Mar 9, 2012

GOP Loses Big Voter Suppression Case in Federal Court

Federal Court of Appeals Districts
Wisconsin is only one battle in the GOP war against voters.

Without massive voter suppression, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chair Reince Priebus and the GOP cannot win a national electoral election.

So the RNC has tried to launch its 'ballot security' project again used to intimidate minority voters.

The Court of Appeals for the Third District knocked the RNC down in a unanimous opinion issued yesterday against the GOP's reprehensible practice.

Steven Rosenfeld quotes from the opinion reading:

The RNC asks that our court vacate a decree that has as its central purpose preventing the intimidation and suppression of minority voters. When, as here, a party voluntarily enters into a consent decree not once, but twice, and then waits over a quarter of a century before filing a motion to vacate to modify the decree, such action gives us pause... At present, appellant [the RNC] seeks review of the District Court's order denying vacatur because it prefers not to comply with the Consent Decree at a critical political juncture -- the upcoming election cycle.
Rosenfeld notes, "In other words, the RNC was hoping to remove the legal bind it agreed to three decades ago so that it could obstruct the voting process in 2012's swing states."

No matter how vital, how fundamental, voting rights are to a democracy the Republican Party seeks to undermine voting as an integral part of its desperate acts to rule over the American people.

Case is DNC; New Jersey Democratic State Committee; Feggins; Monroe v. RNC; New Jersey Republican State Committee; Hurtado, Kaufman, Kelly [No. 09-4615 - U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third District]

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