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Excerpt: "In an age of computerized registration books and extensive ID requirements, there's no real reason to strip people's names from voter rolls."

Members of SCOTUS. (photo: Getty Images)
Members of SCOTUS. (photo: Getty Images)


Jim Crow Supremes Enshrine Voter Lynch Law and May Have Stolen the 2018 Election for Trump's GOP

By Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman, Reader Supported News

12 June 18

 

he US Supreme Court (by the usual 5-4) has certified Ohio’s Jim Crow stripping of more than a million mostly black and Hispanic citizens from the 2018 voter registration rolls. Unless the Democrats effectively respond, a GOP victory in the 2018 mid-term election may be a done deal.

The decision approves Ohio’s race-based assault on the right to vote. Secretary of State Jon Husted has been stripping citizens who don’t vote in consecutive federal elections. His office mailed some 1.5 million queries to registered voters. He got back fewer than 300,000 responses – and then stripped some 1.2 million voters from the computer files.

Husted (now running for lieutenant governor) says he’s sent voters a notice after they skip a single federal election. If they don’t vote or respond in the next four years, they lose their ballot.

Court documents confirm that those eliminated are mostly urban blacks and Hispanics in mostly Democratic districts. Voters in rural Republican districts are often not queried, and their registration rolls are not stripped.

The usual five GOP Justices have ruled that this is fine with them. Secretaries of state throughout the US can now do the same thing.

The decision overturned a lower court decision. It joins a nationwide GOP campaign to disenfranchise suspected Democrats – mostly of color – by demanding photo ID, eliminating early and Sunday voting, closing neighborhood precincts, stopping same-day registration and more.

GOP officials in Ohio, Alabama, and elsewhere have fought easily re-counted paper balloting by letting local election boards turn off the simple function on some machines that produce a ballot image that can be reliably verified.

The GOP is also defending gerrymandered districts that give them control of the US House and many state legislatures. With votes split evenly between the two major parties, Ohio has 12 GOP US representatives versus 4 Democrats. Both houses of the state legislature have overwhelming Republican majorities, as in North Carolina, Wisconsin, and elsewhere.

The Democratic response has been weak. Unless the party mounts a massive voter registration drive, checks the rolls before election day, shepherds people to the polls, fights off gerrymandering, watches the electronic voting machines and much more, it stands no chance to shift the balance of power away from the GOP this coming fall.

We’ve seen it all before.

In Florida 2000, Governor Jeb Bush used a ChoicePoint computer program to disenfranchise more than 90,000 alleged felons (virtually none actually were) in an election decided for his brother by 537 votes. Corporate Democrats still blame Ralph Nader for a rigged Al Gore loss on which he had no real impact.

In Ohio 2004, Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell stripped more than 300,000 mostly urban Democrats from voter rolls in an election decided by 118,775. Blackwell chaired the Committee to Re-Elect Bush and Cheney while running the election. Kerry had been thoroughly briefed but never said a public word. Some 90,000 ballots remain uncounted from Ohio 2004. When a federal judge ordered a recount, 56 of Ohio’s 88 election board claimed the ballots had been (illegally) destroyed.

From 2005 to 2008, some 1.25 million Ohio voters were stripped from the registration rolls, about a quarter of the state’s voters. Some 1.1 million more were removed between 2009 and 2012. In 2016, another million-plus were removed, allowing Donald Trump to win the state.

In Wisconsin, Michigan, and other closely contended 2016 key swing states, thousands of mostly Democratic voters were stripped from registration rolls. Hillary Clinton (who won nationwide by 2.9 million votes) has never challenged the mass disenfranchisement or bogus ballot counts that gave Trump the White House.

In an age of computerized registration books and extensive ID requirements, there's no real reason to strip people’s names from voter rolls. In the European Union, governments are required to register voters.

Here, the challenge to Husted’s de-registration scam was brought by Larry Harmon, a Navy vet from near Akron. He voted in 2004 and 2008, but skipped 2010, 2012 and 2014. In 2015 he came out to vote against marijuana legalization.

But Husted said Harmon didn’t file the postcard confirming his address and intent to vote. Harmon said he never got one. Husted’s argument, said one lawyer, was like telling us that if we don’t talk regularly we will lose our right to free speech.

Unless the Democrats shut the GOP’s court-certified road to another election theft, we could lose a lot more than that.



Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman co-wrote The Strip & Flip Disaster of America’s Stolen Elections, which is at www.freepress.org with Bob’s Fitrakis Files. Harvey’s Life & Death Spiral of US History, From Deganawidah to the Donald will soon be published at www.solartopia.org.

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+72 # Rcomm 2018-06-12 13:47
We are in real trouble when the supreme court rules in favor of stripping voting rights, for any reason.

It is inconceivable that the highest court in the land could reach this conclusion. The five yeas should be ashamed!
 
 
+42 # jsluka 2018-06-12 15:09
Unfortunately, they are shameless and have no shame.
 
 
+42 # giraffee23 2018-06-12 14:03
SC gave an opinion - not based on any constitutional law. Are they bought and paid for as are the GOP house reps?

