Wisconsin Report Informs Students of Voting Rights Against Republican Push of Voter Suppression

A section of the report highlights the effect on students of the recent extension of the residency requirement from 10 to 28 days. It describes the following stories:

  • A student who lived at Marquette until graduating in May of this year moved to a new address at which he had not yet met the 28-day requirement by the election. Poll workers improperly prevented him from voting at his school address.
  • A woman who resided and voted in Fond du Lac but attended college in California from 2011 to 2012 sought to vote at a different address in Fond du Lac that she returned to fewer than 28 days before the election. Election officials only allowed her to vote after the Government Accountability Board clarified that her temporary absence did not deprive her of Wisconsin residency.
  • A student who registered at his dorm address during the 2010-11 school year and then studied in China until shortly before the election was only allowed to vote after Election Protection intervened.
  • Some election officials in La Crosse incorrectly told students that they could not vote there because they were returning home from college for the summer.

These stories drive home the importance of informing students on your campus of their voting rights and options. Using the CVP toolkit items and FELN’s state-specific guides will help you make sure that students and election officials know voters’ rights in whatever state you’re in. Focus on these goals to get ready for the election:

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Helping Our Communities Vote

Yesterday’s webinar, Nonprofits and Election Protection: Our role in helping our communities vote November 6, is now available. Thank you to Eric Marshall from the Lawyers’ Committee for joining us to discuss how your nonprofit can help ensure that your community members have the information and resources they need to successfully cast a ballot in 2012.

Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download the PowerPoint presentation and the audio portion of the presentation, or browse all of our nonprofit voter engagement resources.

Learn how your nonprofit can register voters during next week’s webinar. Join us on August 2nd for Ready, Set, Register: Nonprofit Voter RegistrationRSVP today!

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Trial Continues in Harrisburg to Stop Republican Led Voter Suppression

In her 93 years, Philadelphian Viviette Applewhite said, she had missed her chance to vote for president just once – and that was because she could not find her polling place despite spending 12 hours looking.

This fall might mark the second time, Applewhite testified Wednesday in Commonwealth Court, because a new state law says she must bring photo identification to the polls in order to vote. And thanks to a purse-snatcher, she hasn’t got much in the way of photo ID.

Applewhite, who came to court in a motorized wheelchair and testified of having once marched with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., said voting “gives me the right to help people and myself.”

She was one of the first witnesses in a state case that has drawn national attention. The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and other groups are asking a judge to knock the state’s tough new voter-ID law off the books before it can be used in the Nov. 6 election.

Attorneys for Applewhite and nine other voters argued Wednesday that the law violated the state constitution by imposing unfair burdens on voters and could disenfranchise as many as a million or more Pennsylvanians – especially those who are old, poor, or disabled.

 In court, ACLU lawyers pointed to a widely quoted June 23 remark by State House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R., Allegheny) at a Republican Party meeting. Turzai said the new voter-ID law “is going to allow Gov. Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.”

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The Republican Effort to Impose Voter Suppression in Wisconsin

Why? Because if you live in Racine, it’ s nothing new. In fact the whole concept of keeping minority and working people from voting had it’s start right here in the Belle City.

Few people know the name of Paul Weyrich. Mainly because he is dead. Those who do know the name either think of him as a hero or saddle the entire crypto-christian-conservative movement on his head. Sure we all know Charles and David Koch, and Sheldon Adelson is quick becoming a household name. Paul Weyrich was all those guys rolled into one before they were even players in buying the elections game.

Paul Weyrich was born in Racine, Wisconsin on October 7, 1942.

This short video has become Paul Weyrich’s YouTube legacy…something we sincerely hope gives him much discomfort in the afterlife:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPsl_TuFdes

“I don’t want everybody to vote” Yep, you heard him correctly. History is such a bitch.

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Republican Chairman Describes Republican Methods for Using Voter Suppression

Former Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer has filed a lawsuit against his former colleagues, saying he was improperly denied a $130,000 severance package after being forced out his leadership position. In a deposition recorded in late May, Greer described a party that had fallen into disarray and become divided between competing factions…

“They talked about not letting blacks vote,” Greer said during the deposition, adding that party officials believed that “minority outreach programs were not fit for the Republican Party.”

The incendiary charge comes at a time when Florida is under heavy scrutiny for a new law tightening voter registration requirements and for a push to strike ineligible names from the state’s voter rolls.

The new voting law has drawn challenges from groups like the League of Women Voters, who contend that it erects a needless barrier to the voting booth (a federal judge agreed with that argument inblocking sections of the law). Numerous states have enacted new voting laws since 2010, citing the need to prevent fraud, but opponents warn that minorities and low-income voters are disproportionately at risk of being disenfranchised.

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The Grio : 93 Year Old Woman is Lead Plaintiff Against the Republican Push for Voter Suppression in Pennsylvania

The voter ID law will now require voters to show a valid driver’s license or other forms of identification in order to be able to vote. Applewhite has been voting for 50 years and because of her age she no longer owns a birth certificate. Since she does not have a driver’s license either, she will not be eligible to vote in the upcoming elections. She says that she has been voting since 1960 and she cast her first vote for President John F. Kennedy. Philly.com reports:

HARRISBURG – Wartime welder, civil-rights marcher, world traveler, voter – Viviette Applewhite of Philadelphia’s Germantown section can boast of having been all those things.

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Republican Officials Acknowledge Voter Suppression Motives of Republican Members

Voting rights advocates have long asserted that restrictive voting laws are only implemented for one reason: suppressing the votes of underrepresented citizens. Yesterday, former Florida Republican Chairman Jim Greer confirmed this by admitting that state Republicans have conspired to suppress Black voters. Unfortunately, this admission from Florida is not the first that we have heard in recent years.

Greer exposed the GOP’s plans for “voter suppression and keeping blacks from voting,” claiming that party officials dismissed “minority outreach programs” because they were “not a fit for the Republican Party,” according to Salon

Last month, Pennsylvania House Republican Mike Turzai shocked the nation when he proudly announced that the state’s controversial new voter ID law would give Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney the state’s votes in November.

“Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done,” he said at a Republican State Committee meeting.

The state, which recently discovered that at least 750,000 registered voters do not have required ID to vote, is currently battling over the voter ID law in court.

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