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Judge Orders Feds To Help Enforce Proof-Of-Citizenship Voter Requirement In Kansas And Arizona

Federal Officials Ordered To Help Enforce Ariz., Kan., Voter Citizenship Laws – Fox News

Federal officials must help Kansas and Arizona enforce laws requiring new voters to document their U.S. citizenship, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, in a decision that could encourage other Republican-led states to consider similar policies.

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U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren in Wichita, Kan., ordered the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to immediately modify a national voter registration form to add special instructions for Arizona and Kansas residents about their states’ proof-of-citizenship requirements.

Both require new voters to provide a birth certificate, passport or other documentation to prove their U.S. citizenship to election officials. The federal registration form requires only that prospective voters sign a statement declaring they are citizens.

Kansas and Arizona asked the federal agency for state-specific modifications, but it refused. The states and their top elected officials – Secretaries of State Kris Kobach of Kansas and Ken Bennett of Arizona, both conservative Republicans – sued the agency last year.

Most voters in both states register with state forms, but their officials said the availability of the federal form created a loophole in enforcement of proof-of-citizenship requirements. Supporters argue the requirements preclude voter fraud by preventing noncitizens from voting, particularly those in the country illegally.

“This is a really big victory, not just for Kansas and Arizona but for all 50 states,” Kobach told The Associated Press. “Kansas has paved the way for all states to enact proof-of-citizenship requirements.”

Arizona enacted its proof-of-citizenship requirement by voter initiative in 2004, and Alabama, Georgia and Kansas followed with similar laws. Kansas’ rule took effect last year.

Critics of such laws view them as suppressing voter participation. They also said the federal National Voter Registration Act, enacted in the 1990s, was meant to simplify registration across the country and allowed federal officials to reject a modification of the national form.

Jonathan Brater, legal counsel for the New York-based Brennan Center for Justice, said Melgren’s ruling, if it stands, would erode Congress’ power to protect voting rights. The center represented the national League of Women Voters and its Arizona and Kansas chapters, which intervened in the lawsuit.

“There is a concern that other states could move to pass some of these misguided laws,” Brater said. “There can be a copycat effect.”

Melgren said the U.S. Constitution gives states the power to set voter qualifications, and Congress has not pre-empted it, even in enacting the 1990s law.

The federal commission and the national League of Women Voters were reviewing the decision Wednesday and not saying whether they’d appeal to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

But league President Elisabeth MacNamara said: “Our first impression is that it’s a harsh decision and it’s a decision that will harm voters.”

The federal commission also had rejected a request for a state-specific change in the national form from Georgia, and Jared Thomas, chief of staff to Secretary of State Brian Kemp, said his state will ask the commission to reconsider.

“We applaud Judge Melgren’s decision and the good work of Kansas and Arizona in litigating this important issue,” Thomas said in an email to the AP.

The proof-of-citizenship laws are part of broader attempt by Republicans nationally to tighten up state voting requirements in the name of fighting election fraud.

“We must ensure citizens are the only ones who vote if we are to have honest elections,” said Republican Alabama state Sen. Scott Beason.

But critics contend it can be difficult for some poor, minority and elderly voters to obtain copies of their birth certificates or other citizenship documents.

Brater said college students registering to vote away from their previous homes also may have trouble finding the necessary papers quickly. And Democratic Arizona state Sen. Steve Gallardo, who joined the lawsuit on the side of the federal commission, said a proof-of-citizenship requirement is designed to weed out progressive voters, particularly college students.

“These are new voters that are getting active,” Gallardo said. “They tend to be a lot more progressive and liberal… particularly when it comes to issues like medical marijuana, same-sex marriage, more progressive-type issues.”

In Kansas, the registrations of nearly 15,700 prospective voters – enough to decide a close statewide race – remained on hold Wednesday because they hadn’t yet complied with the proof-of-citizenship requirement.

