Tag: voting

Black man arrested on $100K bond for voting, and Texas GOP advances bill making it harder to vote

July 11, 2021
“The arrest and prosecution of Mr. Rogers should alarm all Texans,” said Andre Segura, legal director of the ACLU of Texas. “He waited in line for over six hours to vote to fulfill what he believed to be his civic duty, and is now locked up on a bail amount that most people could not afford. “He

Garland Pledges Renewed Efforts to Protect Voting Rights

June 11, 2021
Republican-led legislatures in several states including Georgia, Florida and Iowa have passed laws imposing new voting restrictions, and Texas, New Hampshire, Arizona and Michigan, among other states, are considering changes to their electoral systems. At the same time, hopes have dimmed on the left that Congress will pass two major election bills after Senator Joe

Manchin rejects voting rights bill; Meadows pushed Rosen to validate election hoaxes

June 6, 2021
Grasping at every straw: Trump administration efforts to overturn election results included asking the Justice Department to probe whether Italy used ‘satellites’ to alter vote totals In the news today: Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin released a pomp-rich but substance-thin editorial announcing his opposition to a Democratic voting rights bill because … Republicans don’t like it.

VP Kamala Harris Asked to Lead on Voting Rights, and It’s a Challenge

June 3, 2021
“I think that Vice President Harris herself personifies the need for voting rights to be extended,” the Rev. Al Sharpton, who attended the speech in Tulsa, said in an interview. “When she’s on the phone or walks into an office, we’re looking at the reason we need voting rights.”Michael Waldman, the president of the Brennan

Texas Republicans Finalize Major Bill of Voting Limits

May 29, 2021
Texas lawmakers on Saturday finished drafting a bill that would impose a raft of new voting restrictions, setting up the likely passage of what would be among the most far-reaching laws in Republicans’ nationwide drive to overhaul elections systems and limit voting.The bill would tighten what are already some of the country’s strictest voting laws,

The Voting Rights Act Now Has Bipartisan Support As Lisa Murkowski Calls For Reauthorization

May 17, 2021
The John Lewis Voting Rights Act now has bipartisan Senate support, as Sen. Murkowski (R-AK) has joined Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) in calling for reauthorization. Manchin and Murkowski wrote a joint letter to congressional leadership and provided it to PoliticusUSA:Dear Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McCarthy, and Leader McConnell: When President Lyndon B. Johnson transmitted

Black Democrats, Conflicted on a Voting Rights Push, Fear It’s Too Late

April 26, 2021
To Jackson’s tight-knit voting rights community, members of which view themselves as torchbearers in the mold of Mr. Figgers and Mr. Evers, it’s all evidence of a lingering absence of urgency.“If the people who were most impacted by this were white people, Democrats would’ve done something about this a long time ago,” said Rukia Lumumba,

Texas Republicans Targeting Voting Access Find Their Bull’s-Eye: Cities

April 24, 2021
HOUSTON — Voting in the 2020 election presented Zoe Douglas with a difficult choice: As a therapist meeting with patients over Zoom late into the evening, she just wasn’t able to wrap up before polls closed during early voting.Then Harris County introduced 24-hour voting for a single day. At 11 p.m. on the Thursday before

Trump Continues Lying About Georgia Voting Procedures, Says Republicans Are Afraid of Being Called Racists

April 20, 2021
Former President Donald Trump claimed Republicans have not made controversial voting restrictions in the state of Georgia strong enough out of fear of being called racists. “My reaction is the Georgia bill is far too weak,” Trump told Fox News personality Sean Hannity. “It’s just where you have to have signature verification. They don’t have it.

As hundreds of corporate heavy hitters go to bat for voting rights, another GOP alliance falters

April 14, 2021
While that is surely true, Republicans have received all corporate opposition to their racist legislative initiatives to curtail voting—particularly among voters of color—as a political attack. In turn, GOP lawmakers appear to be escalating the tensions to a kind of political armageddon. The most prominent GOP criticism came from corporate money grubber Mitch McConnell himself, who warned
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