R.E.D. Alert: Lose Your Home, Lose Your Vote!

R.E.D.(Real Estate Diversion) Alert. When you need to take a break from politics, give your mind a rest in Real Estate.

Obama Campaign Joins with Michigan Families Facing Foreclosure to Defend Voting Rights. The complaint (copy of complaint)  filed today seeks declaratory and injunctive relief to challenge the “lose your home, lose your vote” vote-suppression program adopted by the Macomb County Republican Party, in concert with the Michigan Republican Party and the Republican National Committee, as well as unnamed Defendants who will implement the scheme at polling places in Macomb County and throughout the State. This “lose your home, lose your vote” program is part of a broader scheme – misnamed an “election integrity” program – to harass voters and suppress the vote throughout the State of Michigan in the upcoming election on November 4.

Heartlessness on Steroids.   “Senator McCain said last week that he was ‘divorced from the day-to-day challenges people have,’ and he certainly has proven that to Michigan families,” said Obama Campaign Manager David Plouffe. “Senator McCain has no real plan to turn Michigan’s economy around or help families faced with losing their homes – so his party has decided the only way to save his campaign is to deny the right to vote to families most affected by his disastrous economic policies.”

The leading foreclosure firm in the state seems to be a major supporter of the GOP’s election efforts.  That’s a connection worth exploring–a law firm to file the foreclosures and a political party to challenge voters based on those same foreclosure filings. Article.

The impact of the mortgage crisis just keeps widening.  People who were cheated by subprime lenders have lost everything they put into their homes, have seen their credit destroyed and now may be unable to prove their eligibility to vote.  Costs are also mounting for people who live in neighborhoods that were the targets of subprime campaigns–abandoned properties, crime, plummeting housing values. Those neighbors are paying those costs even when they had nothing to do with subprime debt.

As the foreclosure crisis gets deeper, it also gets wider.

David Lagstein, head organizer with the Michigan Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN):  “The Republican-led state Senate has not moved on the anti-predatory lending bill for over a year and yet [Republicans] have time to prey on those who have fallen victim to foreclosure to suppress the vote.”

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