of our nation's election system.

DNC Chairman Howard Dean and DNC Voting Rights Institute Chair Donna Brazile issued the following joint statement on the DNC's effort to safeguard the vote:

"Protecting the right of every eligible American to vote is a top priority for our party. We believe that it's good for America and good for our democracy when everyone votes. Every eligible American deserves the confidence that when they go to the polls to cast their ballot they can do so without fear of intimidation or harassment, and that their vote will be counted fairly and accurately. Unfortunately, nearly 42 years after the signing of the Voting Rights Act, Americans' right to vote is still under assault. From restrictive voter ID laws to voter intimidation schemes to politicizing the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, the integrity of our nation's voting laws has been undermined. The goal of this unprecedented project is to protect and ensure our voting rights, by working now to identify and attempt to resolve election administration issues that threaten to deprive citizens of the right to register, vote and have their vote counted."

Republican Record of Denying and Suppressing Voting Rights

Bush Administration Politicizes Justice Dept., Twists Its Mission to Undercut Voting Rights for Partisan Purposes.

The Bush Administration's politicized Justice Department, under the direction of political hacks planted to twist its mission for partisan purposes, has launched an outright attack on voting rights rather than promoting voting rights. The Bush Justice Dept has aimed to create roadblocks for Americans to exercise their right to vote by approving restrictive state voter ID laws, voter purging, and voter intimidation tactics. And as is now well-known, top Justice Dept officials improperly, and illegally, pressured U.S. Attorneys to bring phony voter fraud cases against Democratic and progressive organizations and individuals, to influence the outcome of elections for the Republicans. [Washington Post, 1/22/04; Boston Globe 6/6/07; Charlotte Observer, 5/31/07]

GOP Suppression Tactics in 2006. In Maryland, just days before the 2006 general election, copies of the Election Day manual for the Maryland Republican Party were obtained; in that manual, Republican Party workers were given false information about voters' rights, were told systematically to challenge voters and were advised to threaten election judges with jail time. Also in Maryland, on Election Day, flyers were distributed in Prince George's County, by the Ehrlich/Steele Republican campaign, falsely stating that African American elected officials had endorsed the Republican candidates for U.S. Senate and for Governor and misleading voters about the party affiliation of those candidates. [Washington Post, 11/3/06; Baltimore Sun, 1/20/07]

Email from Bush Campaign in FL to RNC Includes List of Voters to Be Challenged From African-American Neighborhood. "Two e-mails, prepared for the executive director of the Bush campaign in Florida and the campaign's national research director in Washington, DC, contain a 15-page so-called 'caging list.' It lists 1,886 names and addresses of voters in predominantly black and traditionally Democrat areas of Jacksonville, Florida. An elections supervisor in Tallahassee, when shown the list, told Newsnight: 'The only possible reason why they would keep such a thing is to challenge voters on election day.'" [BBC Television News Online, 10/26/04]

In 2005 RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman Vowed to Challenge Voters at the Polls. During an appearance on behalf of the GOP gubernatorial candidate in Virginia in 2005, RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman vowed to "do whatever we can to help make sure Jerry Kilgore becomes the next governor of the state" - including, according to the AP "having poll workers on hand to challenge voter eligibility." [AP, 05/26/05]

RNC-Funded Company Trashed Voter Registration Forms in 2004: "Voter's Outreach of America aka 'America Votes' is responsible for ripping up democratic voter registrations in Nevada. According to the investigative report, hundreds and perhaps thousands of individuals who think they are registered to vote actually are not. The organization has reportedly left Nevada and gone to Oregon. Full transcript of story attached... Well, the company [Voter's Outreach for America, aka America Votes] has been largely, if not entirely funded by the Republican National Committee. We should also point out that similar complaints have been received in Reno, where the registrar there has asked the FBI to investigate. It's a complicated story and we'll have a lot more tonight and I think in the days ahead." [KLAS Las Vegas Channel 8, 4pm news, Oct. 12, 2004]

