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Voter suppression

June 10, 2012

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To the editor:

We should consider ourselves lucky that Gov. Brownback didn’t cause Secretary of State Kobach to do as Florida Gov. Rick Scott is doing. Scott recently directed election officials to purge their rolls of suspected fraudulent voters. They sent letters (list provided by Scott’s office) telling recipients they weren’t U.S. citizens and giving them 30 days to provide proof of citizenship. If they didn’t respond, they would be summarily removed from the rolls. Oddly enough, Scott’s list consisted primarily of voters either with a history of voting Democratic or Independent or having a last name ending in a vowel or sounding Hispanic, or both. Remember, Florida was the state of questionable election practices during the 2000 election.

With a history of voter suppression, Florida is covered by the 1965 Voting Rights Act. They violated the act by not getting approval for either the purge or the methods. Many county election officials in Florida are not purging their lists saying the purge is faulty if not illegal. The U.S. Department of Justice told Florida to cease and desist, but as of the writing of this letter Florida has essentially told the DOJ to stuff it. As a note, over 400 responded to date proving citizenship. Among them are two World War veterans.

Yes, Kansas, we should consider ourselves fortunate that our voter suppression is geared only towards voters registering here for the first time. I just hope the state doesn’t adopt any crazy ideas. However, we have borrowed failed ideas, policies and people from Florida during the past two years, haven’t we?

Ralph Reed,

Lawrence

Comments

Mike Ford 1 year, 10 months ago

hey falsie don't talk that nonsense at me.....I've been at the same job for fifteen years paid taxes and will be a Democrat for life. Like that old statement used against the greedy eighties people....I'd be a Republican if could afford to be one......and no I'm not at a unionized job thanks to screw everyone else clowns like you who support jerking over workers in a right to work or screw over a worker state. I've made plenty but unlike greedy selfish people like you I understand that taxes pay for roads, schools, buildings, teachers......you know society.....heaven help the rest of society when and if people like you get your wish and kids get a xenophobic home based education by people barely smart enough to understand issues themselves.

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Rich_Crank 1 year, 10 months ago

Good heavens! Seeing your name, I worried you were the other Ralph Reed, the one with the Christian Coalition. Now that I know you're not -- in the words of the Partridge Family classic, "I think I love you! ..."

-- I'm joking, of course, but you are right on target. Thanks for that and ignore the garbage thrown your way here. As much as I despise ad hominem attacks in rational discussion, it appears to me they're doing just that and, furthermore, regurgitating themselves (maybe these aren't supposed to be rational discussions, so I'm okay).

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Mike Ford 1 year, 10 months ago

let's see acorn was setup by that breaking and entering of mary landreau's office conservative activist james o'keefe who looks like a klan grit from 1950's mississippi or the sheriff who got worked by gene hackman in the mississippi burning movie.weiser you got free stuff from dubya with the tax bribery I mean cuts during both his terms so lay off obama....in fact dubya's tax cut bribery was sooo big I used it for my wedding. talk about sucking as a president and bribing people with tax cuts....any of you republicans remember that bad word Bush....I just thought I'd remind you.....the peter griffin tea partiers in the rented patriot suits didn't make me forget bush....it must be the guilty who don't remember bush and want to blame obama while omitting bush.

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tbaker 1 year, 10 months ago

Mr. Reed has provided us with a classic example of the "Begging the Question" intellectual fallacy.

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weiser 1 year, 10 months ago

Let anyone and everyone vote; just vote Obama so I can get free stuff.

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 10 months ago

The "Cupcake Generation" will not be 'phased' by this. 'Legal'. Illegal. No matter.

They want everyone to get a 'trophy' for "trying". New America is "puurfect" for "The First".

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Matthew Herbert 1 year, 10 months ago

Preliminary polling analysis of likely voters conducted by "The Week" magazine indicates this election is very likely to end with Obama winning the popular vote and losing the Electoral College. The article goes on to predict Obama's popular vote margin being larger than Gore's was over Bush. Just something to chew on....

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Roland Gunslinger 1 year, 10 months ago

In 2000 1100 legal U.S. citizens were purged from the voter roles in Florida. Bush won by 538 votes in that state.

Just sayin'.

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 10 months ago

Ralph, are you equally concerned about airline travel suppression, check writing suppression, welfare application suppression and Michelle Obama book signing suppression? All four require a government photo id.

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Mike Ford 1 year, 10 months ago

hey snap, if one asks the orchestrators of the lie to fabracate the justifications for the xenophobia...so it us......just like north korea or syria coming up with truths to cover lies....ask the deceivers to bring the cover for their actions... so it us.....in other words bring me a legitimate news story not one amplifed with hate and lies....

