Tag: Voter Suppression

The Right Created Boot Camps for Destroying Democracy and Voting Rights

Records show how right-wing groups have used a network of conferences to teach Republican lawmakers how to gerrymander their states and suppress voting rights. Georgia is just the beginning in the war on democracy.

The Right Created Boot Camps for Destroying Democracy and Voting Rights

Post-Trump, the GOP Continues to be the Party of (White) Grievance – Mother Jones

The Republican Party is not a party of ideas or policies. It is a party of grievance—including phony grievance—that is animated by the organizing principle of tribal resentment. It is hard to compromise with that, and it is tough to achieve unity with those who embrace such a stand. GOP leaders now see their future as tied to the exploitation of unfounded angst, the fanning of false narratives, and the suppression of democracy. The party resides within a dark, nonsensical, racist framework—and there is no sign this is a framework its leaders or its voters wish to cancel.

Post-Trump, the GOP Continues to be the Party of (White) Grievance – Mother Jones

Fox News absurdly claims it is unconstitutional for Congress to protect the right to vote | Media Matters for America

Fox News claims HR1 is unconstitutional

NYU’s Democracy Program director explains the importance of passing H.R. 1 in the face of a relentless assault on voting rights by Republican state legislatures. On the eve of the passage of the For the People Act, Wendy Weiser, the director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU’s law school, told The New York Times, “Voting rights in America are under significant attack, more than they have been in decades — an attack through racially targeted efforts to restrict access to voting.” She also explained:

Fox News absurdly claims it is unconstitutional for Congress to protect the right to vote | Media Matters for America

Republicans Are Trying to Kill What’s Left of the Voting Rights Act – Mother Jones

In 2013, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion gutting Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which required that states with a long history of discrimination had to approve their voting changes with the federal government. That ruling led to a wave of new voter suppression laws in states including Georgia, North Carolina, and Texas.

Republicans Are Trying to Kill What’s Left of the Voting Rights Act – Mother Jones

Voter Suppression Is The Only Policy Agenda Left for a White Christian Identity Party | Washington Monthly

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It will continue to be the number one GOP priority, regardless of how long Trump holds sway over the party.

Voter Suppression Is The Only Policy Agenda Left for a White Christian Identity Party | Washington Monthly

Trump evades conviction again as Republicans opt for self-preservation

Americans don’t know of any other World

Other Republican state legislatures have responded to overwhelming 2020 voter turnout by stripping voting rights from their constituents, introducing 100 voter suppression bills in 28 states ahead of the 2022 midterms. Meanwhile Trump still has not conceded, thus the rationale for violence continues. Trump remains under investigation. Georgia has launched a criminal probe in the wake of the recorded call in which Trump orders election officials to “find 11,000 votes” for him. A commission into the January 6 insurrection also looks likely. However, short of invocation of the 14th amendment, Trump remains free to run for office again. The world will watch these development just as it watched the Capitol attacks. Allies could be forgiven for wondering how the US can come to their aid when it declines to protect its own seat of government. The work of President Joe Biden to repair US standing on the world stage just became a little tougher.The Conversation

Trump evades conviction again as Republicans opt for self-preservation

‘Downright Scary’: In 2021 Alone, GOP Introduces 100+ Voter Suppression Bills in 28 States | Common Dreams News

Gwinnett County election workers handle ballots as part of the recount for the 2020 presidential election at the Beauty P. Baldwin Voter Registrations and Elections Building on November 16, 2020 in Lawrenceville, Georgia. (Photo: Megan Varner/Getty Images)
Voter Fraud is and was always REAL In GOP Voter Suppression. Trump tried litigation and failed

“Republicans are taking their assault on voting rights to the next level… trying to accomplish through legislation what Trump couldn’t with litigation.