Republican Admits Systematic Challenges of Black and Hispanic Voters in 2002. "In the 2002 antifraud experimental run, hundreds of Republican activists slipped on their green vests and tested out the role of poll monitor. In Milwaukee, the volunteers contested the residency of some black voters and in the Hispanic communities they questioned the nationalities of others. Overall, not much came of it. Even Mr. Graber [Wisconsin Republican Chairman] concedes there were 'few reports of trouble.' But he says the "dry run" two years ago has better prepared the party for the challenges today." [Wall Street Journal, 10/22/04]

Republicans Tried to Scare Hispanic Immigrants From Voting. State investigators have linked a Republican campaign to letters sent to thousands of Southern California Hispanics warning them they could go to jail or be deported if they vote next month, a spokesman for the attorney general said. In fact, immigrants who are naturalized U.S. citizens can vote. [USA Today, 10/19/06]

Florida Election Officials Sought to Purge African-Americans From Voter Rolls. Florida Officials Struck Over 2,000 Eligible Voters From Voting Rolls, 62% Were Democrats, More Than Half Were Black. An analysis by the Miami Herald found that the Florida Division of Elections had improperly included 2,119 voters who were on a list of more than 47,000 felons potentially ineligible to vote in the November elections. Florida law requires convicted felons to request clemency in order to regain their right to vote. Of the 2,119 people on the list, 62% were registered Democrats, almost half were Black and less than 20% were Republican. Only sixty-one Hispanics were included on the list of over 47,000 felons though they comprise 11% of the prison population, a politically significant fact for the November elections since Hispanics in Florida vote overwhelmingly Republican while Blacks vote Democrat. [Miami Herald, 7/2/04; Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 7/7/04, 7/8/04; New York Times, 7/10/04]

Native Americans Told "To Go Home" in June Primary. Poll workers demanded identification from Native Americans in South Dakota's June primary, and they illegally turned away Native American voters from the polls when they did not have it. The state's elections auditor sent out a memo to state poll workers stating that all voters must have IDs, but did not widely disseminate information that said that voters could sign an affidavit in lieu of showing identification. State Democrats say that the actions by poll workers were an extension of a wider move by the GOP controlled state legislature to suppress Native American turnout. The law requiring voters to show identification was passed in 2004. One South Dakotan voter turned away from the poll was told by an elections worker that "if she didn't have a photo ID, she could just turn around and home." [Argus Leader, 6/11/04]

Armed, Plain Clothes Police Officers Intimidated Elderly Black Voters in Orlando. Plain clothes police officers, revealing their side arms, made house calls to elderly, black voters who voted in Orlando's mayoral race in March 2003. The voters were in large part campaign workers or volunteers that helped to organize and get out the vote, mainly using absentee ballots, for African- American Mayor Buddy Dyer. Dyer won with just under 51% of the vote. His challenger, Ken Mulvaney and other defeated candidate alleged that Dyer aide, Ezzie Thomas, the 73-year old head of the Orlando League of Voters, filled out multiple absentee ballots on behalf of black voters. These actions came in spite of the fact that in May 2003 the Florida Dept of Law Enforcement had concluded "that there was no basis to support the allegations of election fraud."[Bob Herbert Column, New York Times, 8/16/04, 8/20/04; AP, 7/17/04]

Convicted Republican Phone Jammer Blamed GOP "Culture" and Was Afraid to Push Back on RNC Official. As he finished serving a prison sentence for "jamming Democratic phone lines in New Hampshire during the 2002 US Senate race," Allen Raymond told the Boston Globe that the "scheme reflects a broader culture in the Republican Party that is focused on dividing voters to win primaries and general elections. He said examples range from some recent efforts to use border-security concerns to foster anger toward immigrants to his own role arranging phone calls designed to polarize primary voters over abortion in a 2002 New Jersey Senate race." The scheme led to "the convictions of Raymond and two top Republican officials, and a Democratic lawsuit that seeks to determine whether the White House played any role." Allen said "he got caught up in an ultra-aggressive atmosphere" and that "he had been reluctant to turn down a prominent official of the RNC, fearing that would cost him future opportunities from an organization that was becoming increasingly ruthless." [Boston Globe, 06/10/2006]

