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Have Right Wing Voter Suppression Efforts Met Their Match?

ProudProgressive 2012/05/05 15:40:14
In the face of a successful incumbent and an improving economy, with only a challenger of glaringly limited abilities whose own supporters are beginning to question his qualifications, the Right Wing is once again turning to their trusted method of trying to win elections - voter suppression. Led by ALEC, states across the nation have attempted to implement harsh and often arbitrary "voter ID" laws to combat the nonexistent problem of polling place voter fraud with the clear purpose of disenfranchising as many Americans as possible, concentrating on traditional democratic demographics like students, the elderly, the disabled and minorities. Well, they may have met their match in Viviette Applewhite.

Article excerpt follows:

Why We Fight: Because GOP Wants To Keep Viviette Applewhite from Voting
By Nicole Belle
May 04, 2012

Philadelphia resident Viviette Applewhite's 93 years of life has mirrored the turbulent history of 20th century. Growing up in the Jim Crow era, she worked as a welder during WWII and marched with Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr, during the fight for civil rights. Mrs. Applewhite takes her civic responsibility seriously, having voted in almost every election since 1960, including in 2008 for the first African American president, something that had to be scarcely conceivable to her the first time she pulled the lever in the voting booth.

But Viviette Applewhite won't be voting in the 2012 election.
Because Viviette Applewhite never learned to drive, and consequently, never possessed a driver's license. All other identification was lost when her purse was stolen years ago. She asked for a copy of her birth certificate to get another set of identification, only to find that officials have been unable to track it down. And the state of Pennsylvania will not allow her to vote without a driver's license or other officially-sanctioned picture i.d., thanks to draconian laws signed into law by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and designed by ALEC (.pdf). I'm sure that is comes as no surprise that Pennsylvania is considered one of the key battleground states in the upcoming election. Mrs. Applewhite, as an elderly African American Democratic Party member, hits the trifecta of demographics that this kind of legislation intends to prevent from voting. So Mrs. Applewhite is the perfect person to be the lead plaintiff suing against the Voter ID act:

Applewhite, who is 93 and uses a wheelchair, became the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed here in state court by the ACLU and the NAACP challenging Pennsylvania's new law requiring voters to produce a driver's license or other photo identification before they are allowed to vote.[..]

The suit seeks to overturn what it calls a "draconian" law, a measure the plaintiffs and their lawyers contend will lead to the disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of voters - including Applewhite.

"It stinks," she said in a video prepared by the ACLU and aired Tuesday at a news conference in the Capitol. "They are taking our rights away."

The suit was filed in Commonwealth Court on behalf of 10 plaintiffs, among them three elderly women who say they cannot obtain necessary ID because they were born in the Jim Crow South, where states have no records of their births.

"What we're not talking about here is just any right, we're talking about the right to vote," Witold Walczak, legal director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, said at the news conference. "Two hundred years ago, we actually fought a war for this right. This is an extremely important right."

This is why we fight, why we can never stop fighting. If Republicans cannot attract voters on the strength of their ideas (and I think there's a good argument that they really can't) then they're going prevent people from voting on the other side

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  • keymanjim 2012/05/05 15:48:38
    keymanjim
    +11
    That old broad still, hasn't gotten her ID yet? It's been 3 years now. How does she cash her Social Security check?

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  • Quazimoto 2012/05/09 20:06:55
    Quazimoto
    Your post insults my intelligence.
  • Bevos 2012/05/09 14:04:48
    Bevos
    That is BOGUS and they know it. All you need are two people that have known you for yrs to swear who you are and you can get an ID. A Pictured ID. The DEms will go to any lengths to keep the polls open for fraud.
  • DuncanONeil 2012/05/06 18:33:06
    DuncanONeil
    +2
    Who told you the economy is improving?
    The incumbent has not been successful!