‘Downright Scary’: In 2021 Alone, GOP Introduces 100+ Voter Suppression Bills in 28 States | Common Dreams News

Republicans are going all-out to limit voting rights. We know why | Republicans | The Guardian

<img src="https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/ffccdf7030c46acc299f77fd64d81e5c0c599158/0_0_3319_1991/master/3319.jpg?width=445&quality=45&auto=format&fit=max&dpr=2&s=e064f7e021d2b6abd0a5776ce2bd0f3e&quot; alt="Mitch McConnell Near the Senate Chamber in Washington, US – 28 Jan 2021

In 2021 legislative sessions, lawmakers in 28 states have pushed a whopping 106 bills that would restrict voting access

Republicans are going all-out to limit voting rights. We know why | Republicans | The Guardian

US election 2020: The tactics used to suppress and contest the vote

Trump supporters rally outside an early voting booth in Miami, Florida.

In Florida last week, two armed men dressed as security guards stood at a campaign tent outside a voting centre, falsely claiming they had been hired by the Trump campaign to guard the area.

In Pennsylvania, Trump officials videotaped voters as they delivered their ballots into drop boxes, supposedly in a bid to catch potential violations.

Source: US election 2020: The tactics used to suppress and contest the vote

2020 US Election: Republicans accused of voter suppression to help Trump in Texas

President Donald Trump arrives to speaks at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention in Austin, Texas in January.

Republican Governor Greg Abbott, an ally of the President, today announced that counties in Texas can only have one location to collect completed mail ballots from voters – a move that critics say amounts to voter suppression in populous left-leaning cities such as Austin and Houston.

2020 US Election: Republicans accused of voter suppression to help Trump in Texas

Post Office, Vote by Mail: Fed Judge Hits Louis DeJoy, Trump – Rolling Stone

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testifies during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on the Postal Service on Capitol Hill, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Washington. (Tom Williams/Pool via AP)

“At the heart of DeJoy’s and the Postal Service’s actions is voter disenfranchisement,” writes a federal judge in a scathing ruling that seeks to protect the integrity of the 2020 election

Post Office, Vote by Mail: Fed Judge Hits Louis DeJoy, Trump – Rolling Stone

Tracing Trump’s unprecedented war on the US Postal Service

Donald Trump.

Last October, Brennan announced her plans to retire. She was replaced in June by Louis DeJoy, a businessman and Trump loyalist recruited by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

DeJoy had donated more than $2 million to GOP causes since Trump took office and cultivated a close relationship with Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.

He became become a lightning rod this past week amid reports of mail-sorting machines being removed from postal facilities and blue collection boxes uprooted from neighbourhoods across the country.

via Tracing Trump’s unprecedented war on the US Postal Service

Supreme Court Leaves In Place Voting Restrictions On Former Felons In Florida | HuffPost

Voter Suppression is Real and Legal. SCOTUS judgement (ODT)

The justices declined to set aside an order by the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that effectively halted the voter registration of former felons in Florida who cannot afford to pay fines or fees mandated by state law.

Liberal Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan dissented from the decision.

The voting rights of hundreds of thousands of former felons in Florida were called into question Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed a lower court ruling to stand, permitting the state to bar former inmates from voting if they owe court fees or fines. 

“This Court’s order prevents thousands of otherwise eligible voters from participating in Florida’s primary election simply because they are poor,” said Justice Sonia Sotomayor in her dissent.

via Supreme Court Leaves In Place Voting Restrictions On Former Felons In Florida | HuffPost

 

Right-Wing Group Aims to Purge 800,000 Voters in Pennsylvania

Processing work on mail in ballots for the Pennsylvania Primary election is being done by Tim Vernick at the Butler County Bureau of Elections, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Butler, Pa. Some county and state officials are warning that a flood of mailed-in ballots in Pennsylvania, fueled by fears of in-person voting during the coronavirus pandemic, will create a number of problems in Tuesday's primary election that must be fixed before they cause a disaster in this battleground state in November's presidential election. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

“Those excessive practices have been again and again shown to disproportionately impact racial and language minority communities.”

