Posted in Democracy Guest Column Opinion

Congress must fight for a better democracy and pass the For the People Act

Republicans and Democratic voters agree: We need to make sure leaders actually represent “we the people.” by Ben Jealous Thursday, February 25, 2021 More than 230 years ago, the founders of the United States enshrined their…

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Posted in Guest Column Opinion

Stop Manchin and Sinema from imitating Jim Crow Dixiecrats and letting the filibuster block Civil Rights and Voting Rights

Sinema’s and Manchin’s decisions may well determine whether America remains a democracy or whether it’s indefinitely distorted by minority rule. by Miles Mogulescu Friday, February 20, 2021 “You want to honor John [Lewis]? Let’s honor him…

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Posted in Arizona Legislature News Voter suppression

Hobbs calls for expanded voting rights, blasts GOP election proposals

“Some of these lawmakers are trying to rehash the debunked theories about the 2020 election as an excuse to limit access to voting and it’s shameful,” Hobbs said during a conference hosted by the Voter Protection…

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Posted in Democracy News Politics

Senate Democrats prove ‘Democracy Reform is a top priority’ by putting ‘For the People Act’ first

“From a violent insurrection at the Capitol to the countless attempts to silence the vote of millions of Americans, attacks on our democracy have come in many forms,” said incoming Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. by Jessica…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter News Voter suppression

Civil Rights groups denounce Georgia officials for closing Early Voting Sites ahead of Senate Runoffs

“Restoring all early voting sites isn’t a concession—it’s restoring a baseline for voting access.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday, December 24, 2020 Voting rights groups on Wednesday accused officials in at least two Georgia counties…

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Posted in Common Dreams Election Tampering Elections News Race for the White House 2020 Vote by mail

USPS deadline to mail ballots has passed, voters urged to drop it off.

‘Drop It Off. Drop It Off. Drop It Off’ “Don’t put it in the mail. Not at this point. If you can drop it off in person, drop it off in person.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter News Pro Publica Voter suppression

Why do nonwhite Georgia voters have to wait in line for hours?

Their numbers have soared, and their polling places have dwindled. The state’s voter rolls have grown by nearly 2 million since the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in 2013, but polling locations have…

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Posted in Common Dreams Elections News

Over 5 million Americans disenfranchised in 2020 election due to felony convictions

Black and Latinx people are disproportionately affected by disenfranchisement laws, which are still in effect in most U.S. states. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Wednesday, October 14 Despite reforms in many states aimed at restoring ex-felons’…

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Posted in Common Dreams Investigations News USPS Voter suppression

USPS watchdog probe found 1 million Primary Ballots likely delivered too late to count

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called the findings “more powerful proof that resources and reform are vital right away to prevent serious election mail delays and voting suppression.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Wednesday, September 2 The…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Democracy Elections Race for the White House 2020

Trump twists warning of election night results delay to suit his narrative, advocacy groups vow to make sure every vote counts

“Donald Trump is not running a re-election campaign. He’s running a power grab.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, September 2 President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning openly embraced a theory put forth by analysts earlier…

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An empty court and bench is shown following the scheduled start time in Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Orlando Magic during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 26, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The Milwaukee Bucks have boycotted the game reportedly to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (Screenshot)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Labor News

NBA Players Strike wins use of stadiums for polling stations, other reforms

Secures ‘Real Change’ for Voting Rights  “Don’t give into something that hasn’t happened. Keep pushing, keep working.” by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer August 28, 2020 Following a multi-team strike protesting police brutality and systemic racism in…

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Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who died last month at the age of 80, was arrested several times in the 1960s for demonstrating in favor of voting rights for black Americans. (Photo: Spider Martin GPA photo archive/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Black Lives Matter News

On 55th anniversary of Voting Rights Act, advocates call on Congress to fully restore law to honor John Lewis’s fight for justice

Since the Supreme Court gutted the law in 2013, more than 1,600 polling places have been closed, including many in largely-Black and Latino communities. by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday, August 6 Civil rights advocates on…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Voter suppression

Obama eulogy for John Lewis includes powerful call for Americans to rise up for Voting Rights

“That seemed to me to be the most explicitly political Obama has been in his post-presidency.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Thursday, July 30, 2020 Former President Barack Obama on Thursday in a fiery eulogy of…

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Posted in Columns Democracy SCOTUS Voter registration Voter suppression Wade Rathke

Alabama just doesn’t like its people it seems

by Wade Rathke Little Rock   There’s nothing new about states, particularly blood-red states, trying to suppress the vote. The Republican strategy continues to be not to change one iota in their far right, white grievance,…

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Posted in Common Dreams Democracy Justice News

‘Watershed moment in election law’ as judge rules ‘modern day Poll Tax’ in Florida unconstitutional

Advocates for restoring the voting rights of people with past convictions welcomed the ruling as “a powerful reminder that no one can trump the U.S. Constitution.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Monday, May 25 Civil liberties…

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Posted in Common Dreams Democracy Politics Race for the White House 2020 Voter suppression While we were looking elsewhere

Saying Quiet Part Very Loud, Trump admits limiting voter access necessary to maintain Republican control

“This morning on live television, the president of the United States admitted he is opposed to laws that would make it easier for Americans to vote because that would hurt Republicans.” by Jon Queally, staff writer…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Democracy Minority Voters Politics Voter Purge Project Voter registration Voter suppression Voting rights Wade Rathke

Field testing voter purges and “drops”

Columbus        As the Voter Purge Project moves forward, we are now analyzing the voter files on more than a dozen states on our way to double that number in coming weeks, many of them include the…

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