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: chutzpah; civilrights; demlies; democrats; dnc; dncstrategy; voters; votersuppression
This is what's called "projection" in psychology. For the democrats to accused anyone else of voter fraud is the height of chutzpah!
1 posted on 08/25/2007 8:33:56 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

YEP....we have Queen Gregoire here in WA, the State, because of Dem corruption.....talk about PROJECTION! They’re probably just out there trying to figure out how to cheat better!


2 posted on 08/25/2007 8:35:52 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Being Challenged Builds Character! Being Coddled Destroys Character!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Every American does not have the right to vote. No American has the right to vote more than once. Every American who does have the right to vote has the right to have his vote count as it was cast and to not be added to a candidate’s total if not cast.


3 posted on 08/25/2007 8:38:16 PM PDT by Ingtar (The LDS problem that Romney is facing is not his religion, but his Lacking Decisive Stands.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

***When signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson said that the “right to vote is the basic right without which all others are meaningless.***

I thought that was reserved to the Second Amendment.


4 posted on 08/25/2007 8:38:24 PM PDT by wastedyears (Alright, hold tight, I'm a highway staaaaaaaaaaaaarrr)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I guess they need to do a precint-level study to avoid past embarrassments, such as 99% turnout, and increases in new registrations when the local population decreased.

-PJ

5 posted on 08/25/2007 8:39:15 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Repeal the 17th amendment -- it's the "Fairness Doctrine" for Congress!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They want massive illegal voting with no way to challenge it.


6 posted on 08/25/2007 8:39:32 PM PDT by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Indeed these clowns were all over King County in 2004 when Christine Gregoire was elected Washington governor by a fraudulent, a result that was later recognized by a very large percentage of the voters as meriting a revote. Despite a smoking gun, the courts (probably correctly) couldn’t find a legal way to compel or even authorize a repeat election. Any dem who does not decry the fraud that caused this result has no moral standing to claim any fraud.


7 posted on 08/25/2007 8:42:50 PM PDT by jimfree (Freep and ye shall find.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Hey Dems, who protects the Dems in Florida that are going to have their votes thrown out by you and your committee?

Hello? Hello? Anyone?

8 posted on 08/25/2007 8:44:14 PM PDT by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

GREAT!!!

This means all the dem votes from deceased people and family pets won’t count, right?


9 posted on 08/25/2007 8:46:17 PM PDT by shbox
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

DNC, manufacturing victory, one fraudulent vote at a time.


10 posted on 08/25/2007 8:47:21 PM PDT by Nomorjer Kinov (If the opposite of "pro" is "con" , what is the opposite of progress?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Fix is on. The Clinton’s have figured out everything including the voting machines. In my state of Connecticut, they are breathing heavy about changing the machines. No one understands why , but we must do that now!


11 posted on 08/25/2007 8:52:22 PM PDT by mojo114
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I want a simple standard. You offer proof of citizenship or you don’t vote. We use ids to verify things all the time. I do agree that a voter should have a receipt for their vote. This should be a good issue for Republicans but again I don’t hear anyone speaking about it in any way that would make it important to people. I have no doubt that a vast majority support a citizenship verification standard. I’d force the Democrats to defend this on tv and then I’d keep asking them a single question. Do you believe illegal aliens should vote?


12 posted on 08/25/2007 9:01:47 PM PDT by Maelstorm (When ideas are considered equal regardless of content, then arriving at truth becomes an accident.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The DNC doesn’t have chutzpah, they have a gullible and stupid base and they know it.
13 posted on 08/25/2007 9:15:01 PM PDT by KJC1
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To: doug from upland

“They want massive illegal voting with no way to challenge it.” _______________________________________________________ You and I do not agree on much, but that is exactly how the Beast will get elected. All the players are in place and the lawyers and judges on call. The failure of President Bush’s administration to do anything about the MASSIVE voter fraud that occurred in 00 and 04 has led us to the debacle that will happen in 08.


