Day: May 7, 2021

FIFTY REASONS WHY SB 202 IS A BAD BILL

HYPERCRIMINALIZATION: Georgia’s new law codifies mass disenfranchisement and intimidation and further expands criminalization policy in the voting process.

1. Mass Challenges: Codifies that a single person can challenge the voter registration of an unlimited # of voters at once, resulting in that voter being purged. (lines 575-576)

2. Mass Challenges: Codifies that a single person can challenge the rights of an unlimited # of voters to cast their ballot in the upcoming election. 364k Georgians were frivolously
challenged in the runoffs. In just 29 counties, 15,000 Black voters, 2,000 Hispanic voters, and 1500 AAPI voters were challenged.(lines 622-623)

3. Mass

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Republicans want to expand the Arizona audit — but DOJ may shut it down

Arizona’s Republican-led Senate is looking to expand its post-election audit of 2.1 million ballots in the state’s most populous county, while Arizona’s Democratic secretary of state and the U.S. Department of Justice appeared headed to federal court to shut down the post-election exercise.

On Wednesday, May 5, the Senate’s liaison to the audit, former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, a Republican, confirmed that the GOP-led Senate is negotiating with a California nonprofit to conduct a new and separate audit of Maricopa County’s 2020 fall election votes.

The nonprofit, Citizens Oversight, would conduct an audit based on analyzing the digital

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A former Georgia deputy boasted of charging Black people with felonies to make sure they lost their vote

April 29, 2021

In recent months, as less and less white people support voter suppression and more and more people of color organize around gaining political power, our country has once again reached an inflection point. Republican operatives across the country, long pushing for voter suppression laws that target Black and Latino communities, have decided to be even more overt in their attempts at returning to a pre-Brown v. Board of Education, segregated America, where law enforcement can stop citizens from voting based on their skin color or perceived non-whiteness. The feeble excuse from conservative lawmakers and their handlers is
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‘Far from fair’: New report exposes why Republicans have electoral advantage — even as a ‘minority party’

Countless pundits have noted that changing demographics in the United States do not favor the Republican Party, whose base tends to be older, predominantly white and largely concentrated in small towns and rural areas. Regardless, Democrats continue to face many challenges in elections, from partisan gerrymandering to voter suppression. And reporters Laura Bronner and Nathaniel Rakich, in an article for polling/statistics expert Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight website, lay out some of the many reasons why Republicans enjoy an unfair “structural advantage” in U.S. politics despite being a minority party.

“In the U.S.,” Bronner and Rakich explain, “the competition is far from

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