Posted: 11 Sep 2008 11:56 AM CDT
The "No Match, No Vote" law requires Floridians to have their identification match up with state or federal databases in order to be able to register to vote.
With the court battles solved and the dust settled, Florida has begun to enforce the "No Match, No Vote' law that was passed in 2006, stayed by injunction in 2007, with the state winning on appeal in 2008. On September 8, 2008, enforcement began.
The Miami Herald reports that on September 5, 2008, Kurt Browning, Secretary of State, notified the 67 state supervisors of elections, telling them the 2006 law would start being enforced as of September 8, 2008.
If a Florida voter's identification does not match the state or federal databases, they will be given a provisional ballot and two days to prove their identity in order for their ballot to count.
Proponents of the law maintain this will help prevent voter fraud on election day and opponents of the law assert this will disenfranchise voters.
Floridians wishing to register, under the "No Match, No Vote" law will have to provide their drivers license number or the last four digits of their social security number to election officials, who then match those numbers up with their databases. If no match is found, the person registering will be asked to provide more information.
Changes were made to the law this year to accommodate the opponents of the law, where county elections officials will scan all voters registrations and if there is not a match with the databases, it will then be reviewed by the Bureau of Voter Registration. If no obvious errors are found on the application, then applicants will be asked for further information.
The law was not enforced during the primaries, according to Browning, to give election officials time to make the appropriate changes to the computer systems and registration had already closed by the time the court order became final.
Voters whose information doesn't match the databases may still show up to vote on Election Day, but they will be given a provisional ballot. Their vote will then be counted only if they verify their identity by showing a valid identification card, a social security card or a Florida driver's license to election officials within two days of casting the vote.
One of the plaintiffs who challenged the law unsuccessfully was Alvaro Fernandez from the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project, says, "This 11th-hour decision is an ill-advised move to apply a policy the state has never enforced in its current form, at a time when registration activity is at its highest."
Browning, who was a former Pasco County supervisor of elections himself, says opponents of the law are just being "sore losers," and he continues on to say, "They just don't want to admit the system might just work'' so they are ''loose with the facts."
Another opponent of the law from a civil rights group, Elizabeth Westfall who is a senior attorney with the Washington, D.C.-based Advancement Project believes the law will adversely effect Latino and African American voters who sometimes have double last names that do not register accurately in data files.
Voter fraud has been a problem in the U.S. for decades which prompted Congress in 2002 to pass the Help America Vote Act in 2002 and as of June 2008, reports were still showing voter fraud as an ongoing problem with dead people still being registered in certain states as reported by Fox News and other news organizations.
Jane Drury voted last year in an election in Stonington, Conn. The only problem is, she died eight years ago..
Other problems show that it is not only dead people who are being registered but as OPB News reports, children and pets are getting voter applications as well.
The misplaced invites come from special interest groups, not the state. And Oregon elections director John Lindback says it's not just dead people getting voter registration cards.
One of the interest groups that have made headlines as well as having certain members indicted for voter fraud in previous elections, and has been in the headlines this campaign season, was the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, which is the nation's largest community organization of low- and moderate-income families.
According to the Milwaukee Election Commission and reported by JS Online, up to 15 members of ACORN are under scrutiny now for signing up dead, imprisoned or fictitious voters.
Via PennLive .com, Milwaukee is not the only area this season where workers for ACORN are being investigated by authorities.
Wikipedia shows a list from 2004 of legal problems for members of ACORN and false voter registrations by their employees.
# In Ohio in 2004, four ACORN employees were indicted by a federal grand jury for submitting false voter registration forms.
Voter fraud has been a problem for years and there is no reason to assume that elections officials will not have to be as vigilant in the 2008 elections as they have had to be in all the previous years.
Voter ID laws and other laws geared toward preventing voter fraud have been passed in multiple states with Florida now being the latest to implement precautions against this type of fraud.
It bears mentioning that Barack Obama paid more than $800,000 to an offshoot of ACORN which somehow was mistakenly misrepresented on federal reports to which his campaign has now amended.
Elections officials in all states better be damn vigilant in making sure those voting have the right to vote.
Posted: 11 Sep 2008 11:29 AM CDT
This video above was taken in Nashua, New Hampshire, this afternoon where Joe Biden tells the crowd that Hillary is as qualified or more qualified as he is.
"Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America.
Let's get that straight. She's a truly close personal friend; she is qualified to be president of the United States of America. She's easily qualified to be vice president of the United States of America and quite frankly it might have been a better pick than me, but she is first-rate."
It is possible there are 18 million Hillary Clinton voters that would agree with Biden.
Why would he say that?
Something has gone seriously wrong with the Democrats these past couple of weeks.
There's praising a colleague effusively.
What are the chances of Barack Obama trading Biden in for Hillary Clinton at this point?
[Update] John McCain's campaign caught wind of this and ABC's Political Radar reports their reaction, via spokesman Ben Porritt:
Barack Obama's most important decision of this election and Biden - the candidate he selects - suggests himself that he wasn't the right man for the job and that Hillary Clinton would have been a better choice. Biden certainly has a credible viewpoint on this."
