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“We Don’t Want to Repress”: Police in Honduras Refuse Orders to Stamp Out Pro-Democracy Protests

“We are tired. And our job is to give peace and security to the Honduran people, not repress them. We want all Hondurans to be safe.”

By Jon Queally, staff writer for CommonDreams. Published 12-5-2017

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Amid widening violence and ongoing protests, members of the Honduras National Police force—including those within the U.S.-trained units known as the Cobras—say they are refusing  to obey orders from the right-wing government of the incumbent president, Juan Orlando Hernández, who has used the security forces to crackdown on demonstrators and imposed a curfew amid allegations of voter fraud in recent elections.

“We want peace, and we will not follow government orders – we’re tired of this,” a spokesperson for the police told reporters outside the national police headquarters on Monday. “We aren’t with a political ideology. We can’t keep confronting people, and we don’t want to repress and violate the rights of the Honduran people.” Continue reading

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Ahead of Meeting, Trump Election Commission Ripped as ‘Stain on Democracy’

The so-called Election Integrity Commission is little more than a “platform for the extremist views of those who support voter suppression,” rights groups say

By Jake Johnson, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 9-11-2017

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As President Donald Trump’s so-called Election Integrity Commission is set to meet for the second time on Tuesday in New Hampshire, voting rights groups are slamming the panel as a “stain on democracy” and urging resistance to any attempt by the Trump administration to “restrict access to the ballot under the guise of eliminating voter fraud.”

“Our election process must be secure, fair, and transparent,” said Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, but Trump is using his “sham commission to spread the lie of rampant fraud as a Trojan Horse for voter suppression.” Continue reading

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Kobach Under Fire as Pushback to ‘Repugnant’ Voter Data Demand Swells

Trump’s vice chair of “voting integrity” commission stands accused of violating Hatch Act

By Andrea Germanos, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 7-4-2017

“We deem the President’s Election Integrity Commission to be a baseless tool to promote voter suppression and Mr. Kobach’s unlawful abuse of his role as head of the Commission for partisan ends only underscores the illegitimacy of the Commission itself,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. (Photo: Penn State/flickr/cc)

As the number of states rejecting a “repugnant” and “alarming” voter data demand from the Trump administration’s so-called Election Integrity Commission swells to 41, one of the officials at the helm of that commission, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, is under fire for allegedly violating federal law.

A civil rights group says that in his role as commission vice chair, Kobach, a Republican who’s been dubbed “the king of voter suppression,” appears to have violated the Hatch Act.

The 1939 law, which applies to Kobach in his role as committee vice chair, bars federal employees from using their “official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election.” Continue reading

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Alarm Raised as Trump Election Panel Requests Detailed Data on All US Voters

‘This meritless inquisition opens the door for a misguided and ill-advised Commission to take steps to target and harass voters and could lead to purging of the voter rolls.’

By Jon Queally, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 6-29-2017

Voting line i Brooklyn, 2008. Photo by April Sikorski from Brooklyn, USA (vote here) [CC-BY-SA-2.0] via Wikimedia Commons

Voting and civil rights advocates are ringing alarm bells on Thursday after it was learned that an election commission established by Donald Trump—one which critics feared from its inception would be used to suppress, not protect, voter access—had sent requests to all fifty states demanding personal and detailed information about voters.

According to The Hill, a letter was sent from Kris Kobach, the Secretary of State in Kansas and vice chairman of Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, asking the states for “several pieces of information about voters, including their names, birthdays, the last four digits of their Social Security numbers and their voting history dating back to 2006.”

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Even Conservative US Court Knows Texas Voter ID Law is ‘Affront to Democracy’

 Federal appeals court rules Texas’s voter ID law violates Voting Rights Act

By Andrea Germanos, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 7-20-2016

Court ruling described as “an enormous victory for voters in Texas.” (Photo: justgrimes/flickr/cc)

A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that Texas’s controversial voter ID law is discriminatory and violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

ThinkProgress describes it as “a stunning, unexpected decision from one of the most conservative federal appeals courts in the country,” the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Signed into law in 2011, Senate Bill 14 has been called the strictest voter ID law in the nation. As the Texas Tribune explains: “Texas is among nine states categorized as requiring ‘strict photo ID,’ and its list of acceptable forms is the shortest.” Continue reading

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Is Canada Importing Voter Suppression Tactics from the United States?