Kobach said the state has found “20 or so” noncitizens on its voter registration rolls, but he believes that’s only a fraction of the potential number. Kansas has about 1.73 million registered voters.

In Arizona, Attorney General Tom Horne, another conservative Republican, said election officials learned they had more than 200 noncitizens on their rolls when court officials forwarded the names of people who sought exemptions from jury duty because they weren’t citizens. Arizona has 3.25 million registered voters.

“There’s been a cover-up by the media of the extent to which voter fraud is a problem,” Horne said.

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Democrat Patrick Murphy’s Campaign Linked To Fictitious Voter Office Scandal – National Review

Last week, it came to light that voters in southeastern Pennsylvania’s 8th district were receiving notices warning that their right to vote could be in jeopardy if they did not return an absentee ballot to the “Pennsylvania Voter Assistance Office,” a fictitious agency headquartered at a post office box. The letters, shown below, were underwritten by the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee.

“By failing to return the enclosed [absentee ballot],” warned the notice, “you may be placing your ability to participate in this year’s general election at risk.” The mailer contained a postage-paid envelope instructing voters to return their ballots to a post office box controlled by the Democratic Party.

That post office box, Battle ’10 has learned, was controlled at least in part by Tim Persico, the campaign manager for Rep. Patrick Murphy. Persico was apparently listed as one of two authorized to access the post office box listed in the mailers.

The Pennsylvania GOP has released a photograph of the access list bearing Persico’s name, available here. The photograph was taken yesterday, Oct. 26, in Bristol, Pa.

At issue is whether Rep. Patrick Murphy was directly involved with the absentee ballot scheme, which is being investigated by the local district attorney’s office and has so far resulted in the rejection of at least 600 absentee ballots for “defects.”

The number of reject ballots, which is “significantly higher” than in previous years, has been reportedly fueled by errors including mismatching signatures and incorrect birth dates, indicators of potential fraud.

This comes on the heels of the county Board of Elections recording a unusual spike in Democratic absentee ballot application last week. Within a six day period from Oct. 14 to 19, Democrat absentee ballot applications to the county increased by 67 percent as compared to Republican applications, a spike that occurred nowhere else in the state.

Applications had been running essentially even between the parties up to that point. On Oct. 14, both parties’ ballot applications tallied roughly 3,000 each, but by Oct. 19, Democrats recorded 5,082 applications to Republicans’ 3,678.

Patricia Poprik, vice chairman of the local Republican Party, has been monitoring the return of applications and spoke with Battle ’10 about the controversy. Poprik spoke of witnessing identical, pre-labelled envelopes returned with applications, some dated months prior, and voiced her fear about the lack of transparency behind the fictitious Democrat “Voter Assistance Office.”

“We know some were held, and some were signed in August,” Poprik told Battle ’10. “The biggest question is: whether they [the applications, both Democrat and Republican] were all sent back to the county.”

“Why do the [Democrats] pre-screen them?” asked Poprik. “If they really wanted to help the voter, why don’t they just put the return address of the courthouse [and] let the ballot go there? Why do they have to get in the middle and check it out?”

That the letters instruct applications be returned to the Democratic Party via the Murphy-campaign manager controlled post office box, rather than directly to the county Board of Elections office, is a core aspect of the ongoing controversy.

The 8th congressional district is viewed as a bellwether race. Patrick Murphy is seen as a rising star in his party, and as a recent appointee to the powerful appropriations committee, his loss would be a significant blow for Democrats.

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Ninth Circuit Overturns Arizona’s Proof Of Citizenship Requirement For Voter Registration – Arizona Daily Star

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals – the most overturned appellate court in the U.S. – has overturned Arizona’s requirement that people show proof of citizenship to register to vote.

The split decision by a three-judge panel determined that the requirement to show proof of citizenship – passed by voters in 2004 – is not consistent with the National Voter Registration Act.