    As for voter ID, as usual the left has it wrong.
    SECTION 1210. MANNER OF APPLYING TO VOTE; PERSONS ENTITLED
    TO VOTE; VOTER'S CERTIFICATES; ENTRIES TO BE MADE IN DISTRICT
    REGISTER; NUMBERED LISTS OF VOTERS; CHALLENGES.--(A) AT EVERY
    PRIMARY AND ELECTION EACH ELECTOR WHO APPEARS TO VOTE [IN THAT
    ELECTION DISTRICT FOR THE FIRST TIME] AND WHO DESIRES TO VOTE
    SHALL FIRST PRESENT TO AN ELECTION OFFICER [ONE OF THE FOLLOWING
    FORMS OF PHOTO IDENTIFICATION:
    (1) A VALID DRIVER'S LICENSE OR IDENTIFICATION CARD ISSUED
    BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION;
    (2) A VALID IDENTIFICATION CARD ISSUED BY ANY OTHER AGENCY
    OF THE COMMONWEALTH;
    (3) A VALID IDENTIFICATION CARD ISSUED BY THE UNITED STATES
    GOVERNMENT;
    (4) A VALID UNITED STATES PASSPORT;
    (5) A VALID STUDENT IDENTIFICATION CARD;
    (6) A VALID EMPLOYE IDENTIFICATION CARD; OR
    (7) A VALID ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES IDENTIFICATION
    CARD] PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION.
    THE ELECTION OFFICER SHALL EXAMINE THE PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION
    PRESENTED BY THE ELECTOR AND SIGN AN AFFIDAVIT STATING THAT THIS
    HAS BEEN DONE.

    If necessary said state id that "(B) NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF 75 PA.C.S. § 1510(B) (RELATING TO ISSUANCE AND CONTENT OF DRIVER'S LICENSE...


















    Who told you the economy is improving?
    The incumbent has not been successful!

    As for voter ID, as usual the left has it wrong.
    SECTION 1210. MANNER OF APPLYING TO VOTE; PERSONS ENTITLED
    TO VOTE; VOTER'S CERTIFICATES; ENTRIES TO BE MADE IN DISTRICT
    REGISTER; NUMBERED LISTS OF VOTERS; CHALLENGES.--(A) AT EVERY
    PRIMARY AND ELECTION EACH ELECTOR WHO APPEARS TO VOTE [IN THAT
    ELECTION DISTRICT FOR THE FIRST TIME] AND WHO DESIRES TO VOTE
    SHALL FIRST PRESENT TO AN ELECTION OFFICER [ONE OF THE FOLLOWING
    FORMS OF PHOTO IDENTIFICATION:
    (1) A VALID DRIVER'S LICENSE OR IDENTIFICATION CARD ISSUED
    BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION;
    (2) A VALID IDENTIFICATION CARD ISSUED BY ANY OTHER AGENCY
    OF THE COMMONWEALTH;
    (3) A VALID IDENTIFICATION CARD ISSUED BY THE UNITED STATES
    GOVERNMENT;
    (4) A VALID UNITED STATES PASSPORT;
    (5) A VALID STUDENT IDENTIFICATION CARD;
    (6) A VALID EMPLOYE IDENTIFICATION CARD; OR
    (7) A VALID ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES IDENTIFICATION
    CARD] PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION.
    THE ELECTION OFFICER SHALL EXAMINE THE PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION
    PRESENTED BY THE ELECTOR AND SIGN AN AFFIDAVIT STATING THAT THIS
    HAS BEEN DONE.

    If necessary said state id that "(B) NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF 75 PA.C.S. § 1510(B) (RELATING TO ISSUANCE AND CONTENT OF DRIVER'S LICENSE) TO THE
    CONTRARY, THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SHALL ISSUE AN
    IDENTIFICATION CARD DESCRIBED IN 75 PA.C.S. § 1510(B) AT NO COST
    TO ANY REGISTERED ELECTOR WHO HAS MADE APPLICATION THEREFOR AND
    HAS INCLUDED WITH THE COMPLETED APPLICATION A STATEMENT SIGNED
    BY THE ELECTOR DECLARING UNDER OATH OR AFFIRMATION THAT THE
    ELECTOR DOES NOT POSSESS PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION AS DEFINED IN
    SECTION 102(Z.5)(2) AND REQUIRES PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION FOR
    VOTING PURPOSES.

