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  • Virginia elections board adopts new voter registration form on party-line vote

    04/28/2016 10:15:32 PM PDT · by EDINVA · 5 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | April 29, 2016 | Michael Martz
    This year’s impending presidential election loomed large in a party-line vote by the State Board of Elections on Thursday to overhaul Virginia’s voter registration form to make it easier for Virginians to vote. ..... The board’s action was not related directly to McAuliffe’s sweeping executive order last week to restore voting and other civil rights to an estimated 206,000 felons.
  • McAuliffe tells Republicans to 'quit complaining' about felons voting

    04/25/2016 6:03:04 AM PDT · by detective · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 24, 2016 | Rebecca Savransky
    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Sunday slammed Republicans who have complained about an executive order he signed extending the right to vote in his state to convicted felons who have served their sentences. "Well, I would tell the Republicans, 'Quit complaining and go out and earn these folks' right to vote for you. Go out and talk to them,' " he said in response to a question about people saying his order was an election-year ploy to help Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton.
  • Virginia Gov. McAuliffe to Restore Rights to 200K Felons

    04/22/2016 4:55:52 PM PDT · by Abiotic · 34 replies
    The Washinton Free Beacon ^ | April 22, 2016 | Morgan Chalfant
    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, will sign an order Friday restoring the voting rights of more than 200,000 felons in the state. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that the unprecedented move will also allow felons living in Virginia to sit on a jury, serve in elected office, or become a notary. The order will effectively restore the civil rights of both nonviolent and violent felons who have served their time in prison and completed parole. According to the McAuliffe administration, the move will affect roughly 206,000 felons currently living in Virginia who have finished their prison sentences but not applied...
  • Gov. McAuliffe’s move on felon rights upends 2017 races [he just turned VA deep blue]

    04/22/2016 4:10:34 PM PDT · by markomalley · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/22/16 | Norman Leahy and Paul Goldman
    Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s (D) unexpected decision to give a blanket, automatic restoration of voting rights to ex-felons – the order covers those convicted of all crimes, non-violent to the most heinous – has upended the 2017 contests for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. The state’s pundits have been calling McAuliffe’s surprise decision — he never hinted at this while campaigning — a politically motivated effort to help longtime friend Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president. This is based on their belief that African Americans will benefit the most, and skin color determines voting choices today. This belittles...
  • What Religion Was Prince That Caused Him to Not Vote for Obama, Talk About Prophecy?

    04/22/2016 9:19:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/22/2016 | Kevin Proter
    The late music icon Prince rarely spoke about his personal faith, but he did open up about his religious beliefs seven years ago and why he didn't vote for President Obama. Although Prince didn't publicly share much about his religion, he was a practicing Jehovah's Witness, and confirmed such with TV host Tavis Smiley during a 2009 interview. When Prince told Smiley that he didn't vote in political elections, the singer explained saying, "The reason why is that I'm one of the Jehovah's Witnesses and we've never voted. That's not to say I don't think … President Obama is a...
  • Are you an independent voter? You aren't if you checked this box

    04/19/2016 5:41:55 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 17, 2016 | By John Myers, Christine Mai-Duc and Ben Welsh
    With nearly half a million registered members, the American Independent Party is bigger than all of California's other minor parties combined. The ultraconservative party's platform opposes abortion rights and same sex marriage, and calls for building a fence along the entire United States border. Based in the Solano County home of one of its leaders, the AIP bills itself as “The Fastest Growing Political Party in California." But a Times investigation has found that a majority of its members have registered with the party in error. Nearly three in four people did not realize they had joined the party, a...
  • Obama Allots $19 Mil to Register Immigrant Voters

    04/18/2016 9:52:01 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 18, 2016
    A year after President Obama launched his Task Force on New Americans the administration is injecting it with a $19 million infusion so it can achieve its key initiative of registering new voters that will likely support Democrats in the upcoming election. Officially, this is being described as enhancing pathways to naturalization by offering immigrants free citizenship instruction, English, U.S. history and civics courses. The cash is being distributed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Homeland Security agency that oversees lawful immigration, and the obvious goal is to register more immigrant voters because they tend to be Democrat....
  • 2016 Republican Delegate Allocation: WYOMING/ 66% less voted than 2012!

