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Old 12-26-2007, 06:46 PM  
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Kansas GOP Chair Sends Email Boasting of Voter Caging

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Kansas GOP Chair Sends Email Boasting of Voter Caging
By: billw on Wednesday, December 26th, 2007 at 6:38 AM - PST



Kris Kobach, a former counsel to then-Attorney General John Ashcroft who is currently the chairman of the Kansas GOP, sent out an email on Thur entitled “Kansas Republican Party Year in Review” in which he brags of voter caging. Blue Tide Rising has the goods:
… Kris Kobach, chairman of the Kansas GOP, sent out a self-congratulatory litany of accomplishments. Among them was one particularly eye-catching item:

“To date, the Kansas GOP has identified and caged more voters in the last 11 months than the previous two years!” […]


Slate.com has the best comprehensive write-up on how the Republican Party employs caging techniques to suppress the votes of the poor, the deployed, and college students. (You know, likely Democratic voters.)

Did we mention it’s illegal? And that Kris Kobach is proud to be doing it?

Since Kris Kobach can’t expand his own party or force his own Party’s members to support his candidates he’s shamelessly trying to keep Democrats from voting instead. This is the stratagem of a desperate and shrinking party.

Someone needs to ask Kris Kobach which voters he’s caging and how he’s doing it. Someone like a newspaper editor or perhaps a Grand Jury. … (more)
More on Kris Kobach here and here (He apparently suffers from an advanced case of Lou Dobbs disease). Depending on what methods are being used in Kobach’s admitted voter caging scheme, it may very well be illegal, but hardly surprising. Voter suppression through caging lists has become a standard part of the Republican playbook to steal elections for some time now. In Sept McClatchy detailed current Republican voter caging efforts underway in Florida and Ohio to “impede Democratic-leaning minorities from voting in 2008,” and back in July PBS NOW took a look at the Republican Party’s voter caging plan “designed to keep Democrats from voting, allegedly by targeting people based on their race and ethnicity.” Watch that video here.
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Old 12-26-2007, 06:49 PM   #2
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Old 12-26-2007, 07:58 PM   #3
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What is voter caging?
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Old 12-26-2007, 08:03 PM   #4
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Old 12-26-2007, 08:10 PM   #5
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What is voter caging?
Vote caging is an illegal trick to suppress minority voters (who tend to vote Democrat) by getting them knocked off the voter rolls if they fail to answer registered mail sent to homes they aren't living at (because they are, say, at college or at war). The Republican National Committee reportedly stopped the practice following a consent decree in a 1986 case. Google the term and you'll quickly arrive at the Wizard of Oz of caging, Greg Palast, investigative reporter and author of the wickedly funny Armed Madhouse: From Baghdad to New Orleans—Sordid Secrets and Strange Tales of a White House Gone Wild. Palast started reporting allegations of Republican vote caging for the BBC's Newsnight in 2004. He's been almost alone on the story since then. Palast contends, both in Armed Madhouse and widely through the liberal blogosphere, that vote caging, an illegal voter-suppression scheme, happened in Florida in 2004 this way:

The Bush-Cheney operatives sent hundreds of thousands of letters marked "Do not forward" to voters' homes. Letters returned ("caged") were used as evidence to block these voters' right to cast a ballot on grounds they were registered at phony addresses. Who were the evil fakers? Homeless men, students on vacation and—you got to love this—American soldiers. Oh yeah: most of them are Black voters.

Why weren't these African-American voters home when the Republican letters arrived? The homeless men were on park benches, the students were on vacation—and the soldiers were overseas.

Palast supplies evidence linking Tim Griffin, then-research director for the RNC, to this caging plot; specifically, a series of confidential e-mails to Republican Party muckety-mucks with the suggestive heading "RE: caging." The e-mails were accidentally sent to a George Bush parody site. They also contained suggestively named spreadsheets, headed "caging" as well. The names on the lists are what Palast's researchers deemed to be homeless men and soldiers deployed in Iraq. Here are the e-mails. [quote]

http://www.slate.com/id/2167284/
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Old 12-27-2007, 11:33 AM   #6
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If that's what voter caging is, it shouldn't be illegal, IMO. We may need a better method for determining who is and who isn't a legitimate voter, but as long as we have the current system, there ought to be an opportunity to challenge the legitimacy of registrants. Whether local voter officials consider the kind of returned letter described in banyon's post as conclusive proof or not may be questionable, but it is surely a reasonable piece of evidence.
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Old 12-27-2007, 11:36 AM   #7
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If that's what voter caging is, it shouldn't be illegal, IMO. We may need a better method for determining who is and who isn't a legitimate voter, but as long as we have the current system, there ought to be an opportunity to challenge the legitimacy of registrants. Whether local voter officials consider the kind of returned letter described in banyon's post as conclusive proof or not may be questionable, but it is surely a reasonable piece of evidence.
Yeah. In principle, there should be a way to challenge the validity of a voter's registration. I would question the motives of anyone who didn't want there to be any oversight or fact-checking.
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Old 12-27-2007, 12:35 PM   #8
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If that's what voter caging is, it shouldn't be illegal, IMO. We may need a better method for determining who is and who isn't a legitimate voter, but as long as we have the current system, there ought to be an opportunity to challenge the legitimacy of registrants. Whether local voter officials consider the kind of returned letter described in banyon's post as conclusive proof or not may be questionable, but it is surely a reasonable piece of evidence.
I think putting "Do not forward" on the envelopes is pretty much below the belt.
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