From Bob F.:

Bush to nominate voter suppression specialist to the FEC by david blue
Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 07:21:48 AM PDT

A big hat tip to Rick Hasen who noticed this White House press release (buried in the Friday night trash). President Bush is going to nominate Hans von Spakovsky to the Federal Election Commission. Who?

Well, Hans von Spakovsky is a long-time activist in “voting integrity.” Translated, he is a long-time activist in keeping people away from the polls.

His ideas led to the notorious purge of Florida’s voting rolls before the 2000 election in which thousands of mostly-eligible, mostly-Democratic, and mostly-minority voters were removed from the voting lists. Von Spakovsky also was a volunteer for Bush in the Florida recount. Want more? It’s all here. This guy is a disaster. There is no way he should be on the FEC.

FEC Commissioners are subject to Senate approval, so write or call your Senator.

UPDATE: Several commenters have asked which Senate committee holds hearings on FEC nominees. It is the Committee on Rules and Administration.

Chair is Trent Lott; ranking Dem is Christopher Dodd. Other Dems are Byrd, Inouye, Feinstein, Schumer, Dayton, Durbin, and Ben Nelson; other Republicans are Ted Stevens, Mitch McConnell, Thad Cochran, Santorum, K.B. Hutchison, Frist, Chambliss, Bennett, and Hagel. Some heavy hitters on both sides.

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  • It is for this reason that I have been trying to convince e-voting activists not to use “integrity” in their organizational names and in how they describe their activism. The word “integrity” has a traditional meaning in the history of voting rights and is generally used as a (thin) veil for voter suppression activities. All voting rights activists—whether traditional or e-voting—should be interested in voter access, i.e., including as many voters as possible in elections. In the world of e-voting, I think the meaning of “access” can be expanded to election administration, which is transparent to all citizens and free from corporate influence.

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