    04/16/2016 10:20:05 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 16 replies
    FHQ Frontloading Headquarters blogspot ^ | December 27, 2015 | Josh Putnam U. of GA professor
    This is #16 in a series that examines the Republican delegate allocation rules by state. The main goal is to assess the rules for 2016 -- relative to 2012 -- in order to gauge the potential impact the changes to the rules along the W-T-A/proportionality spectrum... The RNC recalibrated its rules, cutting the proportionality window in half, but tightening proportionality rules. Those alterations will trigger subtle reactions, other rules changes, particularly the new binding requirement, will be more noticeable.... ...Changes since 2012: As FHQ argued at the outset of the... plan to allocate delegates for 2016, there are only so...
  • A question for discussion this weekend (Vanity)

    04/16/2016 8:11:47 AM PDT · by Baynative · 12 replies
    Creative thinking ^ | 4/16/16 | Baynative
    Given that Governor Jerry Brown has opened the door to as many as 3 million illegals to vote oi the coming election; should California electoral college votes in the presidential election be disallowed?
  • Please help.

    04/16/2016 7:35:08 AM PDT · by The_Republic_Of_Maine · 10 replies
    http://www.mainetv.net/ ^ | 4-16-2016 | Self
    I have a question for all, The two videos at www.MaineTV.net make it perfectly clear that computer voting machines and computer vote counting machines are easily hacked and corrupted, stealing elections, so that, the one sworn is is not the one elected, but the one anointed by the powers to be. Now my question: Why do you think it is literally impossible to get the Maine State Legislature and/or the Governor to work to ban these machines and return to paper hand counted ballots. I am serious with this question, I don't know how to work to remedy this till...
  • Trump’s Right That The GOP Primary Is Unfair — It Favors Him

    04/14/2016 5:24:08 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 31 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | 04.14.16 | Harry Enten
    After getting shut out at the Colorado conventions, Trump has been complaining that the Republican primary process is undemocratic and rigged. ...it’s true that some Republican votes are worth a lot more than others. “One person, one vote” — or the idea that every voter should have equal say in an election — is not the rule in the GOP primary system. The irony, however, is that Trump has benefited from this imbalance.... Trump has won a higher share of delegates than votes in 24 of the 35 contests studied (67 percent), most notably in winner-take-all contests. Winner-take-all statewide contests...
  • Obama Criticizes Difficulty of Voting in U.S.: ‘Australia Has Got Mandatory Voting’

    04/08/2016 4:20:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 77 replies
    CNS News ^ | 4/8/16 | staff
    (CNSNews.com) - Speaking at the University of Chicago Law School yesterday, President Barack Obama criticized what he described as the difficulty of voting in the United States of America. “We really are the only advanced democracy on Earth that systematically and purposely makes it really hard for people to vote,” he said. “Maybe the single biggest change that we could make in our political process that would reduce some of the polarization, make people feel more invested, restore integrity to the system, would be just make sure everybody is voting,” said Obama. “Australia has got mandatory voting. You start getting...
  • Why women should vote for women

    04/08/2016 11:32:12 AM PDT · by PROCON · 51 replies
    latimes ^ | April 6, 2016 | Nancy L. Cohen
    Sexism is driving women away from the GOP front-runner Donald Trump and the Republican Party, potentially providing a windfall to Hillary Clinton in a general election. But to ride women's discontent into the Oval Office, of course, Clinton has to win the Democratic nomination. And while she has maintained a strong advantage with women voters overall, she's not doing well with all women. White millennial women favor Bernie Sanders. Perhaps that's because the best rationale for Clinton's candidacy hasn't been effectively communicated to millennial women. There is a powerful case to be made for electing a woman president, and it...
  • Calif Ag Labor Agency Spent $10 Million To Prevent Farm Workers’ Votes From Being Counted

