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American elections feature an epic struggle between actual people trying to express their views in the face of fictional "people" (i.e., Corporations) trying to buy influence. I want to highlight topics such as corrupt money in politics, campaign lies and dishonesty, voter suppression.
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Impact of GOP-led voting laws tantamount to cheating

Impact of GOP-led voting laws tantamount to cheating | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Rachel Maddow reports the breaking news that the Supreme Court has blocked Wisconsin's voter ID law and shares the findings of a new report on the impact of the Republican effort to discourage voting with new voting laws.
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GOP = CHEATERS.  It's that simple.

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Republicans' Deeply Cynical Move: Dismiss Voting While Making It Harder

Republicans' Deeply Cynical Move: Dismiss Voting While Making It Harder | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

"[For the GOP,] You’d think that doing better the fewer people vote would be a depressing or at least an embarrassing thing, but a lot of voices on the right are just plain bragging about it. They seem to want a lot of their fellow Americans to self-deport from political participation.

There’s a tendency to talk about the right to vote as if it’s a perk for flying first-class — to have too many people get it cheapens it, watering it down for the people who really deserve it. And as Josh Marshall and Ed Kilgore both noted in these pages, the idea that there’s something inherently corrupt in widespread access to voting — for lower-income voters, younger voters and especially single women — runs deep on the right."

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The fact that a poor and/or young and/or single female and/or non-white person's vote counts the same as a wealthy white male's vote is a feature of our democracy, not a bug.

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Christie’s gross confession: “Moderate” admits GOP’s voter suppression agenda

Christie’s gross confession: “Moderate” admits GOP’s voter suppression agenda | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Christie says in new speech that GOP governors must control states' "voting mechanism" to win in '16. Tell us more!
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12 reasons Texas’ new voter ID law is racist

12 reasons Texas’ new voter ID law is racist | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Ruth Bader Ginsberg's fiery 7-page dissent exposes the law for the discriminatory poll tax that it is
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg destroys GOP’s lie: Why voter ID is the right’s new poll tax

Ruth Bader Ginsburg destroys GOP’s lie: Why voter ID is the right’s new poll tax | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Justice's devastating critique of Texas voter ID laws shows what they’re really intended to do
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Call it for what it is: CHEATING.

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"Voter Fraud Vigilantes" | BillMoyers.com

"Voter Fraud Vigilantes" | BillMoyers.com | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
What better way to eliminate the infinitesimal amount of voter fraud in the United States than by disenfranchising hundreds of thousands of people?
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“There is only one motivation for imposing burdens on voting that are ostensibly designed to discourage voter-impersonation fraud, if there is no actual danger of such fraud, and that is to discourage voting by persons likely to vote against the party responsible for imposing the burdens.”

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White People Support Voter ID Laws More After Seeing Black People Voting

White People Support Voter ID Laws More After Seeing Black People Voting | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Support among white Americans for voter ID laws increases when that question is asked alongside of a photo of African Americans voting, according to a new study.
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This is just sad.

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Walker struggles to defend Wisconsin voting restrictions

Walker struggles to defend Wisconsin voting restrictions | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Would Wisconsin's governor disenfranchise 300,000 people to block one hypothetical instance of fraud? Yes, actually, he would.
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If this does not demonstrate immorality, then i don't know what does.

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GOP-backed limits on voting lead to spirited backlash from Democrats

GOP-backed limits on voting lead to spirited backlash from Democrats | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
When the Supreme Court threw out part of the Voting Rights Act last year, many predicted it would bolster Republican efforts to tighten voting procedures in advance of this fall's election, particularly in the South.
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Gotta love the irony that gutting the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme ("racism?  what racism"}) Court has led to Sunday voting in the Atlanta area for the first time. 

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Independent GAO report: Voter ID lowers turnout

Independent GAO report: Voter ID lowers turnout | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
It's sometimes helpful when an independent analysis, released by an objective source, confirms what should already be obvious.
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The GAO is an independent, non-partisan agency.  But, really, ANYONE reviewing the facts would have come to the same obvious conclusion: the GOP is trying to suppress the votes of disfavored voters: people of color, the poor, the young.

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Supreme Court rules to keep North Carolina's extremely restrictive voting law

Supreme Court rules to keep North Carolina's extremely restrictive voting law | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
“Tens of thousands of North Carolina voters, especially African-American voters, have relied on same-day registration, as well as the counting of ballots that were cast out of precinct, for years.”
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WHY?

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Republicans Are Playing Dirty Tricks to Worsen Democrats' Midterm-Voter Problem

Republicans Are Playing Dirty Tricks to Worsen Democrats' Midterm-Voter Problem | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
What the GOP learned in 2012: Voter suppression works.
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GOP immorality is in full force this election.

