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Anyone got a minute to talk about gerrymandering?
1. Anyone got a minute to talk about gerrymandering? It may not sound exciting, but it's a big reason why Texas is a "red" state. This, for example, is the 7th Congressional District, where I'm running.

THREAD with map screencaps & article links
map  gerrymandering  voterSuppression  votingRights  racism 
6 days ago by campylobacter
The Civil Rights Movement Is Going in Reverse in Alabama
Because of increasingly racially polarized voting patterns in the South, party has become a stand-in for race. As University of California at Irvine law professor Rick Hasen recently wrote in the Harvard Law Review, “The realignment of the parties in the South following the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s has created a reality in which today most African American voters are Democrats and most white conservative voters are Republicans.” That means that, as Democrats have lost ground in statehouses in Alabama and elsewhere across the South, so have African Americans. According to research by David Bositis, in 1994, 99.5% of black state legislators in the South served in the majority. By 2010, the percentage had fallen to 50.5. Today, it’s a mere 4.8%.
civilrights  votingRights  voterSuppression  racism  alabama 
19 days ago by campylobacter
Too poor to vote: How Alabama's 'new poll tax' bars thousands of people from voting
But in Alabama and eight other states from Nevada to Tennessee, anyone who has lost the franchise cannot regain it until they pay off any outstanding court fines, legal fees and victim restitution.

In Alabama, that requirement has fostered an underclass of thousands of people who are unable to vote because they do not have enough money.

Alabama's felon disenfranchisement policies are likely unconstitutional, and they have disparate impacts on felons who are poor, black, or both, according to experts.

According to The Sentencing Project, a Washington, D.C.-based criminal justice reform non-profit, there are 286,266 disenfranchised felons in Alabama, or 7.62% of the state's voting-age population.

More than half of those disenfranchised felons are black, despite the fact that African-Americans made up only 26.8% of the state's population as of July 2016, according to a U.S. Census estimate.

A new state law has cleared the way for people convicted of certain felonies to eventually regain the right to vote. But before that can happen, anyone who has lost the franchise in Alabama for any reason must first fulfill any financial obligations to the state and to their victims, according to Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill.
alabama  voterSuppression  votingRights  wealthinequality  poverty 
20 days ago by campylobacter
Ala. governor's infidelity led to failed voter suppression effort
After Alabama passed a law requiring voters to have a photo ID to cast a ballot, a nefarious plan to close driver's licenses offices in many majority black counties in the state was announced. According to an impeachment investigation into Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, that scheme was hatched by the governor's mistress, Rebekah Mason, who wanted to roll out the plan in a way that wouldn't unduly harm her lover's political allies.
alabama  politics  votingRights  voterSuppression  voterID 
4 weeks ago by campylobacter
John Merrill's office not ready to release names of crossover voters | AL.com
The Legislature passed the crossover voting ban this year and it was in effect for the first time during the Sept. 26 Republican runoff between Roy Moore and Sen. Luther Strange in the special election for the U.S. Senate.

The law says that voters who vote in a party primary cannot cross over and vote in an ensuing runoff of the other party. So those who voted in the Aug. 15 Democratic primary were not eligible to vote in the GOP runoff.
voterSuppression  alabama  legislation 
4 weeks ago by campylobacter
Alabama Secretary of State Promotes Voter Suppression on Selma Anniversary
In Selma this past weekend, they held a church service to celebrate the 52nd anniversary of the Bloody Sunday march for voting rights. One of the attendees was John Merrill, the Alabama Secretary of State. Another one of the attendees was the Reverend William Barber, the official preacher of this here shebeen. According to a video posted to Barber's Facebook page, as related over at Josh's joint, Merrill decided to enliven the event by touting Alabama's voter-ID law as a landmark advance in the protection of civil rights.
voterID  voterRegistration  voterSuppression  alabama  GOP 
4 weeks ago by campylobacter
Ala.’s Black Belt Hit Hard by Voter-Suppression Measures
In fact, Alabama.com reports that of the 10 counties with the highest proportion of black folk, the state closed driver's license offices in eight. Journalist Kyle Whitmire reports that the closures came on the heels of Alabama’s requiring photo IDs at the polls, a change the state enacted immediately after the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in June 2013.

This is significant because DMV offices are where most folks can get the most common form of photo ID.

Alabama.com reports that the closures saved the state very little in revenue, reportedly between $200,000 and $300,000, but the “routine shortfalls in the General Fund budget typically range from $100 million to $200 million,” giving new meaning to a drop in the bucket.

After being sued by the NAACP last month, the U.S. Department of Transportation investigated and found “that African Americans residing in the Black Belt region of Alabama disproportionately underserved by ALEA’s driver licensing services, causing a disparate and adverse impact on the basis of race.”

