January 9, 2008

I'm calling this charade the "Preemptive doctrine on Voting Rights." The hearing has begun and John Roberts is doing his part to aid the Republican machine in purging huge amounts of minorities and the elderly off of our voting rolls. They understand full well that a large percentage of these voters will not cast their ballot for the Giuliani--"Speak English" only party. The NY Times explains:

There are many ways to lose a Supreme Court case, and by the end of an argument that was before the court on Wednesday, the Democrats who were challenging Indiana’s voter-identification law appeared poised to lose theirs in a potentially sweeping way, with implications for many future election cases and in a way that will make it harder to challenge this canard again.

The justices’ questioning indicated that a majority did not accept the challengers’ basic argument — that voter-impersonation fraud is not a problem, so requiring voters to produce government-issued photo identification at the polls is an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote.

The tenor of the argument suggested, however, that rather than simply decide the case in favor of the state, a majority of five justices would go further and rule that the challenge to the statute, the strictest voter-identification law in the country, was improperly brought in the first place. Such a ruling could make it much more difficult to challenge any new state election regulations before they go into effect.

Here's Roberts doing his thing.

Chief Justice Roberts, who grew up in Indiana, did not seem to find the burden excessive. “County seats aren’t very far for people in Indiana,” he said. Mr. Smith replied that the county seat in Lake County was a 17-mile bus ride from the county’s urban center of Gary. “If you’re indigent, that’s a significant burden,” he said. The chief justice also seemed unimpressed by the absence of known voter impersonators. “It’s a type of fraud that, because it’s fraud, it’s hard to detect,” he said to Mr. Smith...read on

Read the full article and then read this also if you missed my last post about it. Get off the voter stuff in NH and focus on a real threat to our democracy. With huge turnouts more than likely this election, what will happen at the polling stations when Americans are turned away because of these new rules? We've had to fight for our right to vote and we must continue to do so. The media has been busy with the primaries which is natural, but it's time they turn their attention to this monumental case.

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