Georgia Is Trying To Block Newly Registered Voters From Taking Part In Fierce Runoff Election

Georgia Is Trying To Block Newly Registered Voters From Taking Part In Fierce Runoff Election
Georgia Is Trying To Block Newly Registered Voters From Taking Part In Fierce Runoff Election

What's this?! Republicans engaging in voter obstruction?! Well, I never!

Don't you worry your pretty little head about it darlin'. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III will get right on that.

Oh, wait....

Jesus Christ of course that's his full name.

Imagine if there were large swaths of Germany that still openly flew the Nazi flag and named their kid things like "Hitler E. Stalingrad McReich"

Just remember when people say both parties are the same... only one of them tries to get people to NOT vote.

Pretty standard for conservatives. If you can't win, cheat.

The GOP is up in arms no matter what the Dems do.

Some fucknut was arguing with me earlier than his name meant no more than "hussein" meant as Obama's Middle name.

Well, thing is, "hussein" leads you to the fact his dad was Muslim. "Jefferson Beauregard sessions" leads you to the fact that his parents were gay for the confederacy.

Obama didn't go around doing muslimy things. Sessions goes around doing confedery things. That tells you something.

No seriously though, if someone was writing a fiction book about an evil racist attorney, "Jefferson Beauregard sessions" would be considered too ham fisted.

Edit- Jefferson, not Jeffery. So much worse.

If it were Dems doing this, the GOP would be up in arms over this.

Guess which demographic swings toward newly registered voters?

This is hot nonsense that won't survive a court challenge -- and Georgia knows this.

You can't unring a bell. Voters will see this story, and even if (when, really) it's made clear that they can participate, some of them will be confused enough that they won't bother to turn out. Textbook voter suppression.

Pretty standard for conservatives. If you can't win, cheat.

FTFY

Democracy is not a conservative value.

I thought they were from the heil lands?

Ok so your local lawmaker is a gay Muslim Kenyan.

Conservatives: "This is monstrous! He will destroy this country!"

Liberals: ".......cool?"

I just find it amusing that he would have a scottish last name.

I just don't get why Democrats can't muster the same tone of indignation that Republicans do so incredibly well

The National Voter Registration Act bars states from cutting off voter registration for federal elections—including runoff elections—more than 30 days before the election takes place. Yet under Georgia’s three-month deadline for runoff elections, those who didn’t register before March 20 will be barred from participation this summer. 

Ah yes Clan McReich. A lowland clan, I believe.

This.

About a year ago, I was being picked up from work (my car broke down) and my grandparents were getting me on the way to Costco.

On the way, I was informed that London elected a Muslim official (referring to Sadiq Khan, but they didn't know either name or position.) I said "Cool. Maybe he can help fight domestic radicalization because he's giving young Muslims a figure to look up to."

Then I was informed that Muslims had already "infiltrated" the E.U, The U.N, and will not stop until they hang the Muslim Flag above our capital building.

Then I conceded every point up to the last one (No point in arguing with someone who has said reality is wrong for contradicting the Bible.) I then pointed out that if they got to the point of installing a flag, the conquerors would probably splinter in to 5 or 6 factions fighting over which Muslim Flag to make us submit to.

The Heilander: there may be only one race

Seriously, it sounds like the name your expect the prosecutor from My Cousin Vinny to have.

Well considering it would be mostly young people and immigrants, I'll guess democrat.

Wow cheating Repubs...that ain't new.

things that are not conservative values:

• conservation • the US Constitution - Ammendments 1,3~6,8~17,19,20,22~26 • the New Testement of the Bible • empirical evidence • knowledge • ethics • morality

If they can pull a few weeks of people giving up, that's good enough for them.

The established landscape is theirs. They're doing everything to avoid change.

I think the salient point is that Obama was a teenager when Saddam took power, so you can't call Saddam an influence on his parents or anything.

Well why the hell did nobody bring this up sooner? This law has been sitting there waiting to do exactly what it's about to do.

Gonna be tough to deal with it now.

Also Hussain is a very common muslim name. Beauregard on the other hand...