Under an agreement struck between the state and federal agencies, ALEA agreed to reopen and add more hours of service to the Black Belt offices.
alabama  voterID  voterSuppression  votingRights 
4 weeks ago by campylobacter
Are you registered to vote, Alabama? Are you sure? You'd better check | AL.com
This year, county registrars and the Alabama Secretary of State's office are in the process of updating the state's voter rolls. However, that process has left some voters listed as inactive, including some who say they have voted in recent elections.

Already, some voters who have tried to vote by absentee ballot have discovered their registrations had been changed by mistake. In a callout on Reckon by AL.com, we asked readers to check their registrations through the Secretary of State's website. Several people reported they, too, had been moved to "inactive" status mistakenly or they could not find any records of their registration at all, no matter if they had voted recently.
voterRegistration  voterSuppression  alabama 
4 weeks ago by campylobacter
These Three Lawyers Are Quietly Purging Voter Rolls Across the Country – Mother Jones
The letter they had received was one of many that the ACRU had started sending to small, rural counties across Mississippi, Texas, Kentucky, Alabama, and Arizona the year before. These letters were part of a legal campaign spearheaded by three former Justice Department officials from the George W. Bush administration to purge voter rolls across the country. The effort began in remote areas with few resources for legal defense, but recently it’s expanded to include population centers in key swing states. Voting rights advocates worry that the campaign is targeting minorities and likely Democratic voters.

The commissioners refused to sign the decree. From her years in office, Miller knew that mailings are often returned as undeliverable. A third of the county’s residents live in mobile homes, and their address are not, as she puts it, “what they should be.” Some people use PO boxes but fail to pay to keep them active. So she was adamant that she would not agree to the mailing, and negotiations broke down.
alabama  voterSuppression  voterRegistration  votingRights 
4 weeks ago by campylobacter
Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission Is Being Sued by One of Its Commissioners – Mother Jones
“The law and good conscience require Secretary Dunlap to participate meaningfully in the work of the Commission; however, despite diligent efforts to gain access, Secretary Dunlap has been, and continues to be, blocked from receiving Commission documents necessary to carry out his responsibilities,” the lawsuit states. “By obstructing certain commissioners’ access to information and failing to allow substantive participation of commissioners with balance in terms of points of view, the Commission and its staff have compromised the legitimacy of any findings that may emerge from this process.”
votingRights  voterSuppression 
4 weeks ago by campylobacter
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6 weeks ago by Matthew.A.Carson
Untitled (http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/10/voter-suppression-wisconsin-election-2016/)
RT : Not fake news: Wisconsin's voter ID law kept so many people from voting in 2016, it tipped their election result.
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7 weeks ago by hypatia
How Voter Suppression Threw Wisconsin to Trump – Mother Jones
On election night, Anthony was shocked to see Trump carry Wisconsin by nearly 23,000 votes. The state, which ranked second in the nation in voter participation in 2008 and 2012, saw its lowest turnout since 2000. More than half the state’s decline in turnout occurred in Milwaukee, which Clinton carried by a 77-18 margin, but where almost 41,000 fewer people voted in 2016 than in 2012. Turnout fell only slightly in white middle-class areas of the city but plunged in black ones. In Anthony’s old district, where aging houses on quiet tree-lined streets are interspersed with boarded-up buildings and vacant lots, turnout dropped by 23 percent from 2012. This is where Clinton lost the state and, with it, the larger narrative about the election.

Three years after Wisconsin passed its voter ID law in 2011, a federal judge blocked it, noting that 9 percent of all registered voters did not have the required forms of ID. Black voters were about 50 percent likelier than whites to lack these IDs because they were less likely to drive or to be able to afford the documents required to get a current ID, and more likely to have moved from out of state. There is, of course, no one thing that swung the election. Clinton’s failings, James Comey’s 11th-hour letter, Russian interference, fake news, sexism, racism, and a struggling economy in key swing states all contributed to Trump’s victory. We will never be able to assign exact proportions to all the factors at play. But a year later, interviews with voters, organizers, and election officials reveal that, in Wisconsin and beyond, voter suppression played a much larger role than is commonly understood.
voterID  voterSuppression  votingRights  voterRegistration  racism 
7 weeks ago by campylobacter
Rebekah Mason suggested closure of DMV offices in majority black counties, report shows | AL.com
Governor Robert Bentley's former top advisor and secret paramour Rebekah Mason led a politically-motivated effort in 2015 to close 31 driver's license offices in mostly black counties, a move that embarrassed the state and was later reversed.

The closures were estimated to save around $200,000, an extremely small savings in a General Fund that typically has annual shortfalls ranging from $100 million to $200 million.
alabama  votingRights  racism  voterSuppression  voterID 
10 weeks ago by campylobacter
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Actually, he didn't. It's part of a broader attempt by the GOP to prevent free & fair elections.
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september 2017 by mattlehrer
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Democrats MUST address or 2018 & 2020 will look exactly like 2016.
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september 2017 by briantrice

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