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Thursday, October 18

Voter Suppression

It's very simple to contact your Senators to tell them that you oppose Hans von Spakovsky's nomination to the FEC right here at

A long history of undermining our vote

During his first term, Bush installed von Spakovsky in the Justice Department's (DOJ) voting rights section, which enforces the Voting Rights Act. There, von Spakovsky undermined the DOJ's historic mission of protecting minority voting rights, and actually transformed the department into a tool to suppress the vote.

When long-term, career employees at the Justice Department unanimously recommended rejecting Tom Delay's infamous Texas redistricting plan because it discriminated against minority voters, von Spakovsky led the charge to overrule these voting rights experts, and approved the plan. The Supreme Court later ruled that the plan violated the Voting Rights Act. Similarly, von Spakovsky overruled career attorneys to approve a discriminatory Georgia voter ID law---a law that even the Republican governor said would disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of Georgians. Again, the law was later struck down by the courts, with the ruling judge likening it to a Jim Crow-era poll tax.

Von Spakovsky's career in suppression didn't start at the DOJ. In 1997, he set the stage for Florida's 2000 voter purge when he wrote an article that called for purging felons from voter rolls. Serving on the board of the "Voter Integrity Project" (VIP) he quickly put his ideas into action -- VIP met with the company that designed Florida's purge to disenfranchise thousands of eligible voters, most of whom were Black. During the recount, von Spakovsky was in Florida as a volunteer for the Bush/Cheney campaign.

Hat tip to Terrible

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