No seriously though, if someone was writing a fiction book about an evil racist attorney, "Jeffery Beauregard sessions" would be considered too ham fisted.

That's a pretty succinct way of putting it. lol

The GOP have filibustered their own bills before after realizing the dems were ok with them.

He's friends with Treason Turtle.

Ok so your local lawmaker is a secretly-gay homophobe who thumps his Bible regularly and espouses all manner of backwards thinking.

Conservatives: "AWESOME, MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!"

Liberals: "........yep, we're fucked."

I always read his name and hear Foghorn Leghorn's voice in my head.

In other breaking news: the sky is blue, and water is wet.

Pretty standard for conservatives. If you can't win, cheat.

FTFY

Two reasons. First, Republicans are basically trolls, and it's easier to troll than to have legit news.

Secondly, Republicans have been building their media strategy for over 40 years now starting with AM radio into a well-oiled machine. That's why their talking points are always in perfect sync no matter what channel, day after day. Dems have no equivalent messaging system because they believed the truth would be enough. They have MSNBC but it's not coordinated with anything else.

Naming your kid Hitler in the US on the other hand is perfectly legal although it might result in said kid being taken away from you.

Massive antitrump marches don't count? Townhalls are so fucked at this point the GOP have stopped holding them.

The difference is that if the dems stopped having townhalls, their own voters would turn on them. The GOP, not so much. Their leaders could spit into the crowd and retain support.

It is a difference in loyalty.

I'm hoping whatever polls come out show Ossoff is competitive against Handel. I want him elected badly now.

Don't worry, they will just use the false equivalency argument about how 'the other side' does this too, so it is ok.

The fact that that is a blatant lie on almost all counts makes it not just wrong, but despicable. This lack of honesty and fairness is 100% indicative of why they should not be trusted with government.

Ossoff better call them out!

"Darn, is that sky still blue? Let's see what we can do about that." -- Scott Pruitt, probably

Fun aside. The couple divorced. She renounced Nazi-ism. He showed up to a custody hearing in an SS uniform and officially changed his last name to Hitler

You also can't undo the damage done before the court ruling.

But...but... spicey said the dems lost!

Some people understand what a "race to the bottom" actually means in terms of eventual outcome. The Republicans have no end game or even political policy in mind other than winning elections and have honed their machine to do nothing but win elections. Their well-oiled machine is certainly admirable but unfortunately has zero room in it for the actual governance of a nation that doesn't want to live in 1955 forever and the rest of the world progresses onward.

Sometimes I genuinely wish I could actually wrap my head around the thought process that gets you to being as nutty as this guy. I spend a lot of time (well, not a LOT but possibly a bit too much) on right wing and far-right websites trying to get my head around the logic and sometimes you can vaguely get it if you start from "Muslims are a hive-mind" or "Jews are doing x" and skip over some pretty clear evidence or wave it away as "they're just faking being normal, trust me when you're out the room they're all turning into snakes"

But with actual nazis cosplayers like this I genuinely can't even start to understand, nazism is specific to Germany I simply don't get why as part of being a "nazi" in the US you get SS tattoos or swastikas.They're not even "white power" symbols they're German military insignia. It's like if communists in the US cosplayed as Stalin and got tattoos of cossacks or something, and actually even then that would make more sense as communism (or at least most forms) is an international movement.

Young people? I wish Bernie would spend more time and effort getting young people registered and to the polls. They love him and it would incredibly helpful.

What's your favorite example? For me, I think it's ridiculous how some redneck families will give all their kids gun-themed names: Hunter, Colt, Ruger, Trigger, Magnum. Some of those might be normal names on their own, but when all your brothers are named after guns or gun-related activities, your parents might be psychotic idiots.

This actually sums up Muslim extremism well!

Haha. Reminds me of an episode of Duck Tales when they're playing baseball against the Beagle Boys. One of the baddies says "This team is so bad we don't even have to cheat!" and his mom smacks him upside the head for suggesting they play legit.

At this point, if Republicans do not try voter suppression of one kind or another, I will be surprised.

It's unlikely to be a coincidence that Sessions' long history of active disenfranchisement and voter obstruction had nothing to do with his appointment.

