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‘Tidal wave of voter suppression’ washes over states, lawyer says | NBC News

“They can do it electronically, they can do it digitally and in ways we never thought about when I was coming along,” said Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C. law will make elections fairer In Texas, officials in mostly white Waller County, citing cost concerns, announced that they would not make an early voting site available on the campus of a historically black university. Then the state passed a law effectively requiring other communities to take similar action. A Tennessee law threatens third-party groups that register citizens to vote with criminal penalties if they make mistakes on forms or the forms arrive […]

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Film Gives Unflinching Look at Voter Suppression in U.S. | The Washington Informer

James Wright, he U.S. political system has been partial to right-wing politicians and causes because of their use of money and organization for voter suppression, particularly against people of color, according to the gripping film “Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook.” Two screenings of the film were held Friday morning at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest as a part of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference. The film’s narrator, actor Jeffrey Wright, somberly talked about how right-wing Republicans, incensed by the election of Barack Obama as the first Black president and the increasing voting power of […]

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This is an all-hands-on-deck moment for American democracy | The Washington Post

Dana Milbank, The Washington Post Anthony Lanzilote/Bloomberg via Getty Images. Featured Image his is no time to be on the sidelines. Stacey Abrams: Stand up and be counted. “I do not want to serve in the Senate,” says the hugely popular former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee. Steve Bullock: Stand up and be counted. “My talents are best suited” to an executive role, says Montana’s well-liked Democratic governor. Beto O’Rourke: Stand up and be counted. “That would not be good enough” to serve in the Senate, says the gifted former Democratic congressman from Texas. Sorry, but what’s not “good enough” are […]

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Police look into threatening letter sent to North Carolina mayor | The Hill

John Bowden, The Hill Vi Lyles, 68, the first black woman to serve as Charlotte’s mayor, referenced her experience growing up in the segregated South during a city council vote on a resolution condemning President Trump’s “racist and xenophobic comments.” (Travis Dove/For The Washington Post). Featured Image in Charlotte, N.C., are investigating after a threatening letter was sent to numerous lawmakers of color in the city, including Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles (D). City officials told The Hill that African American members of Charlotte’s city council received a letter filled with racist remarks, advocating that the lawmakers, all of whom are […]

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Activists say new Tennessee law aims to suppress African American votes | The Guardian

Khushbu Shah, The Guardian The Equity Alliance registered nearly 100,000 black voters in Tennessee during the midterm elections in 2018. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images. Featured Image Johnson lists off laundromats, nightclubs and churches. Those are the places her team of 150 volunteers visited during the midterm elections last year, registering black voters across Tennessee. In the end, she estimates The Equity Alliance, where she is a co-founder, registered nearly 100,000 people up and down the state – more than 70,000 above their initial target. “Laundromats [were] where the bulk of the registrations came from,” said Johnson, who is also […]

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Racial, Prison Gerrymandering Lawsuits to Make for a Busy Year of Legal Battles As Redistricting Nears | Atlanta Black Star

As the 2019 state legislative sessions get underway, a busy year of legal battles also is beginning over lingering allegations that hundreds of electoral districts across the country were illegally drawn to the disadvantage of particular voters or political parties.

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