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Obama accused of nationalizing U.S. elections with new executive order

In January 2013, Barack Obama decided to permanently shut down his jobs council after its charter had expired.The Examiner – by Marv Duman

On Saturday, Barack Obama was accused of nationalizing U.S. elections for Democratic partisan advantage through the president’s issuance of a new executive order on the electoral process.

A March 30 Breitbart report cites several critics of the “Presidential Commission of Election Administration” in which Obama will have the unilateral authority to appoint up to nine commission members with the “knowledge about or experience in the administration of State or local elections, as well as representatives of successful customer service-oriented businesses, and any other individuals with knowledge or experience determined by the President to be of value to the Commission.”  

On Thursday, the White House issued to the general public details of Obama’s executive order.

Opponents argue that due to Obama’s unchecked power to appoint electoral overseers, the commission will be composed of progressives, union bosses, and academics with a bias towards Democratic and liberal candidates, particularly at the state and local level.

Here is Section 2 of Obama’s order:

Sec. 2. Membership. (a) The Commission shall be composed of not more than nine members appointed by the President.

Some opponents are criticizing the president for prioritizing local elections over the economy with the latter featuring 8 percent unemployment and nearly 50 million Americans relying on food stamps. In January 2013, Barack Obama decided to permanently shut down his jobs council after its charter had expired.

Thursday’s executive order was announced a year before what is expected to be a highly contentious 2014 mid-term elections. Next year, conservatives are likely to contest Democrats for multitudes of congressional and gubernatorial seats. The new commission’s emphasis on local elections are creating suspicions on the president’s intentions.

In December, Obama held a 55 percent approval rating which has since gone down 8 percentage points to 47 percent as of March 30, according to Gallup and Pew Research.

Soon after the White House’s announcement, some elections experts blasted the president’s plan. Former Department of Justice official J. Christian Adams said that the Obama administration may have violated federal laws by not establishing voter-assistance offices on military bases despite congress having sent $75 million to the Pentagon to make sure all U.S. troops can vote.

Most service members vote for Republicans, and many in the military supported Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s run for office.

In contrast, when members of the Black Panther Party were accused of intimidating voters at polling booths during the 2008 and 2012 elections, charges were dropped on most suspects by Obama’s Justice Department. Leaked internal memos have since indicated that administration officials refused to enforce voting rights laws because the perpetrators themselves were black political activists.

Here is Section 3 of Obama’s new executive order on elections:

Sec. 3. Mission. (a) The Commission shall identify best practices and otherwise make recommendations to promote the efficient administration of elections in order to ensure that all eligible voters have the opportunity to cast their ballots without undue delay, and to improve the experience of voters facing other obstacles in casting their ballots, such as members of the military, overseas voters, voters with disabilities, and voters with limited English proficiency.

In doing so, the Commission shall consider as appropriate:

(i) the number, location, management, operation, and design of polling places;

(ii) the training, recruitment, and number of poll workers;

(iii) voting accessibility for uniformed and overseas voters;

(iv) the efficient management of voter rolls and poll books;

(v) voting machine capacity and technology;

(vi) ballot simplicity and voter education;

(vii) voting accessibility for individuals with disabilities, limited English proficiency, and other special needs;

(viii) management of issuing and processing provisional ballots in the polling place on Election Day;

(ix) the issues presented by the administration of absentee ballot programs;

(x) the adequacy of contingency plans for natural disasters and other emergencies that may disrupt elections; and

(xi) other issues related to the efficient administration of elections that the Co-Chairs agree are necessary and appropriate to the Commission’s work.

(b) The Commission shall be advisory in nature and shall submit a final report to the President within 6 months of the date of the Commission’s first public meeting.

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12 Responses to Obama accused of nationalizing U.S. elections with new executive order

  1. Phil McCracken says:

    Might as well include a line under section (3) that says:
    – All votes will be checked for validity for the good of National Security. Any vote not found to be consistent with the Presidents views will be adjusted accordingly.

    • Jolly Roger says:

      That happened in the last election, Phil.

      I think now they want us to stay home and let Obama do the voting for us.

  2. Jolly Roger says:

    Does a day go by without a new “executive order” coming from this tyrant?

    Please don’t kill him. I have much better plans for that man. (and I use the term “man” very loosely here)

  3. Tom says:

    Some years ago the “black box voting” scandal that erupted was all about “conservative” voting machine corporations controlling the vote. Now it’s a Democrat president controlling it……….

    Doesn’t anybody get it? The “conservative vs. liberal” is a divide and conquer scheme. The real enemy is corporatism itself, and the corporations will select whichever “candidate” they think will do their bidding the best. If they thought a transgender Klingon communist could get the job done best, that’s who would be the president.

