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DNC Response to Polito’s (R-MA) Support for Voter ID Laws that Needlessly Make Voting Harder

Washington, DC - Last night in the Lt. Governors debate in Newton, Republican Karyn Polito reaffirmed her support for controversial Republican voter ID laws that needlessly make voting harder and suppress voter turnout.


In response to Polito’s comments, Pratt Wiley, the Democratic National Committee’s Director of Voter Expansion, released the following statement:


“In Massachusetts this year, Gov. Patrick signed one of the most expansive and modern voting laws in the entire nation – bringing early voting, online voter registration and pre-registration to the Commonwealth.  These improvements are going to bring more citizens into the process, because in Massachusetts we know we solve problems with more democracy, not less. The choice is clear, while Steve Kerrigan is committed to expanding opportunity for all, Karyn Polito is pulling a page from the same cynical Republican playbook that believes that when fewer people vote, they win more elections.”


ALG's Daily Grind - Eric Holder v. Texas 

July 26, 2013

Eric Holder v. Texas

Attorney General Eric Holder: ""Based on the evidence of intentional racial discrimination that was presented last year in the redistricting case, Texas v. Holder — as well as the history of pervasive voting-related discrimination against racial minorities that the Supreme Court itself has recognized — we believe that the State of Texas should be required to go through a preclearance process whenever it changes its voting laws and practices."

Fore!!!  California taxes take hefty toll on Phil Mickelson

Mickelson made a dream come true by winning the British Open and the $1.4 million that goes with it, but perhaps no one was more excited than California Governor Jerry Brown.  With a state income tax of 13.3 percent for every dollar earned above two million, Mickelson's win amounted to a $186,000 windfall for the formerly Golden State.

Detroit is coming to a city near you

Motown's real bankruptcy is moral and intellectual – and it affects not only Detroit but almost all of America's greatest cities and most states. Just Google "pension tsunami" and you'll see why.

Fung: Justin Amash almost beat the NSA. Next time, he might do it.

"The leadership of both parties, as well as the White House, vocally opposed weakening the NSA's ability to conduct surveillance. But Amash still managed to mount a strong defense — which suggests that momentum is building for critics of the NSA."


NH House Republican Leaders Comment on Bill Changing Voter ID Requirements

CONCORD – Today House Republican Whip Shawn Jasper (R-Hudson) and Deputy Republican Whip Andy Renzullo (R-Hudson) offered the following comments in reaction to the passage of HB 595, a bill that repeals some photo identification requirements scheduled to take effect September 1, 2013. The bill passed by a vote of 184-122.

House Republican Whip Shawn Jasper (R-Hudson)

“Last session, we passed a reasonable voter ID law in order to ensure that our elections are fair and clean. It’s unfortunate that just a few months later some would like to eliminate some of these measures, which a bipartisan majority of voters support. The Attorney General’s office is still investigating over a thousand people who cast ballots during the last election without an ID, and have not responded to verification mail sent to their registered address. Before we start repealing sections of the law that haven’t even taken effect yet, we should have time to evaluate the current program in its entirely.”

Deputy House Republican Whip Andy Renzullo (R-Hudson)

“Our current voter ID law is a common sense measure that brings honesty and transparency to our elections. By eliminating parts of this law, House Democrats have made it harder to ensure the integrity of the ballot box and guarantee that our ‘one person, one vote’ principle is not diluted by dishonest votes.”


House Republican Leader Comments on Bill to Repeal Parts of Voter ID Law 

CONCORD – Today House Republican Leader Gene G. Chandler (R-Bartlett) released the following comment relative to the public hearing on House Bill 595, a bill that would repeal portions of the voter ID law in New Hampshire that will take effect in 2013.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“Here we are again discussing the repeal of laws that have yet to take effect. We need to give these laws a chance to prove their effectiveness before taking such severe action. The provisions of the voter ID law that would take effect this year are common sense measures that hold people accountable. It’s simple, if you don’t have an ID, you should expect to get your photo taken. If you’re you, you should have nothing to worry about. If you attempt to cast a ballot for someone other than yourself, we’ll have definitive photographic evidence. I'm hopeful the committee and the House will vote to give us time to observe this aspect of the voter ID law before thinking of passing this kind of bill.”


NH House Republican Leaders Comment on Bill to Eliminate Voter ID Requirements

CONCORD – Today House Republican Leader Gene G. Chandler (R-Bartlett) and Deputy House Republican Leader David Hess (R-Hooksett) offered the following comments relative to the public hearing on House Bill 287, a bill that would repeal voter ID requirements in New Hampshire.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“Last year, for the first time, New Hampshire voters could rest assured that the electoral process in New Hampshire was more secure. At a minimal cost, we were able to make sure ballots were being cast by individuals whose identity and domicile could be verified. Whether or not you believe voter fraud is or was a problem in New Hampshire, you could not deny that the potential for fraud was rampant. With this measure we gave our voters piece of mind. House Bill 287 seeks to repeal this common sense measure. It’s unfortunate we have to re-examine Voter ID measures, which a bipartisan majority of voters support. It would be helpful if we could observe how the process works for more than just one election before having to examine repealing it.”

Deputy House Republican Leader David Hess (R-Hooksett)

“The argument that there is no voter fraud in New Hampshire just doesn’t fly. As a result of the voter ID requirements, the Attorney General’s office is currently investigating several hundred people who cast ballots on Election Day without an ID, and did not respond to verification mail sent by the Secretary of State to their registered address shortly after the election. Whether or not their intent was malicious it does raise serious questions about their identity and legitimacy of their qualifications. We need to make sure this measure continues to be implemented and we have enough evidence to make an informed judgment on whether to continue it. After just one election, I don’t believe we’re quite there.”