Cardin Co-Sponsoring Voter Suppression Bill

WASHINGTON (WJZ) — Maryland Senator Ben Cardin is proposing penalties for political campaigns that try to deceive voters.

Political reporter Pat Warren explains Cardin takes pages from Maryland’s book to apply to federal elections.

The Maryland robocalls case in which a campaign director was found guilty of voter suppression is an example of campaign tactics U.S. Senator Ben Cardin wants to outlaw in national elections.

“A Baltimore jury convicted that individual from the campaign under state election laws and it points out…it was a relatively recent change in the state election laws. What we are trying to do is make this a national policy,” Cardin said.

Cardin says his 2006 Senate campaign against Michael Steele is also an example of false information used to influence voters.

“It gave the impression to voters that my opponent was endorsed by prominent African-Americans who had in fact endorsed me,” Cardin said. “It also included a sample ballot that gives the impression that the Republicans are also the Democrats.”

The Voter Intimidation Prevention Act applies to federal elections. It prohibits false statements about endorsements, voter eligibility, times and dates of elections and polling locations within 90 days of an election. Criminal penalties include fines, up to five years in prison or both.

Cardin considers his bill bipartisan and thinks it should get widespread support. Still, nothing gets America’s juices flowing like a spirited debate on First Amendment rights.

Cardin first proposed cracking down on voter suppression in 2007.

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  1. TJ says:

    MAKE THE RULES UP AS YOU PLAY. HOW LONG WILL MARLAND WONDER

  2. TJ says:

    YESTERDAY CARDIN WAS UNDERGROUND IN THE STREETS OF BALTIMORE FIXING WATER PIPES . TODAY HE IS MAKING NEW RULES TO WIN A ELECTION. CARDIN YOU ARE A DIRTY DOUBLE CROSSING RAT,YOU DIRTY RAT

    1. PA says:

      lol ur funny stupid. do you know anything about the 2006 and 2010 election fraud repubs committed?

  3. SMOKING PARKVILLE says:

    A FACE LIKE THAT SHOULD BE IN RIPLEYS. BUT HIS LIES AND MISLEADING MARYLANDERS HE SHOULD BE JAILED

  4. TOWSON MD says:

    CARDIN YOU ARE BEING PAID BY HARD WORKING PEOPLES TAX MONEY TO WORK FOR MARYLANDERS, NOT TO HELP YOUR NEXT ELECTION. IF PEOPLE CANNOT SEE YOU ARE NOT LOOKING OUT FOR YOURSELF, . I AGREE HOW LONG WILL MARYLAND WANDER? NOT LONG WE DON’T HAVE THE $$$$$$$. YOU ARE THAT BAD OF A LEADER NO NOT LEADER A PERSON

    1. Liberal Soldier says:

      LOL to funny

      1. LOOK OUT KID NO MATTER WHAT YOU DID YOUR GOING TO GET HIT says:

        LIBERAL CHUMP

      2. Liberal Soldier says:

        Is that the best you can do? Calling me names is not the way to debate a subject.

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  5. RAUCHEL says:

    CARDIN IS RAISING TAXES ON EMMISIONS, RENEWAL OF REGESTRATIONS, IN FAVOR OF FUEL TAX, THIS BUM, HAS HELPED RUN UP A 15 TRILLION DEBT, A DECADE OF WARS, HE HAS TO GO

  6. 1-0-3-0- WITHERSPOON says:

    SOMEONE TELL ME WHAT CARDIN HAS DONE FOR MARYLAND? SOMEONE TELL WHY CARDIN SHOULD BE RELECTED? CARDIN IS A DEADBEAT POLITICAN,LIKE WE NEED MORE OF THEM

  7. NANCY says:

    CARDIN YOU SPENT TAX MONEY ON THE BAY, BUT WAISTED IT BECAUSE YOU HAD NO CLUE. YOU HAVE NO CLUE ON HOW TO KEEP OIL PRICES DOWN ,LONG ENOUGH TO SEE GROWTH IN THE ECONOMY. CARDIN IS ABOUT CARDIN enough said, cardin get the hell out

    1. Liberal Soldier says:

      Stop shouting.

  8. SUE says:

    CARDIN WHAT DID YOU THAT WAS SO GREAT IN YOUR LAST FOUR YEARS , THAT YOU SHOULD BE ELECTED ANOTHER 4 YEARS. JUST THE THOUGHT OF YOU AND FOUR YEARS IS LIKE GETTING RUPTURE IN THE GROIN

  9. Hello, what? says:

    It seems that TJ/Smoking/Rauchel/Witherspoon/Nancy are all the same person. Feel free to express yourself, but typing in all caps is annoying. Most browsers have spell checkers, use them to your advantage. Don’t get me started on the grammar! By the way, Cardin is not raising taxes. He may support legislation that does, but you do know all that goes through the Senate/House etc?

    I understand the point you are trying to make but it was painful to read. You can get your point across in one post. No need for all the spam.

    Time for a change in guard. Next election we can vote them out.

  10. KottaMan says:

    Yeah, Ben, maybe we can have this law ready just in case any Black Panthers come from Philly to intimidate white voters.

