The arguments before the 9th Circuit in Davis v. Guam are now available in audio format here. Judge Kozinski has some choice moments making it worth listening to. Guam restricts voting registration on the basis of race and ancestry for a status election. Plaintiff is challenging the restriction on the right to vote (aka voter suppression to some).
NewsMax: The money is to give the Republican campaigns additional resources in key states in an effort to win tight races, tending to early voting initiatives including absentee ballots, the RNC noted. The money is on top of $90 million budgeted earlier this year, Politico said.
Link to NJ.com: He will try every trick in the book,” Christie said of Quinn today, according to a report by the Chicago Sun-Times. “I see the stuff that’s going on. Same-day registration all of a sudden this year comes to Illinois. Shocking. I’m sure it was all based upon public policy, good public policy to get same-day registration here in Illinois just this year, when the governor is in the toilet and needs as much help as he can get.”
Illinois Democrats plans to have same-registration voting JUST for this election, not before and not after. After November, the so-called good policy idea will be shelved.
Washington Times Editorial: “Even one instance of fraud is too many,” Pat Mullins, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, says of the 17 double-dippers. ” … The integrity of our elections is too important to allow even one case of fraud to go undiscovered — or unpunished.” Mr. Mullins demands prosecution of deliberate cheaters.
With a series of very close races, this recipe for fraud certainly got the attention of the head of the Republican Party in Virginia.
Rasmussen Poll: Seventy-two percent (72%) of Republicans and 56% of voters not affiliated with either major party think it’s (the Department of Justice) chief motivation is politics.
By all means, Congressman Sensenbrenner should join with Democrats to give the Department of Justice authority over election reforms in Wisconsin and the rest of America. Just what we need, more racial politics in our election administration and voting integrity process.
Rasmussen Polls: A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 38% of Likely U.S. Voters have at least a somewhat favorable opinion of the Justice Department, while 53% view it unfavorably. This includes only nine percent (9%) with a Very Favorable view and 26% with a Very Unfavorable one.
Rasmussen Reports: Most voters have an unfavorable opinion of the U.S. Department of Justice and think it is more interested in politics than in serving justice.
From the Auburn Plainsman:
Dowdell also said there was voter fraud. He claimed a woman named Ann Torbert was turned away because someone had already voted in her name.
Torbert, when reached by phone, claimed someone with the name Tarbert had voted in her place.
“The poll worker had scratched out my name and respelled it,” Torbert said, “And there wasn’t even a Tarbert anywhere else on the list.”
Despite the irregularity Torbert said she was allowed to cast a vote.
David Dorton, director of public relations for Auburn, confirmed that a poll worker had crossed out the wrong name, but both voters were registered to vote.
After the vote was announced at city hall, a female Dowdell supporter confronted Byrd’s wife and shouted at her. The supported was removed from city hall by police, and Dowdell left with her.
“A much longer argument took place in the second oral presentation involving the Arnold Davis v. Guam case, during which Kozinski posed a number of questions for the government’s counsel.
At one point, Kozinski even expressed dissatisfaction on hearing the government counsel’s response to one of his questions, pertaining to Guam’s political reality as different from other states and territories.
Kozinski said the fact that there was a denial of registration is like holding a plebiscite and answers are only intended to come from a particular portion of the citizenry.
“Mr. Davis may think that ‘They have a poll and they don’t care about my opinion,’” said the chief circuit judge in one of his comments on the case yesterday.
Davis, on behalf of himself and others similarly situated, is appealing the District Court’s dismissal of his action alleging discrimination in the voting process by Guam and by Guam officials in violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The case is in relation to the proposed Guam political status plebiscite, which he contends is open to Chamorros only.”
“A mere oath of citizenship is not enough.”
In the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Monday, “a constitutional showdown over states’ rights to regulate their own elections as well as criticism of the way the federal Election Assistance Commission operates.”
Both Kansas and Arizona have passed state requirements that voters must prove citizenship through a passport or birth certificate before they can register to vote. Lawmakers in those states say the measure is to prevent voter fraud. That rule is stricter than federal ones, which require a voter to merely affirm citizenship in writing.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (incorrectly identified by the Los Angeles Times as Attorney General), who argued on behalf of both states, said the EAC is “using the federal form as a lever to displace the state’s power.”
The three-judge appellate panel seemed most focused Monday on whether Alice Miller, the acting executive director of the EAC, had the authority to allow her staff to refuse the requests by Kansas and Arizona to make the federal forms adhere to the two states’ tougher standards.
“Where in the record do we find sub-delegation,” asked Judge Carlos Lucero. He wondered hypothetically whether a court clerk would be allowed to render judicial decisions if there were no judges on the bench.
Kobach requested a fast-tracked decision, but any ruling is likely to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.