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‘Glitch’ With Vote-By-Mail System May Disenfranchise Hundreds Of Thousands – V2A

This year marks the first Illinois election that any registered voter can cast their ballot by mail. Even as the deadline for those ballots to be postmarked nears, problems are brewing.

An Illinois county election official is telling the ABC 7 I-Team that thousands – potentially hundreds of thousands – of voters who are expecting a ballot sent to them by mail may be disenfranchised.

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Ballot Machine Repeatedly Displays Democrats Chosen When Voter Picks Republicans – New Bern Sun Journal

A Craven County, NC voter says he had a near miss at the polls on Thursday when an electronic voting machine completed his straight-party ticket for the opposite of what he intended.

Sam Laughinghouse of New Bern said he pushed the button to vote Republican in all races, but the voting machine screen displayed a ballot with all Democrats checked. He tried again with the same result.

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Public Employee Unions Funnel Public Money To Dems – Washington Examiner

Who is the largest single political contributor in the 2010 campaign cycle? You can be pardoned if you answer, erroneously, that it’s some new conservative group organized by Karl Rove.

That’s campaign spin by the Obama Democrats, obediently relayed by certain elements of the so-called mainstream media. The real answer is the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

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Citizens’ Group Helps Uncover Alleged Rampant Voter Fraud In Houston – Fox News

When Catherine Engelbrecht and her friends sat down and started talking politics several years ago, they soon agreed that talking wasn’t enough. They wanted to do more.

So when the 2008 election came around, “about 50” of her friends volunteered to work at Houston’s polling places. “What we saw shocked us,” she said. “There was no one checking IDs.”

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Denver GOP Headquarters Vandalized Twice In One Weekend – KMGH

On Saturday night, someone used a hammer to drive 17 holes into the stucco building and through a sign for Ronnie Nelson, a Republican candidate for state House District 5.

On Sunday, someone ripped signs off the side of the building and threw them on the street, said Denver County GOP Chairman Ryan Call. The signs belonged to John Suthers, Ken Buck, Scott Gessler, and Ronnie Nelson.

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Obama’s Approval Rating Plummets To 37 Percent – Harris Interactive

Currently, 67% of Americans have a negative opinion of the job President Obama is doing while just 37% have a positive opinion.

This continues the president’s downward trend and he is now at the lowest job approval rating of his presidency. It’s perhaps not surprising that nine in ten Republicans (90%) and Conservatives (89%) give the job the president is doing negative ratings.

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Bolivian Cops Detain Woman Who Tried To Mail Mummy – CBS News

Bolivian police said they’ve detained a woman who tried to mail a mummy to France. Police Colonel Adolfo Cardenas said Tuesday a Peruvian woman tried to send the human remains from a post office in the town of Desaguadero along the Peruvian border.

The destination was in the French city of Compiegne. The mummy was discovered in a routine check of the package.

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Prankster Tattooed Penis On Pal’s Back – Orange News

An Australian man has been charged after allegedly tattooing a 16ins penis onto his friend’s back.

It will cost the 25-year-old alleged victim about £1,250 to remove the tattoo which also features a misspelled slogan implying the man is gay. Police say he had thought he was getting a Yin and Yang symbol with some dragons, reports the Queensland Times.

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Live Crab Vending Machines For Commuters – Fish Update

Commuters in China are being offered an alternative to the crisps, chocolate and fizzy drinks usually dispensed from train station vending machines – live crabs.

Crab dispensers have been installed at several underground stations in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province. The Dazha hairy crabs are sold in three sizes – large, medium or small – and range in prices from £1.50 to £5.00.

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Woman Kicks Boyfriend’s Puppy To Death – Weekly Vice

Amanda Mikesell was so angry, she could kick a small dog. And she did. Mikesell, a 29-year-old Kentucky woman was jailed after she allegedly kicked her boyfriend’s puppy to death.

A witness called 911 after watching Mikesell kick a 4 or 5 month old puppy several times outside her house. She then reported hearing Mikesell yelling inside the house, followed by a loud thud.

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