Voter Suppression

Because ACORN!

According to Kris Kobach, the grandfather of "Papers Please" anti-immigration law and adviser to the Romney campaign, if you want to blame someone for passing discriminatory voter suppression laws, you should blame ACORN!

Democrats angry over the wave of voter ID laws being implemented in Republican-led states have ACORN to thank, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Thursday.

Kobach, speaking at a Heritage Foundation panel cosponsored by the tea party-affiliated group True the Vote, said that instances of voter registration fraud committed by individuals working for the now-defunct organization known as the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now brought public attention to election integrity issues.

Except ACORN was never found to actually be committing fraud, contrary to the deceptively edited videos of James O'Keefe and Andrew Breitbart.

Furthermore, ACORN closed its doors two years ago and voter suppression laws are still turning up today despite the virtually non-existent nature of voter fraud.

Meanwhile, at least one local election official is now saying he will not enforce Pennsylvania's voter ID law which could disenfranchise nearly a million voters.

via TPM

Christopher Broach, a Democratic inspector of elections in Colwyn, Pa., says he won’t enforce Pennsylvania’s voter ID law.

“To ask me to enforce something that violates civil rights is ludicrous and absolutely something I am not willing to do,” Broach told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Though there’s the potential he could could face fines or prison Broach said his mind is made up.

The Department of Justice is currently challenging Pennsylvania's voter ID law in court. The state recently admitted that there is no evidence of voter fraud occurring in the state.

(h/t Thomas Soldan Attorney at Law)

  • nellcote

    I’ve been thinking lately about how the Okeefe tape editing project was never truthfully reported in the media and how the Rmoney campaign took that as a green light for their deceptive campaign ads.

  • nathkatun7

    These voter suppression laws are the 21st Century version of the late 19th early 20th century Jim crow laws. The Fifteenth Amendment, ratified in 1870, explicitly barred the use of race to deny citizens the right to vote. To go around the prohibition of the Fifteenth Amendment, Southern state legislatures and state constitutional conventions (1890-1910) enacted laws that, on the surface, appeared to be color blind, and thus not violative of the Fifteenth Amendment. Every one knew though that laws, such as those that required a payment of poll-tax for people who did not own property, or laws that required literacy and understanding, as a pre-condition for voting, were aimed at eliminating African Americans from voting. Poor and illiterate whites who may have been affected by these laws were shielded by grandfather clauses. Guess what, Southern whites intent on restoring white supremacy accomplished their mission. By 1910, virtually all Black people in the Southern states were denied the right to vote. It took over half a century to regain the right to vote for all Americans. Now it seems that the Republican party is intent on going back to the Jim crow era while using new tactics designed for the 21st century.

  • muselet

    Erm, Mr. Kobach? That horse you’re beating? It’s dead.

    I thought you might want to know.


  • Ned F

    Well sure it’s Acorn’s fault, but it’s also because of all the armed Black Panthers (the New Black Panthers you know) intimidating folks into voting for Obama throughout the city last election. Of course voter ID won’t stop them, but you gotta start somewhere.

    • hanadora444

      And, of course, that all-purpose boogeyman George Soros has to figure in there somewhere.

  • The GOP Maj. Leader in the Penn. House, Mike Turzai, admitted that the PA law was about limiting voter turnout!