    03/24/2016 7:53:18 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/24/16 | Katy Grimes
    The ALRB is acting as an arm of, and on behalf of the United Farm Workers labor union, rather than farm workers The Agricultural Labor Relations Board has spent $10.8 million to prevent Gerawan Farming Workers 2013 votes from being counted—more than $4,100 per vote to deny farmworkers their legal rights to be heard. The Agricultural Labor Relations Board is also being sued for bias and conflicts of interest, and has been found actively and openly working on behalf of the United Farm Workers Labor union, rather than farm workers. And this takes money… a lot of money.
  • Phoenix Mayor Stanton Calls for Dept. of Justice Investigation

    03/23/2016 2:41:27 PM PDT · by hsmomx3 · 14 replies
    12 News ^ | 03/23/16 | KPNX
    HOENIX - Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton wrote an open letter to United States attorney general Loretta Lynch requesting an investigation into Tuesday's issues for Arizona voters in the presidential preference election.
  • A Few Observations on The Arizona and Utah Primaries

    03/23/2016 5:39:45 AM PDT · by xzins · 22 replies
    Opinion ^ | 23 Mar 16 | Xzins
    The primaries held in Arizona and Utah yesterday yielded results that probably cheered the hearts of some. Trump won Arizona, and Cruz won Utah. That aside, and I'm not a resident of either state, I have some concerns that really have nothing to do with the candidate we might support. Fair disclosure says that I acknowledge my support for Donald Trump. I don't think these observations, however, have anything to do with that. My observation is that these primaries -- and please forgive me for using primary as a catch all for primaries, caucuses, etc. -- were handled very poorly...
  • Mexico’s Ballot-Box Reconquista

    03/22/2016 10:15:11 AM PDT · by yoe · 27 replies
    IBD ^ | March 21, 2016 | Editor
    mmigration: Meddling dangerously in American democracy with a not-so-secret motive, the Mexican government is quietly aiding its citizens in the U.S. to become eligible to vote in our elections. “Mexico is mounting an unprecedented effort to turn its permanent residents in the U.S. into citizens, a status that would enable them to vote — presumably against Donald Trump,” says Bloomberg Business. The story goes on: “Mexican diplomats are mobilizing for the first time to assist immigrants in gaining U.S. citizenship, hosting free workshops on naturalization.” But contrary to the claim in the Bloomberg piece, the goal isn’t solely to keep...
  • Soros Board Member Chairs Firm Running Online Voting for Tuesday’s Utah Caucuses

    03/20/2016 5:21:27 PM PDT · by Repeal 16-17 · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 20, 2016 | Aaron Klein
    Smartmatic Group, an electronic voting firm whose worldwide headquarters is located in the United Kingdom, will be running the online balloting process in the Utah Republican Open Caucuses on Tuesday. The chairman of Smartmatic’s board, Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, currently serves on the board of George Soros’s Open Society Foundation and has close ties to the billionaire.
  • TRUMP BALLOT SECURITY PROJECT

    03/19/2016 4:36:52 PM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 30 replies
    A project of the Committee To Restore America's Greatness CONTACT 1-855-245-4634 TO REPORT IRREGULARITIES OR VOTER FRAUD. The Trump Ballot Security Project was formed when the main stream media reported dozens of voting irregularities in the Texas Republican primary. This ultimately totaled over 600 reports in at least six counties including Dallas County and Travis County. In virtually every case votes cast for Donald J. Trump were tallied for Senator Marco Rubio. We established a Toll Free number to collect further reports of voter irregularities. Almost immediately there were over 300 complaints from Oklahoma. Only a week later the Kansas...
  • Project Veritas president to hold NH news conference to address AG’s probe of voting issues

