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  • Supreme Court questions state law banning political apparel at ballot box

    02/28/2018 10:59:30 AM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 28, 2018 | Alex Swoyer
    The Supreme Court took a dim view Wednesday of Minnesota’s law banning voters from wearing political apparel to vote on Election Day, with liberal justices questioning where to draw the line and conservatives wondering who got to decide what is political in the first place. Minnesota said it has a legitimate state interest in ensuring decorum inside polling places and integrity during the election process. But Andrew Cilek, a Minnesota voter, contends the law is overly broad and almost prevented him from voting in the 2010 election because he wore a “Tea Party Patriots” T-shirt and a button asking poll...
  • [illegal alien] Voting-Rights Advocates Get Win at Supreme Court

    06/29/2015 2:28:26 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 65 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 6/29/2015 | Simone Pathé
    Monday’s big election law news came from the Supreme Court’s penultimate decision of the term upholding Arizona’s congressional districts. But before handing down its last three decisions, the court made voting-rights advocates happy by deciding not to review a different election case. “Arizona citizens can continue to participate in voter registration drives without worrying about not having proof of citizenship documents,” Shirley Sandelands, of the League of Women Voters of Arizona, said in a statement Monday. The case, Kobach, et al. v. Election Assistance Commission, et al., was about whether Arizona and Kansas could require voters to prove their citizenship...
  • Kimberlé Crenshaw’s Toxic Race Tour at Cornell University

    10/19/2013 12:05:05 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 19, 2013 | J. Christian Adams
    We have yet more evidence that parts of academia are fully engaged in dividing Americans along racial lines and indoctrinating students with fringe and toxic racial ideas. From the Cornell Daily Sun: Kimberle Crenshaw ’81, Critical Race Theorist, Returns to The Hill (emphasis all mine): Visiting Cornell, a prominent theorist on issues of race and gender equality said recent Supreme Court cases addressing affirmative action and voting rights have devastated the progress of the civil rights era at a lecture Thursday. Prof. Kimberlé Crenshaw ’81, law, University of California, Los Angeles and Columbia Law School spoke as part of her...
  • Black Caucus members seek improvements to Voting Rights Act

    07/23/2013 4:04:50 AM PDT · by onyx · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/23/13 05:00 AM ET | By Mike Lillis
    Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) are seeking to strengthen the Voting Rights Act by making it easier for judges to expand voter protections across the country in response to individual discrimination lawsuits.The effort goes beyond crafting a broad definition of which voters should get extra protection based on regional records of racial discrimination.The move is an indication that some Democrats are hoping to use last month’s Supreme Court decision scrapping the law’s Section 4 coverage formula as an opportunity to bolster other provisions of the landmark civil rights legislation that were left intact by the ruling.Specifically, the lawmakers...
  • Obama’s executive order: Panel to form ‘best practices’ election guide for states

    03/28/2013 11:54:51 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 28, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    President Obama is issuing a new executive order on Thursday aimed at cracking down on election problems — but specifics are still scarce. Read between the lines of the group’s mission statement, and it seems the group will be overseeing state election laws, to at least some degree. Politico reports Mr. Obama’s order creates a new presidential commission on election body, co-chaired by two lawyers, Bob Bauer and Ben Ginsburg. Mr. Bauer served on the campaign of Mr. Obama in 2012; Mr. Ginsberg, on Mitt Romney’s campaign, Politico says.
  • Supreme Court upholds voter ID law (4/28/08)

    03/12/2012 4:02:54 PM PDT · by Jean S · 30 replies · 2+ views ^ | 4/28/08 | From the Associated Press via MSNBC (4/28/08)
    The Supreme Court ruled that states can require voters to produce photo identification without violating their constitutional rights, validating Republican-inspired voter ID laws. In a splintered 6-3 ruling, the court upheld Indiana’s strict photo ID requirement, which Democrats and civil rights groups said would deter poor, older and minority voters from casting ballots. Its backers said it was needed to prevent fraud.It was the most important voting rights case since the Bush v. Gore dispute that sealed the 2000 election for George W. Bush. But the voter ID ruling lacked the conservative-liberal split that marked the 2000 case.The law “is...
  • Black Panther voter-intimidation debacle still gnaws at nation's values