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Koch brothers' group targets voters - and cats - in North Carolina

Koch brothers' group targets voters - and cats - in North Carolina | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Sending cats voter-registration materials isn't a good idea. But in North Carolina, that's the least of the troubles with AFP's "official application forms."
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Shame on Texas and the U.S. Supreme Court

Shame on Texas and the U.S. Supreme Court | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
In allowing Texas' voter identification law to go into effect, at least for the November election, the U.S. Supreme Court last week showed the nation precisely what it meant in 2013 when its conservatives struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County vs. Holder.
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GOP’s maniacal new vote scheme: What wingnuts are hatching to keep the “riff-raff” away

GOP’s maniacal new vote scheme: What wingnuts are hatching to keep the “riff-raff” away | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
“Voter fraud” is just the latest iteration of a fundamental belief among conservatives that if you let the riff-raff vote they will vote to take everything you’ve got. It goes all the way back to the beginning, when the founders debated who would be allowed to vote, and John Jay is said to have quipped: “Those who own the country ought to govern it.”

They fought against suffrage for women all the way up until 1919 and there are still some conservatives agitating against women having the franchise. Just this week, a Fox News celebrity named Kimberly Guilfoyle announced that young women shouldn’t vote because “they don’t get it.” That opinion obviously stems from the fact that young single women overwhelmingly vote for Democrats. (This would be in contrast to many of Fox’s conservative elderly audience who have been found in academic studies to be the most uninformed people in the nation.)
Daniel Mayeda's insight:

People in power always want to retain power and control, and will oppose efforts that may threaten that power.  That explains poll taxes and literacy tests.  That's why they fought letting women vote. That's why they are reducing early voting and instituting voter ID laws that prevent citizens from voting and do nothing to counteract (non-existent) voter impersonation fraud.

 

By demonstrating their hatred for true democracy, they reveal themselves to be frauds.  And cheaters.

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Christie wants GOP control over 'voting mechanisms'

Christie wants GOP control over 'voting mechanisms' | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Chris Christie calls for Republican control of "voting mechanisms" so that Republicans can win more elections.
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Translation: we need to be able to cheat to win.

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Next Time Someone Tells You Voter ID Laws Won't Keep People From Voting, Show Them THIS! (Image)

Next Time Someone Tells You Voter ID Laws Won't Keep People From Voting, Show Them THIS! (Image) | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Still think voter ID laws won't keep people from voting? Ask the 608,470 Texas voters who lack the required birth certificates and fees.
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A comprehensive investigation of voter impersonation finds 31 credible incidents out of one billion ballots cast

Voter impersonation is a dumb way to steal an election, which is why it rarely happens.
Daniel Mayeda's insight:

Even assuming that all 31 incidents prove to be actual instances of voter impersonation fraud, that is only 31/1,000,000,000, or a .000000031 chance that a vote is fraudulent.

 

But, hey, lets go after those fraudulent votes even if we have to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of actual registered citizens.

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How The GOP Justifies Its Voter Fraud Crusade

How The GOP Justifies Its Voter Fraud Crusade | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
To a very real extent, then, today’s conservatives have an implicit fallback position to justify their support for voter ID and other voter-suppressing laws: it’s necessary to prevent “voter fraud,” but defined very broadly. From their perspective “fraud” doesn’t just mean use of a false identity at the polls, but also the allegedly corrupt relationship between a government-expanding Democratic Party and voters who might thereby benefit.
Daniel Mayeda's insight:

First, I'm not sure I buy that the voter ID movement is anything other than a way to cheat to win.

 

But, second, why does anyone think it is o.k. to suppress the votes of those who might "vote themselves more welfare," in favor of those who vote themselves more tax cuts and corporate welfare?

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How politics makes us stupid

How politics makes us stupid | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
There’s a simple theory underlying much of American politics. It sits hopefully at the base of almost every speech, every op-ed, every article, and every panel discussion. It courses through the...
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It is depressing to think that facts/reality have so little effect on one's political views.

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Video: The Rise of Anonymous Political Giving

Inside the growing influence of completely anonymous campaign contributions and the impact on the 2014 election.
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Good primer on campaign finance laws and the terrible way the Supreme Court has let unlimited amounts of money from  undisclosed donors to supposed "social welfare" groups influence politics in America.   

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Surprise! The Roberts Court Just Halted A Voter Suppression Law

Surprise! The Roberts Court Just Halted A Voter Suppression Law | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
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Restrict voting rights? Not on comedian Lewis Black's watch

Restrict voting rights? Not on comedian Lewis Black's watch | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
In a new video made with the ACLU, the famously furious comedian flips out about efforts to block access to the ballot.
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Everybody should be as angry as Lewis Black about Republicans' immoral efforts to suppress voting.

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Republicans are trying to make sure minorities and young people don't vote this November

Republicans are trying to make sure minorities and young people don't vote this November | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
The backers of these laws insist there is no partisan design behind them. But that argument rings hollow with Ho. He says when a state like Ohio or North Carolina implement measures to make it easier to vote and then retracts those measures after people actually use them to vote, "that has to make people suspicious."
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No kidding.

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Arkansas GOP Outraged About Voter Suppression After Candidate Gets Kicked Off The Voter Rolls

Arkansas GOP Outraged About Voter Suppression After Candidate Gets Kicked Off The Voter Rolls | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Attorney General candidate Leslie Rutledge is crying foul over her cancelled voter registration.
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They are perfectly happy to purge voter rolls of likely Democratic voters but cry foul when it affects one of their own.

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