    03/16/2016 8:32:06 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 1 replies
    WMUR 9 ^ | 3-15-2016
    The head of a conservative group whose videos prompted the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office to open a probe of possible voting law violations during the first-in-the-nation primary campaign has scheduled a news conference in Concord on Thursday. Project Veritas, headed by activist James O’Keefe, said that it has not received a response from the Attorney General’s Office to its offer to cooperate in the investigation. O’Keefe will meet with reporters at the Legislative Office Building. Stephen Gordon, a Project Veritas spokesman, confirmed that among the topics O’Keefe will discuss is the Attorney General’s request for unedited, raw versions of...
  • An Issue For Debate: Universal Suffrage

    03/14/2016 9:58:47 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/14/16 | Bob Christie
    With certain exceptions, people who pay no taxes, and people who receive cash or equivalents from the government, should not be allowed to vote Most people recognize the expression “skin in the game” and accept that it means those persons who have something of value at risk have purchased a specific privilege or right deemed worthy of the gamble. Those without “skin in the game”, non-players in effect, are not entitled to the same privilege or right. If you have ever played poker with your buddies you know you are not entitled to be dealt a hand and perhaps rake...
  • PARSING THE POLLS: Kasich barely leads Trump in Ohio while Cruz climbs

    03/14/2016 9:16:33 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 92 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 14, 2016 | Timothy P. Carney
    It's not impossible that Donald Trump finishes in third place in Ohio. The latest Ohio polls show a barn-burner between John Kasich and Trump, but they also show a distinctive Ted Cruz surge in the past 10 days. Snapshot Six pollsters have surveyed Ohio Republicans in March. RealClearPolitics averages the last four, and derives an average that shows Kasich up 35.3 percent, two points ahead of Trump. Ted Cruz's average over those four polls is 20 percent. Rubio is in single digits in all four polls and will finish fourth in Ohio. One of four polls (PPP) shows Trump leading....
  • Voting From a Christian Perspective

    03/08/2016 2:42:02 PM PST · by ssanders519 · 12 replies
    Straightjacket Junction ^ | 2/29/2016 | Steve Sanders
    Tomorrow is an important day in the United States. Millions of people across the nation will be voting in our primary elections to choose a nominee for the post of President of the United States. This next presidential election is especially crucial for our nation. Our country has become highly divided along many different lines. The way in which the next president leads and the values he or she possesses will play a big part in determining the future success or failure of this country. With the weight of this heavy responsibility in mind, the questions must be asked: Should...
  • Justice Ann Walsh Bradley: Uncle who served at Iwo Jima unable to vote

    03/05/2016 10:36:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | February 23, 2016 | Patrick Marley
    Madison -- A state Supreme Court justice on Tuesday urged Gov. Scott Walker to allow people to use veterans ID cards to vote after her uncle who fought at Iwo Jima was unable to cast a ballot in last week's primary election. "It makes no sense to me that this proud patriot with a veterans card displaying his photo would be turned away from the polls and denied the right to vote," Justice Ann Walsh Bradley wrote to the Republican governor. In her letter, Bradley said her uncle had fought at Iwo Jima, the bloody World War II battle that...
  • Why this election makes me hate the word ‘evangelical’

    It wasn’t even intentional on my part. I just noticed a few weeks ago that I had stopped describing myself to people as an “evangelical.” I had begun, subconsciously, to say that I am a “gospel Christian.” When I caught myself doing this, I wondered why and the answer wasn’t long in coming. The word “evangelical” has become almost meaningless this year, and in many ways the word itself is at the moment subverting the gospel of Jesus Christ. Part of the problem is that more secular people have for a long time misunderstood the meaning of “evangelical,” seeing us...
  • Austin/Cedar Park TX voting machine switched Trump vote to Rubio prr KLBJ-AM caller

    03/01/2016 7:04:14 AM PST · by txhurl · 108 replies
    KJBJ-AM Radio ^ | 3/1/16 | KLBJ-AM caller
    Just reported 'on 1431 at a nursing home'. Double-check your votes today! This could be Travis or Williamson Co., caller refused to say.
  • Computer Programmer testifies "US ELECTIONS RIGGED".

