Texas GOP Seeks to Override Local Prosecutors Who Oppose “Voter Fraud” Agenda

Under new legislation proposed in Texas, the state’s Republican attorney general could send prosecutors from neighboring counties to investigate suspected cases of voter fraud in the state’s large Democratic counties. The bill is one of at least nine filed in Texas since the November midterm elections that would increase criminal penalties for voting-related infractions or extend law enforcement’s… Source Source / Read More: Texas GOP Seeks to Override Local Prosecutors Who Oppose “Voter Fraud” Agenda

GOP Official Panned for Touting “Great and Important Decrease in Democrat Votes”

A Republican member of Wisconsin’s six-member state elections commission is facing calls to resign after a reporter uncovered that he bragged about a “great and important decrease in Democrat votes” in the 2022 election in an email to fellow Republicans last month, the latest stunning show of the GOP’s willingness to openly state their goals to suppress voters and rig elections. Source Source / Read More: GOP Official Panned for Touting “Great and Important Decrease in Democrat Votes”

Malawi: Killing of a girl with albinism shows community urgently needs better protection

The killing of a three-year-old girl shows the urgent need to better protect people with albinism following a series of attacks over recent weeks. Amnesty International calls on the authorities to improve the protection of persons with albinism across the country after the killing of this week of Tadala Chirwa. Before midnight on 30 November, […] The post Malawi: Killing of a girl with albinism shows community urgently needs better protection appeared first on Amnesty International.

Police Units Formed by Republicans to Find Widespread Voter Fraud Come Up Short

Special fascist election police units formed in three Republican-led states to perpetuate Donald Trump’s voter fraud lies have so far been unable to uncover evidence of widespread voter fraud in their investigations of the 2022 midterm elections, further cementing that, as election officials have said, such fraud doesn’t exist. Though these units have been probing isolated incidents — something that local election officials already do otherwise — they have turned up “no indication of systemic problems,” as The Associated Press reports. This undermines the supposed goals of the groups, formed in Florida, Georgia and Virginia, to uncover voter fraud, as…

Trump-Backed Right-Wing Group Received Over $45 Million in Donations in 2021

This article was produced by Sludge, an independent, ad-free investigative news site covering money in politics. Click here to support Sludge. A prominent right-wing group led by former Trump administration officials that is coordinating attacks on election integrity saw its revenue skyrocket last year, according to newly-obtained tax filings. The Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI) received more than $45 million in contributions and grants in 2021 — a more than sixfold increase over the previous year’s contributions of $7.1 million. The group and a constellation of partner organizations it launched last year have been influential in spreading conspiracies about stolen elections,…

Elections Matter, But What We Do Between Them Matters Even More

I am sick and tired of the horse race approach to election analysis. Of course, in a winner-take-all system, every vote matters, but the carnival of every election season — the noise, the color, the razzle-dazzle — can create a spellbinding distraction. Both during and after each election, those of us committed to building the movement for social and racial justice must stay focused on the larger context and fundamental questions. Capitalist democracy has always been “flawed” and fraught. Still, the right-wing alternative — authoritarian rule — is a frightening and threatening but all-too-real alternative. So, we have to politically…

Ocasio-Cortez Cautions: “Don’t Fall for” GOP Lies About Mail-In Ballot Counting

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) cautioned Twitter followers on Tuesday not to trust in lies that the Republicans Party will likely amplify on election night that election results aren’t valid unless they’re called the same day — a part of their strategy to attack mail-in voting and throw doubt into the election process. “Many states don’t allow mail-in ballots to be counted before Election Day,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “But many races can’t be called until mail-ins are counted, which can take over 24 [hours]. This is normal, but some GOP are laying ground to claim any race not called tonight is…

DeSantis Wants to Bar Federal Election Monitors From Florida’s Bluest Counties

Far right Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is attempting to bar federal monitors from being able to enter polling places in Florida to ensure federal election laws are being followed in some of the state’s most Democratic-leaning counties, saying that only his administration’s supposed election monitors will be allowed in. Due to uncertainty and fear around election safety as armed right-wing vigilantes have swarmed early polling places, the Justice Department (DOJ) announced that it would be increasing the number of polling places it will send officials to monitor from 44 in 2020 to 64 this year. The DOJ’s list of polling…

Fetterman Sues to Get Thousands of Ballots Set Aside by GOP Lawsuit Counted

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. and U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman filed a lawsuit in federal court on Monday challenging a court ruling last week that has resulted in thousands of mail-in ballots being discounted. Last week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in a split decision that mail-in ballots with the wrong date on the mailing envelope should be set aside and not included in vote counts. People who vote by mail in Pennsylvania are required to sign and date the outer envelope containing their ballot. The ruling was the result of a lawsuit filed by the Republican National Committee, the Republican…

NDN Collective Hosts ICWA Conversation with Rebecca Nagle Ahead of Major Supreme Court Case that Threatens Tribal Sovereignty

Brackeen v. Haaland (2021) is a case whose ruling could shake the entire foundation of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), impacting Native American children, families, land and Tribal sovereignty as we know it.

43 Percent of Americans Are Worried About Threats of Violence at the Polls

Over two in five Americans polled over the past week say they are concerned about being subject to intimidation or violence when voting in the midterms, new polling finds, in an alarming show of the state of democracy in the U.S. According to a poll from Reuters/Ipsos of over 4,400 U.S. adults, about 43 percent of Americans say they are worried about facing threats at polling locations. Democrats are more likely to be concerned about violence, at about 51 percent versus Republicans’ 38 percent. Likely fueled at least in part by the far right’s attack on the Capitol on January…

70 Percent of Republicans Running for Congress Doubt 2020 Election Result

The vast majority of Republicans running for Congress or in major statewide races believe — at least to some extent — former President Donald Trump’s lie that the 2020 election was stolen from him, representing an alarming “new normal” for the party, a New York Times report finds. Out of more than 550 candidates analyzed, more than 370 GOP candidates for Congress, governor, secretary of state or state attorney general doubt or outright deny the results of the 2020 election, according to the report. This represents about two-thirds of these Republican candidates and about 70 percent of those running for…