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Alabama’s GOP governor restores voting rights for thousands by fixing racist ‘moral turpitude’ law

11 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

The governor of Alabama has signed into law a bill that will restore voting rights for some victims of racial discrimination. Governor Kay Ivey signed The Definition of Moral Turpitude Act to deal with the continued harm of past Alabama racism. The Huffington Post recounted the shameful history of...

Alliance of Activists Converging in Georgia to Launch Voting Rights Project

13 hours agoNews : Truthdig

Tom Arthur / Wikimedia Though certain methods of interfering with Americans’ ability to participate in the electoral process are commonly referred to as “voter suppression,” investigative reporter Greg Palast finds that term inaccurate,...Show More Summary

Statehood Bill Officially Introduced In The Senate, Where It Has Very Slim Chances

"It is incumbent upon those of us who enjoy the right and the privilege of a voice and a vote in Congress to take up the cause of our fellow citizens here in the District.” [ more › ]

Alabama Tweaks White Supremacist Law To Potentially Restore Voting Rights To Thousands

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed a law this week to clarify language in the state constitution that many say worked to systematically prevent African-Americans from voting. During a 1901 constitutional convention openly called to establish...Show More Summary

The Alabama Governor Just Signed a Bill That Will Restore Voting Rights to Thousands of Alabamians

Alabama takes a step closer to correcting its discriminatory felon disenfranchisement law. Approved in 1901, the Alabama Constitution disqualifies from voting any citizen convicted of a “crime involving moral turpitude.” That may atShow More Summary

Alabama's Republican Governor Just Helped Thousands of Felons Get Their Voting Rights Back

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a law on Wednesday that could restore voting rights to thousands of felons, many of them African American, in a state where about 250,000 people are disenfranchised because of their criminal records. TheShow More Summary

Democrats focus on voting rights to fight Trump's voter fraud commission

yesterdayNews : USAToday: News

The DNC is launching a new voting commission to combat voter suppression        

Right Wingers Leap On Assault By Republican House Candidate As Another Reason To End Early Voting

yesterdayLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Media Matters reports: Conservative media are using Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte’s alleged assault against a reporter to push for ending early voting, because voters who have already cast their ballots in today’s election would not be able to consider the assault charge. Show More Summary

The North Carolina redistricting case — political warfare by judicial means

(Paul Mirengoff) Modern voting rights cases involving redistricting can be thought of as a tale of two dilemmas — one legal, one political. The legal dilemma is this: if a state legislature takes race into account in drawing districts,...Show More Summary

“The Shifting Ground of Redistricting Law”

Very important Chris Elmendorf post at Balkinization, with a more negative view of Cooper v. Harris: How then is a state to comply with Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which, as noted above, has long required states to create districts with … Continue reading ?

Alabama SOS Defends Against Argument that State Felon Disenfranchisement Bill Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Kira Lerner for Think Progress: The law still imposes what can be considered a poll tax because former felons have to be able to afford to pay their fines and fees to restore their right to vote. “Wealth should not … Continue readin...

Let them howl.

99 years ago today…  On May 24, 1918, female Canadian citizens (not included under racial or Indigenous exclusions) aged 21 and over were awarded the right to vote in Federal elections.  A hard-won victory, yes, but there was still much...Show More Summary

Judge allows recall vote over post-Trump-victory resolution

Council members Donna Aderhold, David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds, through their attorneys, argued that their actions were protected by their constitutional rights to free speech and that the grounds for recall are insufficient. "[...]...Show More Summary

“Real Voter Fraud: Suppression, Intimidation and Denying the Right to Vote “

Jim Condos, Vt. Secretary of State writes: I am deeply troubled by the announcement that the President signed an executive order establishing a commission to review alleged voter fraud in our elections. Since the 2016 election, President Trump has made … Continue reading ?

Alaska Legislature Votes Against Transgender Commissioner

The Alaska Legislature has voted not to confirm Drew Phoenix, a woman who identifies as a man, to the state Human Rights Commission. Phoenix, who has worked for the American Civil Liberties Union, created a conundrum for many lawmakers who worried the appointment would lead to a conflict of interest. Show More Summary

What the Supreme Court's Gerrymander Ruling Means for the Future of Voting Rights

On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down a North Carolina congressional map that packed African Americans into two districts and reduced their voting power elsewhere. The ruling was a decisive blow against the use of race in drawingShow More Summary

Voting rights court win means thousands of new voters registered ahead of Georgia special election

The fight to elect Jon Ossoff in next month’s special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District is also a fight that could help the state’s Democrats build for the future. More than 5,500 voters have been registered since a federal...Show More Summary

Georgia Would Have Blocked Thousands Of People From Exercising Right To Vote

At least 5,500 additional voters will be able to cast their ballots in a closely-watched congressional special election runoff in Georgia next month after a federal judge ordered the state to extend its voter registration deadline, according...Show More Summary

LGBT Rights Amendment Loses By A Single Vote—After Republicans Pressure Members To Switch Votes

4 days agoLGBT / Gay : NewNowNext

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney called the vote "one of the ugliest episodes I've experienced."

“The Supreme Court may just have given voting rights activists a powerful new tool”

I have written this oped for the Washington Post. It begins: Sometimes the most important stuff in Supreme Court opinions is hidden in the footnotes. In Monday’s Supreme Court ruling striking down two North Carolina congressional districts as unconstitutionally influenced … Continue reading ?

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