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Wed Sep 11, 2019, 08:24 PM

Nearly 1700 Polling Places Closed, Since Supreme Ct Weakened Voting Rights Act In 2013

"Democracy for some, but not for all’: Report reveals nearly 1,700 polling places closed since Supreme Court weakened Voting Rights Act. (VRA 1965). Sept. 10, 2019. Raw Story/Common Dreams. Excerpts:

..Civil rights advocates said Tuesday that The U.S. Supreme Court must restore a key provision of the Voting Rights Act (1965) after a sweeping new report showed how the court’s decision led to the closure of nearly 1,700 polling places across the American South. The Leadership Conference Education Fund’s study, “Democracy Diverted,” revealed Tuesday that nearly 1,200 of the polling places were closed between the 2014 and 2018 midterm elections, “underscoring the scale of this assault on U.S. democracy.”

The group is the research and education arm of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Under Law, the nation’s largest coalition of civil rights groups. “We must recognize that closures are taking place at alarming speed amid broader efforts to prevent people of color from voting,” said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference. “And meanwhile, states are under no obligation to evaluate the discriminatory impacts of such closures. This is exactly why we need to restore the Voting Rights Act and all of its protections.”

In its 2013 ruling on Shelby County vs. Holder, the Supreme Court invalidated Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. The provision mandated that voting precincts and counties with a history of racial discrimination must seek “preclearance” or approval of any changes in voting rules that could affect minority voters’ access to the polls.

..States across the South have shuttered hundreds of polling locations in the wake of the decision, with many of the closures in counties heavily populated by black and Latinx voters. Texas, Arizona, and Georgia were the worst offenders between 2012 and 2018..Texas alone closed 750 locations, and 13 out 15 counties in Arizona—a state where 30 percent of the population is Latinox—shuttered polling places. Maricopa County, where 31 percent of residents are Latinx, closed more locations than any of the 757 counties the Leadership Conference examined.

“Without Section 5 of the VRA, we cannot assess the impact these mass closures have on communities of color,” the group said. In Georgia, where nearly a third of the population is African American, seven counties were left with a single polling place. Voters in Warren County, which is 61 percent black, saw 83 percent of their polling locations shut down while Lumpkin County closed 89 percent of its polling places...

More, https://www.rawstory.com/2019/09/democracy-for-some-but-not-for-all-report-reveals-nearly-1700-polling-places-closed-since-supreme-court-weakened-voting-rights-act/

- The Voting Rights Act of 1965, VRA, https://www.brennancenter.org/issues/the-voting-rights-act The Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965 to ensure state and local governments do not pass laws or policies that deny American citizens the equal right to vote based on race. As the leading democracy of the world, the U.S. should work to keep voting free, fair, and accessible. That’s why the Voting Rights Act is so important. It makes sure every citizen, regardless of their race, has an equal opportunity to have a say and participate in our great democracy.

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned a key provision of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, removing a critical tool to combat racial discrimination in voting. Under Section 5 of the landmark civil rights law, jurisdictions with a history of discrimination must seek pre-approval of changes in voting rules that could affect minorities. This process, known as “preclearance,” blocks discrimination before it occurs. In Shelby County v. Holder, the Court invalidated Section 4 — which determines the states and localities covered by Section 5 — arguing that current conditions require a new coverage formula. Since the ruling, several states previously covered under preclearance moved to restrict voting rights...

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appalachiablue Sep 11 OP
democratisphere Sep 11 #1
wasupaloopa Sep 11 #2
dalton99a Sep 11 #3
walkingman Sep 11 #4
Newest Reality Sep 11 #5
appalachiablue Sep 11 #6
Newest Reality Sep 11 #8
Snarkoleptic Sep 11 #7
appalachiablue Sep 11 #9
brer cat Sep 11 #10
iluvtennis Sep 11 #11
czarjak Sep 11 #12
CDerekGo Sep 11 #13
mountain grammy Sep 11 #14

Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 08:25 PM

1. The SCOTUS is corrupted with rethuglicons.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 08:29 PM

2. We should all vote absentee if possible.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 08:34 PM

3. Kick

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 08:34 PM

4. The only way the GOP can maintain control in Texas is either voter suppression, gerrymandering, or

dirty tricks. Since they have been released from scrutiny by SCOTUS gerrymandering in 2021 will be totally partisan and racially motivated. Crooks in every sense of the word.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 08:50 PM

5. Related

Be sure to watch this and share it. 2020 is extremely important to us and this country. The video is a short, but comprehensive overview.

