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"Block the Vote Heroes" Online Playing Cards - Clubs
Print them out, trade them with your friends, and honor as you see fit these public servants and corporate heroes who labor behind the scenes to ensure that the wrong people don't get a chance to vote.

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Ace of Clubs Marion H. 'Son' Kinon Ace of Clubs
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Marion H. "Son" Kinon
State Representative, SC
Son distributed a brochure to black voters telling them that the FBI would be checking to see if wanted felons were among voters. Kinon wrote: "You have always been my friend, so donít chance GOING TO JAIL on Election Day!"
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Salon
Sunday Herald
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King of Clubs Xavier Suarez King of Clubs
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Xavier Suarez
Former Miami Mayor
Xavier was Miami's mayor until a court ruled that there was absentee ballot fraud. Thirteen staff members plus his city commissioner went to jail, but not Xavier. He later admitting "handling" absentee ballot forms in the 2000 presidential election.
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Miami Herald
CNN
Pulitzer Prize to Miami Herald for Reporting on Suarez
Queen of Clubs Michael Arno Queen of Clubs
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Michael Arno
President, Arno Political Consultants, CA
Michael's company has been accused of fraudulently changing the party affiliations of voter registration cards in Florida, and a prosecutor is investigating. Two workers were charged with forgery relating to a petition drive.
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Miami Herald
Orlando Sentinel
WJXT
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Jack of Clubs Donnie Newsome Jack of Clubs
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Donnie Newsome
Judge-Executive, Knott County, KY
He was convicted of election fraud, but Donnie is still the top administrator in local government. His appeal is pending, so he is allowed to continue his duties through a glass divider at a Lexington detention center, two hours away (seriously).
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Courier Journal
Lexington Herald Leader
Ten of Clubs Joseph J. Vadella Ten of Clubs
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Joseph J. Vadella
Former Carbondale Mayor, PA
Joe pled guilty to election fraud in 1997 and spent four months in federal prison. He later petitioned the court to be allowed to run for public office again. The court denied his appeal.
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Times News
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Nine of Clubs Ross Harris Nine of Clubs
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Ross Harris
Lawyer & Political Fundraiser, KY
Ross was convicted of providing money to buy votes for candidates he backed and funneling $41,000 in illegal contributions to the campaign of John Doug Hays, a candidate for a Pike County district judgeship.
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Text of New York Times Article
Courier Journal
Lexington Herald-Leader
Eight of Clubs Eric Fahrendorf Eight of Clubs
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Eric Fahrendorf
Former Employee, State Republican Party, SD
Eric was embroiled, along with hero Todd Schlekeway, in a scandal involving the false notarization of absentee ballots collected from college students. When news broke, Eric quit and moved to Ohio to continue his good work for Larry Russell.
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Rapid City Journal
Rapid City Journal
University of South Dakota Volante
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Seven of Clubs Austin Murphy Seven of Clubs
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Austin Murphy
Former U.S. Representative, PA
Austin was convicted of absentee ballot fraud after writing his wife's name on the ballots of senior citizens. And the township post that his wife was running for was... election board (seriously).
read more:
Working for Change
Salon
Six of Clubs Bill James Six of Clubs
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Bill James
Commissioner, Mecklenburg County, NC
Bill fought hard to prevent a $55,992 state elections grant from being used to open polls on a Sunday (early polling access is state law). Most see it as an attempt to prevent black churchgoers from heading directly to the polls after services.
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Charlotte Observer
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Five of Clubs Terri Lynn Land Five of Clubs
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Terri Lynn Land
Michigan Secretary of State
Terri fought to bar election officials from counting provisional ballots unless voters are shown to have voted in the right precinct. Unfortunately for Terri, a U.S. District Judge disagrees. She is appealing.
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AP
Court Ruling
The State News
Four of Clubs John Doug Hays Four of Clubs
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John Doug Hays
Former state Senator, KY
John Doug is on trial in connection with a vote-purchasing scheme and illegal campaign contributions. Ross Harris, already convicted, was the man who did the dirty work.
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Lexington Herald-Leader
Courier Journal
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Three of Clubs Dan Burdish Three of Clubs
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Dan Burdish
Former State Republican Party Chair, NV
Dan tried to purge 17,000 Democratic voters from the rolls just weeks before the 2004 election, claiming they were "inactive." His request was denied.
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Boston Globe
KAIT
Two of Clubs Miriam Oliphant Two of Clubs
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Miriam Oliphant
Former Supervisor of Elections, Broward County, FL
Miriam was swept into office after the 2000 voting disaster, but under her watch, nearly 300 absentee ballots were later found in a filing cabinet unopened. Jeb Bush eventually suspended her for "grave" neglect.
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City Link Magazine
St. Petersburg Times

 


 

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