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Pelosi summons Dem leaders to brainstorm on voting rights
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Posted on 06/29/2013 5:39:31 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Pelosi summons Dem leaders to brainstorm on voting rights By Mike Lillis - 06/29/13 06:00 AM ET

The lawmakers gathered in Pelosi's office outlined a legislative strategy that will feature outreach to sympathetic Republicans.

House Democratic leaders met Friday to brainstorm ways to restore the Voting Rights Act following the Supreme Court decision that voided the law's central provisions.

Assembled in the office of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the lawmakers reached no conclusions about a specific fix, according to sources familiar with the talks, though they outlined a legislative strategy that features outreach to Republicans sympathetic to their cause.

Among those Republicans are Reps. Eric Cantor (Va.), the House majority leader, and James Sensenbrenner (Wis.), the former chairman of the Judiciary Committee, both of whom vowed this week to work to ensure that the court's decision does not diminish minority voting rights.

Legislatively, the lawmakers will essentially be starting from scratch. Although Democrats in recent years have pushed a series of bills to counter the efforts of some states to apply stricter voting standards, they "could not write a bill to respond to the Shelby County case decision until the decision was made," said a Democratic leadership aide, referring by title to the high court’s Voting Rights Act decision.

For that reason, "the legislative path forward in response to the Shelby County ruling specifically has yet to be determined," the aide said.

Pelosi has appointed Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), a veteran of the civil rights struggle and the third-ranking Democrat in the House, to lead the Democrats' effort. Clyburn this week said the court's decision would likely empower conservative states — including his own — to launch redistricting efforts designed to marginalize minority voters, who tend to vote Democratic.

"I can envision, at the beginning of the next legislative session, a lot of states, including my home state, will be taking a look, and probably will be having some redistricting," Clyburn said.

Also attending Friday's meeting were Democratic Reps. Xavier Becerra (Calif.), the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus; John Lewis (Ga.), the civil rights icon; John Conyers (Mich.), senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee; Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), ranking member of the Judiciary Committee's subpanel on civil justice; and John Dingell (Mich.), the House dean who says his vote for the Voting Rights Act was his proudest in Congress.

Enacted in 1965, the Voting Rights Act requires a number of states with a history of racial discrimination to secure federal approval before altering their voting procedures. The law was last reauthorized in 2006 with overwhelming bipartisan support, but the formula dictating which states are subject to extra scrutiny is decades old.

Behind Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court's conservative majority ruled 5-4 Tuesday that the formula — contained in Section 4 of the law — is outdated and therefore unconstitutional.

"Coverage today is based on decades-old data and eradicated practices," Roberts wrote. "Our country has changed, and while any racial discrimination in voting is too much, Congress must ensure that the legislation it passes to remedy that problem speaks to current conditions."

The Court did not invalidate Section 5, which empowers the federal government to require pre-clearance in certain states. But without a formula to determine which regions are subject to the extra scrutiny, Section 5 is effectively dormant.

Roberts invited Congress to "draft another formula based on current conditions," which is exactly what Pelosi and the Democrats intend to do.

They face a rough road ahead, however, as enacting a new formula will require bipartisan agreement about which states are most prone to discrimination against minorities — a politically charged question that carries the potential to sink the whole effort.

Indeed, some conservatives on Capitol Hill are already questioning whether Congress should make any effort to rewrite the formula, suggesting the era of unpunished discrimination is over and voters don't need the extra layer of protections.

"I'm just not aware of any discrimination of that kind, and if it happens I have no doubt that the Alabama attorney general would prosecute it or the U.S. Department of Justice will," Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said this week.

Some liberals, on the other hand, are already calling for the formula to be rewritten so that it includes even more states than it did in 1965.

Rep. Marcia Fudge (D), for one, is already lobbying for her home state of Ohio to be added to the list.

"They say that things need to be changed? Yes they need to be changed," Fudge said this week. "Not only should they not have shot down Section 4, they should have expanded it."

President Obama and Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) have vowed action to restore the protections invalidated by the court, but movement has been slower across the aisle. Both Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) declined to weigh in this week about whether Congress should attempt to rework the formula.

“We are reviewing this decision and trying to determine what the proper steps forward are going to be,” Boehner told reporters in the Capitol.

Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), a member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and a former voting rights attorney, said that, given the partisan divide in Congress, the risk of a stalemate over the formula is very real. With that in mind, Butterfield said the Department of Justice should step in to ask the Supreme Court to provide an interim formula that would guarantee voter protections while Congress tries to iron out a legislative response.

"We can give the Congress some time, but if there's inaction on the part of the Congress, I think that somebody needs to petition the court — and it should be the Department of Justice — petition the Court and say that, 'Look, Congress has failed to come up with a new formula, discrimination continues to exist, would you please order, or have a lower court order, an interim formula," Butterfield said this week.