    12/18/2011 1:33:35 PM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Philly Inquirer ^ | December 18, 2011 | J. Christian Adams
    J. Christian Adams is an election lawyer who served in the Voting Rights Section at the U.S. Department of Justice and is author of Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department Most who have seen the video of the New Black Panthers standing in front of a Philadelphia polling place in 2008 have well-settled opinions about the matter. However, with the presidential election next year, and with the injunction that barred the baton-wielding King Samir Shabazz from appearing at city polling places set to expire, it's worth considering some facts you might not have heard before. As...
  • NAACP Taking Complaints About U.S. Voter Laws to United Nations

    12/06/2011 4:15:38 PM PST · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 6, 2011 | Judson Berger
    The NAACP is calling on the United Nations to intervene as it claims state governments are colluding to "block the vote" for minority communities ahead of the 2012 election -- a charge those governments vehemently deny. The nation's biggest civil rights organization this week released a report that claimed a raft of new voting laws at the state level would disenfranchise minority voters. The report said 14 states passed 25 measures "designed to restrict or limit the ballot access of voters of color." The report catalogued several categories of laws that have been passed largely by Republican-dominated legislatures and which...
  • NAACP warns Black and Hispanic Americans Could Lose Right To Vote

    12/05/2011 7:56:45 PM PST · by Steelfish · 59 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | December 05, 2011 | Ed Pilkington
    NAACP warns Black and Hispanic Americans Could Lose Right To Vote Civil rights group petitions UN over 'massive voter suppression' after apparent effort to disenfranchise black and Hispanic people Ed Pilkington 5 December 2011 The NAACP called the move the 'most vicious, co-ordinated and sinister attack to narrow participation in our democracy since the early 20th century'. The largest civil rights group in America, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is petitioning the UN over what it sees as a concerted efforted to disenfranchise black and Latino voters ahead of next year's presidential election. The organisation...
  • Expatriate U.S. Voters Finding It Easier to Receive Ballots (DOJ lax on MOVE Act)

    02/12/2011 12:25:27 PM PST · by jazusamo · 2 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 12, 2011 | Brian Knowlton
    WASHINGTON — As the effect of a new law protecting the rights of overseas U.S. voters is felt, those voters are reporting an easier time in requesting and receiving ballots. But a very substantial number of their ballots still went uncounted in the 2010 midterm elections, according to a private foundation. “There was definitely an indication from the voters themselves that there was improvement,” Claire M. Smith, research director for the Overseas Vote Foundation, said Thursday in explaining the group’s findings. “One voter said, ‘For the first time in 34 years, I got my ballot on time.”’ Improved procedures received...
  • Data in: Military voters WERE disenfranchised in 2010

    02/11/2011 12:39:17 PM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Pajamas Media/Tatler ^ | February 11, 2011 | Christian Adams
    PJM covered the mess and delays associated with military voting during the 2010 election. The first set of Congressional hearings to investigate the failures of the Department of Justice to monitor the implementation and compliance with the MOVE Act are scheduled for next Tuesday.  Accuracy-challenged Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez takes the stand to put lipstick on the DOJ military voting enforcement pig.  The hearings should be full of fireworks, especially given the release of a study by the Overseas Vote Foundation (OVF). The study confirmed many of the issues raised by me, as well as the Military Voter Protection Project...
  • Holder smacked down over voting--A crimson tide of embarrassment rises at the Justice Department

    09/17/2010 5:18:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 17, 2010 | Editorial
    The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division has lurched from multiple controversies into an outright embarrassment. In an order issued Sept. 16, U.S. District Judge John D. Bates of the District of Columbia gave Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s team the legal equivalent of a 2-by-4 across the head. The department's handling of a voting rights case from Shelby County, Ala., has been so slipshod as to invite questions of its legal competence across the board. Shelby County is challenging the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act's Section 5, an increasingly problematic requirement that election jurisdictions in several states, mostly...
  • Partisan politics at Virginia SBE causes minority vote dilution

    09/04/2010 11:00:30 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Election Law Center ^ | September 4, 2010 | Christian Adams
    In the heat of the Presidential campaign, and with Virginia suddenly up for grabs, Virginia election secretary Nancy Rodrigues and her staff made a little noticed change in election procedures involving college students. This change was done at the behest of the Obama for President campaign. Sources inside the Virginia State Board of Elections tell us that nakedly partisan views of those ordering the change were well known. And ironically, the change may dilute the voting strength of African-Americans in Richmond, Charlottesville and Newport News. When the policy was changed in 2008, it was an administrative change. But now...
  • In Georgia, a Victory for Citizenship Verification

