Conservative voter ID “expert” has a mean streak and broad agenda

Just about anyone who expresses political and policy opinions in the wild and woolly world of Twitter has a “tweet” or two they’d like to take back. The demands of being current and pithy can be challenging and intoxicating.

Still, some of the stuff posted on the Twitter account of Hans von Spakovsky — the suppposed voter ID expert employed by the Heritage Foundation who will be appearing at this afternoon’s panel of experts at the General Assembly — are enough to make a person wonder about the man’s judgment and stability. (It’s also worth noting that von Spakovsky’s battles are not just confined to fighting with progressives. As this article notes, the man was recently given the boot from a Virginia elections board by a group of GOP judges and taken to the legal woodshed by former Reagan A.G. Richard Thornburg on the matter of the Voting Rights Act.  

Here are just a few of von Spakovsky’s far-ranging and rather incendiary tweets from recent months:

March 6: I’m sure Chavez got great welcome in his fiery new home from his compatriots Joseph, Adolph, & Mao;now waiting for their friend Fidel

January 22: Obama’s Orwellian claim: “preserving our individual freedoms reqs collective action” Sounds like something my Russian father would’ve heard

January 16: As friend says,gov by decree is what Soviets practiced; those who favor gov by decree don’t favor democracy; a fatal conceit shared by Obama

January 9: So admin believes can take away rights guaranteed in Bill of Rights (2d Amend) thru exec orders?! they have nothing but contempt for Const

December 21: When Kerry comes to his confirmation hearing, will he wear the medals he once dishonored by throwing them away in a publicity stunt?

December 20: For Obama to bring Newtown/Hurricane Sandy into budget debate is disgusting, shameful, & politization of worst kind; can he go any lower?

October 12: Biden’s arrogance, rudeness, & patronizing attitude emblematic of administration’s attitude towards American people over last 4 years

June 28: What a depressing day for America-the socialist tyranny my parents left Europe to escape just took another giant step forward in America

March 6, 2012: Fact Sandra Fluke thinks we should pay so she can have risk-free sex & get gender reassignmt surgery shows whats wrong w/liberal minds



  1. emma

    March 13, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Having followed Spakovsky’s career since he was at the Justice Dept. it is apparent that the only thing he is an expert at is being a partisan political hack. As for the Heritage Foundation, no one who knows of its founding and history considers it a reliable source on any issue.

  2. Sean D Sorrentino

    March 13, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I disagree with the “dishonored his medals” bit. John Kerry did not dishonor his medals by throwing them over the White House fence. He dishonored himself.

  3. jlp75

    March 13, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Considering they were his medals, I suppose he could do whatever he wished with them.

  4. BitterEXdemocrackkk

    March 14, 2013 at 6:51 am

    VOTER ID requirement INSURES my vote integrity! Yours too! Anyone against basic Voter ID is
    a FOOL…yes, a FOOL! Voter Fraud has been reported around NC many times and goes UNchecked due to the past democrackkk leadership at SBOE, where they are criminals too. STRIVE to be SMARTER than ANY evil NC democrackkk!

  5. Jack

    March 14, 2013 at 9:22 am

    If Voter ID is implemented in NC voting will be moved from a right to a privilege granted by the state. If you don’t have an ID you can’t vote. There is no evidence offered by the conservatives to back up their claim of extensive voter fraud in NC. Such a move on the part of the GOP is very telling as to how draconian the NCGA is these days concerning the rights of North Carolinians.

    The bottom line is that Voter ID is gerrymandering via the voting booth.

  6. Doug

    March 14, 2013 at 9:56 am

    So you are not conerned that someone can come to the polls with your name and address and vote in your stead? The state is charged with certifying the validity of elections, and at this point they cannot. There has to be some kind of control, a check and balance system if you will, in place. And, there has been evidence of fraud in many cases. You just have to read a conservative site because progressive sites choose to ignore the fact. Which to me is surprising since we have had such a close change in power you would think they would be accusing Republicans of fraud as another way of discrediting their power. Somehow that is not one of their Alinsky type attacks in the Blueprint.

  7. emma

    March 14, 2013 at 10:14 am

    All of this talk about fraud at the polls (which is so rare as to be non-existent) and not a word about unverifiable, unauditable, easily-hacked electronic voting machines where the real fraud occurs.

  8. cindy

    March 14, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Anyone in support of real voter ID has been called racist, now ‘mean’. What’s next? Stinky?

  9. Jack

    March 14, 2013 at 3:46 pm


    Show me the evidence of voting fraud that would justify taking away my right to vote.

    Given the choice to give up their “right to bear arms” or their “right to vote” what would people chose?

  10. Doug

    March 14, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    How are you giving up the right to vote by providing ID? You are only enhancing your right and protecting everyone else’s. Your argument is just a straw man that progressives put up in order to be against a good idea.

    And there are plenty of ways to make it easy to get an ID and still have the appropriate checks and balances to verify identity. We have all kinds of modern technology to help scan documents and send to the right place. It could be done in the same way you have all these inspection places for your car, quick…easy….convenient. As an added benefit, these people get to come into the 21st century society and can participate in things like bank accounts, signing up for welfare, cashing a check, using a credit card….there are way more perks to this thing if you just use your imagination.

  11. Doug

    March 14, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Oh and a quick Google search on voter fraud north carolina gets you more than 15 million hits. Here is a fun one to read:


  12. Jack

    March 15, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    No ID no vote. When the state says you need an ID to vote it is therefore controling the vote. The vote no longer is a right but a priviledge granted by the state.

    I read the article.

    “numerous odd “goings-on”” Odd goings-on is not evidence of voter fraud.

    “reports of Democrats “posthumously” voting all over America.” Reports of, isn’t evidence of voter fraud. Plus it is an inflamitory statement without evidence to back it up.

    The word “documented” is used once in the article, see below, and it’s in connection with voting machines. It’s not the voter that is documented as committing voting fraud but rather people controlling the machines.
    It reads:
    “In addition, we have had documented cases of Voting machines having been, apparently, registering automatic votes to the Democratic Candidates wherever the particular District appears to be under Democratic political control.”

    Again, where is the evidence of significant voter fraud in NC that would change the outcome of an election? No one has presented a convencing argument with evidence of voter fraud in NC either by someone in the NCGA or in a court of law.

    You said: “…there are way more perks to this thing if you just use your imagination.”

    Since you claim welfare is a perk I have to wonder! Are you signed-up?

    So now having an ID to vote is about perks? I thought the ID arguement is about the integrity of the voting process.

    As for what you and I think is a perk in today’s world is our own. Others believe different which is their right, for now.

  13. Doug

    March 18, 2013 at 9:51 am

    So without ID the opposite happens. No verification of who you are….I don’t see you giving out your address here so I can get to the polls before you.

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