This election is serious and so are the mounting allegations leveled at the GOP, far more serious than the ACORN debacle. In 2000 we had  voter-cleansing , under the watchful eye of power hungry GOP darling Katherine Harris. In 2004 we had, well in short it was “the mother of all voter fraud country wide.” And because it had worked so well in the past for the GOP, the 2008 elections were once again in the GOP’s sights. Luckily this year some Democrats have caught on, while some others have finally grown a pair.

Source: RawStory

In a startling concession, the Republican Party has admitted to participating in an illegal scheme to use foreclosure lists to challenge predominantly Democratic voters in Michigan on Election Day.

An announcement by the Michigan Democratic Party of the settlement of a suit brought last month by the Democratic Party and the Obama campaign states, “The settlement acknowledges the existence of an illegal scheme by the Republicans to use mortgage foreclosure lists to deny foreclosure victims their right to vote. This settlement has the force of law behind it and ensures that Republicans cannot disenfranchise families facing foreclosure.”

Early in September, a progressive-leaning website in Michigan had reportedthat the Republican Party in Macomb County was planning to use a list of foreclosed homes to prevent the former owners from voting. The plan was seen as likely to disproportionately affect African-Americans, who more often receive subprime loans.

The Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee immediately announcedthey would file a federal lawsuit to prevent challenges based on foreclosure lists alone. It is that suit which has now been settled. At the same time, Macomb County GOP Chairman James Carabelli threatened to sue the Michigan Messenger over the story, saying they had “made it up.”

CNN reviewed the situation on Monday morning, prior to the announcement of the settlement, and found that the Democrats had no doubt there was a deliberate attempt at disenfranchisement. Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Mark Brewer told CNN, “They made that political calculation that by and large they don’t want those people voting, because they think they’re going to vote for Barack Obama.”

Reporter Eartha Jane Melzer, who wrote the original story for the Michigan Messenger,said she was standing by it. “I spoke with Carabelli myself and I have total confidence in what he told me,” she stated. “I have clear notes of our conversation.”

Carabelli did not return CNN’s calls, and the state GOP declined to be interviewed.

CNN emphasized that anybody who has lost their house still has the right to vote wherever they are currently living, or even at their former address if the eviction occurred less than 60 days prior to Election Day. Despite this, Democrats fear that Republicans plan to challenge voters based on discrepancies in addresses.

This video is from CNN’s American Morning, broadcast October 20, 2008

This is the mother of all profiling cases and I am sure that the GOP is going to pull out all the stops to make sure those of us who will or “might” vote Democratic will not have our vote counted. The charges from the Obama camp are long over due, here are some interesting voter facts.

Here is the COMPLAINT FOR DECLARATORY AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF filed. 

An excerpt from the summary; 

This complaint seeks declaratory and injunctive relief to challenge the “lose your home, lose your vote” vote-suppression program adopted by the Macomb County Republican Party, in concert with the Michigan Republican Party and the Republican National Committee,as well as unnamed Defendants who will implement the scheme at polling places in Macomb County and throughout the State.

Republican operatives have announced that they will seek to strip the right to vote of individuals who reside in homes for which a notice of foreclosure has been issued by making challenges on Election Day to each such citizen’s right to vote. This “lose your home, lose your vote” program is part of a broader scheme – misnamed an “election integrity” program – to harass voters and suppress the vote throughout the State of Michigan in the upcoming election on November 4.

The mass and systematic challenge of voters under the Defendant Republicans’“lose your home, lose your vote” scheme will impair the right to vote of Individual Plaintiffs and all others similarly situated. The presence of an address on a list of foreclosures provides no legitimate basis for challenging a voter’s eligibility to vote, and use of such foreclosure lists for mass and systematic challenges can have but one purpose: to threaten, harass, and intimidate voters whom Defendant Republicans believe are unlikely to vote for their candidates. The result of the mass challenges envisioned by the “lose your home, lose your vote” scheme will be denial and/or abridgement of the right to vote, indeterminate and inordinate delays at polling places affecting Individual Plaintiffs and all others similarly situated who must suffer through a baseless challenge process (as well as others affected by the diversion of election resources compelled by the mass, baseless challenges of the “lose your home, lose your vote” scheme), and the subjection of Individual Plaintiffs and similarly situated voters to potentially harassing public questioning that is unrelated to their eligibility to vote.

Plaintiffs hereby seek declaratory and injunctive relief to prohibit Defendant Republicans from implementing their “lose your home, lose your vote” scheme and from levying mass challenges to voters based on home foreclosure lists. 
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