    08/27/2010 8:41:19 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    NRO/The Corner ^ | August 27, 2010 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    Last week brought good news for those of us who believe that illegal aliens and non-citizens shouldn’t be violating federal and state laws that prohibit them from registering and voting with impunity. The Justice Department agreed to settle a federal lawsuit filed by the State of Georgia (Georgia v. Holder) that will allow Georgia to verify the citizenship status of newly registered voters.Georgia filed the lawsuit in June because the DOJ objected to the state’s verification procedures, calling Georgia’s process “seriously flawed” and claiming it would have a disparate impact on minority voters. Because Georgia is covered by Section 5...
  • U.S. Civil Rights Commission hearing erupts in shouting

    08/13/2010 12:35:18 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 48 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | August 13, 2010 | Mike M. Ahlers
    Washington (CNN) -- Members of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission shouted at each other Friday over the Justice Department's decision to drop most of the charges in a 2008 incident in which black militants confronted voters at a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, polling place, leading to charges of voter intimidation. Conservative commission members accused the Justice Department of "stonewalling" the commission's investigation into the dismissal, and called a Justice Department's response to requests for information "breathtaking and insulting." A liberal commission member, in turn, dismissed those complaints as the "last gasps of a conservative majority of this commission." At the end of...
  • EDITORIAL: A pattern of misconduct at Justice--Black Panther case is no shot in the dark

    08/09/2010 7:29:26 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 9, 2010 | Editorial
    The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights says the Justice Department continues to stonewall investigation of the New Black Panther Party voter-intimidation case. This reflects systemic injustice at Justice. Several reports in the past week exposed a bizarre ideological campaign being pushed by the department's Civil Rights Division. First, the department apparently is adopting a policy of sending award money from successful civil rights suits not to actual victims, but to outside groups that claim to "represent" victims' interests. This clearly risks payoffs to liberal groups such as ACORN, the ACLU and the NAACP. Second, the department threatens to halt a...
  • EXCLUSIVE: DOJ Accused of Stalling on MOVE Act for Voters in Military

    07/28/2010 8:45:06 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | July 28, 2010 | Jana Winter
    The Department of Justice is ignoring a new law aimed at protecting the right of American soldiers to vote, according to two former DOJ attorneys who say states are being encouraged to use waivers to bypass the new federal Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act. The MOVE Act, enacted last October, ensures that servicemen and women serving overseas have ample time to get in their absentee ballots. The result of the DOJ's alleged inaction in enforcing the act, say Eric Eversole and J. Christian Adams — both former litigation attorneys for the DOJ’s Voting Section — could be that...
  • Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) Asks for Special Counsel to Investigate DOJ/New Black Panther Scandal

    07/23/2010 12:22:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 23, 2010 | Staff
    The congressman asks that the special counsel also look into "whether the Department has adopted a policy of enforcing voting rights laws in a racially discriminatory manner." On the heels of the public statements, sworn testimony, and articles published by DOJ whistleblower J. Christian Adams here at PJM, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) today released a four-page letter he sent to President Obama requesting he commence an independent investigation into the New Black Panther case dismissal.Smith writes: If [Adams'] allegations are true, it means that the Justice Department has become politicized and only an independent entity can effectively investigate this matter.…Had...
  • Civil Rights Commission Chairman to DOJ: Are You Race-Neutral?

    07/15/2010 6:16:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Main Justice ^ | July 15, 2010 | Ryan J. Reilly
    Recent testimony before the the U.S. Civil Rights Commission from a former Justice Department lawyer has “raised serious concerns as to whether the Civil Rights Division’s enforcement policies are being pursued in a race-neutral fashion,” the panel’s chairman wrote in a letter to the head of DOJ’s Civil Rights Division Wednesday.J. Christian Adams, former trial attorney, testifies before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. (photo by Channing Turner / Main Justice) In a letter to Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas Perez, Chairman Gerald A. Reynolds highlighted several statements by former DOJ lawyer J. Christian Adams, who testified...
  • Politics or Justice?

    07/12/2010 9:29:48 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 1 replies
    Election Law Center ^ | July 12, 2010 | Nicole S. Marrone
    Accusations that the Voting Section of the Department of Justice is poisoned by politics are not new and neither are its loudest critics.  In the fall of 2007, those declaring that the George W. Bush Administration used the Voting Section to achieve a political purpose got their day in “court.”  On October 30, 2007, former Voting Section Chief John Tanner testified to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.  He was called to testify following his decision to pre-clear a law in Georgia requiring that voters present photo identification at the polls.[1]  He stated that...