The Secret GOP Plan To Keep Power

https://www.democraticunderground.com/1017552677

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Response to Newest Reality (Reply #5)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 08:56 PM

6. Thanks! Reich does a great job explaining.



Pay attention!

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #6)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 09:02 PM

8. That's why I recommend his videos.

He is factual and direct and. He also understands that people are busy and overwhelmed by information and that our attention spans are getting a bit frayed. He leaves you with enough to know what is pertinent and you can research more from there. Plus, if you send a link of the video shorts to somebody, they are more likely to watch it all the way.

So, bravo and kudos to Robert Reich for cramming important and vital information into all those summary videos like that. He is helping our cause and, gee, wouldn't it be nice to have people in government on his level of excellence again? It is great to have him on our side.

Share his videos and channel with everyone you can because the content is focused on what matters now.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 08:56 PM

7. United States Doesn't Even Make Top 20 on Global Democracy Index

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/01/11/united-states-doesnt-even-make-top-20-global-democracy-index

According to the 2018 edition of The Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index, the U.S. doesn't even make the list of top 20—its demonstrably "flawed democracy" notching it the 25th spot.

The ranking is based on 60 indicators spanning five interrelated categories: electoral process and pluralism; civil liberties; the functioning of government; political participation; and political culture. Each category gets a 0-10 score, with the final score being the average of those five.

Topping out the index are Norway, Iceland, Sweden, New Zealand, and Denmark. They are each declared "full democracies," as their scores, all above 9.22, were easily above the 8.2 threshold. With a final score of 7.96, the United States, in contrast, earned the "flawed democracy" label. The country's highest score was 8.22, which it earned back in 2006 and again in 2008.

North America still holds the claim for the highest average score of any region, but that's thanks to Canada's 9.15, which landed it the number 6 spot overall. Twenty countries (12 percent) were designated as full democracies, 14 of which are located in Western Europe.

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Reply #7)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 09:13 PM

9. Stunning report esp. for the US. Only 4.5% of the world population

is governed by *FULL DEMOCRACY*, according to another article.

- Democracy Index by regime type. The following table gives the number and percentage of countries and the percentage of the world population for each regime type in 2018: (SEE Graph in LINK below)
*Full democracies 8 < s 20 12.0 4.5
Flawed democracies 6 < s ≤ 8 55 32.9 43.2
Hybrid regimes 4 < s ≤ 6 39 23.4 16.7
Authoritarian regimes s ≤ 4 53 31.7 35.6

World population refers to the total population of the 167 countries covered by the Index. Since this excludes only microstates, this is nearly equal to the entire estimated world population. >MORE, DEMOCRACY INDEX: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democracy_Index

>More, https://www.democraticunderground.com/1016238362

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 09:43 PM

10. "In Georgia, where nearly a third of the population is African American, seven counties

were left with a single polling place." I live in the smallest county in GA and we have FOUR polling places, one of which serves a population of 32 (nope no zeros after that number). The difference, which will surprise no one, is that we are overwhelmingly white and republican. That is an excellent example of why GA votes red while the population trends blue.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 10:06 PM

11. Evil rethugs. So tired of this sh*t. nt

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 10:23 PM

12. I'm old enough to remember going with my parents to pay their poll tax...

19th and College Ave. Lubbock, Tx.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 10:36 PM

13. Because of my previous job

And the fact that I started at 7am, and most days didn't finish until 7pm, I voted absentee (VOTE BY MAIL) for years and years. Simple request of your Elections Office. Ballot arrives minimum 3 weeks in advance. It will cost you a First Class Stamp to mail the Ballot back to Elections Office. Follow the directions completely as well. Most times, I will go online within a week of mailing ballot to make sure my ballot has arrived and there are no issues.

Now that I'm retired, I plan on Voting by Mail continually. No worrying about Polling Station. No worries about Computerized Voting Machines getting hacked, or not having a Paper Trail. I mailed in my Paper Ballot, it's that simple. There's even a paper trail as well. Once I move, I'm sure I'll move my residency as well, and request Vote by Mail as well. As I do plan on traveling quite a bit.

Nope, Voting by Mail is the only way to vote as far as I'm concerned. Yes, polling stations being closed SUK, and the Supreme Court needs to reverse the 2013 decision. But one way to make certain that your vote counts until that happens is VOTE BY MAIL!

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 11:13 PM

14. Chief Justice John Roberts.. Worst umpire ever.

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