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Supreme Court Poised to Declare Racism Over

Supreme Court Poised to Declare Racism Over | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Conservative justices on the high court look set to scrap a key part of the Voting Rights Act.
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This is the most cogent analysis of the debate over the Voting Rights Act I've read yet. 

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Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People
American elections feature an epic struggle between actual people trying to express their views in the face of fictional "people" (i.e., Corporations) trying to buy influence. I want to highlight topics such as corrupt money in politics, campaign lies and dishonesty, voter suppression.
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Some Republicans Acknowledge Leveraging Voter ID Laws for Political Gain - NYTimes.com

Some Republicans Acknowledge Leveraging Voter ID Laws for Political Gain - NYTimes.com | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
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Good compilation of examples of GOP disdain for the voting rights of citizen for the sole purpose of advancing their party.  Shameful and unpatriotic.
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Trump campaign chief is registered to vote in Florida at unoccupied home

Trump campaign chief is registered to vote in Florida at unoccupied home | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Stephen Bannon’s enrollment is apparent violation of crucial swing state’s election law requiring voters to be legal residents of county they register in
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As Trump blathers about non-existent voter fraud, the various residences of his campaign CEO and one of his ex-wives raises actual questions about fraudulent voter registrations.
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As November Approaches, Courts Deal Series Of Blows To Voter ID Laws

As November Approaches, Courts Deal Series Of Blows To Voter ID Laws | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
In the past two weeks, judges have ruled against voter ID or proof-of-citizenship requirements in Texas, Kansas, North Carolina, Wisconsin and North Dakota.
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Appeals Court Rules Texas’ Draconian Voter ID Law Violates the Voting Rights Act

Appeals Court Rules Texas’ Draconian Voter ID Law Violates the Voting Rights Act | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled on Wednesday that Texas’ draconian voter ID act, known as SB 14, is illegal under feder
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The GOP’s War on Voting Is Working

The GOP’s War on Voting Is Working | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
On April 5, the day of Wisconsin’s presidential primary, Anita Johnson picked up Dennis Hatten at his new apartment in West Milwaukee and took him to the polls. “We’re going to complete your journey and make sure you vote today,” Johnson told him.
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Voter Fraud Probe In California Turns Into Voter Intimidation Boondoggle

Voter Fraud Probe In California Turns Into Voter Intimidation Boondoggle | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Having police come to your home wielding weapons and asking questions about your voter registration status just days before an election sends a clear signal.

That signal wasn't lost on residents of Hmong communities in rural northern California, who said police came to their doors doing just that earlier this month. They said authorities also set up a roadway checkpoint to target Hmong drivers, threatening to arrest and prosecute them if they voted illegally.

Following those allegations of flagrant voter intimidation in the lead-up to Tuesday's state primary, the sheriff of Siskiyou County, where just about 43,000 people reside, told TPM his deputies played only a “minor” role in a state-led gumshoe probe into potential voter registration fraud. Sheriff Jon Lopey (pictured right) said deputies accompanied investigators to provide security in an area he described as potentially dangerous and “inundated” with what he estimated to be 2,000 illegal marijuana grow sites.

But the accounts of voter intimidation were serious enough that investigators from the Secretary of State’s Office, joined by staffers from the state Attorney General's Office, were dispatched on June 7 to monitor polling places across Siskiyou County.

“What began as an investigation of alleged voter fraud quickly evolved into an investigation of potential voter intimidation,” a spokesman said in a statement emailed to TPM.

Ironically, the Secretary of State's Office was being forced to look into acts of alleged voter intimidation performed in service of its very own probe.
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Republicans' voter-ID laws 'work' as intended

Republicans' voter-ID laws 'work' as intended | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
There's fresh evidence that Republicans' voter-ID laws do exactly what they're intended to do: tilt the playing field to deliberately help GOP candidates win.
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Virginia Governor Restores Voting Rights to Felons

Virginia Governor Restores Voting Rights to Felons | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Gov. Terry McAuliffe used his executive power to allow more than 200,000 convicted felons to vote, circumventing the Republican-run legislature.
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What Happens To Democracy After You Gut The Voting Rights Act, In One Map

What Happens To Democracy After You Gut The Voting Rights Act, In One Map | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Have voters in your state been affected?
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Excellent state-by-state breakdown of voter disenfranchise efforts.
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Wisconsin's voter-ID scheme comes into sharper focus

Wisconsin's voter-ID scheme comes into sharper focus | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
First, a Republican congressman admitted that voter ID is an election tool to help his party. Now a Republican staffer offers compelling new proof.
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Voter Fraud Is a Proven Election Manipulation Tactic - US News

