Maps in Four States Were Ruled Illegal Gerrymanders. They’re Being Used Anyway.

A Supreme Court shift, frowning on changes close to elections, gives House Republicans a big advantage in November.

#alabama, #hasen-richard-l, #house-of-representatives, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #voting-rights-act-1965, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Big Trouble in Little Loving County, Texas

Murdered cattle. Family feuds. People arrested showing up for jury duty. In America’s least populated county, a bare-knuckle struggle for control may hold implications for voters in the rest of Texas.

#cattle, #elections-county-commissioners, #internal-sub-only, #loving-county-tex, #texas, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

2020 Election Deniers Seek Out Powerful Allies: County Sheriffs

Conservative activists are working to recruit the law enforcement officers to their cause. Several sheriffs have already clashed with election officials.

#conspiracy-theories, #engelbrecht-catherine, #lindell-mike, #presidential-election-of-2020, #project-democracy, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #sheriffs, #true-the-vote, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Trump: A Brat, but Not a Child

Trump should not escape responsibility for his self-imposed ignorance.

#blow-charles-m, #criminal-justice, #house-select-committee-to-investigate-the-january-6th-attack, #moses-pamela, #presidential-election-of-2020, #tennessee, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Wisconsin Supreme Court Prohibits the Use of Most Drop Boxes

The ruling by the court, which has a narrow conservative majority, comes as Republicans have tried to limit voting access in the state’s cities.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #republican-party, #supreme-courts-state, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements, #wisconsin

Justice Dept. Sues Arizona Over Voting Restrictions

It is the third time the Justice Department under Attorney General Merrick B. Garland has sued a state over its voting laws.

#arizona, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #ducey-doug-1964, #elections-secretary-of-state, #garland-merrick-b, #georgia, #presidential-election-of-2020, #states-us, #texas, #trump-donald-j, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

On Conservative Radio, Misleading Message Is Clear: ‘Democrats Cheat’

Election fraud claims from 2020 are widespread on talk radio, contributing to the belief that the midterm results cannot be trusted.

#audio-neutral-informative, #cheating, #conspiracy-theories, #elections, #presidential-election-of-2020, #project-democracy, #radio, #rumors-and-misinformation, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

New York City’s Noncitizen Voting Law Is Struck Down

A State Supreme Court judge from Staten Island said the measure, which would have allowed more than 800,000 noncitizens to vote, violated the State Constitution.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #city-council-nyc, #elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-city, #porzio-ralph-j, #staten-island-nyc, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Bennie Thompson Has Spent His Career Protecting Voting Rights

Representative Bennie G. Thompson, chairman of the committee investigating the attack on the Capitol, has spent his career fighting to protect the right to vote.

#black-people, #bolton-miss, #content-type-personal-profile, #democratic-party, #discrimination, #house-of-representatives, #house-select-committee-to-investigate-the-january-6th-attack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #thompson-bennie-g, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Civil Rights Veterans Should Get Veterans Administration Benefits

Those who fought for America’s democracy should be treated as the war heroes they are.

#black-people, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #david-dennis-sr, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #the-movement-made-us-a-father-a-son-and-the-legacy-of-a-freedom-ride-book, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

The Expansion of Democracy Is What Does the Trick

There are minorities whose interests are harmed by majority rule. But they are not minorities as we tend to think of them; they are elites.

#civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #constitution-us, #minorities, #reconstruction-era, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

New York Tightens Its Strict Gun Laws in Democratic Show of Force

State lawmakers passed a package of gun-safety bills, and were set to approve measures to broaden abortion protections as their 2022 session drew to a close.

#abortion, #bullet-proof-clothing, #gun-control, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #state-legislatures, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

The Good News in Georgia That’s Bad News for Trump

Republicans in key swing-state offices can know that they have a future in the party if, in the event of a contested election, they simply do their job.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #elections-governors, #georgia, #hice-jody-1960, #kemp-brian-p, #politics-and-government, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

The Unsettling Warning in France’s Election

A record number of abstentions, and a strictly binary choice for voters — many of whom said they were picking the lesser of two evils — are trouble signs even within a mature democracy.

#constitutions, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections, #european-union, #france, #le-pen-marine, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #melenchon-jean-luc, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #putin-vladimir-v, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Democrats Fear for Democracy. Why Aren’t They Running on It in 2022?

Republicans are far more energized about the issues of elections and voting, powered by a former president and many base voters who believe the 2020 contest was illegitimate.

#democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #democratic-party, #fischer-trey-martinez, #midterm-elections-2022, #political-advertising, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

David Price Sees Echoes of 1994 Republican Revolution in 2022 Midterms

David Price sees echoes of the 1994 Republican Revolution in the 2022 midterms — and Republicans undoing the progress on voting rights that he witnessed as an aide in the 1960s.

#elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #gingrich-newt, #internal-sub-only-nl, #midterm-elections-2022, #price-david-eugene, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Trial Alleging Voter Suppression in 2018 Abrams-Kemp Georgia Race Begins

A trial is underway to determine whether Georgia’s handling of the 2018 election for governor was discriminatory, in a case brought by Stacey Abrams’s voting rights group.

