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

Supreme Court Appears Split on Whether to Allow Partisan Control of Elections

On December 7, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that could deliver control of elections to partisan state legislatures and spell the end of state court oversight of voting rules — a form of judicial review that has been in place for more than two centuries. As a result, protections for the right to vote that are enshrined in nearly every state constitution will be in jeopardy. Source Source / Read More: Supreme Court Appears Split on Whether to Allow Partisan Control of Elections

Right-Wing Groups Have Funneled $90M in Dark Money to “Moore v. Harper” Backers

Organizations supporting a fringe right-wing theory in a case currently before the Supreme Court that could mean the end of democracy as it’s known in the U.S. have received tens of millions of dollars from conservative dark money groups, a new report has found. According to research by Accountable.US, over the past six years, right-wing dark money groups have given nearly $90 million to five… Source Source / Read More: Right-Wing Groups Have Funneled $90M in Dark Money to “Moore v. Harper” Backers

Warnock’s Narrow Victory Underscores Ongoing Threat of Voter Suppression

Senator Raphael Warnock makes history defeating Republican Herschel Walker in Georgia’s closely watched Senate runoff, becoming the first Black senator to be elected to a six-year term in Georgia. His victory in Tuesday’s special election will give Democrats control of 51 seats in the Senate. It also marks a major defeat for former President Donald Trump, who had handpicked Walker… Source Source / Read More: Warnock’s Narrow Victory Underscores Ongoing Threat of Voter Suppression

Ranked-Choice Voting Backed in Midterm May Help “Crash-Proofing Our Democracy”

Voters in Nevada and a handful of cities across the United States appear poised to expand the use of ranked-choice voting in the aftermath of Tuesday’s midterm elections. The election method allows voters to select multiple candidates in descending order of preference. It is used in many other countries, and supporters say it can reduce polarization and give more voice to independent voters. “The forces for ranked-choice voting are people who really care about our democracy,” says George Cheung, director of More Equitable Democracy, who says ranked-choice voting “allows for truer representation of who we are as a community.” TRANSCRIPT…

Black Lives Matter — They Can’t Be Up for Debate Each Election Season

Many political pundits have spent recent weeks reading polls and speculating about the potential outcomes of the midterm elections. The 24-hour news cycle has been geared up for months, spinning all eventualities and their impact on the balance of power in Washington and how down-ballot races fueled by conspiracy theories will impact local politics. For us, grounded in the demands of our people who keep chanting that our lives matter, this political moment is important. But equally important is our vision for a future in which our rights are not determined by the ballot, but enshrined in just laws that…

States Are in a Headlong Rush to Attack Voting Access — or Expand It

Iowa eliminated nine days of early voting. New Hampshire took away ballot drop boxes. And Georgia made providing water to voters waiting in line a crime. In many states, nearly all controlled by Republicans, it will be more difficult to vote than it was two years ago. That’s especially true for lower-income Americans and people with disabilities, voting-access advocates warn. They stress that new restrictions target methods of voting used disproportionately by people of color. In those states, voting has also been reshaped by rulings from conservative judges and newly drawn districts that favor Republican candidates. A review of voting…

The Battle for Election Integrity Heats Up in Southern States Ahead of Midterms

Activists fighting against a new Jim Crow and one-party politics in Southern states are sounding the alarm about the biggest threat facing U.S. democracy. Unfair election maps are bound to produce unfair results in the upcoming midterm elections with long-lasting negative impacts throughout the South. For example, the redistricting happening in Mississippi and Alabama not only disenfranchises large numbers of Black voters, but also advances the same kind of divisive politics we see in Washington these days. “When we draw political districts that unfairly disadvantage communities based on race, then we produce districts where candidates have to run to extremes…

Nonwhite Voters Face High Risk of Being Dropped From Arizona’s Mail Ballot List

The past year has been char­ac­ter­ized by wide­spread assaults on voting rights across the coun­try. This has been espe­cially true in swing states where the 2020 pres­id­en­tial elec­tion saw narrow margins. As our colleague Will Wilder explains, even among these states, Arizona stands out as a focal point for the fight over voting rights. Here, we look at one provi­sion of Arizon­a’s Senate Bill 1485, which was passed into law in May 2021 but won’t be in effect for the midterms. The bill turns Arizon­a’s extremely popu­lar “Perman­ent Early Voting List” into an “Active Early Voting List.” Voters on the…

Hundreds of California Farmworkers Are Marching for Union Voting Rights

On Wednesday, around 250 farmworkers and their supporters took their first steps of a 24-day Delano-to-Sacramento march to demand more voting options for farmworkers when casting a ballot on unionization. The march, organized by United Farm Workers, or UFW, has been billed as the “March for the Governor’s Signature,” a reference to demands that California Gov. Gavin Newsom sign a new bill meant to protect farmworkers from voter suppression by employers. “California is a very wealthy state and agriculture contributes to that wealth, but farmworkers continue to be poor and their families suffer — that’s what we need to change,”…

ALEC Focuses on “Woke Capitalism,” Bodily Autonomy and More at Annual Meeting

Adherents of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) have come together this week for their first big meeting of the year to take on “woke capitalism,” women’s right to abortion, voting rights, China, Big Tech, the administrative state, and more. ALEC’s annual meeting at the four-star Hilton Hotel in downtown Atlanta features speakers such as billionaire school privatization advocate (and Trump’s controversial secretary of education) Betsy DeVos, anti-ESG activist Vivek Ramaswamy, publishing mogul Steve Forbes, and former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, among others. ALEC is a pay-to-play operation where state legislators and corporate lobbyists meet behind closed…

Sobering Predictions Before The Rise of British Populism

By Rob Woodward: This article was published in February 2019, when Theresa May was Prime Minister, before the pandemic and before Johnson’s populism and subsequent dramatic fall from grace. I just wanted to remind our readers of some things that have happened that people have forgotten because the scandals under Boris Johnson just got ever […] The post Sobering Predictions Before The Rise of British Populism appeared first on TruePublica.