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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I am so Sorry

Folks, I am so sorry. Ohio has been affectionately know at the Hear of middle America for so many years. Lately we Conservative citizens have of the great state of Ohio have let the rest of the United States down. I deeply regret this and profusely apologize.

Once again this Presidential election may very well rest on how Ohio swings. I fear for our country. Eight years ago we elected Bob Taft who couldn't lead a seeing eye dog across the street. We elected cry baby George Voinovich who hasn't done anything notable that I remember for the past several years. The boys up north are responsible for Dennis the idiot Kucinich. We elected Jennifer Brunner as Secretary of State. She is responsible for putting Ohio in the national news for fighting FOR, FOR, fraudulent voter registration. Now some idiot judge has ruled you can give a "park bench" as your residence, therefore allowing homeless persons to vote. Read the full article here.

Now at the risk of sounding cruel and uncaring I do not believe a park bench can be considered a legal residence. If two people share a park bench is it a duplex? If one person sits on the other persons lap is it a two story. Come to think of it, is a judge who rules a park bench is a residence really intelligent enough to be a judge? What has become of COMMON SENSE. This guy (judge) needs impeached if possible. This is pure judicial politics.

Several years ago I quit referring to myself as a Republican and went to the word Conservative as the Republicans became to liberal for me. Some choose the acronym RINO, for Republican In Name Only. That is so true of our politicians here. We are losing the battle here and as I said I fear for our country. If The wizard of words and lack of substance, Senator Barrack Husein Obama, is elected as President of this Great Country, please don't blame me. I feel guilty enough. God Bless America.


MightyMom said...

oh don't worry, I'm gonna blame you for everything from now on regardless!

....every morning I walk down the streets without fear, every day I talk about my religion (which is every day), every time I pray, every time I write on my blog, the day I go to the polls to cast my vote, the minute the polls are in and another change in leadership is put into place will get the blame.

you, who have risked your neck for my freedom...and two (it was two right?) sons....not to mention the rest of the family....

oh yes, you'll get blamed!

and thanked.

ABNPOPPA said...

It is sooooo comforting to know someone out there will blame me for this. I almost feel vindicated! LOL LOL Catholic guilt? Hmmmmm, I'm a so so Lutheran!

smrstrauss said...

Re: "Now at the risk of sounding cruel and uncaring I do not believe a park bench can be considered a legal residence. If two people share a park bench is it a duplex? If one person sits on the other persons lap is it a two story. Come to think of it, is a judge who rules a park bench is a residence really intelligent enough to be a judge? What has become of COMMON SENSE. This guy (judge) needs impeached if possible. This is pure judicial politics."

This is not the first case that has taken up the issue of homeless people voting. In fact, the same question of whether a homeless person can use a park bench as an address has been taken up before. Not just once before but many times.

In a way you could say that Ohio was late to take up this issue. New York City has been allowing the homeless to vote in elections ever since a federal district court ruling in 1984. (Actually, I dimly remember an earlier case in New York in the 1950s, or perhaps even earlier, but I think that that applied to a state election alone, since it was in state court.)

In the 1984 federal district court case, Judge Mary Lowe ordered the Board of Elections of the City of New York to begin registering all potential voters regardless of whether they have homes or not. It actually referred to a park bench in that case too.

Here is a letter to the editor, which I found in the database of the New York Times, that confirms the 1984 case and explains a bit more about it.

New York Times letter to the editor Dec. 4, 1990:

"To the Editor:

I would like to correct two minor errors in your Nov. 17 article about the constitutional rights of a formerly homeless Connecticut convict. You state that last year "a Federal judge in New York ruled that for the purposes of voter registration, a park bench was a home."

Judge Mary Lowe ordered the New York City Board of Elections to enroll homeless voters in October 1984. Homeless New Yorkers thus have been registering and voting, in increasing numbers, for six full election cycles. (A resident of the Fort Washington men's shelter, Tyler Trice, even qualified as an independent candidate for State Assembly on the primary election ballot this fall.)

