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Dec 21 13 10:27 PM

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No big surprise.
Minorities tend to vote for Democrats.  Republicans want to make it harder for minorities to vote.
If they had good candidates and good ideas, they wouldn't have to cheat.


Researchers Find Factors Tied To Voting Restriction Bills Are 'Basically All Racial'


Eric Lach – December 20, 2013, 4:02 PM EST4269

"We looked at proposed and passage over this period, and we looked at just 2011 specifically," Bentele told TPM in an interview this week. "And you have this consistent emergence -- over and over and over -- these partisan and racial factors are the most strongly associated with these outcomes."

The paper focused on a range of restrictive voter access legislation. That means not just voter ID bills, but also the regulation of groups who register voters, the shortening of early voting periods, and other issues. And these efforts were not limited geographically. Restrictive voter access legislation was proposed in nearly every state in the country during the six-year period looked at, and at least one restrictive change passed in half the states.

According to Bentele, the most striking findings came when analyzing only the proposed restrictive access legislation. There were a "handful" of factors associated with the proposal of more bills in recent years, Bentele said, and "they're basically all racial." States that saw higher minority turnout in the previous presidential election, and states that had more African American and non-citizen residents, saw more bills proposed.

What about the great Republican specter of voter fraud?

"If you want to be extraordinarily generous, you could say allegations of voter fraud may have been a very, very small contributing factor," Bentele said, speaking more generally about voter restriction efforts. "But in general, these partisan and racial effects seem to be really, really strongly associated with this outcome."

In the paper, the researchers placed the recent restriction efforts in context, as part of a history of measures "trumpeted as protecting electoral legitimacy while intended to exclude the marginalized for a particular political party's advantage." They argue that the Republican Party has engaged in "strategic demobilization efforts in response to changing demographics, shifting electoral fortunes, and an internal rightward ideological drift among the party faithful."

"I think that this [paper]... sidesteps the specific question of individual people's motives and it looks at the broader context," Bentele said. "Where are state legislatures doing this thing? Where is this broader activity happening? And again it's happening disproportionately where it would be strategic for partisan reasons."

Read the whole paper here.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/study-finds-voting-restrictions-linked-to-minority-turnout
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Dec 22 13 1:19 PM

crankypant wrote:
No big surprise.
Minorities tend to vote for Democrats.  Republicans want to make it harder for minorities to vote.
If they had good candidates and good ideas, they wouldn't have to cheat.

Researchers Find Factors Tied To Voting Restriction Bills Are 'Basically All Racial'

Eric Lach – December 20, 2013, 4:02 PM EST4269







The debate over voting rights has gone to college. Two
University of Massachusetts Boston academics -- Keith G. Bentele, an
assistant professor of Sociology, and Erin O'Brien, an associate
professor of Political Science -- recently published a paper
looking at the proposal and passage of restrictive voter access
legislation from 2006 to 2011. In the paper, titled "Jim Crow 2.0? Why
States Consider and Adopt Restrictive Voter Access Policies," the
authors conclude that restrictive voter measures are connected to both
partisan and racial factors.


"We looked at proposed and passage over this period, and we looked at
just 2011 specifically," Bentele told TPM in an interview this week.
"And you have this consistent emergence -- over and over and over --
these partisan and racial factors are the most strongly associated with
these outcomes." The paper focused on a range of restrictive
voter access legislation. That means not just voter ID bills, but also
the regulation of groups who register voters, the shortening of early
voting periods, and other issues. And these efforts were not limited
geographically. Restrictive voter access legislation was proposed in
nearly every state in the country during the six-year period looked at,
and at least one restrictive change passed in half the states. According
to Bentele, the most striking findings came when analyzing only the
proposed restrictive access legislation. There were a "handful" of
factors associated with the proposal of more bills in recent years,
Bentele said, and "they're basically all racial." States that saw higher
minority turnout in the previous presidential election, and states that
had more African American and non-citizen residents, saw more bills
proposed.What about the great Republican specter of voter fraud?"If
you want to be extraordinarily generous, you could say allegations of
voter fraud may have been a very, very small contributing factor,"
Bentele said, speaking more generally about voter restriction efforts.
"But in general, these partisan and racial effects seem to be really,
really strongly associated with this outcome." In the paper, the
researchers placed the recent restriction efforts in context, as part of
a history of measures "trumpeted as protecting electoral legitimacy
while intended to exclude the marginalized for a particular political
party's advantage." They argue that the Republican Party has engaged in
"strategic demobilization efforts in response to changing demographics,
shifting electoral fortunes, and an internal rightward ideological drift
among the party faithful." "I think that this [paper]...
sidesteps the specific question of individual people's motives and it
looks at the broader context," Bentele said. "Where are state
legislatures doing this thing? Where is this broader activity happening?
And again it's happening disproportionately where it would be strategic
for partisan reasons." Read the whole paper here.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/study-finds-voting-restrictions-linked-to-minority-turnout

The make all this noise about expanding their Party...  Bullshit...  They are about suppressing minorities not liberating them or helping them.  When do Repubs even mention the middle-class and working poor's "interests"

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Dec 23 13 6:26 PM

NC GOP Leader Admits Voting Law was Designed to Restrict African-American and Student Voters