#abrams-stacey-y, #elections, #fair-fight-political-organization, #georgia, #internal-sub-only-nl, #kemp-brian-p, #raffensperger-brad, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-rights-act-1965, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Mark Meadows Is Taken Off North Carolina Voter Roll Amid Fraud Inquiry

The state is investigating whether Mr. Meadows cast a legal vote in 2020, after reports questioned if he lived at the address listed on his voter registration.

#meadows-mark-r-1959, #north-carolina, #presidential-election-of-2020, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

As Both Parties Gerrymander Furiously, State Courts Block the Way

State judges have been throwing out congressional maps they call partisan gerrymanders, in a sign of the effects of a 2019 Supreme Court ruling that pushed the issue below the federal level.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #democratic-party, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Arizona Passes Proof-of-Citizenship Law for Voting in Presidential Elections

Voting rights groups said the legislation signed into law by Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, could prevent tens of thousands of people from voting for president.

#arizona, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #ducey-doug-1964, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Judge Rules Parts of Florida Voting Law Unconstitutional

The ruling against a major Republican election law, issued by a federal judge in Tallahassee, is likely to be overturned either by a higher appeals court or the U.S. Supreme Court.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #desantis-ron, #florida, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements, #walker-mark-e-1967

In Hungary, Viktor Orban Remakes an Election to His Liking

The populist prime minister, a hero to many American conservatives, has changed voting rules and legalized ‘voter tourism’ as he stands for re-election

#european-parliament, #european-union, #hungary, #marki-zay-peter, #orban-viktor, #ukraine, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

In Hungary, Viktor Orban Remakes an Election to His Liking

The populist prime minister, a hero to many American conservatives, has changed voting rules and legalized ‘voter tourism’ as he stands for re-election

#european-parliament, #european-union, #hungary, #marki-zay-peter, #orban-viktor, #ukraine, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Mail Ballot Rejections Surge in Texas, With Signs of a Race Gap

A new Republican voting law led to the sharp rise in rejected ballots in the state’s recent primary election. An analysis shows that Black areas of Houston disproportionately had votes thrown out.

#absentee-voting, #black-people, #democratic-party, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Mark Meadows’s 2020 Vote Is Under Investigation in North Carolina

Records show that Mr. Meadows cast an absentee ballot from the address of a remote mobile home, but reports have cast doubt on whether he lived there.

#meadows-mark-r-1959, #north-carolina, #presidential-election-of-2020, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Republicans Push Crackdown on Crime Wave That Doesn’t Exist: Voter Fraud

Election fraud is exceedingly rare and often accidental. Still, G.O.P. lawmakers and prosecutors are promoting tough new enforcement efforts.

#desantis-ron, #elections-district-attorneys, #florida, #georgia, #la-crosse-wis, #memphis-tenn, #moses-pamela, #paxton-ken, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Republicans Push to Crackdown on Voter Fraud

Election fraud is exceedingly rare and often accidental. Still, G.O.P. lawmakers and prosecutors are promoting tough new enforcement efforts.

#desantis-ron, #elections-district-attorneys, #florida, #georgia, #la-crosse-wis, #memphis-tenn, #moses-pamela, #paxton-ken, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Why Stacey Abrams Is Rejecting Her Democratic Stardom

On the campaign trail for Georgia governor, she is talking more about Medicaid expansion than voting rights, betting that a hyperlocal strategy and the state’s leftward tilt can lift her to victory.

#abrams-stacey-y, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #georgia, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Seven Steps to Destroy a Democracy

The Republican-led assault on our elections has been methodical and, so far, successful.

#absentee-voting, #conservatism-us-politics, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Can William Barber Reignite the Religious Left? 

This is a man on the grandest of missions: to save this country from itself, to insist that morality ought to decide policy.

#barber-william-j-ii, #black-people, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #king-martin-luther-jr, #moral-mondays, #southern-states-us, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Mark Meadows Spread Trump’s Voter Fraud Claims. Now His Voting Record Is Under Scrutiny.

The former Trump aide listed a mobile home in rural North Carolina as his residence at the same time that he was running operations at the White House.

#meadows-mark-r-1959, #north-carolina, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Open Letter to President Biden From a Dispirited Black Voter

Representation and inclusion are important to me, but they are no substitute for policy and legislation.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #law-and-legislation, #police-reform, #race-and-ethnicity, #state-of-the-union-message-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Ballot Rejections in Texas Spike After New Voting Law

Ahead of Tuesday’s primary, about 30 percent of absentee ballots were rejected in the state’s most populous counties. In 2020, the statewide rejection rate was less than 1 percent.