Voter Fraud Is a Proven Election Manipulation Tactic - US News | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
US News is a recognized leader in college, grad school, hospital, mutual fund, and car rankings. Track elected officials, research health conditions, and find news you can use in politics, business, health, and education.
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This article from right wing Heritage Foundation discusses so-called voter fraud, but the examples cited have nothing to do with voter impersonation fraud, which is the only thing that voter ID laws would affect.  So, it basically proves the point that voter ID laws are solely a voting disenfranchise tactic.
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Republicans and Voter Suppression

Republicans and Voter Suppression | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court rejects a dangerous challenge to equal representation, but harmful voter-ID laws live on.
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There Were 5-Hour Lines to Vote in Arizona Because the Supreme Court Gutted the Voting Rights Act

There Were 5-Hour Lines to Vote in Arizona Because the Supreme Court Gutted the Voting Rights Act | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Aracely Calderon, a naturalized citizen from Guatemala, arrived just before the polls closed at 7 pm in downtown Phoenix to vote in Arizona’s primary last night. “When Calderon arrived, the line spanned more than 700 people and almost 4 blocks,” the Arizona Republic reported.
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The Success of the Voter Fraud Myth - NYTimes.com

The Success of the Voter Fraud Myth - NYTimes.com | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
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This is basically The Big Lie technique.  Utterly shameful.
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Critics See Efforts by Counties and Towns to Purge Minority Voters From Rolls

Critics See Efforts by Counties and Towns to Purge Minority Voters From Rolls | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Blatant attempts to keep minorities from voting have been supplanted by a blizzard of more subtle changes and intimidating tactics, advocates contend.
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The outrage spreads to local efforts to disenfranchise POC.
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Federal Judge Strikes Blow to Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law

Federal Judge Strikes Blow to Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman significantly weakened a key provision of Wisconsin’s stringent voter ID law, prohibiting the state from
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Great news!  And brilliant use of recent Supreme Court precedent in the Texas anti-abortion case:
<<The state surely has an interest in preventing voter fraud—but these interests “do not justify disenfranchising voters who cannot with reasonable effort obtain ID.” And, Adelman adds, “there is virtually no voter-impersonation fraud in Wisconsin” despite GOP lawmakers’ clamoring to the contrary. Adelman even cites Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the Supreme Court’s recent abortion decision, to support his contention that “where a state law burdens a constitutional right, the state must produce evidence supporting its claim that the burden is necessary to further the state’s claimed interests.” In other words, Wisconsin may not cite a phantom threat to justify revoking a real constitutional right.>>
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Three Years After SCOTUS Case Weakened Voting Rights Act, Leaders Call for New Protections

Three Years After SCOTUS Case Weakened Voting Rights Act, Leaders Call for New Protections | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
The VRA had required preclearance in nine states as well as counties in Calif., Florida, New York, North Carolina, and South Dakota for voting changes.
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Sheriff accused of intimidating Hmong voters

Sheriff accused of intimidating Hmong voters | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey is under investigation for alleged voter intimidation.
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Stricter Rules for Voter IDs Reshape Races

Stricter Rules for Voter IDs Reshape Races | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
More than a dozen states will use the laws for the first time in a presidential election this fall, a step researchers say disproportionately affects minority voters.
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The Supreme Court just delivered a major blow to the tea party

The high court unanimously ruled that Arizona's legislative maps were drawn to comply with the Voting Rights Act.
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Ex-Staffer: Wisconsin GOPers Cheered Voter ID Bill For What It 'Could Do For Us’

Ex-Staffer: Wisconsin GOPers Cheered Voter ID Bill For What It 'Could Do For Us’ | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
A former top staffer for a Republican legislator in Wisconsin suggested this week that GOP legislators were motivated to pass the state’s tough photo voter ID law because they believed it would help them at the ballot box, an account he expanded on in a Wednesday interview with TPM.

Todd Allbaugh, who served as chief of staff for state Sen. Dale Schultz (R) until the legislator retired in 2015, first made the claims in a Tuesday Facebook post that caught the attention of national voting rights experts.
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House Republican accidentally tells the truth about voter ID

House Republican accidentally tells the truth about voter ID | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Republicans are supposed say that voter-ID policies have nothing to do with partisanship. Occasionally, they slip and accidentally tell the truth.
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It's gotta be hard to keep up the pretense when the facts don't lie.
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Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law Caused Major Problems at the Polls Last Night

Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law Caused Major Problems at the Polls Last Night | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Milwaukee—Dennis Hatten voted in Wisconsin yesterday, but it wasn’t easy for him, or thousands of other voters. Hatten spent months trying to get a voter ID and then had to make multiple trips to the polls to vote.
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5 Outrageous Examples of Voter Suppression in the Arizona Primary

5 Outrageous Examples of Voter Suppression in the Arizona Primary | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
During last night's Democratic primary, Arizona election officials just showed America what textbook voter suppression looks like.
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