Agency that oversees country’s elections warns of U.S.-style ‘scare tactics, misinformation’

By Sarah Lazare, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 9-22-2015.

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Calgary election fraud protest on March 11, 2012. Photo by JMacPherson (Flickr: Youth_vote) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The agency that oversees elections in Canada issued a warning to its staff last year to keep a lookout for U.S.-style tricks aimed at suppressing the vote in the national elections that are slated for October 19, The Canadian Press revealed on Monday.

In May 2014, the agency Elections Canada delivered the presentation “An Introduction to Emerging Trends and Threats in Electoral Operations”—which was later obtained by The Canadian Press through an Access to Information Act request.

“We need look no further than the United States to find a vast overview of contemporary voter suppression and surveillance practices,” the presentation notes reportedly state, citing 17 cases in 15 American states between 2004 through 2012. Continue reading

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‘Recipe for Disaster’ as US Supreme Court Refuses Challenge to Voter ID Law

Written by Lauren McCauley, Staff Writer for CommonDreams, published on March 23, 2015.

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In a move that will impact hundreds of thousands of voters and may carry national implications, the Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a challenge to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s restrictive voter identification law.

Immediately after the high court rejected, without comment, to hear the case of Frank v. Walker, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed an emergency motion with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asking that the court stop the law from taking immediate effect. In Wisconsin, voting is currently underway in the April 7 general election as absentee ballots have already been sent to voters and early voting began Monday morning. ACLU warned that if the law is immediately enacted, some 300,000 Wisconsin voters will be impacted.

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Voter Fraud – Southern Style

A month from today, people across the country will (hopefully) go and vote for who they think will best represents their interests. And, as usual, there’s a lot of news dealing with the elections.  One story out of Arkansas really caught our eye, though.

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On Tuesday, Pulaski Circuit and County Clerk Larry Crane cancelled Leslie Rutledge’s voter registration. Why is this news? Leslie Rutledge is the Republican candidate for Attorney General in Arkansas.

In 2008, Rutledge moved to Washington D.C., and registered to vote as a D.C. resident in July. However, in November of that year, she voted via absentee ballot in the 2008 Arkansas general election. And, in 2010, she registered to vote in Virginia.

 

Crane said his office received documents last week alleging irregularities with Rutledge’s voter registration. When his office checked out the allegations, he found them to be accurate, and canceled her voter registration for being registered in multiple states. What makes this so interesting is that under Arkansas law, it’s a felony for a person who is not a qualified voter to vote in an election., and it’s against state law for anyone who is not registered to vote in the state to be elected to public office.

Rutledge for her part claims that in March 2013, she had gone to the county office and told an employee she was registered outside the state and needed to re-register; according to her, the employee said she’d just need to fill out a change of address card. Crane claims that she had never mentioned being registered in another state.

Rutledge, as is to be expected, is claiming that it’s all a political stunt engineered by Crane (who happens to be a Democrat), and that she found out about the cancellation at the same time that the news broke in the papers. She said; “They did contact me late afternoon, this was after the decision had been made. They never notified me that there might be a problem. That’s the concerning part. You have Larry Crane, a Democrat clerk who is a contributor to Nate Steel’s campaign, my opponent’s campaign, arbitrarily throwing me off the rolls without any sort of notification.”

The Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) is furious that Rutledge was removed from the voter rolls. This is the epitome of hypocrisy, as the RNLA is the group that’s been at the forefront of pretending there is massive voter fraud going on, and pushing for polling-place photo ID restrictions that disenfranchise the elderly, young and minorities as well as supporting mass voter registration roll purges by Republican officials. And, while mass voter purges within 90 days of federal elections are illegal, the RNLA supported Rick Scott’s attempt to do that very thing in Florida the last election cycle. And, Rutledge herself is a supporter of such laws. “As AG,” Rutledge said on her Facebook page in May, “I’ll defend voter ID laws to protect the integrity of our elections.”

Rutledge submitted a new voter registration to the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office on Friday; Crane had given her until Monday to re-register. Whether the story ends here or not remains to be seen.

Aren’t politics fun?

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