Literally the President of the Confederacy.

He's basically the chicken lawyer from Futurama.

And this is after the card "error" in Fulton county (Which is Karen Handel's stomping ground) which pushed Ossoff down from ~51% to ~49%...

Take a day off from work and go volunteer to drive voters to the polls. This is a simple and effective way for everyone to make a difference.

Competitive? Definitely. Will he win? Way too early to guess, but they're already blasting the airways with anti Handel ads

I posted this as a comment reply earlier, but it seems to be worth reposting as a top-level comment given the amount of partisan indignation here. If I'm wrong, please feel free to point out how, but blaming everything wrong with the country on a party - either party - without doing the research seems counterproductive:

I agree this law needs to go, but it looks like this one wasn't the Republicans. It was written into Georgia's state constitution in 1981, ratified in 1982 (though it's called the Constitution of 1983, for some reason) at a time when Georgia's governor was a Democrat, as was the overwhelming majority of its General Assembly.

It looks to me like the passage predates the federal law being used to strike it down (1993), which is why it wasn't brought up before.

I'll go on and source some of this, to save the trouble.

Georgia Constitution as of 1976 (notice the lack of text regarding how runoffs are treated): http://georgiainfo.galileo.usg.edu/topics/government/related_article/constitutions/georgia-consti... II

Georgia Constitution of 1983 (the current one): http://georgiainfo.galileo.usg.edu/topics/government/related_article/constitutions/georgia-consti... II

The law with which the state constitution conflicts: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Voter_Registration_Act_of_1993

Georgia General Assembly makeup as of the creation and ratification of the Constitution of 1983: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/136th_Georgia_General_Assembly

History of Georgia governors: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Governors_of_Georgia

Republican voters don't give two shits about hypocrisy. The only things that matter are keeping brown people out, your right to own rifles, keeping the gays from being treated as equals and as many babies being born as possible without a structure to support people who can't afford to have kids.

Psh. Beauregard is definitely a common muslim name. Pretty sure Osama's dad's name was Beauregard Bin Laden!

(/s obviously)

Openly flying the Nazi flag? That's forbidden Also there are naming rules in Germany. Naming your kid Hitler is also forbidden.

The GOP are in power now so the Dems cannot fix it.

Jefferson, much worse

I used to think that was horrible -- naming rules. And then I saw all the things people my age were naming their kids here in the US. Now I see why such rules might exist.

What is a "yout?"

He'd like to change "water is wet", too. I mean, why not oily and on fire?

Yeah, like how ISIS is being pushed back by like six different groups united only in their hate for ISIS haha

..under the federal law, Georgia can’t set the registration deadline for the June 20 runoff any earlier than 30 days before that election ― that is, May 22.

Georgia election officials contend that the June runoff is simply a continuation of the special election this week, so they don’t have to allow newly registered voters to participate. The registration deadline for Tuesday’s election was March 20, and officials say anybody who registers after that day is not eligible to vote in the June runoff.

Federal law specifically defines elections as including runoff elections.

Properly pronounced "Jeff-uh-sun".

As in, "I do de-clay-uh, here comes that Jeff-uh-sun boyah. Mah, but he is quite the up-staht."

Bonus points for fanning away the vapuhs while saying it.

Plot twist! Conservative outlets will say Dems are doing this.

It's maddening. It's gotten to the point I feel like we'd be better off as two countries.

Trump, a couple days ago on Twitter: "I've just done what it's almost impossible for a Republican to do, win the electoral college!!" ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? The last two Republican presidents won because of the electoral college. The Senate is by design made to give equal say to small and big states. The House is gerrymandered to FUCK so that we lose even with more votes. And they just stole our supreme court nomination.

I'm starting to feel pretty damn disenfranchised. These people don't play fair. Literally EVERYTHING is stacked in their favor! They're even doing this crap to block voters they don't like from even voting now.

Didn't Snopes used to clearly mark things true or false? I had to skim the article, and even then the answer seems to be "maybe."