#absentee-voting, #midterm-elections-2022, #texas, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Texas Voting Law Leads to Jump in Absentee Ballot Rejections

Texas Republicans said the state’s new voting law would make it “easy to vote, hard to cheat.” County election officials say it’s sowing confusion ahead of next month’s primaries.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #absentee-voting, #collin-county-tex, #democratic-party, #harris-county-tex, #law-and-legislation, #patrick-dan-1950, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #san-antonio-tex, #texas, #texas-tribune, #trump-donald-j, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

The Supreme Court Fails Black Voters in Alabama

The voting rights decision is further evidence of an impatient conservative majority.

#abortion, #alabama, #american-civil-liberties-union, #arizona, #black-people, #discrimination, #elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #harvard-university, #kagan-elena, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #law-and-legislation, #national-assn-for-the-advancement-of-colored-people, #race-and-ethnicity, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #roberts-john-g-jr, #state-legislatures, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #trump-donald-j, #university-of-north-carolina, #voting-rights-act-1965, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Supreme Court Restores Alabama Voting Map That a Court Said Hurt Black Voters

A special three-judge court had ordered lawmakers to redraw the lines, saying Black voters “have less opportunity” than other Alabamians to elect their favored candidates.

#alabama, #black-people, #democratic-party, #discrimination, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Black Woman’s Bid to Regain Voting Rights Ends With a 6-Year Prison Sentence

Missteps by various officials put a Tennessee woman on a collision course with the law. Supporters say the sentence underscores racial disparities in voter fraud cases.

#black-people, #campaign-legal-center, #elections-district-attorneys, #ex-convicts, #memphis-tenn, #moses-pamela, #naacp-legal-defense-fund, #sentences-criminal, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements, #ward-w-mark

Supreme Court, in 5-4 Vote, Restores Alabama’s Congressional Voting Map

A special three-judge court had ordered lawmakers to redraw the lines, saying Black voters “have less opportunity” than other Alabamians to elect their favored candidates.

#alabama, #black-people, #democratic-party, #discrimination, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Older Americans Fight to Make America Better

We don’t want to leave the world a worse place than we found it.

#age-chronological, #baby-boomers, #bank-of-america-corporation, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #boycotts, #citigroup-inc, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #global-warming, #millennial-generation, #mitchell-joni, #music, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #pop-and-rock-music, #presidential-election-of-2020, #spotify, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements, #wells-fargocompany, #young-neil, #youth

Rejected Mail Ballots Are Showing Racial Disparities

Auditors in Washington State found that the mail ballots of Black voters were being rejected at four times the rate of white voters. Similar trends have been seen in other states.

#absentee-voting, #brown-latosha-1970, #minorities, #race-and-ethnicity, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements, #washington-state

A ‘Master Class’ in Gerrymandering, This Time Led by N.Y. Democrats

The maps approved by Democrats in the New York State Legislature could lead their party to seize as many as three House seats from Republicans.

#democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Are New Voting Bill Talks for Real or for Show?

Senators involved in the negotiations underway say the discussions are serious and substantive, but some Democrats remain wary.

#collins-susan-m, #house-of-representatives, #king-angus-jr, #klobuchar-amy, #manchin-joe-iii, #mcconnell-mitch, #presidential-election-of-2020, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Biden’s Chance to Nominate a Supreme Court Justice

Readers hope for a smooth confirmation process, object to “identity politics” and suggest Anita Hill as a nominee. Also: Voting rights; Covid ethics.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #breyer-stephen-g, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hill-anita, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #kruger-leondra-r, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Georgia and Voting Rights: Deep Distrust Over a Plan to Close Polling Places

As legislation to expand voting rights was blocked in Washington, local residents debate a plan from officials in Lincoln County, Ga., who say they want to streamline and modernize their system.

#black-people, #elections, #georgia, #local-government, #republican-party, #voting-rights-act-1965, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Democrats, Want to Defend Democracy? Embrace What Is Possible.

Why Congress should reform the Electoral Count Act.

#electoral-college, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

The View From the White House

Ron Klain, President Biden’s chief of staff, reflects on the first year of the administration.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #audio-neutral-informative, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #klain-ronald-a, #supply-chain, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

‘Constitutional Conservatives’ Have Some Reading Up to Do

When a “federal takeover of elections” is nothing of the kind.

#constitution-us, #democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #fifteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #hamilton-alexander, #pence-mike, #republican-party, #scalia-antonin, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Republicans Want New Tool in Elusive Search for Voter Fraud: Election Police

Republicans in three states have proposed strike forces against election crimes even though fraud cases remain minuscule.

#arizona, #desantis-ron, #florida, #georgia, #law-and-legislation, #perdue-david-a-jr, #republican-party, #rogers-wendy, #state-legislatures, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

On Voting Rights Bill, Democrats Say They Had to Go Down Swinging

Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, chose to plunge ahead because of the importance of the issue even after the outcome became preordained.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #law-and-legislation, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Three Black Senators Play Outsized Roles in Voting Rights Debate

Senators Cory Booker, Tim Scott and Raphael Warnock brought vastly different perspectives to proceedings that highlighted the Senate’s striking lack of diversity.

#black-people, #booker-cory-a, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #content-type-personal-profile, #presidential-election-of-2020, #scott-timothy-eugene, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements, #warnock-raphael-g