Republicans Suppress the Vote Under Guise of Defending Election Integrity

Talk on the blogosphere of voting irregularities typically centers around unsubstantiated claims of tampering with the voting machines and debunked claims about the meaning of raw exit poll date, often allowing the real problems to remain ignored. There’s absolutely no evidence that Republicans steal elections on election day. They are far smarter as instead they rig the system to enhance their chances, using tactics which aren’t subject to recount. McClatchy has looked at how Republicans curb voting in Democratic areas.

As has been seen with Republican misdirection in so many areas, they practice voter suppression under the guise of protecting the integrity of elections. Justice Department civil rights lawyer Hans von Spakovsky advocated changes to the election law which he claimed would reduce fraud, sometimes under the pseudonym of Publius in legal journals. Very little actual fraud of the type von Spakovsky campaigned against was ever proven, but this didn’t matter as long as changes could be advocated which benefited the Republicans:

“Mr. von Spakovsky was central to the administration’s pursuit of strategies that had the effect of suppressing the minority vote,” charged Joseph Rich, a former Justice Department voting rights chief who worked under him.

He and other former career department lawyers say that von Spakovsky steered the agency toward voting rights policies not seen before, pushing to curb minor instances of election fraud by imposing sweeping restrictions that would make it harder, not easier, for Democratic-leaning poor and minority voters to cast ballots.

13 Comments

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    citizen says:

    dems have alot of nearve to talk about voter fraud. how many abcente vots do they supress from military every election.there is no substanc evidence rep supress votes any more then dems, u just loose all the time and u cant believe americans actually side with conservatives. but most of the time they do. obama and hillary are perfect 4 us in a national election. we dont even need that strong a nommine.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Citizen,

    You seemed to have missed the revelations in recent investigations stemming from the Federal Attorney scandal that the Republican claims of such voter fraud are false.

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    citizen says:

    no creatible evedence rep supress votes more than dems. but i know u have to blame dems losses on something.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Citizen,

    You miss the point of the post. Investigations are revealing that there is evidence both that the Republican claims are greatly exaggerated, but that voter supporession in minority areas is real.

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    citizen says:

    i can find u an artical stating oppisite. good try though,.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Citizen,

    Of course you could find articles stating the opposite. What matters, though, is where the facts are. There are plenty of articles in conservative publications stating the opposite, but they have been proven to be untrue, while charges of voter suppression by Republicans are being verified.

    Conservatives seem to think that all they have to do is say something. Things like accuracy and evidence just don’t seem to matter to conservatives.

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    battlebob says:

    It is the old throw enough crap on a wall and some begins to stick issue.
    Conservatives know if they keep repeating the same lie enough, their followers will beleive it.
    Fortunately for the rest of the reality-based universe, Repub membership will continue to go down unless they change both the message and the delivery system.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Battlebob,

    “Conservatives know if they keep repeating the same lie enough, their followers will beleive it.”

    That part is easy. Look at Citizen.

    The problem is that, not only do their followers believe it, but some of their crap makes it into the mainstream media and is accepted as truth. Fortunately more and more people see through this, even if a handful like Citizen continue to fall for it.

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    citizen says:

    yes the facts are with us. name me one rep arrested on voter fraud. there are more citizens like me then u 60 mill to be exact. we could have got 10mil more too.will get 70 mill next time.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    You just want one. There’s James Tobin, just one of four Republicans convicted in the New Hampshire phone jamming scheme. The Republican Party also paid $135,000 to settle a case on the matter. This is just one case. More are likely to follow.

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    citizen says:

    u can vote over the phone didnt know that one

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    Ron Chusid says:

    As suspected, it looks like you don’t know anything about the Republican phone jamming scheme, which tied the Bush White House into voter suppression and fraud. Before you claim there hasn’t been such fraud by Republicans, you might actually read up on the cases where it has been proven.

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    kathy says:

    The only way Republicans can win the national election is to cheat. THey HAVE to supress the vote–do the math–or they can rig the voting machines since registered Republicans make up about 25% of the electorate and thanks to Bush it is going lower. Mainstream Americans overwhelmingly side with Democratic ideals. That is a fact. If they all voted we would never have a Republican president.

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