Tag Archives: voting rights

Washington DC Considers Lowering Voting Age To 16

USA Today reports: By the 2020 presidential election, 16 and 17-year-olds may be able to vote in the nation’s capital. Washington, D.C. may lower the voting age for federal and local elections to 16. The legislation was introduced last Tuesday by D.C. council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6), who said he was inspired by the high schoolers that came to ...

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Maryland Becomes 12th State To Enact Automatic Voter Registration, NRA Wails About “Enrolled Illegals” Voting

Mother Jones reports: Maryland became the 12th state to enact automatic voter registration on Thursday after Republican Gov. Larry Hogan declined to veto a bill that had passed the Democratic-controlled legislature. Maryland has half a million unregistered voters, according to a 2017 report by the department of legislative services. Maryland’s adoption of automatic registration comes as lawmakers in blue and ...

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FLORIDA: Court Strikes Down System For Restoring Voting Rights To Felons, Says Gov Has Unfair Influence

The Tampa Bay Times reports: The state of Florida routinely violates the constitutional rights of its citizens by permanently revoking the right to vote for anyone convicted of a felony, a federal judge ruled Thursday. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker said Florida’s system unfairly relies on the personal support of the governor for citizens to regain “this fundamental right.” In ...

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TEXAS: Federal Court Rules State GOP Gerrymandered US House Districts To Disenfranchise Latino Voters

NBC News reports: Federal judges found more problems in Texas’ voting rights laws, ruling that Republicans racially gerrymandered some congressional districts to weaken the growing electoral power of minorities, who former President Barack Obama set out to protect at the ballot box before leaving office. The ruling late Friday by a three-judge panel in San Antonio gave Democrats hope of ...

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TEXAS: Attorney General Jeff Sessions Drops Federal Court Battle Against State’s Racist Voter ID Law

Talking Points Memo reports: For the last six years, the Justice Department has sided with the citizens and civil rights groups fighting Texas’ voter ID law, which a federal judge at one point found to be intentionally discriminatory against black and Latino voters. But its position changed Monday when the department decided to drop its claim that Republican state lawmakers ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Gov. Pat McCrory Melts Down After Federal Court Overturns Racist Voter ID Law

As you can see, North Carolina Pat McCrory has a case of the raging sadz over today’s overturn of his state’s voter ID law, which a federal appeals court declared was a “surgically precise” attack on black citizens. McCrory has vowed to “immediately appeal.” He writes: Roy Cooper opposes Voter ID. Yet photo IDs are required to purchase Sudafed, cash ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Court Strikes Down Voter ID Law As Targeting Blacks With “Almost Surgical Precision”

Woo-hoo! Via Talking Points Memo: A three-judge panel of the U.S Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit has found North Carolina’s controversial GOP-backed voting restrictions were intended to discriminate against African American voters. The Friday ruling is a huge win for voting rights activists in a closely watched case in a potential 2016 swing state. In the opinion, the ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Comptroller To Audit Board Of Elections After Widespread Primary Problems [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: A record-setting deluge of Primary Day voter complaints led Tuesday to the angry promise of a full-scale investigation into the city’s long-bumbling Board of Elections. The flood of gripes, running the gamut from locked doors to botched voter rolls, led irate city Controller Scott Stringer to announce an immediate probe of an incompetent agency. ...

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