Biden’s Choice for Civil Rights Post Has Worked to Defend Voting Rights

Kristen Clarke, the nominee for a top Justice Department role, vowed at her confirmation hearing to use legal tools to ensure ballot access.

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Corporations of the World, Unite!

The internal contradictions of “woke capitalism” are a mixed blessing for the Democratic Party.

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Hundreds of Companies Unite to Oppose Voting Limits, but Others Abstain

Amazon, Google, G.M. and Starbucks were among those joining the biggest show of solidarity by businesses over legislation in numerous states.

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Corporate Leaders Discuss How to Address Georgia’s Voting Laws

A coalition of 60 law firms has joined business leaders about the need for companies to use their clout to oppose state legislation that would make it harder to vote.

#black-people, #corporate-social-responsibility, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Tucker Carlson and White Replacement

This racist theory is rooted in white supremacist panic.

#black-people, #conservatism-us-politics, #immigration-and-emigration, #race-and-ethnicity, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #whites

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Why Georgia’s Voting Laws Are Not Like Colorado’s

Here are four key differences between the voting systems in the two states.

#colorado, #elections, #georgia, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Mitch McConnell Digs In Against Campaign Law Changes Again

The top Senate Republican, who has spent his career fighting campaign finance limits, has taken a lead role in challenging Democrats’ sweeping voting rights bill.

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Why Kentucky Just Became the Only Red State to Expand Voting Rights

At a time when states with Republican-led legislatures are rushing to restrict ballot access, Kentucky proved the exception to the rule. The reasons are both political and logistical.

#absentee-voting, #kentucky, #law-and-legislation, #mcconnell-mitch, #paul-rand, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Republicans Have Declared War on Coca-Cola and Baseball

Mitch McConnell wants corporate America to stop being “stupid” about the ongoing battle over voting rights.

#corporate-social-responsibility, #georgia, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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M.L.B. Applauded for All-Star Game Move by Former Players

M.L.B. is not known for activism, but former stars say pulling the All-Star Game from Georgia honors the legacies of Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente and others.

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If It’s Not Jim Crow, What Is It?

Georgia’s new voting law has to be understood in its own peculiar historical context.

#absentee-voting, #black-people, #discrimination, #georgia, #law-and-legislation, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Inside Corporate America’s Frantic Response to the Georgia Voting Law

Companies like Delta are caught between Democrats focused on social justice and populist Republicans. They face major political consequences no matter what they do.

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Kemp Lashes M.L.B. as Republicans Defend Georgia’s Voting Law

Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia, who is starting his re-election push, argued that the league had “caved to fear” in moving its All-Star Game as he tried to rally Republicans around the new voting limits.

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Baseball Joins Other Sports in Flexing Its Activist Muscles

Pulled by public opinion and sometimes their own players, leagues and teams are wading in to issues around race and social activism as never before.

#atlanta-braves, #atlanta-dream, #baseball, #black-people, #discrimination, #georgia, #kemp-brian-p, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Her Ballot Didn’t Count. She Faces 5 Years in Prison for Casting It.

A Texas woman is appealing her conviction of voting illegally in the 2016 election. A lawyer says her prosecution “guts the entire purpose of the provisional ballot system.”

#black-people, #ex-convicts, #mason-crystal, #tarrant-county-tex, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Georgia’s Election Law, and Why Turnout Isn’t Easy to Turn Off

Making voting convenient doesn’t necessarily translate into more votes, research shows.

#absentee-voting, #elections, #georgia, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters

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MLB Pulls All-Star Game From Atlanta, Georgia in Response to Voting Law

The league said it would remove its midsummer showcase and its annual entry draft as a response to the state’s new voting law.

#all-star-games, #atlanta-ga, #baseball, #boycotts, #georgia, #law-and-legislation, #major-league-baseball, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters

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M.L.B. Pulls All-Star Game From Georgia in Response to Voting Law

The league said it would remove its midsummer showcase and its annual entry draft as a response to the state’s new voting law.