    If that is not enough "(A.2) IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING APPLY THE ELECTOR SHALL BE PERMITTED TO CAST A PROVISIONAL BALLOT IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUBSECTION (A.4):
    (1) THE ELECTOR IS UNABLE TO PRODUCE PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION:
    (I) ON THE GROUNDS THAT THE ELECTOR IS INDIGENT AND UNABLE
    TO OBTAIN PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION WITHOUT THE PAYMENT OF A FEE;
    OR
    (II) ON ANY OTHER GROUNDS.
    (2) THE ELECTOR'S PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION IS CHALLENGED BY
    THE JUDGE OF ELECTIONS.

    So as per usual the cry of voter suppression is a mere ploy to continue to permit election and/or vote fraud.
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  • Charles E 2012/05/06 17:09:44
    Charles E
    +1
    Honest citizens are trying to reduce voter fraud by requiring photo ID so it is harder for one person to vote multiple times, or vote for someone other than themselves.

    Obama, Holder and other racists are attempting to frame this as a fight against legal votes by some groups. They do not mention the dead, inmates, cartoon characters or others not elgible to vote being excluded, since they seem to almost always vote Democrat/Progressive.

    And why haven't the Proud Progressives ofthe left helped this woman get a new ID instead of filing suit to encourage vote fraud?
  • Stan Kapusta 2012/05/06 15:56:07
    Stan Kapusta
    +1
    The voting laws need "a little more teeth" to them. One side wants anybody who shows up to vote. No I.D. required. The other has loopholes in it. Stop pointing and fix the laws!
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2012/05/06 12:52:23
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    It is an effort to stop the documented leftwing voter fraud. Even leftwing propaganda reports it:


    http://www.rottenacorn.com/ac...

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3...

    http://www.foxnews.com/politi...
  • T Bevan 2012/05/06 12:22:00
  • DDevlin780 2012/05/06 10:05:24
    DDevlin780
    +3
    How about writing an article about the New Black Panthers preventing white people from voting in Pennsylvania.
  • Charles E DDevlin780 2012/05/06 17:12:06
    Charles E
    +2
    That would not be Progressive since only qualified voters were turned away.
  • chaoskitty123 2012/05/06 06:16:17
    chaoskitty123
    +2
    Just get a state id card. I have one and it cost $25.00. Even if it expires it still qualifies as legal representation of who you are.
  • Bill 2012/05/06 04:21:27
    Bill
    +1
    What are you smokin' over there?
  • Oltom 2012/05/06 03:44:05
    Oltom
    +2
    The only people who have jobs are one hundred and fifty thousand government employees that Obama has added!
  • DoxieDad 2012/05/06 03:33:31
    DoxieDad
    +4
    Anytime somebody does anything to keep dead and non existent people from voting it is always voter suppression with you folks. A group could be called SAM but if they are calling for a Voter ID Rule it is nothing more then voter suppression.

    The economy is anemic at best and the piss poor management in Washington is going to be changed. Harvey the invisible Rabbit can win.
  • David 2012/05/06 02:20:45
    David
    +4
    I don't think there is anything arbitrary about being able to produce voter ID. Everyone should have an ID to vote. Successful incumbent? Are you joking. Obama has been a woefully dismal failure and the economy is not improving. It is still stagnant. The left needs to quit getting it's liberal panties in a bunch whenever concepts of accountability and authenticity are brought up.
  • H H 2012/05/06 01:12:13
    H H
    +2
    No sympathy from me for Applewhite or any of the leftist groups such as ACLU and NAACP! Is not enough of the world already a Third World turd pile? Ban Marxist groups and deport the Applewhites of America! Save the country from self destruction! "You can't have a First World nation with a Third World population."--James Edwards
    "So in 1909; Schiff, the Lehmans, and other conspirators, organized and set up the National Association for the Advancement of the Colored People ..."
    http://educate-yourself.org/n...
  • lark 2012/05/06 00:37:21
    lark
    +7
    This is an important right, & it has been used & abused by the left with their illegals, felons, & let us not forget the dead. If they do not have ID how did they get social security and how do they cash the checks? Lets get real we should have ID to vote & only 1 vote not like acorn.
  • alanh lark 2012/05/06 03:13:34
    alanh
    +3
    Excellent answer!
  • pizzaman7 2012/05/05 23:33:47
    pizzaman7
    +6
    We have massive issues in this country with votes being stolen and people trying to cheat the system. We are not a banana republic. everyone and anyone can use an existing ID to prove who you are. You need it to get a job and you need it to get a library book. it's too bad too many people can't follow the rules.