14 posted on 08/25/2007 9:19:52 PM PDT by Roccus (sync//sync//eot)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So they’re issuing a statement outlining all the ways they’ll cheat, I presume?


15 posted on 08/25/2007 9:24:29 PM PDT by Joann37
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When these vicious Demagogues show that they care about protecting the rights of every MILITARY voter, that they care about stopping massive VOTE FRAUD by the left, when they show that they actually value US citizenship and the LAWS of this land..... then it might be possible to take this crap seriously. Until then, it’s just the usual deranged propaganda.


16 posted on 08/25/2007 9:30:00 PM PDT by Enchante (Reid and Pelosi Defeatocrats: Surrender Now - Peace for Our Time!!)
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For some reason, I'm reminded of the exchange between Otter and Boon in "Animal House":

"He can't do that to our pledges."
"Only we can do that to our pledges."

17 posted on 08/25/2007 9:31:22 PM PDT by RichInOC (Democrats: "You ****ed Up. You Trusted Us.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The fox guarding the hen house. These are they same idiots that work hard every two years doing what it takes to keep military ballots overseas and not be counted.


18 posted on 08/25/2007 10:06:39 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (When you start seeing FR as a "hate site," it's time for you to go to rehab.)
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To: Roccus

We don’t agree on much? Let’s see.

Should we close the Southern border?
Is Hillary an evil, manipulative, power hungry b*tch who would do anything for power?
Is the United States the greatest force for good in the world?
Should we trust Democrats with national security?
Does Treasury revenue increase when taxes are cut?
Was Ronald Reagan the greatest president of our lifetime?
Will the Islamofascists kill liberals as quickly as they would kill us?
Should blacks gets reparations?
Does it matter if a mom and day adopt a child or a gay couple adopt the child?
Does liberal talk radio suck?
Is Bill Clinton a rapist?
Would you enjoy seeing Ann Coulte bitch slap all of the women on The View? (except Hasselback, of course)
Should Ted Kennedy have done jail time for killing Mary Jo?
Should adults who are properly trained and who don’t have felony records be allowed to carry a firearm?
Would inner city kids greatly benefit by having school choice and vouchers?
Is a fetus a human baby waiting to be born?
Does the political left try to divide us by race, gender, and class?
Should people be judged by their race or by the content of their character?
Would being forced to be amorous with Helen Thomas cause you to begin projectile vomiting?
Helen Thomas or Heather Locklear?
Should voters be required to produce ID at the polls?
Is John Murtha a major league *sshole?
Should taggers keep having their trigger finger broken until they learn to stop spraying?
Do many of the Congressional Democrats care more about the country or their own power?
Would you name your son Mohammed?
Should a child molestor have his private parts removed?
Would you wear a shirt with a picture of either Mao or Che?
Would you prefer to see Hillary in a cocktail dress or an orange jumpsuit?


19 posted on 08/25/2007 10:16:10 PM PDT by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
When is news not news? When you have to pay to get it noticed.

Check the source for this "news:" PR Newswire, the ultimate media whoring outfit. They'll publish anything for you if you have the bucks.

In other words, since this is not legitimate "news," BrainPOP had to resort to paying to spread their propaganda.

If it's from PR Newswire, it may be an idle curiosity, but it is most certainly not "news."

It's kinda of interesting... I've noticed most of the stuff put out by PR Newswire comes from the RATS. Maybe PR Newswire is a front for the DNC or Soros.

20 posted on 08/25/2007 10:41:05 PM PDT by upchuck (Today there are 10,000 more illegal aliens in yer country than there were yesterday. 10,000! THINK!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

To the rat, “election protection” means he finds a way to cheat Republicans that he can get away with.


21 posted on 08/26/2007 4:41:36 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Liberals are "American aliens." They were born IN America but they are not OF America.)
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