Tag Archives: Voter Suppression

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Scott Refuses to Extend Voter Registration in Florida After Hurricane

Everybody has had a lot of time to register.

— Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), the chairman of the super PAC backing Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, refusing to extend the Tuesday deadline for voter registration as requested by Hillary Clinton’s campaign due to Hurricane Matthew, Politico reports.

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North Carolina Law Might Suppress Presidential Votes

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Number of votes that “might not be counted in this year’s Nov. 8 presidential election if a federal appeals court upholds the 2013 law,” a Reuters review of Republican-backed changes to North Carolina’s voting rules finds. “Besides banning voters from voting outside their assigned precinct on Election Day, the law also prevents them from registering the same day they vote during the early voting period.”

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Lawmaker Asserts Voter ID Law Will Help GOP in Prez Race

Well I think Hillary Clinton is about the weakest candidate the Democrats have ever put up. And now we have photo ID, and I think photo ID is going to make a little bit of a difference as well.

— Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI), telling WTMJ that his state’s new voter ID laws were a key reason the Republican presidential candidate will be competitive there in the general election.

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Early Voting Trends Suggest Democrats Are Resisting GOP Voter Suppression Tactics in North Carolina and Florida

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Early voting is underway in North Carolina, ground zero for the worst of the tea-party GOP’s voter suppression tactics, and early reports suggest that Democratic voters are coming out in force:

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Missouri GOP Leader Denounces Voter Registration Efforts in Ferguson

If that’s not fanning the political flames, I don’t know what is.

— Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Matt Wills,quoted by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, denouncing voter registration efforts amid continued protests in Ferguson, Mo., calling it “disgusting.”

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Biden: Attempts to Limit Voter Rights are ‘Pure Politics’

These moves to limit the right to vote are nothing more than pure politics, masquerading as attempts to combat corruption where there is none.

— Vice President Joe Biden, quoted by The Hill, on voter ID laws and other efforts to restrict voting.

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We’ve Entered a New Era of Voter Suppression

It is becoming increasingly obvious that the Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which eviscerated the Voting Rights Act, is leading to a new era of voter suppression that parallels the pre-1960s era–this time affecting not just African-Americans but also Hispanic-Americans, women, and students, among others.

— Norm Ornstein, writing in the National Journal.

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Justice Dept. Takes Action Against North Carolina GOP’s Voter Suppression Laws

Another humiliation for my old home state. Until now, North Carolina was one of the few Old Confederacy states that was not covered by the Voting Rights Act, because, unlike the others, the Democrats who ran the state insisted that voting be open to all who were eligible. Now, just 10 months electing the first Republican-controlled government since the 1870s, those days are over. If the Justice Department prevails, NC will be covered by the VRA just like every other state run by neo-Confederates, and will have to submit its plans for changing voter regulations to the courts in advance for approval.

Charlotte Observer:

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Colin Powell Publicly Criticizes N.C. Voter-Suppression Laws

I want to see policies that encourage every American to vote, not make it more difficult to vote. … It immediately turns off a voting block the Republican Party needs. These kinds of actions do not build on the base. It just turns people away.

— Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, taking aim at North Carolina’s new voting law — with N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory (R) in the audience — the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

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Maddow Interviews Nine-Term Dem N.C. Sen. Ellie Kinnaird, 81, Who Has Resigned to Fight Republican Voter Suppression Fulltime

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Here is the statement Sen. Kinnaird released, via the Daily Tar Heel, the newspaper published by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which is in her district:

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