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grammaddy 1 year, 10 months ago

We should wish for Kris Kobach to have thed kind of intestinal fortitude that the Sec of State in Florida has. They refused. There has also been a "cease and desist' order from the DoJ.Scott may soon be occupying a different office. Let's hope. He should listen to his AG once in a while.

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Mike Ford 1 year, 10 months ago

the gop campaign of blanket lies.....spread a blanket across the minorities disenfranchised by gop policies and also assail them to not vote for the incumbent dealing with irrational obstruction by playing the xenophobic nativist card.....how 19th century and below the mason dixon line....I grew up in LA and MS and did so in the mid 1970's when the crossover from out and out racism occurred to the code language wrapped in religion and patriotism xenophobia that occurs now. Let's play connect the dots between George Wallace, Bull Connor, and Kris Kobach..... it took fourty five years or my lifetime for the xenophobic nativist tone to evolve from the monolithic segregationist view to the white flight to the burbs and corn fields and the religion wrapped up in churches preaching hate cloaked in family values nonsense. Furthermore....why not try to disenfranchise the youth vote that supported Obama in 2008 by telling them they're not special like the dimwit in the graduation speech on yahoo news this last week.... leave it to the gop to go lee atwater and leave no dirty trick unused..... tell kids they're not special......ignore wall street abuses and make an issue of Cherokee ancestry when republicans don't care about Indians anyway......and run off the cheap help because no caucasian kid will do work below themselves socioeconomically....after all....who wants to pay as little as possible and be the party nominee who fires people....the gop nominee....who votes for these clowns.....and better yet who gives the architect of disaster from 2000-2008 a pass while the tea party pushes ideas even worse than what was experienced in that time and from 1980 to 1988? someone derail the dumb train.......

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OonlyBonly 1 year, 10 months ago

400 respondents against 50,000 purged. Something seems a little fishy there. Why, oh why, are Democrats so worried about keeping the vote for Illegal Aliens and dead people? It seems reasonable to me considering that Voting is one of the most important aspects of living in a Republic that one would want to ensure the voter is actually the individual they claim to be. But, Liberals do seem to have a habit of forgetting the Chicago voting theory - Vote early and often.....

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1southernjayhawk 1 year, 10 months ago

Ralph Reed, there is very little truth contained within your musings and is simply a rewrite of a Florida liberal journalistic hack. I would like to see an honest and fair effort to go through the voting registration lists to purge the names of, what is the politically correct term, illegal voters. I, for one, can find my name on the registered voter list in both Kansas and another southern state having recently moved. Why shouldn't this list be as accurate as possible?

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tomatogrower 1 year, 10 months ago

Actually Scott, should go to these veterans and get on his knees and kiss their feet in apology. But he isn't even worthy to be in their presence.

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Fossick 1 year, 10 months ago

"The concept of lobbyists running the government is the problem..."

Surely it is, but the main reason people buy lobbyists is that it's worth it, no? Do you know why used book dealers do not have lobbyists in Washington? Because there is nothing to be gained by hiring lobbyists: Washington does not harass used book dealers.

Now, why do energy companies, health care companies, Wall Street, unions, defense contractors, gun dealers and the like have lobbyists? For the very opposite reason: Washington is up to its earballs in those industries.

If you want lobbyists out of Washington, the easiest and cheapest way is to limit the reach of Washington. However, it seems that people want Washington to get its hands in more and more of the economy and then they express surprise that those who are already in that part of the economy hire lobbyists. O ye naifs! First remove the government from the economy, and the lobbyists will be lobbying for increased unemployment benefits on their own time.

As for the voting, the rolls ought to be purged any time someone does not vote in some purely arbitrary number, like 10 years. Names ought not enter into it, but it's crazy to assume a state ought not take measures to identify those who are no longer legal voters.

But I do remember that Florida was "the state of questionable election practices during the 2000 election." Seems that no matter how they counted, Democrats could not make the count come out for Gore. It's a shame, actually, but really, it's time to forgive them and move on, no?

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Abdu Omar 1 year, 10 months ago

I believe we have. I am sick of the tactics of politicians, both Democratic and Republican. We are humans, we voters, and we want our say to matter to you and in congress. The concept of lobbyists running the government is the problem and the reason we are in the situation we are in. Too many people with too many special interests make our government follow the money and not their concience or the will of their constituents. This must stop immediately and let the people have their day.

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Uhjh 1 year, 10 months ago

Brought to you by scared and cheating Republics!

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