Friday, July 25, 2008

Hans von Vote Suppressor: OK That 98-Year-Old Nun Denied Right to Vote

Congress Keith Ellison opened a can of whoopass on Hans von Spakovsky in a hearing by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, yesterday. He got Hansie to admit that he thought it was OK that a dozen of nuns in their 90s were blocked from voting in Indiana in the primaries. What a firstclass asshole. I hope someone comes up with video, but for now you can enjoy the transcript, from TPM Muckraker:

Ellison Slams von Spakovsky Over Disenfranchised Nuns and U.S. Attorneys

ELLISON: Now here's something that happened on the May 7th Indiana election. A dozen nuns and another unknown number of students were turned away from the polls Tuesday in the first use of Indiana's stringent voter ID law since it was upheld last week by the United State Supreme Court. Mr. von Spakovsky, you wanna stop nuns from voting?

VON SPAKOVSKY: [silence]

ELLISON: Why don't you want nuns to vote, Mr. von Spakovsky?

VON SPAKOVSKY: Congressman Ellison, uh-

ELLISON: I'm just curious to know.

VON SPAKOVSKY: Those individuals, uh, were told, were- knew that they had to get an ID, they could have easily done so. They could have voted, uh, by absentee ballot- uh, nursing homes under the law are able to get-

ELLISON: . . . Mr. von Spakovsky, are you aware that a 98-year old nun was turned away from the polls by a-

VON SPAKOVSKY: They all had passports-

ELLISON: Excuse me.

VON SPAKOVSKY: They had expired passports which meant that they could have gotten-

ELLISON: Mr. von Spakovsky, do you know a 98-year old nun was turned away from the polls by a sister who's in her order and who knew her, but had to turn her away because she didn't have a government-issued ID? That's okay with you?


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