The advent of SuperPACs and the general flood of money into political campaigns may be wrecking our democracy, but is that such a steep price to pay for hilarious campaign ads? The Founders would surely say no.
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Arizona catches a lot of flak for — let's be honest — its asshattery when it comes to how it treats the Hispanic community. For a state that was technically born in Mexico, Arizona spends a lot of time obsessing over the president's birth certificate and the legal papers of anyone with a darkened skin tone.
Fortunately, for lovers of civil liberties and cultural tolerance, all that is in the past. In fact, Maricopa County, AZ has opened new frontiers in the accommodation of Spanish-speaking voters, by creating a special Election Day just for them…
The document, which was attached to updated voter registration cards that were requested in person, lists the general election date as Nov. 8 in Spanish. An English translation on the document lists the correct date, Nov. 6.
Between this and the news that Spanish-speaking voters in Florida are receiving phone calls from anonymous persons informing them that they can vote over the phone, it's clear we've turned a page in our voter suppression wars.
And opened a whole new chapter.
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Tags: Arizona, Hispanic, Latino, Voter Suppression
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All the data show that voter impersonation is exceedingly rare. Way more Americans claim to be Elvis than pretend to be someone they're not at the voting booth. Research showing that actual voter fraud is nearly nonexistent; accounting for 0.001% of the vote at most.
Nevertheless, Republicans are convinced that vote fraud poses a serious challenge to the integrity of elections. One wonders how they can be so sure…
A Pinal County supervisor candidate has withdrawn from the race in the wake of voter-fraud allegations involving a former companion who, records show, has continued to vote by absentee ballot in the five years since her death.
John Enright, 66, had been seeking the Republican nomination for county supervisor of District 5, an area that includes Apache Junction and Gold Canyon…
His statement made no mention of the scandal unleashed in an anonymous, undated letter sent several weeks ago to the Pinal County Recorder's Office. As recently as this year, the letter alleged, someone had been filling out and mailing in absentee ballots addressed to a woman who died on Feb. 3, 2007. The woman, Sheila Nassar, and Enright lived together at the time of her death.
Whether the allegations are true or not, it remains the case that the vast majority of voter ID legislation pressed in recent months is a response to in-person impersonation and doesn't apply to mail-in and absentee ballots disproportionately used by older, more Republican voters.
But hey, this is Arizona, at least it's dry voter fraud.
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Tags: Arizona, Voter Fraud
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* Actually building such a wall, though, would violate the 112th Congress' solemn oath to do no anything.
* The good news is that Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio finally gets to redeem his name in a court of law. The bad news is they're probably not going to consider brain wave faxes and solid gold hunches admissible as evidence.
* Congratulations, America! You have successfully contributed $1 billion to the presidential campaigns! And less than a third of that came from Sheldon Adelson!
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