#all-star-games, #atlanta-ga, #baseball, #boycotts, #georgia, #law-and-legislation, #major-league-baseball, #republican-party, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters

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Coca-Cola C.E.O.: Voting Rights Advocate?

A company with Southern roots and global reach tries to find its voice on an issue that disproportionately affects Black voters.

#black-people, #coca-cola-company, #content-type-personal-profile, #executives-and-management-theory, #georgia, #kemp-brian-p, #law-and-legislation, #quincey-james-1965, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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What Georgia’s Voting Law Really Does

The New York Times analyzed the state’s new 98-page voting law and identified 16 key provisions that will limit ballot access, potentially confuse voters and give more power to Republican lawmakers.

#absentee-voting, #georgia, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters

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Virginia, the Old Confederacy’s Heart, Becomes a Voting Rights Bastion

For nearly 50 years, the state was subject to Voting Rights Act rules meant to deter racial discrimination. Those federal guidelines are now shredded, but Virginia just recreated them on its own.

#black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #mcauliffe-terry, #northam-ralph-s, #state-legislatures, #virginia, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Delta and Coca-Cola Reverse Course on Georgia Voting Law, Stating ‘Crystal Clear’ Opposition

Prominent Black executives had called on companies to publicly oppose a wave of similarly restrictive voting bills that Republicans are advancing in almost every state.

#bastian-edward-h, #black-people, #blackrock-inc, #chenault-kenneth-i, #coca-cola-company, #delta-air-lines-inc, #discrimination, #fink-laurence-d, #georgia, #law-and-legislation, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #walker-darren-1959

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The Fate of Biden’s Agenda Hangs in the Balance

And it isn’t all about the filibuster.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #midterm-elections-2022, #population, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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The Painful History of the Georgia Voting Law

Republicans today know that blocking access to the ballot has always relied on legal maneuvering and political schemes.

#elections, #elections-state-legislature, #georgia, #southern-states-us, #talmadge-eugene, #united-states, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Black Executives Call on Corporations to Fight Restrictive Voting Laws

Dozens responded after companies in Georgia said little against state legislation that put strict rules in place.

#black-people, #chenault-kenneth-i, #discrimination, #frazier-kenneth-c, #georgia, #law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Democrats Splinter Over Strategy for Pushing Through Voting Rights Bill

President Biden and leading congressional Democrats have made the far-reaching bill a top priority, but some proponents believe it needs major changes.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #campaign-finance, #democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #manchin-joe-iii, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Here’s How Democrats’ Voting Rights Law Would Work

The expansive measure would set a nationwide floor on ballot access, nullify many voting restrictions, change the way political districts are drawn and rein in campaign donations.

#absentee-voting, #campaign-finance, #democratic-party, #elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #law-and-legislation, #political-advertising, #presidential-elections-us, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Corporations, Vocal About Racial Justice, Go Quiet on Voting Rights

“They are complicit in their silence,” one activist said, as bills that would disproportionately affect Black citizens across the country stir public debate.

#black-people, #black-voters-matter, #brown-latosha-1970, #coca-cola-company, #corporate-social-responsibility, #corporations, #delta-air-lines-inc, #georgia, #groh-wargo-lauren, #law-and-legislation, #motion-picture-assn-of-america, #sonnenfeld-jeffrey-a, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Georgia Law Kicks Off Partisan Battle Over Voting Rights

Civil rights groups quickly challenged a new law placing restrictions on voting, while President Biden denounced it as “Jim Crow.” Republicans in other states are determined to follow suit with their own measures.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #democratic-party, #discrimination, #elections, #georgia, #kemp-brian-p, #law-and-legislation, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Republican Efforts to Restrict Voting

Readers criticize a bill passed in Georgia that they view as anti-democratic.

#georgia, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters

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Why the Georgia G.O.P.’s Voting Rollbacks Will Hit Black People Hard

The state’s new Republican-crafted law is set to restrict voting access in ways that Democrats and voting rights groups say will have an outsize impact on Black voters.