Further, rather than calling a park bench a home, Judge Lowe ruled that a home, as traditionally conceived, could not be made a prerequisite of the right to vote, which she called a "fundamental right, which is preservative of all other rights in a democracy." To paraphrase, she said, "You don't need a home to vote," which became our motto. WILL DANIEL Director, Homeless Voter '90 New York, Nov. 17, 1990."

I like that part about the right to vote being a fundamental right, which is preservative of all other rights in a democracy.

And there have been many other cases. I clipped this from another site:

This one:


A requirement that people live in a traditional dwelling in order to vote placed an unconstitutional constraint on the voting rights of homeless persons. Coalition for the Homeless v. Jensen, 187 A.D.2d 582 (N.Y. App. Div. 1992).

States should use a broad interpretation of the term “residence” to include any place, including a non-traditional dwelling, that an individual inhabits with the intent to remain for an indefinite period. Pitts v. Black, 608 F.Supp. 696 (S.D.N.Y. 1984); In re-Application for Voter Registration of Willie R. Jenkins, D.C. Bd. of Elections and Ethics (June 7, 1984).

When registering to vote, homeless people may designate a shelter, park, or street corner as their residence. Fischer v. Stout, 741 P.2d 217 (Alaska 1987).

Bd. of Election Comm’rs v. Chicago/Gray Area Union of the Homeless, Circ. Ct. of Cook County, Illinois, County Dept., County Div., Miscl. No. 86-24 (1986). Addressing a challenge to Chicago’s residency requirements for voter registration, the Circuit Court of Cook County held that a person lacking a permanent abode may register by stating under oath that she lacks a permanent abode and by presenting two pieces of identification. The person who is experiencing homelessness must also provide a description of the location where he or she resides that is specific enough that election officials can assign him or her to a voter precinct. Prior to an election, mail will be sent to the mailing address listed on the registration card and will include a postage prepaid return postcard which must be mailed back to the Board of Elections.

Coalition for the Homeless v. Jensen, 187 A.D.2d 582 (N.Y. App. Div. 1992). Several homeless plaintiffs challenged New York election officials’ application of a provision of the New York Election Law. The provision at issue allows election officials to subject “groups likely to include transients” (such as students or people living at a “welfare institution”) to a more searching inquiry than usual order to determine whether they are eligible to register to vote. Based on the provision, the election officials rejected the applications of 240 Camp La Guardia residents and required that they give testimony in court to prove their residence. One hundred and seven of the applicants appeared in court and were accepted as voters, but the trial court rejected the applications of those who did not appear in court.

The Supreme Court, Appellate Division, overturning the trial court’s decision, held that due to time constraints placed on people who were experiencing homelessness, election officials violated the individuals’ constitutional right to vote by failing to take reasonable, good-faith steps to determine the true residency of the individuals who were homeless. All 240 votes were subsequently counted.

Collier v. Menzel, 221 CalRptr. 110 (Ct. App. 1985). Three plaintiffs experiencing homelessness challenged the Santa Barbara county clerk’s rejection of their registration applications, in which they had listed a public park as their residence. The court found that the residence was sufficient for registration purposes because the applicants had a fixed habitation in the park and intended to remain there. The court held that denying voter registration because applicants listed a city park as their residence violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The opinion further stated that people who were experiencing homelessness should be encouraged to register and vote in order to provide them with some greatly needed political influence and electoral power. Election officials must now use the specific spot within the park where the persons regularly sleep in order to determine their election district.

Committee for Dignity and Fairness for the Homeless v. Tartaglione, No. 84-3447 (E.D.Pa. Sept. 14, 1984). Ruling on a challenge to Philadelphia’s residency requirements, the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania held that a homeless voter may satisfy the residency requirements set forth in the Pennsylvania Election Code by “declaring on the Voter Registration Application the address of a shelter with which the applicant has an established relationship, and which will accept first-class non-forwardable mail for the applicant.” The person must then vote in the district where the shelter is located, even if the person resides in a different precinct. This ruling provided the basis for Philadelphia’s current policy regarding registration and voting by homeless peoples.

