Monday, 11 June 2018

Supreme Court gives Ohio right to purge thousands of voters from its rolls

quote [ In a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court gave Ohio a victory Monday in a fight over the state's method for removing people from the voter rolls, a practice that civil rights groups said discourages minority turnout. At least a dozen other politically conservative states said they would adopt a similar practice if Ohio prevailed.

The Supreme Court got this one wrong. The right to vote is not 'use it or lose it,'" said Chris Carson, president of the League of Women Voters of the United States. "This decision will fuel the fire of voter suppressors across the country who want to make sure their chosen candidates win reelection, no matter what the voters say." ]

It was always all about SCOTUS in 2016.
[SFW] [politics] [+5 WTF]
[by knumbknutz@4:28pmGMT]

Comments

Hugh E. said @ 5:13pm GMT on 11th Jun
"The unlimited democracies were unstable because their citizens were not responsible for the fashion in which they exerted their sovereign authority... other than through the tragic logic of history... No attempt was made to determine whether a voter was socially responsible to the extent of his literally unlimited authority.โ€
โ€• Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers
5th Earth said @ 6:14pm GMT on 11th Jun
You're going to have to unpack that quote. Are you saying you support a limited right to vote, or are you pointing out that this is the result of an unlimited right to vote?
Hugh E. said @ 11:20pm GMT on 11th Jun [Score:1 Underrated]
Starship Troopers may be an example of Poe's Law before Poe's Law was concocted. Or is it?
knumbknutz said @ 11:37pm GMT on 11th Jun
It has to be - he comes out with that off the wall theory that military people have learned how to work together as a team, so they will vote for things that benefit the populus as a whole and not just themselves. However, I really can not see anyone that graduated from the A.S.N.A. and had a front row seat to the endless back-stabbing and shameless ass-kissing that goes on among military officers in line for a promotion, able to even say that with a straight face.
cb361 said @ 9:48pm GMT on 11th Jun
We should bomb some odd foreign alien dudes, just to show them that we can.
arrowhen said @ 1:26am GMT on 12th Jun
And then travel back in time to fuck our mothers.
cb361 said @ 11:31am GMT on 12th Jun
The twist is that despite being a strange and hideous humanoid shape, at the end she turned out to be friendly.
mechavolt said @ 6:31pm GMT on 11th Jun
So much for 1st amendment rights. Democracy is a right that must be fought for.
hellboy said @ 7:37pm GMT on 11th Jun [Score:1 Insightful]
Nah, democracy is a scam perpetuated by the Democrat party (see, it's in the name, they don't even try to hide it), purely in order to deny the white man his birthright. Now that Dear Leader is finally in charge for life, we're gonna burn shit down bitches, cuz we don't need you anymore!
lilmookieesquire said @ 4:22am GMT on 12th Jun
At least youโ€™re just a moderate republican/libertarian.
HoZay said @ 9:10pm GMT on 11th Jun
This is just part of the ratfuckery we can expect ongoing through November, at least.
zarathustra said @ 12:19am GMT on 12th Jun
I don't see this law as being particularly egregious on its face. However, I'm guessing the execution leaves a lot to be desired. I'm will assume they don't send the notice certified mail return receipt requested and deliberately make it look like some junk mail you will throw away.
hellboy said[1] @ 5:11am GMT on 12th Jun [Score:1 Insightful]
It's a balance - the inconvenience of having entries in the voter database for people who have moved or died, and the danger of someone voting as a dead person or voting twice in different precincts, versus the danger of legitimate voters being deprived of their right to vote by being dropped from the voter database simply for skipping an election. The inconvenience is pretty minor, especially in these days of computer databases - maybe they print a few more pages than they actually need to - and the risk of voter fraud has been repeatedly overblown by Republicans (research has shown that actual voter fraud is extremely rare).

But these two things are red herrings anyway, because the real intent behind laws like this is not to make bureaucracy more efficient or to ensure the security of elections (Republicans have never really cared about either of those issues), the real intent is to suppress voting. That does happen, it does work, and it's also the reason why Republicans are opposed to same-day registration, absentee ballots, and moving elections to the weekend or making election day a holiday - the Republicans gave up a long time ago on public service as a virtue and only care about winning at any cost, and they do better in elections if fewer poor people - the people most adversely affected by obstacles to voting - get the chance to vote.

In short, Republicans aren't just opposed to Democrats, they're opposed to democracy (why not, the latter was named after the former). We no longer have a principled opposition in the US. Maybe we never did, but the US is a mango republic now.
cb361 said @ 11:33am GMT on 12th Jun
That's unfair. You have good avocados too.
mechanical contrivance said @ 1:07pm GMT on 12th Jun
The avocados are from Mexico.
hellboy said @ 5:28pm GMT on 12th Jun
The avocados are rapists. That's what avocado toast is: RAPE CULTURE.

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