    02/29/2016 2:51:31 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 39 replies
    Youtube ^ | 09/07/11
    Clinton Eugene Curtis, a computer programmer from Florida, testified before a congressional panel that there are computer programs that can be used to secretly fix elections. He explains how he created a prototype for Florida Congressman Tom Feeny that would flip the vote 51%-49% in favor of a specified candidate. This happened all the way back in 2001 but you might not have heard anything about this claim unless you searched for it. I've seen a Wired News report on this topic and a few local Florida newspaper stories but otherwise, no real media coverage has been provided. You'd think...
  • Will DOJ Push For Illegal Alien Voting In 2016 Fall Flat?

    02/28/2016 5:32:38 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 25 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 28 Feb, 2016 | Robert Romano
    "The Obama Administration's lackeys at Attorney General Loretta Lynch's Justice Department are doing everything in their power to allow their new illegal alien power base to vote." That was Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning's reaction to the Department of Justice's decision not to defend the Election Assistance Commission in the case League of Women Voters v. Newby. The Commission had provided that the federal voter registration form would include Alabama, Georgia and Kansas requirements to enforce their respective state proof-of-citizenship voter registration laws. The Justice Department, which is supposed to defend the Commission, actually consented to the filed...
  • On the Ground Voting Report (vanity)

    02/26/2016 8:09:06 PM PST · by Envisioning · 11 replies
    Eye Witness | 2-26-16 | Me
    Went and early voted today. Had to wait in line to vote, first time. Had to wait for a voting both, first time, usually most are empty. Heard the poll watchers say that over 700 people voted today at my location, which is unheard of in our little municipality in one day. While I was there, out of about 30 people, 28 asked for Republican Ballots and 2 asked for Democrat Ballots. Could have been some cross-over voters, but I really don't think so.
  • How Ugandans Overturned An Election Day Social Media Blackout

    02/25/2016 7:20:06 PM PST · by Utilizer · 15 replies
    Motherboard online site ^ | February 24, 2016 // 07:00 AM EST | Written by G.S. Phillips and Grace Atuhaire
    When Ugandans went to the polls last Thursday in presidential and parliamentary elections, they participated in the most heavily-contested political battle since multiparty democracy began in 2005. But they also discovered that their access to social media and mobile payment services had been cut off, part of a three-day ban by the government that limited political discussion and temporarily halted financial transactions across the country. When the dust had cleared, incumbent, 30-year president Gen. Y.K. Museveni had been re-elected for another five-year term along with his National Resistance Movement (NRM) party, the leader of the largest opposition party was under...
  • Fighting Illegal Alien Voting

    02/25/2016 8:28:14 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 11 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/25/16 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    Our federal government is once again pushing the Constitution aside and using federal agencies to manufacture laws against the will of the American People. Our President-in conjunction with the Justice Department-is attempting to give illegal aliens the right to vote. It is a proven fact that over 1.4 million non-citizens were allowed to vote in the 2008 elections. Of those who voted in 2008, over 80% voted for Democrats, thanks to promises of free, taxpayer funded benefits being given away by the federal government. The non-citizen vote may well have delivered North Carolina to Obama in 2012. If this is...
  • How Should a Conservative Vote?

    02/22/2016 3:43:51 PM PST · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 22, 2016 | Robert Charles
    Russell Kirk was a great American thinker of the last century - and giant of conservative thought. He was a student of the Founding Fathers, but also of their fathers, and of their mentors' mentors. He knew Edmund Burke's philosophy cold, and history's big lessons all the way back to Plato. Kirk hated "ruinous taxation," like Lecky, who wrote "Democracy and Liberty." Kirk hated "corrupt Washington," as Henry James, who wrote "Democracy." Kirk loved individual liberty and was a scholar of our Constitution's roots, including its "natural law" origins. Kirk was effectively the Father, or wise man, of modern conservatism....
  • VIDEO: Hillary supporters register AFTER voting?