Ohio Republican admits voter suppression targets African Americans







Texas AG Admits If Minorities Voted For Us, Republicans Wouldn’t Have to Suppress Votes





Fla. Republican: We wanted to suppress black votes


Florida's disgraced former GOP chairman says the party had meetings about "keeping blacks from voting"







South Carolina GOP operative admits suppressing black vote is goal of voter ID law

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Dec 24 13 7:59 AM

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NC GOP Leader Admits Voting Law was Designed to Restrict African-American and Student Voters






Ohio Republican admits voter suppression targets African Americans







Texas AG Admits If Minorities Voted For Us, Republicans Wouldn’t Have to Suppress Votes





Fla. Republican: We wanted to suppress black votes


Florida's disgraced former GOP chairman says the party had meetings about "keeping blacks from voting"







South Carolina GOP operative admits suppressing black vote is goal of voter ID law


All one needs to do is look at the Gerrymandered districts to KNOW this.
smiley: mad  smiley: mad


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Dec 24 13 8:28 AM

I agree, TommieToo.  I support a federal law mandating an impartial redistricting commission in each state that redraws districts solely to maintain population equality and shared characteristics.

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Dec 24 13 10:24 AM

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I agree, TommieToo.  I support a federal law mandating an impartial redistricting commission in each state that redraws districts solely to maintain population equality and shared characteristics.

Im right with you.
The gerrymandering process has made it possible for people who are unqualified to be making laws get elected, and then stay in office for perpetuity.  If nutcases like Louie Gohmert or Michelle Bachmann or Steve Stockman had to run in a fair race, they'd never make it anywhere near Washington.

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Dec 24 13 10:33 AM

crankypant wrote:
annecucherry wrote:
I agree, TommieToo.  I support a federal law mandating an impartial redistricting commission in each state that redraws districts solely to maintain population equality and shared characteristics.

Im right with you.
The gerrymandering process has made it possible for people who are unqualified to be making laws get elected, and then stay in office for perpetuity.  If nutcases like Louie Gohmert or Michelle Bachmann or Steve Stockman had to run in a fair race, they'd never make it anywhere near Washington.


And gerrymandering helps oust Democrats from office.  Republicans don't 'accidentally' pit two incumbent Democrats against each other when they are allowed to redraw district lines.

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Dec 24 13 11:37 AM

annecucherry wrote:
I agree, TommieToo.  I support a federal law mandating an impartial redistricting commission in each state that redraws districts solely to maintain population equality and shared characteristics.


Why don't you grab Diogenes and go out looking for that impartial team.

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Dec 24 13 11:51 AM

inohuur wrote:
annecucherry wrote:
I agree, TommieToo.  I support a federal law mandating an impartial redistricting commission in each state that redraws districts solely to maintain population equality and shared characteristics.


Why don't you grab Diogenes and go out looking for that impartial team.

Don't be so silly.  Just because you haven't an objective or impartial bone in your body, it doesn't follow that everyone else is bigoted and biased.

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Dec 24 13 12:30 PM

annecucherry wrote:
inohuur wrote:
annecucherry wrote:
I agree, TommieToo.  I support a federal law mandating an impartial redistricting commission in each state that redraws districts solely to maintain population equality and shared characteristics.


Why don't you grab Diogenes and go out looking for that impartial team.

Don't be so silly.  Just because you haven't an objective or impartial bone in your body, it doesn't follow that everyone else is bigoted and biased.


Nonsense. Everyone has a different view of "impartial". What do you think "fair" means when you suggest everyone should pay their "fair" share? And who is the impartial person you would suggest should determine that?

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Dec 24 13 12:41 PM

inohuur wrote:
annecucherry wrote:
inohuur wrote:
annecucherry wrote:
I agree, TommieToo.  I support a federal law mandating an impartial redistricting commission in each state that redraws districts solely to maintain population equality and shared characteristics.


Why don't you grab Diogenes and go out looking for that impartial team.

Don't be so silly.  Just because you haven't an objective or impartial bone in your body, it doesn't follow that everyone else is bigoted and biased.


Nonsense. Everyone has a different view of "impartial". What do you think "fair" means when you suggest everyone should pay their "fair" share? And who is the impartial person you would suggest should determine that?
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I read a proposal (I'm not sure where it originated) that manated every district can have no more than six corners. Takes all the guess work out of it, not to mention the political creativity.

I'm all for it.


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Dec 24 13 12:44 PM

inohuur wrote:
annecucherry wrote:
inohuur wrote:
annecucherry wrote:
I agree, TommieToo.  I support a federal law mandating an impartial redistricting commission in each state that redraws districts solely to maintain population equality and shared characteristics.


Why don't you grab Diogenes and go out looking for that impartial team.

Don't be so silly.  Just because you haven't an objective or impartial bone in your body, it doesn't follow that everyone else is bigoted and biased.


Nonsense. Everyone has a different view of "impartial"....

"Impartial" can be defined.  It's not a feeling or a "view."  In the case of redistricting, being impartial means not drawing district lines that resemble salamanders solely to ensure a majority of voters registered with a particular political party or to deliberately pit incumbents against each other or to marginalize a particular demographic.

It can be done.  You just don't want it done.

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