Butterfield said he floated that idea to a DOJ official who met with the entire Democratic Caucus this week to discuss the court’s decision.

"He did not give me any encouragement that they would pursue an interim formula," Butterfield said. "But I'm not going to give up on it. I really think it's doable."

Meanwhile, while the Democrats aren't sure what their legislation will contain, they do know what name it will bear.

"I would like to see something … called the John Lewis Voting Rights Act," Pelosi said.


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Further proof they are illiterate............
1 posted on 06/29/2013 5:39:31 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

I propose that a person needs to meet/prove the same qualifications to vote as to own a gun.


2 posted on 06/29/2013 5:42:06 AM PDT by IamConservative (The soul of my lifes journey is Liberty!)
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To: Sub-Driver
Statists never rest...


3 posted on 06/29/2013 5:43:48 AM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: Sub-Driver

When you can rig the election by using the IRS to suppress the voters, who needs voter “rights”


4 posted on 06/29/2013 5:50:35 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Sub-Driver
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5 posted on 06/29/2013 5:52:22 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: Sub-Driver

Ideally, in a republic, the voters choose their representatives. Currently, the representatives are working to choose their voters.


6 posted on 06/29/2013 5:54:43 AM PDT by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: IamConservative

These useful idiots like Cantor Need to be removed .
They fall into the trap of the D party media every time .
Unreal


7 posted on 06/29/2013 5:55:41 AM PDT by ncalburt (Amnesty media out in full force)
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To: Sub-Driver

Did Boehner call a brainstorm session?


8 posted on 06/29/2013 6:04:27 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: Sub-Driver
Boo-hoo, rats are all in a tizzy that their vote ‘n fraud scams are being exposed and legally stopped. Same day registration with no picture ID required to vote makes sense to no one but a fraudster.
9 posted on 06/29/2013 6:05:48 AM PDT by JPG (Stay strong.)
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To: JPG

Yes and early and often voting schemes are right behind that one in importance to the fraudsters.


10 posted on 06/29/2013 6:14:37 AM PDT by wita
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To: Sub-Driver

How about these two modest improvements:

If you are still immature enough to be on mom and dad’s medical insurance you are too immature to vote.

If you are an able bodied parasite, living off taxpayers (government distributed freebies), you cannot vote because it is a conflict of interest.


11 posted on 06/29/2013 6:15:19 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Rubio's New Book: From Nobody To Senator, To Conservative savior, Then Back To Nobody")
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To: JPG

:: Same day registration with no picture ID required to vote makes sense to no one but a fraudster. ::

Don’t forget the grand fraud scheme known as the “early voting” period where it is perfectly legal to vote before election day and then show up to vote on election day, too.


12 posted on 06/29/2013 6:18:20 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I think they should extend the Voting Rights Acts provisions that previously affected 12 States, to the following Cities:
Chicago
St Louis
New York City
Cleveland
Baltimore
Boston
Detroit
New Orleans
Philadelphia
Newark
How’s that for starters?


13 posted on 06/29/2013 6:18:55 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

I think Detroit and Flint need serious oversight but I don’t trust the feds to do it.


14 posted on 06/29/2013 6:28:00 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

A couple of things introduced in Lansing recently.

Senate Bill 420: Allow different drivers license and voter registration addresses
Introduced by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on June 11, 2013, to allow a person to have a different address on their drivers license or state I.D. than the one at which they are registered to vote.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159884

Senate Bill 421: Allow registered-by-mail voter to vote absentee in first election
Introduced by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on June 11, 2013, to allow a person to vote by absentee ballot in the first election after registering by mail to vote in a jurisdiction. Current law requires that such voters show up in person the first time that they vote in the new jurisdiction, but may vote by absentee ballot for all subsequent elections.
http://www.michiganvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=159885


15 posted on 06/29/2013 6:32:31 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

My suggestions represent the locations where the “REAL” voter fraud exists. I am sure I missed a few.


16 posted on 06/29/2013 6:33:13 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Vote fraud in Detroit is so ingrained that its barely even mentioned any more.


17 posted on 06/29/2013 6:34:33 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Sub-Driver

So glad our in the toilet economy has been solved, so glad we do not have troops dying for lost cause muslims anywhere, so glad we have solved all the major problems facing our Nation that our elected officials can make this a priority...


18 posted on 06/29/2013 6:35:47 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: unixfox

“When you can rig the election by using the IRS to suppress the voters, who needs voter “rights””

Ding ding ding.. winner winner chicken dinner.


19 posted on 06/29/2013 6:55:56 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Like they tell Pelosi: “I’d have a battle of wits with you but it’s obvious you’re out of ammunition.”