VOTE 2018 - and check that you can vote now. Re-register if taken off
 
 
+32 # wilhelmscream 2018-06-12 14:17
Check 2 make sure ur registered and bring proof of it when voting as evidence u can vote!
 
 
+21 # PABLO DIABLO 2018-06-12 14:24
The RICH don't care who wins. They control both parties through money. Although both parties profess differences, they are the same to insure the status-quo keeps the Rich getting richer. And, to make sure someone they don't control (like Bernie) can't win.
 
 
+49 # Buddha 2018-06-12 14:43
You can't pull the kind of stuff the GOP has been pulling and then allow free and fair elections. I think it was always preordained and predictable that the GOP, now overtly rolling as a white nationalist party, would simply HAVE to end representative democratic government in America to keep power...and that their coup would of course occur through deliberate and unapologetic minority disenfranchisem ent. The GOP and the Supremes are now as brazen and open about the coming election rigging as Putin is in his kingdom, that shows how far along we are in that slide from democracy to autocracy.
 
 
+6 # Robbee 2018-06-12 20:26
Quoting Buddha:
You can't pull the kind of stuff the GOP has been pulling and then allow free and fair elections. I think it was always preordained and predictable that the GOP, now overtly rolling as a white nationalist party, would simply HAVE to end representative democratic government in America to keep power...and that their coup would of course occur through deliberate and unapologetic minority disenfranchisement. The GOP and the Supremes are now as brazen and open about the coming election rigging as Putin is in his kingdom, that shows how far along we are in that slide from democracy to autocracy.

- the owl of minerva flies only at night
 
 
+21 # grandlakeguy 2018-06-12 14:53
The corporatist Democratic party is clearly complicit in permitting our "election theater"... we have fake elections in this country.

The fact that they allow the treasonous theft of election after election without any protest is stark evidence.

It is high time for a Progressive party...
PLEASE Bernie!
 
 
0 # Robbee 2018-06-12 20:28
Quoting grandlakeguy:
It is high time for a Progressive party...

- or not!
 
 
-14 # Interested 2018-06-12 14:56
Why cheapen a good article by suggesting that Ralph Nader had nothing to do with the Florida vote that gave us 8 years of George Bush? Nader's ego would not allow him to step back in spite of many who begged him to do so. It was a flaw that often times afflicts elected officials and many in the press. Sometime it overwhelms the candidate like it did with Hilary/Bill and their baggage and hubris. Now, we have to live with the consequences of this behavior. Oh how important we all are!
 
 
+14 # solartopia.org 2018-06-12 16:09
NO MATTER HOW MANY VOTES RALPH DID OR DID NOT GET, JEB WOULD HAVE MADE SHRUB PRESIDENT
 
 
+3 # Kootenay Coyote 2018-06-12 16:35
i.e., the USA does not need a third party - Interested will stick with the same old two-headed Capitalist Party.
 
 
+35 # Jim Rocket 2018-06-12 15:02
1) The Rs got their $17 million worth with Gorsuch.

2) I give up. Why are the Ds so quiet on such an important issue...one that is doubly important to them? It's bizarre.
 
 
+27 # solartopia.org 2018-06-12 15:38
THE FIX IS IN,. UNLESS THE DEMS BECOME A GRASSROOTS PARTY & DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS, TRUMP WILL BE DICTATOR FOR LIFE.
 
 
-41 # margpark 2018-06-12 15:48
We seem to be implying that registrars should keep everyone who ever registered to vote on their lists forever. It is not really difficult to return a card or to get your butt to a polling place and vote. Like I wonder if I am still on the voting roles in Arkansas after I moved to Tennessee 20 years ago. I registered to vote in Tennessee when I moved but Arkansas is just across the river so I could run over there and vote again if I wanted to, supposing I am still on the roles.
 
 
+10 # Jim at Dr.Democracy on Facebook 2018-06-12 20:14
Great idea, margpark. As an experiment, try to do that in the next federal election. Let us know how that works out.
 
 
+15 # Salburger 2018-06-13 04:08
you assume that the card actually gets delivered, something that is never sure in some urban neighborhoods.
 
 
+18 # Art947 2018-06-12 16:00
Once again these bums prove that they have no right to be called "honorable." These ignoramouses continue to demonstrate that they are traitors to the nation that has been developing over the past 200+ years. May they and all the members of their families suffer the pains that traitors deserve.
 
 
+28 # MPCicerchi 2018-06-12 16:23
margpark,
Get serious. IF, in fact, you were still registered to vote “just across the river”, you wouldn’t bother. First because it would not be worth the effort for the one vote. Second because it is against the law and unethical. Let’s consider what this is really about. It is an illicit power grab by gerrymandered Republicans who can’t win on the merits of argument. The spectre of hordes of double voters pouring across precinct lines is a GOP concocted boogeyman. Whether it is easy or difficult to return a postcard is irrelevant. Every citizen in a democracy is entitled, and should be encouraged and assisted in exercising their vote. Or don’t you believe in all that “left wing crap.”
 