    02/20/2016 7:44:09 PM PST · by PROCON · 27 replies
    theamericanmirror.com ^ | Feb. 20, 2016 | KYLE OLSON
    A video posted on YouTube by James Porter purports to show Hillary Clinton voters bypassing the registration area to cast ballots in the Nevada caucus Saturday."They're letting them into the caucus right now without registering them," a woman can be heard yelling as a steady line of people stream by. "They're going to do the count. They're all going to be part of the count," anther woman can be heard saying in reply. "But they're not registered," a man says.
  • The makings of our voting universe

    02/13/2016 10:13:25 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/13/14 | Obie Usategui
    Our nation’s impending illiteracy and apathy, were the principal causes for electing the likes of a Barack Obama to the presidency of the nation as well allowing for a Hillary Clinton or a Bernie Sanders to contend for the presidency If you are like me, a political enthusiast of sorts, you probably have not missed any of the political debates that have taken place in the last few weeks, just as you might have followed the overwhelming blitzkrieg of national polls with last-minute details on how candidates are doing in their presidential races. By now, I am almost sure, you...
  • Tuesday’s New Hampshire Primary Will Be First With Voter ID Law In Place

    02/05/2016 1:54:20 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    WBUR ^ | Feb. 4, 2016 | Zeninjor Enwemeka
    This year's presidential primary is the first in which New Hampshire's voters will be required to show identification before they can cast their ballots ... When New Hampshire voters go to the polls Tuesday for the first presidential primary of the 2016 race, they will have to do something new. This year's presidential primary is the first in which the state's voters will be required to show identification before they can cast their ballots. Before the state's new voter ID law went into effect in 2013, voters could just give their name and address, get checked off the roll, and...
  • Political Participation and the Sanction of the Victim

    01/31/2016 5:37:12 PM PST · by huckfillary · 12 replies
    Artful Dilettante ^ | January 31, 2016 | Artful Dilettante
    In her 1957 masterpiece, Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand introduced us to a powerful concept which she called “the sanction of the victim.” This concept is defined as “the willingness of the good to suffer at the hands of the evil, to accept the role of sacrificial victim for the ‘sin‘ of creating values.” As Rand explains through the character of her hero, John Galt, “Evil is impotent and has no power but that which we let it extort from us,” and, “I saw that evil was impotent…and the only weapon of its triumph was the willingness of the good to...
  • The Latest: Iowa election official criticizes Cruz mailer

    01/31/2016 4:11:00 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 22 replies
    Iowa's Secretary of State says a recent mailer from Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz's campaign "misrepresents Iowa election law." The mailer bills itself as a "voting violation" and tells the recipient it's been sent due to "low expected voter turnout in your area." It then grades the recipient's voting history and that of several neighbors, citing public records. Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate says in a statement that there's "no such thing as an election violation related to frequency of voting" and insinuating otherwise is "not in keeping in the spirit of the Iowa Caucuses." The bottom of...
  • Iowa Caucuses, a Subsidy for Iowa's Political Establishment

    01/29/2016 7:25:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    First, kill the Iowa caucuses. Please note: I didn't say, "Kill the Iowans." I like Iowans and I like Iowa. But we need to get Iowa's boot off our neck. That may be misunderstood, as well. You see, we're not under the heel of all Iowans. If we were, that'd actually be better because that would mean lots of Iowans turned out to vote. But most don't. As Jeff Greenfield recently noted in Politico, rumors of Iowa's commitment to democratic engagement are wildly overstated. In 2008, a record-shattering 350,000 caucus-goers caucus-went. All the buzz was about the precedent-shattering turnout for...
  • Michigan Voters Will Now Have to Select Their Politicians Individually