20 posted on 06/29/2013 7:01:53 AM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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To: Sub-Driver

This is hilarious. The VRA was always unconstitutional, and so obsolete by the time it was killed that any new version would have zero chance of survival.

They might as well try to force the Republicans to accept a mandatory number of Democrat House and Senate seats, by appointment from their party instead of elected.

If the Republicans states act soon to restore honesty to the election system, the inability of the Democrats to cheat in elections could result in an election massacre.


21 posted on 06/29/2013 7:04:09 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: Sub-Driver

No, just proof that they are agenda driven. The part that was declared unconstitutional was so declared because it applied unequally to the states. All they have to do is pass something that essentially extends the Federal Government’s ability to set the standards for elections throughout the states, based on some fanciful criteria of “discrimination,” and we’ll be left with something much worse.


22 posted on 06/29/2013 7:04:45 AM PDT by livius
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To: Sub-Driver

Adopt the guidelines used by MLB for selection of the All Star game starters. You know just fine tune what we already have.


23 posted on 06/29/2013 7:05:03 AM PDT by waredbird
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
If the Republicans states act soon to restore honesty to the election system, the inability of the Democrats to cheat in elections could result in an election massacre.

And the GOP already has a 3 branch majority in more than half the states.
24 posted on 06/29/2013 7:09:11 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: jmcenanly
Ideally, in a republic, the voters choose their representatives. Currently, the representatives are working to choose their voters.

Sorry, jmcenanly, but that's decades behind the times. Lyndon Johnson and the Democratic [sic] party began to grow their own constituency with the so-called "great society." In the years since, they've carefully fed and nurtured the looter constituency until it's become the single largest and most dependable source of votes to be harvested; conversely, now that representatives of the Democratic [sic] party have figured out how to steal elections whole and complete, votes and voters are no longer a necessity.

Why waste time fertilizing voters and harvesting votes when a relative handful of digital experts can produce finished election tallies no one dares question?

I used to wonder why loudly self-proclaimed "progressives" pour such prodigious quantities of time, effort, and money, (much of it European,) into a scheme whose purpose is to enable them to rule millions of state serfs.

That was the wrong question. I was missing the obvious: the paired ultimate goals of dictatorship are wanton destruction and mass murder.

25 posted on 06/29/2013 7:15:21 AM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: Sub-Driver

Check out the first three results in voter ID. San Fran Nan should try this approach.


http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/search?m=all;o=time;q=quick;s=voter%20ID

OBAMA ADMIN SUPPORTS VOTER IDS… FOR KENYANS
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3036997/posts

Obama Pushes Voter ID Program - In Kenya!
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3036720/posts

WH Touts Kenyan Program to Obtain National ID Cards for Voter Registration
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3036362/posts


26 posted on 06/29/2013 7:37:05 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: Sub-Driver

The premise of the left is once again wrong. They are scheming to leverage the system to gain power. It has nothing to do with voting fairness.

I would love to see the voter rolls dumped. Automatically enroll every citizen over 18 as an independent. Those that wish to switch parties can. Voting should only be allowed with proof of identity.No proof of identity, no vote. Anyone involved in voter fraud would get a mandatory 10 year jail sentence and be forbidden to ever vote again with a penalty of 20 years. Enough screwing around, we are losing out country to communists and con men.


27 posted on 06/29/2013 7:40:01 AM PDT by Dutch Boy
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To: baddog 219

Brainstorm ,LOL ,first they need some BRAINS


28 posted on 06/29/2013 7:44:03 AM PDT by molson209
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To: Sub-Driver

TRANSLATION-—

Right out of the Alinsky-Commie playbook....Get ready for a shitstorm of accusations that Republicans are racist. Pelosi will get nowhere as far as changing any laws. Her tactics are to get their lo-IQ lo-information voters stirred up and out to vote

BTW last election 2012 blacks voted at a higher percentage than whites. So much for their vote being surpressed


29 posted on 06/29/2013 7:47:59 AM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing - Joe Pine)
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To: Sub-Driver

By “voting rights” Pelosi means the right to disenfranchise minority conservative voters. Blacks who vote Republican must have their voting power diluted. Likewise white votes must not carry as much weight as black votes. And, most importantly, fraudulent voting by leftwing voters must be easy and without consequence in order to insure conservative voters have no rights to a representative government. Preferential treatment for liberals and selective enforcement of the law will take care of the rest.


30 posted on 06/29/2013 7:53:31 AM PDT by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: darkwing104

Not to worry, it was a short meeting.. Just tell the voters to use the photo card they use to cash the check we send OUT OF OUR PAYCHECKS so they can to sleep until noon.. NEXT! ;0)


31 posted on 06/29/2013 8:11:14 AM PDT by carlo3b (Speechless in Sugar Land)
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