    Fraud being discovered in the 2008 election......should we be surprised ?

    http://biggovernment.com/amon...
    http://www.journaltimes.com/n...

    how to steal an election.......

    http://online.wsj.com/article...
    http://www.foxnews.com/politi...
    http://www.uncoverage.net/201...
    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?...

    66,000 registered voters in Wisconsin are missing or cannot be located......

    http://www.journaltimes.com/n...

    Lena Taylor, member of the Democratic Party, got caught in a voter fraud scheme where she allowed 36 of her friends to register using her home address !!

    http://mediatrackers.org/2011...

    Milwaukee man signs Scott Walker recall petition 80 times ! More voter fraud....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?...

    NAACP leader indicted for voter fraud !

    http://nation.foxnews.com/naa...

    highschool kids being trucked into polling boths to vote for the democrats !

    http://news.cincinnati.com/ap...

    non-citizens to get the right to vote ?????

    http://www.foxnews.com/pol...
























    We have massive issues in this country with votes being stolen and people trying to cheat the system. We are not a banana republic. everyone and anyone can use an existing ID to prove who you are. You need it to get a job and you need it to get a library book. it's too bad too many people can't follow the rules.

    Fraud being discovered in the 2008 election......should we be surprised ?

    http://biggovernment.com/amon...
    http://www.journaltimes.com/n...

    how to steal an election.......

    http://online.wsj.com/article...
    http://www.foxnews.com/politi...
    http://www.uncoverage.net/201...
    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?...

    66,000 registered voters in Wisconsin are missing or cannot be located......

    http://www.journaltimes.com/n...

    Lena Taylor, member of the Democratic Party, got caught in a voter fraud scheme where she allowed 36 of her friends to register using her home address !!

    http://mediatrackers.org/2011...

    Milwaukee man signs Scott Walker recall petition 80 times ! More voter fraud....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?...

    NAACP leader indicted for voter fraud !

    http://nation.foxnews.com/naa...

    highschool kids being trucked into polling boths to vote for the democrats !

    http://news.cincinnati.com/ap...

    non-citizens to get the right to vote ?????

    http://www.foxnews.com/politi...


    more dead people voting in our elections....

    http://www.wltx.com/news/arti...
    http://dailycaller.com/2012/0...
    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-...

    voter ID is not needed ?

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-...

    speaking of pumping up their voter pool....how about giving felons voting rights ! Being championed right now by Mr. Feingold !

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?...

    scheming Democrats will try to push universal voter registration down our throats too and fix the future elections in their favor !

    http://www.examiner.com/x-254...
    http://www.americanthinker.co...
    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?...

    Acorn caught in yet another scandal. About time they get busted for voter fraud.

    http://www.jsonline.com/blogs...
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  • gary ® 2012/05/05 23:27:24
    gary ®
    +9
    I'm all for voter suppression. I support suppressing the votes of dead people, illegal aliens, convicted felons, people voting more than once, people voting as people who haven’t voted, people voting as nonexistent people, people voting from addresses that turn out to be vacant lots, college students voting multiple times, cartoon characters, etc.
  • Rebel [SHP] 2012/05/05 23:21:10
  • azuredragon 2012/05/05 23:11:17
    azuredragon
    this is stupid
  • Borat Obama 2012/05/05 22:18:11
    Borat Obama
    +7
    Illegals find a way to vote. Dead people find a way to vote. You have a lady that is a US citizen and could not vote. If King Odumba found a way to get his illegal Uncle out of jail. If King Odumba was able to pull of a magic to make her illegal Kenyan Aunt and Uncle US citizens and granted with government benefits. They could find a way to give her ID back. Notify King Odumba and he will be furious. He will start kicking the walls. Specially if she is going to vote for him. This is one less dead person they have to bring to life to commit voter fraud. Socialist Liberal DemonRat Party make their own laws and break their own laws as they pleased. Heck, they break everybodies laws. ACLU and the Unions are corrupting the country 24/7.
  • BILL 2012/05/05 22:17:37
    BILL
    +6
    Well maybe she can get a copy from the same place OHBOBO did
    BIRTH CERTIFICATE'S ARE US
    CER
  • \V/ 2012/05/05 22:04:22
  • CuresCancer 2012/05/05 22:00:39
    CuresCancer
    +3
    Stories are a very effective way to sway the public. That's why the left is using it to distract us from the real story taking place behind the scenes.