#black-people, #discrimination, #georgia, #law-and-legislation, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters

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Georgia Republicans Pass Major Bill to Limit Voting, Sending It to Kemp

The bill, which would make Georgia the first significant battleground state to overhaul its election system since last year’s presidential contest, has been denounced by Democrats and voting rights groups.

#black-people, #georgia, #kemp-brian-p, #law-and-legislation, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters

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Voting Rights Bill Puts Democrats on a Crash Course With the Filibuster

A debate over Senate procedure seems likely to come to a head, with a divided Democratic Party pushing to expand voting rights and Republicans standing firmly in the way.

#democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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How to Counter the Republican Assault on Voting Rights

Congress should consider a targeted federal law to slow the march of restrictive state laws.

#constitution-us, #federal-state-relations-us, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Poverty as a Proxy for Race in Voter Suppression

Because Black people vote overwhelmingly for Democrats, Republicans don’t want as many Black people to vote.

#black-people, #discrimination, #minorities, #poverty, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Can Anything End the Voting Wars?

As battles over voting rules burn hotter, the stakes are still lower than both sides seem to think.

#absentee-voting, #democratic-party, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters

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For Voting Rights Advocates, a ‘Once in a Generation Moment’ Looms

Opposition to restrictive Republican voting laws — and support for a sweeping Democratic bill — fuels a movement like none in decades. But can it succeed?

#arizona, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #georgia, #manchin-joe-iii, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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A Political Hurricane Blew Through Georgia. Now It’s Bracing for More.

The country’s most hotly contested state has calmed down after months of drama, court fights and national attention (even the death threats have slowed). But new storms are on the horizon.

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Joe Manchin and Stacey Abrams Can Meet on Common Ground

True democracy is within our grasp.

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Biden to Sign Order Meant to Make Voting Easier

The executive order is relatively limited in scope. It calls upon officials at federal agencies to study and potentially expand access to voter registration materials.

#absentee-voting, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #ex-convicts, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #house-of-representatives, #presidential-election-of-2020, #selma-ala, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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In Georgia, Republicans Take Aim at Role of Black Churches in Elections

New proposals by the G.O.P.-controlled Legislature have targeted Sunday voting, part of a raft of measures that could reduce the impact of Black voters in the state.

#absentee-voting, #black-people, #discrimination, #elections, #georgia, #law-and-legislation, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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One Old Way of Keeping Black People From Voting Still Works

A promising bill to ensure African-Americans’ civil rights was snuffed out by a Senate filibuster in 1891.

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Targeting State Restrictions, House Is Set to Pass Landmark Voting Rights Expansion

The omnibus voting, ethics and campaign finance bill would roll back barriers to voting enacted by Republican statehouses, but it faces an uphill battle in the Senate.

#absentee-voting, #campaign-finance, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Supreme Court Case Could Limit Options to Fight Republican Voting Restrictions

The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments on an Arizona case that could further undermine the ability of the Voting Rights Act to protect access to the ballot.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #justice-department, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Georgia Takes Center Stage in Battle Over Voting Rights

Two bills moving through the Republican-controlled Legislature would place new restrictions on voting access, in ways Democrats say would have an outsize impact on Black voters.

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Supreme Court Seems Ready to Sustain Arizona Voting Limits

The case was the court’s first on the key remaining provision of the Voting Rights Act in the context of voting restrictions.

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Will the Supreme Court Gut the Voting Rights Act?

The court is being asked how hard it should be for states to pass what might be voter-suppression laws.

#arizona, #georgia, #republican-party, #roberts-john-g-jr, #supreme-court-us, #united-states, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Voter Suppression Is Grand Larceny

We are watching another theft of power.

#black-people, #democratic-party, #elections, #law-and-legislation, #mississippi, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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In Statehouses, Stolen-Election Myth Fuels a G.O.P. Drive to Rewrite Rules

Republican legislators want big changes to the laws for elections and other aspects of governance. A fight over the ground rules for voting may follow.

#arizona, #georgia, #iowa, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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We Still Have to Worry About the Supreme Court and Elections

The justices are about to consider whether the Voting Rights Act applies to policies that restrict the vote.

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