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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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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Republicans Have an Ambitious Agenda for the Supreme Court

Why the G.O.P. doesn’t need to try to pass mostly unpopular policies through the elected branches.

#regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #religion-state-relations, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965

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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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Democrats Begin Push for Biggest Expansion of Voting Since 1960s

Democrats characterized the far-reaching elections overhaul as the civil rights battle of modern times. Republicans called it a power grab that would put their party at a permanent disadvantage.

#absentee-voting, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blunt-roy-d, #democratic-party, #elections-secretary-of-state, #house-of-representatives, #manchin-joe-iii, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #senate, #states-us, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Joe Manchin and Stacey Abrams Can Meet on Common Ground

True democracy is within our grasp.

#filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #manchin-joe-iii, #senate, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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For Democracy to Stay, the Filibuster Must Go

What happens when the biggest election reform bill in half a century runs into one of the most formidable barriers to American governance?

#filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #law-and-legislation, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965

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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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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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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.

#arizona, #barrett-amy-coney, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #brnovich-mark, #carvin-michael-a, #democratic-party, #kagan-elena, #minorities, #oscannlain-diarmuid-fionntain, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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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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A Supreme Court Test for What’s Left of the Voting Rights Act

While state legislatures consider new voting restrictions to address claims of election fraud, the justices will hear arguments on what kind of legal scrutiny such laws should face.

#arizona, #brnovich-mark, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #minorities, #race-and-ethnicity, #states-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-and-voters, #voting-rights-act-1965

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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.

#absentee-voting, #alito-samuel-a-jr, #barrett-amy-coney, #florida, #gorsuch-neil-m, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #minorities, #pennsylvania, #presidential-election-of-2000, #presidential-election-of-2020, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #roberts-john-g-jr, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #thomas-clarence, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Restrict the Vote!

If you can’t beat them fair and square, tilt the playing field.

#absentee-voting, #lewis-john-r, #mcconnell-mitch, #obama-barack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #senate, #sinema-kyrsten, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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What Trump, San Francisco and the Deer in My Backyard Have in Common

Democracy depends on understanding the connection.

#california, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #puerto-rico, #republican-national-committee, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965, #washington-dc

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How to Ensure This Never Happens Again

The election and its aftermath have revealed weaknesses in our democracy. Here’s how we can fix some of them.

#electoral-college, #presidential-election-of-2020, #primaries-and-caucuses, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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‘Fear the Democrats’: Georgia Republicans Deliver Persistent Message

Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue are resting their re-election hopes on a strategy that calls more attention to what they’re against than what they support.

#abrams-stacey-y, #david-perdue, #democratic-party, #elections, #georgia, #graham-lindsey, #kemp-brian-p, #loeffler-kelly-l, #ossoff-jon, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Knocking on Two Million Doors in Georgia

Control of the Senate could hinge on Black voters — and on an ambitious effort to get them to the polls in the largest numbers ever for the Jan. 5 runoff elections.

#abrams-stacey-y, #black-people, #black-voters-matter, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #elections-governors, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #fair-fight, #georgia, #kemp-brian-p, #leveda-walker, #midterm-elections-2018, #new-georgia-project, #nse-ufot, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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‘It’s a Big Deal’: TV Coverage Notes Magnitude of Kamala Harris Victory

On Fox News, Donna Brazile recalled that her mother and grandmother could not vote. “Just scoot over and let women also share in the leadership of this country,” she said.

#abc-news, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #brzezinski-mika, #cbs-corporation, #cnn, #democratic-party, #ferraro-geraldine-a, #harris-kamala-d, #indian-americans, #jamieson-kathleen-hall, #msnbc, #news-and-news-media, #perino-dana, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vice-presidents-and-vice-presidency-us, #voting-rights-act-1965, #women-and-girls

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When It Comes to Democracy, the U. S. Is Showing Its Age

Our election systems were not built for the modern era. Looking abroad might help.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #constitution-us, #corruption-institutional, #democratic-party, #electoral-college, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #india, #latvia, #mexico, #orban-viktor, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Why Are Republicans So Afraid of Voters?

There is no “both sides do it” when it comes to intentionally keeping Americans away from the polls.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #absentee-voting, #barr-william-p, #black-people, #mcconnell-mitch, #presidential-election-of-2020, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Amy Coney Barrett and the Republican Party’s Supreme Court

The quest to entrench political conservatism in the country’s highest court comes with a steep cost.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #bork-robert-h, #conservatism-us-politics, #federal-courts-us, #federalist-society, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #roberts-john-g-jr, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965

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End Minority Rule

Either we become a truly multiracial democracy or we cease to be a democracy at all.

#black-people, #constitution-us, #elections-house-of-representatives, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Supreme Court to Hear Cases on Voting Rights and Climate Change

The justices will consider challenges to Arizona’s ban on “ballot harvesting” and a suit against energy companies accused of contributing to climate change.

#arizona, #baltimore-md, #global-warming, #supreme-court-us, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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The Attack on Voting in the 2020 Elections

The president is harnessing the power of the government, from the Department of Homeland Security to the Postal Service, to disrupt the election. Read the magazine’s five-month investigation.

