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Obama Lawyer: Michigan Foreclosure Tactic ‘Caging’

Over at our sister site Michigan Messenger, Ed Brayton reports that the lawyer representing Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign in a class-action, voting rights

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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Sep 16, 2008

Over at our sister site Michigan Messenger, Ed Brayton reports that the lawyer representing Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign in a class-action, voting rights lawsuit is calling a GOP tactic to prevent Michigan residents in foreclosure from voting a new form of “caging.”

From Brayton:

Caging is a technique of challenging voters where they take lists of addresses, mail to them with a “do not forward” marking and if for whatever reason those mailings are returned, they use this as a basis for claiming that the voter no longer lives at the address at which they are registered.

A former Karl Rove aide, Tim Griffin, has long been accused of using the voter suppression tactic to keep turnout among black voters in Duval County, Florida low in the 2004 presidential election. No smoking gun has ever confirmed Griffin’s use of caging, but some serious evidence suggests he did.

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