    When we weigh the desire to avoid voter fraud and this singular case, the needs of the nation come before this woman who hasn't taken the steps to get her ID.

    My experience is that people lie about whether they have ID or not. I experienced this time and again. 99.999% of the people have a valid ID. Those that don't shouldn't vote. Period.

    There is no perfect system to protect us from voter fraud. It is far more important to help ensure a valid vote than it is to accommodate one person who hasn't done what it takes to get her ID.

    Meanwhile, while the left is trying to distract everyone with this "story" the owners of the electronic voting machines in 26 states is located in Spain and headed by a big financial backer of Obama. The CEO also has a relationship with Media Matters and George Soros.
  • Don Wenk 2012/05/05 21:59:32
    Don Wenk
    +3
    I understand your frustration with this case. But you do not put forth solution to the problem. Are you advocating we have no voter identification and allow Felons, Illegal’s and Foreigners to vote in our elections? Are you suggesting our ballot boxes be open to the world? What is your solution to allow only American Citizens to vote? It has been proven many times over voter fraud is more rampant than the few that are having trouble getting ID.
  • Chef Bunyan 2012/05/05 21:51:48
  • Borat O... Chef Bu... 2012/05/05 22:24:05
    Borat Obama
    +6
    If the illegals could get State ID's. We don't see why this lady is having a hard time getting an ID card. Looks like the DMV boss should notify the president on vacation.
  • Chef Bu... Borat O... 2012/05/05 22:57:51
    Chef Bunyan
    +3
    AMEN!!!
  • H H Borat O... 2012/05/06 01:22:15
    H H
    Why is it that the special word "lady" that should be reserved only for decent white women is now only used for negroes? Is that done to cheapen the meaning of "lady" or as an act of verbal genocide against Whites?
  • Charles E Borat O... 2012/05/06 17:17:05
    Charles E
    +2
    She is worth more to the LWNJ's as a plantif to get hundreds of the cemetery voters back on the rolls than as one more vote for BHO.
  • les_gvt 2012/05/05 21:50:25
    les_gvt
    +5
    once again, team Obama finds their victim. You would think they would be running out pretty soon
  • RastaFan 2012/05/05 21:49:43
    RastaFan
    +7
    Ah, ha,ha,ha,ha ! .... ony a stool who is 'Proud' to be Progressive could interpret an identification requirement as suppression.

    Imagine that! To excercise the most basic and yet most important function of being an American citizen and some horrible agency wants you to prove you are who you say you are.

    Don't they know people never lie? Ever?!
  • pizzaman7 RastaFan 2012/05/05 23:38:25
    pizzaman7
    +6
    this is a distirbing glimps into the mind of a liberal/progressive. it is amazing these people can wake up and get dressed for work everyday....oh wait....most of them don't work......
  • DJL 2012/05/05 21:46:35
    DJL
    +6
    This post is a lie. If she ever had an ID from Pennsylvania she does not need to provide a birth certificate to get a replacement .
  • Charles E DJL 2012/05/06 17:17:56
    Charles E
    +1
    Good point.
  • Denny 2012/05/05 21:44:36
    Denny
    +3
    Are you dreaming from all the peanut butter your shooting up every day??? What improving economy???100,000 jobs a month doesn't even take care of the new people trying to join the workforce. Since they have never been workers they can't even be unemployed. Not counting all the people who have given up and left the work force.
  • Gracie - Proud Conservative 2012/05/05 21:42:12
    Gracie - Proud Conservative
    +3
    My father didn't have a birth certificate and they used the census information for him to prove who he is. He's getting a SS check, right? This is just a BS case...I wonder where they had to go to find him?
  • Uranos7 2012/05/05 18:52:11
    Uranos7
    +7
    One problem with this story is that Pennsylvania does not require a birth certificate as the only means of proving identification.
    A utility bill and Social Securty card wiil do and if she is recieving Social security she can reorder one without a birth certificate from the offfice in her city in person.
    Democrats are using this poor old woman as a figure head when they could have just helped her get one in a few days.
  • Zervur 2012/05/05 17:56:08
    Zervur
    +3
    LOL is this a joke?

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