#absentee-voting, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #barr-william-p, #black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #elections-governors, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-secretary-of-state, #elections-senate, #elections-state-legislature, #midterm-elections-2018, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Why Voting in This U.S. Election Will Not Be Equal

The first episode of of our four-part series, Stressed Election, focuses on voter suppression in Georgia, where a growing Black and Latino population is on the precipice of exercising its political voice, if they get the chance to vote.

#abrams-stacey-y, #adegbile-debo, #american-civil-liberties-union, #democratic-party, #elections, #georgia, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #kemp-brian-p, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #scalia-antonin, #supreme-court-us, #voting-and-voters, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Justice Ginsburg’s Judicial Legacy of Striking Dissents

She was part of the Supreme Court’s 4-member liberal wing throughout her 27-year tenure and led it in her last decade.

#citizens-united, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #law-and-legislation, #roberts-john-g-jr, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Why Kamala Harris Matters to Me

As an Indian-American professor of African-American history, I am experiencing Biden’s vice-presidential pick as a personal gift.

#asian-americans, #black-people, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #democratic-party, #gandhi-mohandas-k, #harris-kamala-d, #indian-americans, #james-lawson, #lewis-john-r, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #slavery-historical, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965

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The Politics We Don’t See Matter as Much as Those We Do

Party strategists pay a lot of attention to redrawing district maps — and hope you won’t bother to think about it.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #midterm-elections-2018, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965

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‘This Is Not a Boring History of Nagging Spinsters’

Women’s suffrage is the story of a political revolution — with all sorts of parallels to today.

#2020-suffrage, #anthony-susan-b, #black-people, #chisholm-shirley, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #clinton-hillary-rodham, #constitutional-amendments, #discrimination, #hunt-logan-adella, #law-and-legislation, #league-of-women-voters, #lemay-kate-clarke, #nineteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #paul-alice, #race-and-ethnicity, #stanton-elizabeth-cady, #truth-sojourner, #tubman-harriet, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965, #wagner-sally-roesch, #weiss-elaine-f, #wellesley-college, #wells-ida-b, #womens-rights

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How Has the Electoral College Survived for This Long?

Resistance to eliminating it has long been connected to the idea of white supremacy.

#black-people, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #constitution-us, #constitutional-amendments, #democratic-party, #eastland-james-o-1904-86, #elections-house-of-representatives, #electoral-college, #lodge-henry-cabot, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #slavery-historical, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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John Lewis Believed America Would Survive Trump

He told us to keep the faith. It’s not easy.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #funerals-and-memorials, #house-of-representatives, #lewis-john-r, #parting-the-waters-america-in-the-king-years-1954-63-book, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965

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The Blessing and Burden of Being John Lewis

During a reporting assignment in 2013, I received a rare glimpse of both the legend and the man. Neither one disappointed.

#chaney-james, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #goodman-andrew, #lewis-john-r, #montgomery-ala, #schwerner-michael, #voting-rights-act-1965

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After Death of John Lewis, Democrats Renew Push for Voting Rights Law

Democrats and activists who have long sought to update the Voting Rights Act say the proper way to honor the fallen civil rights icon is to pass it and name it in his honor. Republicans are opposed.

#black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #discrimination, #elections, #house-of-representatives, #lewis-john-r, #mcconnell-mitch, #senate, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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A More Liberal Supreme Court? Not When It Comes to Voting Rights

In four rulings in a row, the court has refused to ease voting restrictions.

#absentee-voting, #alabama, #decisions-and-verdicts, #ex-convicts, #florida, #roberts-john-g-jr, #shelby-county-ala, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #twenty-sixth-amendment-us-constitution, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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The Radical Resistance of John Lewis

Willingness to risk his life for civil rights was essential to the quest for justice.

#black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #ku-klux-klan, #lewis-john-r, #race-and-ethnicity, #student-nonviolent-coordinating-committee-sncc, #supreme-court-us, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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This Is the Real John Roberts

He is a judicial minimalist who seeks to avoid sweeping decisions with disruptive effects.

#constitution-us, #consumer-financial-protection-bureau, #law-and-legislation, #roberts-john-g-jr, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Bring On the 28th Amendment

Efforts by Trump and his allies to suppress the vote are only part of the problem.

#abrams-stacey-y, #absentee-voting, #campaign-finance, #elections, #presidential-election-of-2020, #third-party-politics-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Stacey Abrams Has a Message for You: Get Involved

She isn’t Georgia’s governor — she will tell you herself — but in “Our Time Is Now” she still has a blueprint for effective leadership.

#abrams-stacey-y, #books-and-literature, #our-time-is-now-power-purpose-and-the-fight-for-a-fair-america-book, #politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Passed By for Decades, Clarence Thomas Is a New Symbol of the Trump Era

He isn’t yet the pop culture star that Ruth Bader Ginsburg — “Notorious R.B.G.” to many — is. But his fans think he could be.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #conservatism-us-politics, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #pack-michael, #swain-carol-m, #thomas-clarence, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Still Marching on Washington, 50 Years Later

Representative John Lewis, the sole surviving speaker from the 1963 March on Washington, is working on a new version of the Voting Rights Act.

#blacks, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #house-of-representatives, #lewis-john-r, #march-on-washington-1963, #stolberg-sheryl-gay, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965

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