Judicial Watch, which focuses on the courts and is funded primarily by large grants from conservative foundations, is suing Pennsylvania’s chief election official, along with county legislators and election officials in three of the state’s six counties with the most registered voters. Pennsylvania was critical to Donald Trump’s win in 2016. He won by less than 1 percentage point, losing only 11 counties, including the three suburban Philadelphia counties being sued by Judicial Watch. It was the first time Pennsylvania went red since 1988. Democrats almost certainly need to win the state — where former Vice President Joe Biden was born, and where his campaign is headquartered — to take back the White House.

via Right-Wing Group Aims to Purge 800,000 Voters in Pennsylvania

Impeachment trial should remove any lingering doubt: Republicans are beyond redemption | Salon.com

Screenshot_2020-01-24 Impeachment trial should remove any lingering doubt Republicans are beyond redemption.pngForty-two percent is a terrifying number, because it’s about more than Trump. That number represents the percentage of Americans who have, it appears, wholly rejected reasoned discourse and democratic values. Due to the quirks in our electoral system that give disproportionate power to rural and suburban areas, and due to voter suppression efforts from the GOP, that 42% will likely control the Senate for the foreseeable future and will quite possibly win the presidency again in 2020.

via Impeachment trial should remove any lingering doubt: Republicans are beyond redemption | Salon.com

Rigging the vote: how the American right is on the way to permanent minority rule | Ian Samuel | Opinion | The Guardian

'With the deck this stacked, it isn’t enough to win. '

Underhand Republican tactics – gerrymandering, voter suppression, more – underpin a vice-like grip on power

With the deck this stacked, it isn’t enough to win. Wresting control back from the entrenched minority will take overwhelming victory. It may take, in other words, a genuine political revolution.

via Rigging the vote: how the American right is on the way to permanent minority rule | Ian Samuel | Opinion | The Guardian

Two Weeks Before Midterms, Trump Attacks Democracy With ‘One of the Most Naked Attempts to Promote Voter Suppression’ in Modern Times

After President Donald Trump fired off a hysterical tweet this weekend warning of mass “voter fraud”—a right-wing bogeyman for which there is virtually zero evidence—and threatening violators with severe punishment, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law condemned the president for deploying Jim Crow-era scare tactics to suppress minority voter turnout just two weeks before the midterm elections.

via Two Weeks Before Midterms, Trump Attacks Democracy With ‘One of the Most Naked Attempts to Promote Voter Suppression’ in Modern Times

‘Outrageous’ Voter Suppression by ‘Cowardly Republicans’ in Georgia Part of Nationwide GOP Attack on Democracy

Georgia Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams takes the stage to declare victory in the primary during an election night event on May 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. If elected, Abrams would become the first African American female governor in the nation. (Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

Civil rights groups have filed a new lawsuit in order to stop a statewide voter suppression effort in Georgia after the GOP gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp—who just happens to be the state’s Attorney General as well—led an effort to purge more than 50,000 voter registrations, predominately of black voters, from the rolls just weeks before the November 6 election.

via ‘Outrageous’ Voter Suppression by ‘Cowardly Republicans’ in Georgia Part of Nationwide GOP Attack on Democracy

Crystal Mason begins prison sentence in Texas for crime of voting | US news | The Guardian

Crystal Mason, the woman who became the poster child for voter suppression when she was sentenced to five years for casting a ballot in Texas, has gone into federal prison at the start of her ordeal.

Mason, 43, surrendered voluntarily on Thursday to authorities and was taken into federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas. She left her three children behind.

In her final Facebook post before she went inside, she wrote: “This fight is not over, I’m glad God choose me for this journey. I’m walking in there no tears and head hung high …”

via Crystal Mason begins prison sentence in Texas for crime of voting | US news | The Guardian

The Trump Administration Is Planning an Unprecedented Attack on Voting Rights | The Nation

We are witnessing the beginning of a nationwide voter-suppression campaign, led by the White House and enabled by Congress and the Department of Justice.

Source: The Trump Administration Is Planning an Unprecedented Attack on Voting Rights | The Nation