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Posted on 04/11/2014 2:42:09 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
April 11, 2014, 04:52 pm Obama decries bogus voter fraud complaints
By Justin Sink
President Obama labeled complaints about voter fraud bogus and accused Republicans of cynically trying to prevent Americans from accessing the polls in a fiery speech Friday at a civil rights forum hosted by Al Sharpton.
Obama argued that attempts in some states to impose new voter identification restrictions were actually efforts by Republicans to make it harder, not easier to vote. And the president said that while voter fraud should be prevented, it rarely occurred.
So let's be clear, the real voter fraud is the people who try to deny our rights by making bogus arguments about voter fraud, Obama said.
Obama sad that the efforts betrayed a weakness within the Republican Party, saying his opposition needed to restrict poll access to remain competitive.
If your strategy depends on fewer people showing up to vote, that's not a sign of strength, it's a sign of weakness, Obama said.
What kind of political platform is that? he added. Why would you make that part of your agenda, preventing people from voting?
Obama called on Congress to pass an updated formula that would restore a central provision of the Voting Rights Act.
Last year, the Supreme Court gutted a part of the historic civil rights legislation that required certain jurisdictions with a history of discrimination to clear changes in voting procedures with the federal government.
The court said Congress could update the formula for "pre-clearance," but lawmakers have been unable to agree on new standards.
Some Southern states have subsequently moved aggressively to impose new, tougher voter ID requirements. Supporters of the legislation, including many Republicans, argue the new standards help prevent voter fraud.
But Democrats say the changes are really intended to exclude poor, minority and young voters who might not have the required photo identification and for whom obtaining it would prove costly.
Just to be clear, I know where my birth certificate is, but a lot of people don't, Obama quipped, in reference to the campaign controversy over his birthplace. I think it's still up on a website. You remember that? That was crazy. That was some crazy stuff. I hadn't thought about that in a while.
Obama accused Republicans lawmakers of changing the rules to try to restrict people's access to the ballot.
And the president said he would have Attorney General Eric Holder review all of the laws being passed for possible legal challenges.
I will not let voter suppression go unchallenged, Obama said.
But he also encouraged the assembled crowd to turn out and volunteer to register voters, even as restrictions tightened.
The president did not discuss alternative proposals to combat changes to voting laws.
Earlier this week, civil rights leader Andrew Young suggested Obama provide free Social Security cards with photos to all citizens, in a proposal endorsed by Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.
Earlier in the day, White House press secretary Jay Carney said the administration hadn't had a chance to renew the proposal.
We haven't had an opportunity to review all of the implications of that idea that Bill Clinton and others have put forward, but generally speaking on the question of voting rights, President Obama believes we should be making it easier and not harder for every eligible citizen to vote, Carney said.
The most bogus, phony thing is YOU, Obama!
Setting the stage for liberal voter fraud.
A DemocRAT Party tradition for over 150 years!
Okay, now the left is just flat out lying with impunity. When are sheeple going to wake up?
Harder to cheat, not harder to vote
that POSOdumbo ignores all the proved cases
including the thousands just reported on in North Carolina
and so far NO ONE has ever identified anyone refused a photo id to vote
How many blacks are there who don’t receive some kind of gov’t assistance for which they were all to glad to show photo ID
My experience is that everything after "clear" is bullshit. Especially when it comes out of the purple blur....
If you like your elections, you can keep your elections.
If Obama is opening his mouth on this issue, that means that the fraud is even worse than our worst imaginings.
Both this man’s elections are the direct result of MASSIVE voter fraud . The likes of which the United States has never seen . And we passively let them get away with it . When is enough enough ?
He’s so well-spoken.
In order to leave the country I must have a passport.
In order to get a passport I must provide a drivers license and birth certificate.
Perhaps Obama should first do an executive order to change those reqirements then he’ll be taken seriously about objecting to voter id.
Harder to vote... Multiple times, if you’re dead, illegal, Micky Mouse etc.
True, my only hope is we're putting a dent in their 'extra' votes or he wouldn't be defending it.
Just like all the statements from people who were directly (and deeply) hurt by obozocare were “all untrue.”
Tells me we are getting close to the target
If history is any guide, they won't. Look around the world, from the banana republics to North Korea.
I suspect this is a setup for the massive voter fraud that will occur in the midterm elections. My question is whether the Democrats have a new fraud technique up their sleeves.
Will they get severance (https://shoebat.com/2013/10/21/muslims-behead-man-cold-blood/) pay?
So dear leader thinks he has the right to stuff the ballot box with votes (in his favor, of course) from deceased citizens, illegal immigrants, and duplicates of the aforementioned; and any legislation that puts a halt to the fraudulent votes he would deem illegal. What a riot. What a clown. The corruption and lawlessness coming from him directly, and delegated to his cronies, is becoming so blatant, brazen and obvious. What a jack-ass.
Two white men (in disguise) intimidate a black man (foreground, also in disguise) from voting at a downtown Harlem voting precinct.