    01/18/2016 10:02:55 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 24 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/14/2016 | Jack Spencer
    On Tuesday, Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law Senate Bill 13, which eliminates the option on election ballots to vote a straight party ticket with a single action. Michigan voters who want to vote a straight-party ticket can still do so, but will have to mark their votes for each candidate one at a time. Some evidence suggests that Democratic voters use the straight-party voting option more than Republican voters do. Republicans in Michigan have tended to support eliminating it, while Democrats have been united behind keeping it in place. This marks the third time the Michigan Legislature has voted...
  • Quotes by Robert Higgs

    01/14/2016 7:03:00 PM PST · by huckfillary · 17 replies
    Artful Dilettante ^ | January 14, 2016 | Robert Higgs
    Anarchists did not try to carry out genocide against the Armenians in Turkey; they did not deliberately starve millions of Ukrainians; they did not create a system of death camps to kill Jews, gypsies, and Slavs in Europe; they did not fire-bomb scores of large German and Japanese cities and drop nuclear bombs on two of them; they did not carry out a ‘Great Leap Forward’ that killed scores of millions of Chinese; they did not attempt to kill everybody with any appreciable education in Cambodia; they did not launch one aggressive war after another; they did not implement trade...
  • Here's the Technology That Will Change the 2016 Election

    01/14/2016 6:18:32 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    inc.com ^ | 1-14-2016 | PAUL GROSSINGER
    Progress comes at the ballot box - and nothing changes the ballot box more than drastic changes in national demography. ... Democracy Works, a New York 501C3 is perhaps the epitome of this trend: its first product, TurboVote, focuses directly on the voter and removes barriers to their actual participation in elections by using software to automate sending a filled out envelope with completed voting forms and text messaging for reminders to ensure voters complete needed tasks at the deadline, and Ballot Scout, their second, is software that local election officials integrate into their systems to better track mailed in...
  • Who Put This Huge Database of U.S. Voting Records Online? (online for the taking)

    12/28/2015 1:57:13 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 57 replies
    CSOonline ^ | 12/28/15 | Steve Ragan
    Massive database exposed to public, major political data managers deny ownershipA misconfigured database has led to the disclosure of 191 million voter records. The database, discovered by researcher Chris Vickery, doesn't seem to have an owner; it's just sitting in the public – waiting to be discovered by anyone who happens to be looking. What's in the database? The database was discovered by researcher Chris Vickery, who shared his findings with Databreaches.net. The two attempted to locate the owner of the database based on the records it housed and other details. However, their attempts didn't pan out, so they came...
  • Why Evangelicals Should Vote For Trump If He Gets The GOP Nod

    12/20/2015 5:02:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 67 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 20, 2015 | Doug Giles
    A couple of weeks ago, before a "moderate Muslim" couple lit up San Bernardino, a duo, by the way, that BHO's boys "vetted" to immigrate into the US, I read a column telling Christians not to vote for Trump should he win the GOP ticket because he didn't pass the "Word of God" litmus test. The Christian writer said evangelicals shouldn't support The Donald primarily because Trump mocked the disabled NYT reporter Serge Kovaleski. That, for said writer, was a holy deal breaker. He also pointed out that Trump was cocky, cheeky and braggadocious and that, my dear brethren, was...
  • Supreme Court Hears Arguments on ‘One Person, One Vote’ (Hugely Important)

    12/08/2015 8:29:15 AM PST · by NRx · 53 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12-08-2015 | ADAM LIPTAK
    The case, Evenwel v. Abbott, No. 14-940, will address a question many thought had been settled long ago: What is the meaning of the principle of “one person, one vote”? The principle, rooted in cases from the 1960s that revolutionized democratic representation in the United States, applies to the entire American political system aside from the Senate, where voters from states with small populations have vastly more voting power than those with large ones. Everywhere else, voting districts must have very close to the same populations. But the Supreme Court has never definitively ruled on who must be counted: all...
  • FOREIGN COMPANY BUYS U.S. ELECTION RESULTS REPORTING FIRM