    One of the interesting recent developments in the vote theater, and something of a precedent as far as I know, was the GMO labeling initiative in California. I don’t know anyone who was against it; none of those people knew anyone who was against it…… it should have won by an historic landslide. Yet it “lost”, the announcement being made when there were still millions of votes left to count. So it’s no longer just candidates that are being selected outside of any legitimate voting process, it’s voter initiatives, too. If the corporations don’t want something, no cheating is too obvious to deter them.

    Voting must go one of two ways: Either take it back into strictly hand-counted paper (re-countable) ballots tallied at the local level; Or take voting into the future with a system that completely bypasses the horse-and-buggy era “proxy representation” by senators and congressmen, and let everyone vote by phone or internet on every public issue. Fire all of the politicians and let every citizen vote for themselves on every piece of legislation that they care enough about to be aware of. It would become impossible for special interest legislation to get through, because there would always be enough citizens to spot it for what it was to vote it down. Yes, there are technical issues for security in such a voting system, but if it can be done with credit card purchases, it can be done with electronic voting.

    Imagine, an open vote, nationwide, right now, on gun control. You know which side would win. Imagine reading about important legislation in the morning, voting on it online during your lunch hour, and knowing how the vote went when you got home from work.

    “If voting ever changed anything, it would be illegal.” We won’t have a real democracy until that old line is no longer true.

    • Henry Shivley says:

      This is not a democracy, you moron, and it is this misconception, hell this sedition, that has brought this country to ruin.
      It is a REPUBLIC with an emphasis with the rights of the individual. The fact is our founders warned us about democracy.
      All we have to do is enforce our rights under our Bill of Rights and the government is reduced to its status as our petty servants. Then we don’t have to give a damn what laws they pass, as to pass anything that infringes on our rights or elevates the government beyond its limited power, is nothing more than a quick trip to the gallows for the act of sedition.
      Democracy, communism, and socialism, represent collectivism, which is treason.
      Figure it out or go somewhere else.

      • Tom says:

        Absolutely agreed, Henry, we are a republic, not a “democracy”. That said, I see we are still voting on a lot of candidates and ballot initiatives/propositions, so we ought to make our voting systems secure, timely, and accurate if we are going to bother voting at all.

        Answering NC’s comment here, also: for better or worse, we are already voting, often on really bad candidates and really stupid propositions. If we can’t trust how the votes are counted we have no idea whether things win or lose because the vote was jiggered or the voters are idiots. Consider the possibility that there would be no current problems with gun control legislation being introduced or passed if the true will of the people had been counted in the last election, that this whole ugly episode in our history may be the outcome of vote fraud.

        The credit card system works because the banks have incentives to keep it accurate and secure (most of the time). Our voting system is not working because some very powerful people have means and motive to make it neither accurate nor secure.

        BTW, NC, Idiocracy is a favorite film of mine, I’ve seen it several times.

        And Henry, I do have a great appreciation for this site, and find myself in agreement with the things you write nearly all of the time. However, you are wrong about me being a moron, and I think you owe me an apology.

        • Henry Shivley says:

          Tell you what, Tom, affirm for me that when you say we could have avoided this had there not been voter fraud, that you are saying we could have elected Ron Paul and not Mitt Romney, and you have my apology.

          • Tom says:

            Thanks, Henry. I’ve been a Ron Paul supporter since my earliest days as a Libertarian (capital “L”) in the late 70’s. I worked in his campaign locally, and gave him the largest political donation to anyone in my life (in the four figures), considering him the last best hope for this country before the bullets fly. I will keep his campaign bumper stickers on all of my vehicles permanently as a way of saying, “It wasn’t me, and you had your chance, suckers.” And just by chance, I happen to be wearing his campaign T-shirt right now.

            I consider the blackballing of Ron Paul by his own party to be one of the greatest betrayals of the American people in our history. I have tremendous admiration for this man and his lifetime achievements, and for years have named him as the best choice for a caretaker president in case we got lucky and a patriot coup threw out the current criminal cabal. With free and fair elections and an unbiased media, he would have already served out his eight years and now be the most beloved senior leader since George Washington. He IS the real leader of the US.

            Romney, on the other hand, should have been promptly arrested on multiple felony charges. He is a psychopathic career criminal.

    • NC says:

      “and let everyone vote by phone or internet on every public issue……but if it can be done with credit card purchases, it can be done with electronic voting.”

      Do I even need to say anything further about the stupidity of this partial quote of what you just said, alone? I’m sorry, but words cannot express the………I’m sorry, I’m speechless and my head hurts.

      I now know how the main character in the movie, “Idiocracy” feels. God help this country and our world.

  4. Bill in IL says:

    Y’all don’t worry, Ed will be here shortly to take this through the court system and get it struck down. It will only take ten years, millions of dollars and end in an EPIC FAIL!

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