"The administration’s claim to be the champion of civil rights is highly suspect."  "http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2014/05/20/morning-bits-355/" target="">Morning Bits. ...

But why would anyone do anything like this, the academics wonder?  Surely nobody would risk jail for a couple of votes that won't swing an
election, they argue. Link to the contrary reality:

"A former Bolivar city councilwoman was sentenced Tuesday to two years of community corrections.

Brenda Woods was convicted in March for procuring illegal voters in the city’s 2009 municipal elections.

Three people, two of whom are related to Woods, testified that they had felony convictions on their records in May of 2009 when voted.

At the time, Woods was running for mayor and for city council.

Woods lost the mayor’s race, but won the council seat.

The witnesses, who were granted immunity for testifying, said Woods took them to the polls at separate times to vote for her, even though she knew they were felons."


Absentee ballot fraud case
involving a Democrat official goes to court
. He previously blamed the
charges on him being a Latino:

"Paterson Councilman Rigo Rodriguez and his wife, Lissette, will be back in court in July after pleading not guilty on Tuesday to charges that they committed fraud in a 2010 election that Rodriguez
won by a narrow margin. The Rodriguezes were indicted in March on allegations that they submitted absentee ballots in Rodriguez’s bid for reelection as votes for people who never authorized them.
They also are accused of coaching campaign workers to lie to authorities who were investigating allegations of voter fraud."

National Review "">link:

"In a speech on April 11 to Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, President Obama claimed that his administration had “taken on more than 100 voting-rights cases since 2009, and they’ve defended
the rights of everybody from African Americans to Spanish speakers to soldiers serving overseas.” The real numbers are far less impressive.

As we have separately pointed out, the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, where we both formerly worked, has taken on only 39 cases since 2009. Despite the
president’s rhetoric, this is considerably below the record of the Bush administration. For all of the criticism leveled at the Bush Justice Department by Eric Holder and civil-rights organizations,
the Bush Justice Department had a far more robust enforcement record on voting rights than the Obama Justice Department has.

Politifact took up this discrepancy in the president’s claims and obtained a list of 102 cases from the Justice Department. This list, however, does not hold up under scrutiny."

initiative petition requiring voter identification
, declared invalid by a district judge last week, has been corrected and was refiled with the Nevada Secretary of
State’s Office on Wednesday...


"Angle of Reno said she will have 7,000 volunteers ready Saturday to start gathering the required 101,667 signatures of registered voters to put
the issue on the November ballot to amend the Nevada Constitution."


Wisconsin media reports:  A federal appeals court has
declared key aspects of Wisconsin's campaign finance laws unconstitutional, including a ban on direct spending by corporations.  The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling came Wednesday in
a lawsuit filed by Wisconsin Right to Life.  The court says the state can't ban political spending by corporations or cap how much they raise for affiliated political action committees.
 It also struck down some rules on so-called issue advocacy. Groups have been required to report their donors and follow numerous other rules if they support or oppose a specific candidate.
The appeals court says those rules apply only if the ads use phrases such as "vote for," ''elect" or "vote against."


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Arkansas court says judge went too far on voter ID

The Arkansas Supreme Court has "http://bigstory.ap.org/article/arkansas-court-says-judge-went-too-far-voter-id">tossed out a judge's ruling striking down the state's voter ID
, but stopped short of ruling on the constitutionality of the measure.

Justices on Wednesday vacated a Pulaski County judge's decision that the law violates Arkansas' constitution. Pulaski County Circuit
Judge Tim Fox had struck down the law in a case that had focused on how absentee ballots are handled under the law, but justices stayed his ruling while they considered an appeal. Justices said Fox
didn't have the authority to strike down the law in the case focusing on absentee ballots.

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The absentee ballot case pitted the Democrat Attorney General's opposition to allowing
absentee voters the same amount of time to show proof of ID as in-person voters against the Republican Secretary of State's broader interpretation of the law:

Fox issued the ruling in a case that had focused on absentee ballots. The Pulaski County Election Commission sued the state Board of Election Commissioners for adopting a rule that gives
absentee voters additional time to show proof of ID. The rule allows voters who did not submit required identification with their absentee ballot to turn in the documents for their vote to be counted
by noon Monday following an election. It mirrors an identical "cure period" the law gives to voters who fail to show identification at the polls.

McDaniel, a Democrat, issued a legal opinion in February in which he said absentee voters could not be given additional time to cast ballots, because that wasn't specified in the law. His opinion

Video at target="">Right Scoop. ...

Half of voters still believe the IRS broke the law when it targeted Tea Party and other conservative groups, and even more think the matter needs to be looked into further.  A new
Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters think the Obama administration’s handling of the IRS matter merits further investigation. Just half as many (28%) say
the case should be closed.  


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