Fischer v. Stout, 741 P.2d 217 (Alaska 1987). A candidate who lost an election appealed for a recount, alleging that election officials had illegally rejected ballots of voters who claimed to reside at a military base. The Supreme Court of Alaska held that persons could list a military base generally as their residence, stating that a residence is a fixed place of habitation to which the individual intends to return, and it need not be a house or an apartment, or have mail service. It need only be a specific locale within the district. The court acknowledged that a homeless shelter or even a park bench would be sufficient.

Hartman v. Kenyon, 277 Cal.Rptr. 765 (Ct. App. 6 Dist. 1991). Based on the Walters v. Weed court decision (see below), a citizen contended that individuals who had moved from a precinct could legally vote at their former precinct. The California Supreme Court distinguished Walters, holding that a voter is only entitled to vote at the precinct of his or her former residence if he or she has not moved to a new residence with intent to stay. In other words, if a voter has moved but has not acquired a new place of residence, he or she is considered to be residing at his former residence until acquiring a new place of residence. Otherwise, he or she must vote in the precinct of his or her new domicile.

In re-Application for Voter Registration of Willie R. Jenkins, D.C. Bd. of Elections and Ethics (June 7, 1984). In an administrative hearing, the D.C. Board of Elections ruled that an intent to reside in a place can constitute a place of residence for voting purposes. This ruling established the homeless voting policy for Washington, D.C., which allows a voter to name the location where he/she sleeps as a residence even if the place is a nontraditional home. The voter must also provide a mailing address of a place to which the person has sufficient ties. The person will vote in the district of his/her place of residence.

Pitts v. Black, 608 F.Supp. 696 (S.D.N.Y. 1984). Plaintiffs challenged a New York State Election Law provision forbidding people living on the streets from registering to vote. The District Court held that the New York City Board of Election’s application of the residency requirement disenfranchised an entire group of people, which is forbidden by the Equal Protection Clause. The court found that a person’s “residence” is the place at the center of the individual’s life and the place where he/she presently intends to remain. The court reasoned that people need only have a specific location that they consider their “home base” — the place where one returns regularly, manifests an intent to remain, and can receive messages and be contacted.

Walters v. Weed, 752 P.2d 443 (Cal. 1988). Individuals whose votes were uncounted in a city council election challenged the rejection of their ballots. These individuals had abandoned their domiciles within the precinct and were thus not considered residents of the precinct, rendering their votes invalid. However, many of the plaintiffs had not yet met the requirements to establish new domiciles, as they did not live at new locations where they intended to stay. The California Supreme Court ruled in favor of those voters who had not yet established new domiciles, holding that when a person leaves his or her domicile with no intention of returning to live there, and when that person currently resides in a place in which he or she does not intend to remain, that person may vote in the precinct of his or her former domicile until a new domicile has been acquired.

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Looking back at all the other states and cities that have found ways to live with homeless people voting, and the fact that this has been going on for a quarter of a century or more, it is kind of interesting to see the reaction that this case is an unusually liberal ruling (it is liberal, but not unusual) that was brought on exclusively because of this election.

As for it being outside of common sense to allow homeless people to vote, clearly a lot of judges disagree. But let's assume that they all have been liberal jerks.

Why isn't it a good conservative principle to allow homeless people to vote? Because it is difficult to eliminate fraud? Well sure. But if the right of voting is fundamental to our system, then we simply have to spend the money and effort to eliminate the fraud. Not to eliminate the right to vote.

Lutheran Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Destruction of the embryo in the mother's womb is a violation of the right to live which God has bestowed upon this nascent life. To raise the question whether we are here concerned already with a human being or not is merely to confuse the issue. The simple fact is that God certainly intended to create a human being and that this nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of his life. And that is nothing but murder.

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