  11. GaryB says:

    He should sponsor a bill about illegally acquiring opponent’s personal financial records. Ask Michael Steele about that one. Has Cardin forgotten about that?

  12. Dinger says:

    How about introducing legislation to stop dead people from voting? That’s how Cardin and his party keep getting re-elected.

  13. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    You’re all ballsuckers with nothing better to contribute.

  14. Liberal Soldier says:

    Good legislation. The republicans will do anything to gain control and force their beliefs down the throats of everyone else. This includes voter suppression, voter fraud and draconian rules to prevent minorities from voting. Their issues are so unpopular with Americans they have to force them on us.

    1. Dinger says:

      Put down the bong. Now!

      1. Liberal Soldier says:

        They have legislation underway in Georgia, Arizona, Alabama and Kentucky to cut off registration to vote 6 months prior to an election. They also are requiring a special voter identification card which cost a fee. These are Republican controled states I am talking about. What do you thank that is about. Maybe you should put down the Republican Koolaid pitcher you are you are drining from Dinger.

  15. MD VOTER says:

    Liberal…the democrats and the President pushed Obamacare down our throats when the majority did not want it. The illegals are being pushed down our throats by the liberal democrats. So who is doing the pushing?

    1. Liberal Soldier says:

      48M Americans unable to afford the high healthcare premiums controled by huge corporate insurance companies. It is the governments responsibility to help provide the OPPORTUNITY for poor Americans to purchase healthcare at an affordable rate. What is wrong with that? The poor can not afford the high premiums. Why not put some health programs together which are affordable? We as humans can’t just let people die in the streets. And remember many of you opposing healthcare reform are just a lost job, a denial of coverage of an illness away from being on the other side of this issue. On the illegal immigrant issue I do not feel our government should do anything other than apprehend anyone in this country illegally and send them back to their own country. Those are my positions on both issues.

      1. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

        Medicare or a single payer for all. The savings on marketing costs alone which run the big Atena’s, Blue Cross, United life over 33% in addition to CEO’s pulling down millions in compensation comapred to Medicare which doesn’t advertise, pays is Ceo $160k per yr. Our country has a moral obligation to help those that cannot afford healthcare. Hell, we’re already paying for it anyway when Twocrecia takes her kids to the E.R. for her primary care & it cost the taxpayer $1500 a visit.

  16. FED UP says:

    It has been reported that some of the 48m do not want to pay for insurance. One person interviewed said he would rather make his truck payment. No one believes this is “affordable insurance”. Medicaid is already provided for the poor for no charge. Premiums have been increasing since this bill passed. Where are the poor going to get money to make the premium payments? There is no doubt some parts of the bill are good and will benefit the american people, but as it stands it will totally bankrupt this country. The government intends to hire 16,000 new IRS agents to enforce this law and Maryland must spend 476m to implement it.

    1. Liberal Soldier says:

      Reported by how? How reports that “some” of the 48m don’t want to buy insurance? Fox News????? Of course some people don’t. You can make that argument. My argument is for poor people to have the OPPORTUNITY to by affordable health insurance. Premiums increased because the insurance companies RAISED the fees out of fear they would lose money. I don’t blame them for raising the fees because they are about to pay a price for stiffing Americans. I know a lady that was looking for insurance and her choice was $250 a month with a $15K deductable or a $480 a month policy with a $500 deductable. That is to much. There must be an alternative for poor Americans. It won’t bankrupt the country because every will put in a little each month. Just like medicare and social security. Lets say $15 a month we can cover everyone. Even companies could benefit by not having to carry health insurance. Everyone on their own. I love capitalism but I don’t like greed. Some do.

  17. FED UP says:

    I certainly do not have a problem with the poor paying part of their premiums, but some cannot afford the extra cash each month. No one can be denied health treatment in this country the emergency rooms are full. I’m just saying this health care bill is not the answer. Parts are good and should be used. You are right all this is motivated by greed. If the government imposed a flat tax of just 1% to be used only for medicare and medicaid some of the problem would be solved. As far as Fox News they are so much better than the other far, far left news outlets.

    1. Liberal Soldier says:

      Fed Up. Fox News is the propaganda arm of the Republican Party. Enough said about that joke of a “news” network. President Obama has said several times that his healthcare plan is not perfect but it is a start and he welcomed both Republicans and Democrats to make it better. What the insurance lobby and the Republicans have done is run a negative campaign against it to the point were you have Americans with no healthcare and no means of paying is against the plan. It is called tricking people to vote against their interest. If our elected officials should do their job, fix the plan to save money and cover Americans adn then start on cutting SS and Medicare so the programs will be solvent for many years to come. There is to much special interest lining the pockets of our politicians. Greed is the evil that plagues America. Yeah Fed Up, we don’t get things done by name calling and spewing hatred. We are all in this together. If both sides give a little bit and come to the center things can get done.

  18. FED UP says:

    Liberal……..finally a discussion without slurs and racial comments. Thank you. If all of us would just give our ideas and opinions without a bunch of B.S. we’d be better off and probably learn from the otherside.

    1. Liberal Soldier says:

      I have no desire to call anyone names that i don’t know. We are all in this together. If we see each others point of view and we can both give a little things will get done. If only our politicians would stop letting money control their brains we would have a better nation for all.

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