Posted: 10 Sep 2008 08:47 PM CDT
The world's verdict will be harsh if the US rejects the man it yearns for
An America that disdains Obama for his global support risks turning current anti-Bush feeling into something far worse
From The Guardian
Hat tip to
[highlighting and emphasis by Radarsite]
Posted: 10 Sep 2008 06:48 PM CDT
Meltdown is the word of the day and boy is it appropriate.
The Democrats are in full meltdown mode, panicking and making things so much worse for Barack Obama by doing so.
The Politico reports the South Carolina Democratic Chair, Carol Fowler, stated that Sarah Palin's "primary qualification seems to be that she hasn't had an abortion."
This was a reference to Sarah Palin's decision to have her fifth child after finding out the baby, Trig, had Down Syndrome.
Ignore the fact that Palin was a Mayor and is a current sitting Governor for a second and understand how desperation is driving Democratic strategy at this point and common sense and logic have flown completely out the window.
Another Politico piece reports that Fowlers GOP counterpart, Katon Dawson, is demanding an apology and says, "Carol Fowler's statement is offensive, outrageous and — most importantly — dead wrong."
Fowler also believes that the massive jump in support for John McCain from women, shown in the recent ABC/Washington Post poll are all from "Republican women."
Lets top the meltdown off with what Nancy Pelosi is allowing on the House floor, video below of Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) compares Barack Obama to Jesus and Governor Sarah Palin To Pontius Pilate.
With polls favoring McCain, women gravitating toward McCain/Palin, Independents defecting to McCain in droves, the Democrats have finally gone around the bend.
Even liberal Taylor Marsh is stating "I'm officially embarrassed."
No worries Taylor, I promise you, it is going to get much worse in the coming weeks and that embarrassment is nothing compared to what the far left is going to cause you.
[Update] ABC's Political Punch asks "What on earth is going on?"
They also ask if Palin has the Democrats completely rattled at this point.
In an update Political Punch points out the Obama campaign, via spokesman Nicholas Shapiro, distanced them from Fowler's remarks by issuing a statement saying, "She was not speaking for our campaign -– just as John McCain has said state parties don't speak for him. But, obviously, this does not reflect our view."
Fowler later apologized for her comment and attempted to explain why she said it:
"I personally admire and respect the difficult choices that women make everyday, and I apologize to anyone who finds my comment offensive. I clumsily was making a point about people in South Carolina who may vote based on a single issue. Whether it's the environment, the economy, the war or a woman's right to choose, there are people who will cast their vote based on a single issue. That was the only point I was attempting to make."
One word comes to mind here.....IMPLOSION.
[Update] McCain campaign conference call with reporters, via TIME, shows that Senator Lindsey Graham says Democrats are in a meltdown, stating, "Our Democratic colleagues and opponents are in a meltdown mode over Gov. Palin. If this were done the other way, it would be a firestorm of national proportions."
Also on the call was Representative Marsha Blackburn who says Fowler's comments are part of "a pattern that has come into play" from the Obama campaign and surrogates to "diminished [Palin's] accomplishments and demean the work she has done."
Blackburn continues on to say, "American women "are offended that the [Democratic] party ... is showing such a disrespect for all women."
Posted: 10 Sep 2008 02:13 PM CDT
The video above shows Barack Obama saying his remarks made yesterday which is all over the television media and headlining in online media articles, was "catnip for the news media" and saying "it would be funny, it would be funny, except of course the news media decided that was the lead story yesterday."
After a major firestorm in the media after Barack Obama said, "You can put lipstick on a pig, It's still a pig," today Obama explains his remarks and blames the media for overreacting.
At this point from the reactions by the audience when Obama first made the remark, the media, the GOP and even Clinton supporters, shows that no matter what Obama meant by his comment, the "perception" of what he implied is catching far more attention from across the Internet.
Despite the fact that Obama, McCain, other politicians and every day people have used that lipstick on a pig remark previously, since Sarah Palin gave her speech at the Republican Convention last week, which was watched by million of voters where she said, "You know the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick," now any reference to "lipstick" automatically brings to mind that portion of the speech.
Differing opinions on whether the comment was innocent or a deliberate reference to Palin can be seen across a broad spectrum of Internet sites, comment sections of blogs and news forums and on television, but the one point that keeps coming to the forefront is, shouldn't the reaction to the comment been thought of before making it.
In politics perception is important and the more people see and hear about this, whether from John McCain's new ad, television commentators, bloggers, the media or Obama himself trying to explain it, the more people will continue to identify any reference to lipstick with Palin's speech.
Obama and his campaign is imploding in front of our eyes, they cannot understand how quickly things have turned around, they do not know how to handle the influx of Independents gravitating towards McCain, or women that are coming from all walks of life and jumping on the McCain/Palin bandwagon and they are spinning out of control.
The Obama campaign does not have much longer to continue to flail and their supporters seem intent on doing everything they can to help him implode from within by spreading rumors, attacking Palin and generally helping the McCain campaign far more than they are helping their own candidate..
Hot Air reminds people of another "innocent" gesture from Obama during the primaries between he and Hillary Clinton.
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