 
-4 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-06-12 18:48
Thanks for this article. It is right on the mark and most of the comments add a lot to the discussion.

Voter registration stripping never seems to be of any interest to the Wapo or NYTimes. If a Russian Troll posts a twitter comment on places an advert on Facebook, there are 10,000 articles in US media, congressional investigations, a special prosecutor, and general hand-wringing of all the powerful. But if the Ohio Secretary of State strips the voting rights of 1.2 million people, there's not even a mention in the mass media.

This is how Trump got elected. Russia had nothing to do with it. So the Mueller Probe has been a Pied Piper tactic leading us all into nowhere. All the while, republicans are preparing to steal the 2018 elections. Remember Mueller is a Republican. He knows what he is doing.
 
 
+4 # Robbee 2018-06-12 20:37
Quoting Rodion Raskolnikov:
Russia had nothing to do with it.

- pravda? comrade?

is "had nothing to do with it" untranslatable from the russian?
 
 
+13 # Salburger 2018-06-13 04:06
It would seem that Supreme Court Justices never experience anything getting lost in the mails.
 
 
+6 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-06-13 06:25
It is interesting to see -- and good to see -- that this article is receiving more comments from more people than most on RSN. It shows that this issue is of great interest and concern to the most people. I think if the NYT or Wapo ran something like this, their circulations would go up. People do care when elections are not free, open, and fair.

But instead, we get hundreds of stories on Russiagate and MuellerProbe, which few people really care about. They are good stories for an argument since people passionately disagree on them. But they are not important for American democracy and elections. They are a distraction from the real issues which are covered well here by Fitrakas and Wasserman.

Nov. 2018 will be very interesting. The Repubs seem to be working to suppress democratic votes. Democrats are still running against Trump, Russia, and for Obama. In my view, repubs may actually retain control of the congress and democrats will lose. That's the end of US democracy. If democrats cannot take the congress from an unpopular and ineffective president, they are done -- stick a fork in them.
 
 
+6 # krazykwiltkatt 2018-06-13 16:09
Is it Fascism yet?
 
 
+1 # Diane_Wilkinson_Trefethen_aka_tref 2018-06-13 20:33
Part I
Do not get me wrong. I think it is immoral for a state to pass a law that outwardly conforms to a federal law but is designed to circumvent the purpose of that federal law. However, in non-Constitutio nal cases, SCOTUS is supposed to render decisions based on federal law and what is presented to them, not what their consciences tell them. If a law is purported to violate voters’ rights but conforms to federal law, unless plaintiffs can show that the underlying federal law violates the Constitution, it is not unreasonable for SCOTUS to uphold the state law. What IS unreasonable is for either Conservatives or Progressives to argue first that justices must follow federal law and the Constitution and then turn around and argue that they should follow their consciences.

Although this ruling might be a setback to getting out moderate to progressive voters in the upcoming November elections, unless the Ohio law allows purging to occur between the close of registration and the election, voters can verify whether they are legally registered and if not, then they can re-register.
 
 
+2 # engelbach 2018-06-15 17:13
The state law does violate the Constitution: the 14th Amendment.

The effect of the state law, regardless of its supposed purpose, is to disenfranchise legal voters.

And the law's supposed purpose, to prevent fraud, is refuted by the complete lack of evidence for fraud.

Four Justices understood the above and disagreed with you and the conservative majority.

It doesn't matter what voters can and can't do. We know from experience that the harder it is to vote, the fewer people do.
 
 
0 # Diane_Wilkinson_Trefethen_aka_tref 2018-06-16 12:27
Quoting engelbach:
The state law does violate the Constitution: the 14th Amendment.
Do you mean section 1 of the 14th Amendment? “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” How does the Ohio law, which applies to all people registered to vote in that state and conforms with federal laws on removing ineligible voters from the voting rolls, violate the 14th?
 
 
+1 # Diane_Wilkinson_Trefethen_aka_tref 2018-06-13 20:37
Part II
Thus, I find this paragraph worrisome:

Court documents confirm that those eliminated are mostly urban blacks and Hispanics in mostly Democratic districts. Voters in rural Republican districts are often not queried, and their registration rolls are not stripped.

My problem with these words is that they IMPLY that “urban blacks and Hispanics in mostly Democratic districts” are targeted for purging WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY equally “unqualified” voters who are registered Republican are left on the voting rolls. Is that what the authors mean to say? If so, do they have proof? If there is proof, was it presented in court? If yes, why would SCOTUS not overturn a law that provably allowed a state to violate the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment?
 
 
+1 # solartopia.org 2018-06-14 18:07
because SCOTUS is now owned by POTUS. we think that logic & the rule of law apply, but it doesn't that's how we wind up with trump in the white house
 
 
+1 # dotlady 2018-06-14 20:56
Weren't thousands of Democratic voters questionably purged in the 2016 primaries in Brooklyn? Then when Bernie lost, Hillary chose to hold her victory party in that very area.
 

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