    12/03/2015 9:36:44 AM PST · by Beowulf9 · 12 replies
    http://www.drudgereport.com ^ | unknown | Bev Harris
    In a major step towards global centralization of election processes, the world's dominant Internet voting company has purchased the USA's dominant election results reporting company. When you view your local or state election results on the Internet, on portals which often appear to be owned by the county elections division, in over 525 US jurisdictions you are actually redirected to a private corporate site controlled by SOE software, which operates under the name ClarityElections.com. The good news is that this firm promptly reports precinct-level detail in downloadable spreadsheet format. As reported by BlackBoxVoting.org in 2008, the bad news is that...
  • NAACP sues Alabama over state's voter identification law

    12/02/2015 7:04:16 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 2, 2015 | Karen Brooks
    A civil rights group in Alabama targeted the state's voter identification law in a federal lawsuit filed on Wednesday, saying the requirement that a photo ID be shown at the polls in order to vote discriminated against minorities. The lawsuit, filed by the Alabama State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Greater Birmingham Ministries, asked for a permanent injunction to stop the law, which took effect last year.
  • The Democrats' Demise, the Republicans Rise

    11/30/2015 8:19:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 30, 2015 | Arthur Schaper
    "It's a great day to be a Republican in California!" I thought to myself when my colleagues elected me to be the next Beach Cities Republicans Club President, a growing grassroots organization in an otherwise deep blue state, which has witnessed and assisted remarkable Republican gains. I was following a long-list of who's who in the South Bay. The prior president, David Hadley, won the state assembly seat for my district, the first Republican in over two decades. Another fiscal conservative Republican won a seat in the East Bay, the first in over thirty years. Los Angeles County will enjoy...
  • Why Evangelical Christians Should Not Support Donald Trump

    11/29/2015 6:12:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 283 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2015 | Michael Brown
    I understand the tremendous popularity of Donald Trump in America in 2015. He is a larger than life reality TV star; he is incredibly rich and not beholden to anyone; he is fearless and speaks his mind; he articulates the frustrations and anger of millions of his countrymen; he gives the impression that he can fix our economy and will put an end to illegal immigration; he is not a Washington insider; he could be a strong leader who could face down our global enemies; he can even be winsome and self-effacing at times. Yes, I do understand all this...
  • DOCUMENT LEAK: VA GOP Establishment’s "Loyalty Oath" Scheme to Suppress Insurgents Trump & Cruz

    11/27/2015 11:19:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | November 25, 2015 | Doug Ross
    The Last Refuge blog (also known as The Conservative Treehouse) has done yeoman's work exposing the GOP establishment's plot to jam Jeb Bush down the collective throats of the electorate. Despite Bush's single-digit poll numbers, the GOPe remains fixated on a Bush candidacy (and, by extension, a Hillary presidency, since Bush has zero chance of winning a general election). Most recently, Virginia's old guard has proffered a laughably obvious ploy to deter independent, Tea Party, Reagan Democrat, and Constitutional Conservatives who have abandoned the Republican establishment from voting in the GOP primary....
  • Why do Racist Democrats Oppose Voter ID laws?

    11/02/2015 5:52:54 PM PST · by Starman417 · 10 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 11-02-15 | Brother Bob
    With a recent decision in Alabama to close 31 DMV offices, the predictable howls of outrage form the Radical Left have come out - "Voter disenfranchisement!' "Jim Crow!" "Taking away our right to vote!" Expect to hear a lot more of this as we lead up to the 2016 election. PJTV's Christopher Coates responds to Contributor at The Nation Ari Berman's new book on voting rights with "Give Us the Ballot". Unsurprisingly, Berman's research leaves out some key facts, like this gem: Another serious omission is Berman's failure to discuss the controversies surrounding lawsuits brought during the George W. Bush administration against...