Lynching flyers used by Democrats for GOTV.
I wonder if the Justice Department will use these flyers in the case against Voter ID to prove Senate Factor Six? Senate Factor Six allows the introduction of “racial appeals” to help establish a Section 2 violation. Normally, most attorneys at the DOJ view racial appeals as a one way street. If a white candidate uses a racial appeal, the Justice Department rightfully uses the appeal in the case to prove Senate Factor Six. If a black candidate uses a racial appeal, the Justice Department usually looks the other way.
For example, if a white candidate was running against a black candidate in a majority white area, and the white candidate put his photo on a sign, it would be considered a racial appeal. There is nothing illegal about a racial appeal. Nor does the law stop them. They are merely relevant facts in proving a Section 2 case.
So let’s see if DOJ lawyers make any effort to collect the evidence in North Carolina to use as part of their case against Voter ID. I’m not holding my breath.
The Washington Times:
The spate of campaign fliers that use images of lynchings, Jim Crow laws and the recent racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, to urge blacks to vote in next week’s election somehow failed to grab the attention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
The NAACP headquarters in Washington wasn’t prepared to answer questions about the fliers and mailers circulated in black communities in Georgia, Maryland and North Carolina, despite widespread news coverage of it for the past week.
New York Post:
Democrats are telling voters that they had better head to the polls — or else.
The New York State Democratic Committee is bullying people into voting next week with intimidating letters warning that it can easily find out which slackers fail to cast a ballot next Tuesday.
“Who you vote for is your secret. But whether or not you vote is public record,” the letter says.
“We will be reviewing voting records . . . to determine whether you joined your neighbors who voted in 2014.”
It ends with a line better suited to a mob movie than a major political party: “If you do not vote this year, we will be interested to hear why not.”
Hat tip Vicki McKenna.
“It is no coincidence that those most likely to suggest that voter fraud is purely imaginary are proponents of Democratic nominees. Maddow’s fellow MSNBC host, Al Sharpton, cheered on and even hugged voter fraud convict Melowese Richardson in March – Richardson worked at the polls in 2012 and voted both early and often for President Obama.”
Antonio Finney could be describing the folks at the Brennan Center or in academia when it comes to voter fraud. They just aren’t going to dig that deep into it. Finney is a volunteer for Kay Hagan. He was asked by someone purporting to be an illegal alien who wanted to vote for Hagan if it was ok to vote. His response, caught on undercover camera, reveals the culture of lawlessness that surrounds some political operations.
Strange that the chorus from academia seems more interested in debunking the evidence than addressing the problem.
O’Keefe had a Brazilian-born immigrant investigator of his pose as someone who wanted to vote but was not a citizen. Greg Amick, the campaign manager for the Democrat running for sheriff in Mecklenburg County (Charlotte), was only too happy to help.
“It even includes cases where the DOJ wasn’t even a party but had filed a single amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) brief,” they reported. “In other words, in these cases the DOJ did not, in its view, have a strong enough interest in protecting minority voting rights to do what it usually does in such cases – file a motion to intervene and become an actual party.”
So while the case for photo ID is rather plain, the issue is caught up in pre-existing partisan passions. The irony is that photo ID may not, by itself, solve the problem of fraud. Though a recent study suggests that significant numbers of non-citizens vote (illegally), the researchers also conclude that photo ID would not be a deterrent. As GOP candidate for California Secretary of State Pete Peterson has pointed out, the greater problems with fraud occur with filing signatures and registration–i.e. long before voters cast their ballots.
And while Republicans have resisted nationalizing voting systems or ID documents, Democrats have also lacked the will to follow through on voting changes they once backed, such as Electoral College reform.
So the fight over photo ID remains frozen, emotionally, in the frustration and fear of that long Florida winter.