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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-24-08 01:39 PM
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X-posted in General Discussion. I'm glad someone is paying attention, but won't be addressed until after the election? What good is this then? :grr:

Kucinich Introducers Voter Foreclosure Bill
By Jonathan E. Kaplan 9/24/08 12:36 PM

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) introduced legislation today to bar political parties from challenging the eligibility of voters whose homes have been foreclosed.

Kucinich, who ran losing presidential bids in 2004 and 2008 and faced a stiff primary challenge earlier this year, drafted the legislation following a report in the Michigan Messenger that a Macomb County Republican Party official said he planned to gather lists of foreclosed homeowners to challenge their eligibility.

The Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee have since filed a lawsuit in federal court over the reported plans.

The tactic is a version of a practice known as caging, which allows political opponents to identify voters who might not meet proper residency requirements. Democrats and voting-rights activists argue that victims of foreclosure may still live in their homes, and that the tactic disproportionately affects poor and African-American voters. Republicans argue that the practice preserves the integrity of the ballot.

Kucinichs bill is unlikely to get a hearing or consideration on the House floor, as Congress races to pass a $700 billion rescue package for Wall Street banks before recessing, until after the election.
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