Asylum Watch is grateful to Adrienne at Adrienne’s Corner for bringing this story carried by Nox and Friends to our attention. This is another of those stories that belongs in the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not category. From Nox and Friends we learn:
Here’s how the whole debacle started: during the 1981 New Jersey gubernatorial election, the DNC and the New Jersey Democratic State Committee (DSC) brought an action against the RNC and the New Jersey Republican State Committee (RSC) in the U.S. District Court in New Jersey accusing them of discrimination against minority voters.
So, what were those dastardly Republicans in New Jersey doing?
The RNC (and RSC) were accused of “voter caging” and other lesser misdeeds. The RNC (and RSC) allegedly created a voter challenge list by mailing sample ballots to individuals in precincts with a high percentage of racial or ethnic minority registered voters and then, when postcards were returned as undeliverable, they included those individuals on a list of voters to challenge at the polls.
In other words, the Republicans in New Jersey were challenging voters who may not reside where they claim to reside. Sounds clever to me; but I’m no expert in voter laws. The Democrats obviously didn’t like any of their solidly Democrat voters being challenged and the case went to court in 1982. Apparently, the RNC didn’t think they were faring well with the judge, so they decided to settle with the DNC without admitting guilt and the signed a consent decree with the DNC, which was accepted by the judge. The Consent Decree that the brainiacs of the RNC signed has no expiration date or sunset provision. Brilliant!
The provisions of the Consent Decree are for the most part benign except for this clause:
(e) refrain from undertaking any ballot security activities in polling places or election districts where the racial or ethnic composition of such districts is a factor in the decision to conduct, or the actual conduct of, such activities there and where a purpose or significant effect of such activities is to deter qualified voters from voting; and the conduct of such activities disproportionately in or directed toward districts that have a substantial proportion of racial or ethnic populations shall be considered relevant evidence of the existence of such a factor and purpose;
Yes, everyone knows that voter fraud only ever happens with white voters, right?
The RNC did try numerous times to have the Consent Decree overturned; but…
The RNC has tried to overturn the original Consent Decree several times, and each time the court has refused to vacate the decree. And each time the Decree is revisited, the Carter appointee judge who signed the original agreement (and has long since retired), comes back just so he can renew the order again.
A very dedicated judge, don’t you think?
Over the years the case takes a number of twists and turn making it even more difficult for the RNC to challenge voter fraud. Once more in 2010 the RNC appealed the case in the 3rd Circuit Court. The judge was less than sympathetic:
“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 or modify the decree, such action gives us pause. Further, the RNC, with the advice of counsel, twice chose to limit indefinitely its ability to engage in certain activities enumerated in the Decree by entering into a decree with no expiration date.”
“Furthermore, the District Court has never prevented the RNC from implementing a voter fraud prevention program that the RNC has submitted for preclearance, at least in part, because the RNC has never submitted any voter fraud prevention program for preclearance.”
Do we need any more proof that the GOP deserves the title, The Stupid Party?
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?