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Notorious Arizona County Providing Wrong Election Date In Spanish, Correct Date In English

Arizona’s Maricopa County is home to sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose controversial (to put it mildly) record includes unconstitutionally awful conditions in the local jails, reinstituting prisoner chain gangs, terrorizing Latino residents, and staging an assassination plot against himself.

Arpaio is in danger of being voted out of office in two weeks, but county election officials are giving him some help, ABC 15 in Arizona reports:

A spokesperson for the Maricopa County Elections Department admits they once again gave voters the wrong date of next month’s election.

Yvonne Reed confirms to ABC15 that bookmarks distributed by the elections department incorrectly listed the date of the general election in Spanish as November 8. The flip side of the bookmark correctly lists the date in English as November 6.

ABC15 exposed a similar mistake by the Maricopa County Elections Department last week on a voter ID document. The document, like the bookmark, also listed the date of the general election in Spanish as November 8, but November 6 in English.

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Voter Intimidation Billboards In Minority Neighborhoods

Popping up in several Midwestern swing state cities, a prime example of harassment and intimidation of the public via advertising:
Billboards stating that "VOTER FRAUD IS A FELONY 3-1/2 YRs & $10,000 Fine" have been popping up in African American and Latino neighborhoods in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Cleveland, Ohio. These billboards are paid for by a "Private Family Foundation" whose actual identity has yet to be disclosed.
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How Much Does The Right To Vote Cost In California?

It now costs at least three hundred dollars cash (plus days wasted and lost wages.) Via Notes From Class:

California requires a valid driver’s license to exercise the right to vote, and that new residents acquire new tags and registration immediately upon relocation. Documents needed: birth certificate, vehicle registration, smog test, vehicle inspection, statement of facts, divorce papers.

Smog Test: $38
Douglas County Court Records: $26
Registration/License Plate Fees and Taxes: $200
Driver’s License Fee: $40
Estimated Fuel Cost: $6

Actual Cost of California Driver’s License, Vehicle Registration, and My Voting Rights: $310

This is why people are so angry, or should be, about being required to present a valid state driver’s license at the polls. The total cost would change, of course, if the potential voter had no car: but so would the time and wages lost to long bus rides to the DMV to get a license. There has to be a way to prevent “voter fraud” without disenfranchising those who are living in poverty.

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Game of Thrones Author Rips Republicans for Voter Suppression

Picture: "Yerpo" (CC)

Via The Raw Story:

From the author of a fictional world where seasons can last for years, a critique of tactics employed in our present world … where an election season can last for decades:

“I would be remiss if I do not at least make passing mention of how depressed, disgusted, and, yes, angry I’ve become as I watch the ongoing attempts at voter suppression in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Iowa, and other states where Republicans and their Teabagger allies control key seats of power,” George R.R. Martin wrote on his blog on Saturday.

“It is one thing to attempt to win elections,” he continued. “But trying to do so by denying the most basic and important right of any American citizen to hundreds and thousands of people, on entirely spurious grounds… that goes beyond reprehensible. That is despicable.”

Martin was referring to Republican efforts to pass laws that require a photo ID for voting, efforts that research shows suppresses the votes of poor, elderly, young and minority voters despite the fact that few cases of voter fraud have been documented.

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