It's a real flag but the point of contention seems to be whether he had a "good reason" to take a smiling picture in front of it. I'm gonna go with no, no he did not have a good reason. He's a racist piece of shit and the picture reflects that.

As soon as they didn't win by surprise they did. It is a republican controlled state and they are going to fortify their position with everything they have before June.

I want him to win to send a message about 2018 but getting the +2d6 sneak attack was his best bet; now he is facing down the troll face to face - lets see if he brought any alchemist's fire.

It's true. Snopes just wanted to hear from McConnell his reason for accepting the award under that flag. He didn't give one. However the photo itself is absolutely real. Some will say it speaks for itself.

Georgia is trying to claim the election was the initial vote and the run off is just a continuation of that election. Either they don't ask their lawyers, their lawyers are from Bob Jones or they just don't care.

So first gerrymandering, now this. Reps know a lot of people graduating high school will be voting Ossoff.

Pretty standard for conservatives. If you can't win, cheat ask Russia for help.

FTFY

Most western conservative parties still believe in free and fair elections. It's the republicons who are the bad guys here.

Jefferson, not Jeffrey. Which makes it even worse.

I actually had this conversation with a conservative.

"Libs are so stupid! They want Social Security, but they want to kill all the babies so nobody is paying in to it!"

"No, because 75% of all people getting abortions are below the poverty line. Having a baby would force them on welfare, or they'd lose their baby and we'd have another one clogging up the foster system."

"Oh, so you think murder is fine as long as it's a poor person getting murdered?"

It's like... They're totally fine with dropping bombs and sending drones off to the Middle East to murder Innocents, in fact they just say "well, that's war. What are you going to do?" But when we need to stabilize our population because we're spending way too many resources and wages are stagnant, suddenly all lives matter.

No, they want before 1859. Before either Origin of the Species or The Communist Manifesto were penned.

Because every single action they take is stifled by people not being receptive to Theocracy, and people understanding class struggle.

Republicans get riled up when people are included.

Democrats get riled up when people are excluded.

Yet it's hard to get homo sapiens to have that gut passion for people the farther away from the home clan that they are.

That won't matter though. The hefty prison sentences they'll be getting will deter republicans from ever trying it again. At the very least they'll pay a devastating fine and lose their jobs over this.

Oh wait...

Thats so damned stupid.

I guess it's possible Republicans or Donald people could also be the ones who would turn up to the polls for the first time, which would make this situation even more sad for the Republicans that they would try to keep people from voting.

Yeah, but he's such a family man and displays such strong Christian values!

Well you know their motto.

There is no Fuhrer like a McReich scorned

It's like almost anytime I hear about politicians doing despicable things, there is an R after their names.

Who waaants to heeeeilllll foreveeeeer?

Stupid states doing stupid shit. Stupid idiots still voting for stupid republicans. Nothing new, same old story.

Certainly those types rank high. Then there are also all the Neveah (heaven backwards) types and people who think it's funny to give kids really horrible names that are destined to either be shed along the way, or the bearer will amount to exactly nothing.

The "unique" spelling of trendy names is stupid as fuck, too.

Look at this crazy shit.

I agree this law needs to go, but it looks like this one wasn't the Republicans. It was written into Georgia's state constitution in 1981, ratified in 1982 (though it's called the Constitution of 1983, for some reason) at a time when Georgia's governor was a Democrat, as was the overwhelming majority of its General Assembly.

It looks to me like the passage predates the federal law being used to strike it down (1993), which is why it wasn't brought up before.

EDIT: I'll go on and source some of this, to save the trouble.

Georgia Constitution as of 1976 (notice the lack of text regarding how runoffs are treated): http://georgiainfo.galileo.usg.edu/topics/government/related_article/constitutions/georgia-consti... II

Georgia Constitution of 1983 (the current one): http://georgiainfo.galileo.usg.edu/topics/government/related_article/constitutions/georgia-consti... II

The law with which the state constitution conflicts: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Voter_Registration_Act_of_1993

Georgia General Assembly makeup as of the creation and ratification of the Constitution of 1983: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/136th_Georgia_General_Assembly

History of Georgia governors: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Governors_of_Georgia

What a hideous picture

This is how Republicans will stay in power even as baby boomers die. They'll just keep blocking everyone from voting until the only people allowed to vote are 80+ white males.

