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Let me first say that Think Progress is not a conspiracy type site that constantly reports on many forms of conspiracy from either the right or the left. In the case of this article, the left leaning blog brought in a guest blogger, to report on this story.
I, for one can believe in it’s credibility because I saw years of voter caging going on under the Bush administration with the help of its Justice Department and other agencies. Voter caging is simply voter suppression of minorities. The practice is illegal, yet frequently used by the Republican party and has been used for decades.
My problem is, if this voter caging has been discovered in Wisconsin, one can be fairly certain that it is or will be used in other states during the mid-term elections. I could write an entire post on voter caging but for now, I’ll refer you to Think progress and Greg Palast, an expert and whistleblower on the subject.
When you get a chance, look up the names Monica Goodling and Tim Griffin. Then you’ll get an idea why I’m so passionate about this issue.
Our guest blogger is Josh Dorner, Communications Director for Progressive Media.
Documents and audio recordings released yesterday by One Wisconsin Now document an apparent plot by the Wisconsin Republican Party, Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity (aka Fight Back Wisconsin), and various other tea party groups to suppress votes from minorities and students in this year’s elections using a well-documented — and illegal— practice known as “voter caging.” The alleged plot offers fresh evidence that long-discredited right-wing conspiracy theories about massive voter fraud supposedly perpetrated by minorities and others remain alive and well in both the official GOP establishment and its tea party base.
“Voter caging” is a means of voter suppression and intimidation that involves sending mail to a list of voters, compiling a list of mail pieces returned as undeliverable, and then challenging those voters at the polls or otherwise attempting to remove them from the voter rolls. The mere process of challenging voters can intimidate from voting even if they are eligible, cause long lines to form at polling places that will then discourage others from voting, and may result in eligible voters casting provisional ballots which stand a high likelihood of not being counted in the final tally.
In the alleged conspiracy uncovered in Wisconsin, Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity — whose Wisconsin state chair was previously banned from politics in Wisconsin for three years, would finance a test mailing and other costs associated with compiling the caging list and then coordinate with the Wisconsin Republican Party to undertake an elaborate process to remove voters from the rolls ahead of the election, if possible, or at the polls on Election Day. Tea party groups were to provide the volunteer labor and cover for the activity — with all participants signing an extensive non-disclosure agreement under which they agreed to publicly operate in the name of Wisconsin GrandSons for Liberty, who would also provide some funding for the plan. The Wisconsin GOP would also provide additional funds, trainers for the tea party volunteers and would have a team of lawyers “standing by” on Election Day to respond to tea party volunteers and “bring the police” if necessary. As is typically the case in voter caging operations, the plotters appeared intent on targeting minorities, students, and others from heavily-Democratic areas of the state.
I implore you, please continue to read this article.