'Voter Fraud' Phantom Returns to Haunt Policy Makers and Voters Themselves

Cross-posted at Project Vote's blog, Voting Matters

Weekly Voting Rights News Update

By Erin Ferns

A year has passed since the U.S. Attorneys scandal first gathered steam for the firings of nine federal prosecutors - at least two of whom claim being "pressured by Republicans to bring charges of voter fraud against people who intended to [vote] for Democrats." But the issue is far from settled. This week, the phantom issue of "voter fraud" emerged in the guise of news stories, editorials, memos, blogs, legislation, and even a Senate hearing either extinguishing or inflaming the alleged election integrity problem, particularly regarding voter identification requirements. Ultimately, what has become most evident in the last year is how far partisans are willing to go in order to legalize voter suppression tactics through the smoke-screen of "voter fraud."

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Whitehouse Tackles "Nefarious" Vote Caging. No, not that White House

In the beginning was the Vote, and the Vote was with the People and the Vote was the People. Shortly after that, came the political strategists. From then on, the vote was only for the people who lived in the right precincts.

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Voter Suppression At Justice: DOJ Gets Tongue-Lashing During House Oversight Hearing

February 26 was not a good day for Asheesh Agarwal, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the U. S. Department of Justice. During a hearing of the House Committee on the Judiciary, the bookish bureaucrat was raked slowly over the hot coals by several irate members of Congress.

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KS-02: Ryun Source of Caging

I just had to tell ya'll about this because its something that makes me crazy.  

Last year around Christmas time - the Kansas GOP sent out what I'm sure they thought was a normal everyday fundraising email.  What they mistakenly did was talk about all the great work they are doing and talked about their Vote Caging program.

This erupted into a huge thing here, here, here, and here.

BoydaBloc - a pro-Nancy Boyda blog just broke this story while going through Jim Ryun's campaign finance report disbursements.

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AP Story On Texas Voter Roll Problems Feeds "Election Integrity" Hysteria

Weekly Voting Rights News Update

By Erin Ferns

This week the Associated Press would have you believe that Texas is reliving its Wild West days, complete with outlaw voter rolls that are packed with felons and the deceased. Peppered with urgent language ("The auditor's report warns that improvement is needed...") and frantic headlines ("State's Voter Registration Rolls Need Policing"), the AP and local news outlets conjure images of wild-eyed ex-cons assaulting the integrity of Texas' electoral system.

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