Right up until he goes into a public bathroom...

The DCCC anti Handel ad hammers her on her wasteful use of taxpayer dollars for personal luxuries while secretary of state. There's also a new pro ossoff ad that mentions that he believes both parties are too wasteful with tax dollars or something. Nice to see some synergy between the ossoff campaign and the DCCC

I just don't get why Democrats can't muster the same tone of indignation that Republicans do so incredibly well

It's because Dems (usually) use logical thinking.

Perhaps the dems should do exactly this and point it out after they win. Then the GOP will be so up in a shit storm about it that the dems can push through anti gerrymandering legislation. If the GOP won't sign on, the hypocrisy is reversed and the system is publically acknowledged as fucked, and the GOP as the historic cheats.

Oh, come on. That's just nonsense. They can also get Russia to interfere, use parts of the Constitution that very obviously don't work as intended, commit election fraud, get the Supreme Court to stop recounts and even lose ballots. And if all of that fails, they will simply refuse to step down.

And I bet they didn't even realize that Germany technically 'lost' the battle of Stalingrad.

That's okay, large portions of the South don't realize that they lost the Civil War either.

Voter suppression is the only way the Republican Party can win elections.

Agreed on all counts.

As an aside, that link is a pretty shitty list; at least half of them seem to be fake internet names, and I don't think race is the reason for the rest...just trashiness.

dirty gop tricks

The problem with the other side does it to defense, its Democrats are trying to fix things they find Republicans doing wrong. When the Republicans see something Democrats do wrong they use it as an excuse to up the ante and do something even more extreme.

It's actually election officials, people who are supposed to set aside their biases for stuff like this. It's pretty awful conduct for people overseeing thisnshit. Honestly, it would make me question the integrity of this run-off.

Ahh yes. A president has been in office too long so he can't nominate a justice to the Supreme Court. Our new president can. Oh what's that? You're a new voter? You can't vote in this one.

Republican logic is weird.

"But but but both parties are the same!" (R)

Nah, snopes is kind of like the end of the rabbit hole for what we can discover. Sometimes they don't have a clue either.

http://www.snopes.com/2017/02/10/mitch-mcconnell-posed-front-large-confederate-flag/

The difference being, this is something people should be upset about and want to change.

This headline should say "Georgian REPUBLICANS" - Democrats don't pull this kind of sh*t

Uhhh, what the fuck is this? Context?

Things people never knew:

Water is wet.

Healthcare is complicated.

This North Korea thing isn't as easy as you would think.

But but but both parties are the same!

The Republicans seem to be good at setting themselves on fire; Let's see if their party can stay unlit for 2 months. I'm not really seeing a lot of evidence they'll be able to keep from being a pile of ash, though.

Of course they are. They are Republicans. They don't want turnout.

Nobody knew water was wet.

Well, he will get right on that....as he files an amicus brief in support of Georgia's efforts.

Yeah pretty much...

Naturally. The only way republicans can win is by cheating.

You seem to have forgotten that, one time, Hillary Clinton sent an email.

Because the Republicans have cast the Democrats as being constantly indignant to their base. The Republican indignation is therefore simply a response to the percieved Democratic indignation.

They have self-respect.

Give it four years.

Currently dealing with an island in the Pacific, please hold.

Yowza Wowza Bo-Bowza!

At one point being a conservative meant something. Now it's just a party of cheaters and hypocrites. And yet the left still don't show up to vote.

The Republican party is really desperate and scared right now. Where can I mail the RNC a Pampers subscription for all the pants shitting they're suffering through?

Or on cable news registering people to vote.

I'm plenty upset that the sky isn't green.

This alleges a very serious impending violation of federal election law. Also, compelling showing for imminent concrete particularized injury to the plaintiffs that just screams "We have standing."

So low that it comes from all the way across the North Sea!

Uh, Georgia Republicans please, headline writer!

I don't think a state can really strip power from a US congressman.