2008 Voter Suppression Hangs on Supreme Court Decision

Weekly Voting Rights News Update

By Erin Ferns

In the new year, a case that will determine the state of American voting rights will be considered by the Supreme Court. Called "the most important voting rights case since Bush v. Gore" by the Brennan Center for Justice, Indiana's voter ID case (Crawford v. Marion County Elections Board) may throw a monkey wrench into getting eligible voters to cast ballots in the 2008 presidential election. The constitutionality of the nation's most restrictive voter identification law is under scrutiny by the country's highest court and more than two dozen scholars, advocates, and voting rights organizations have filed amicus briefs challenging the law in the hopes of expanding access to the ballot while still maintaining election integrity.

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ELECTION REFORM and John Edwards

ELECTION REFORM and John Edwards

user icon Karita Hummer in Quick Posts Feed of
11/17/2007 at 1:36 AM EST

The consequences of voter disenfranchisement, strange voting anomalies, vote suppression, and seeming fraud of the election of 2004 have had enormous consequences, with a full-scale diminishment of our democratic form of governance.

Senator Edwards statement for "Why Tuesday" demonstrates fully his grasp of the need for major reform of our electoral system.  His is a bold call for ensuring the fullest realization of our aspiration for a full-bodied democracy for America. He advocates for paper ballots, tougher laws to fight voter suppression and intimidation, disenfranchisement of former prisoners, elections on non-work days, and same day registration. Further, he advocates for public financing of national elections, thereby, reducing the influence of lobbyists on elections and giving more power to people through Citizenship Congresses.

This is a must-see!!!
http://blog.johnedwards.com/story/2007/1 1/16/114947/85

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Voter Disenfranchisement: Politicization at the DOJ Leads To Questionable Voter Purge Attempts

Weekly Voting Rights News Update

This an entry in a series of blogs to keep people informed on current election reform and voting rights issues in the news.

Featured Story of the Week:

Voter Purging: A Legal Way for Republicans to Swing Elections? - AlterNet

Justice Department wants court hearing on Alabama voting system - Associated Press, WAFF.com

"To me, it's a very clear view of the Republican agenda, said former [Department of Justice Civil Rights Division] Voting Section Chief, Joe Rich. "The GOP agenda is to make it harder to vote. You purge voters. You don't register voters. This is ripe for partisan decision making. You pick the states where you go after Democrats."

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Ga. State Rep. Sue Burmeister Doesn't Care About Black People

Georgia State Rep. Sue Burmeister (R-Augusta) doesn't care about black people.

While President Bush proclaims his support for democracy around the world, his Justice Department is busy stifling it here at home. The Department of Justice recently approved Georgia's plan to force voters to show a state-issued ID that can be obtained in only 59 of the state's 159 counties, none of which are in the six counties with the highest percentage of African Americans.

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