Republican racists attack voting rights

Lonnie Hollis removed from election oversight
Lynsey Weatherspoon/New York Times

…March 25, 2021, the Republican Georgia governor signed SB202, which changes the state’s election code to prevent a repeat of what occurred in November 2020 and January 2021, when the state voted Democratic for president for the first time in 28 years and for the U.S. Senate for the first time since 2000 by intentionally erecting barriers to the rights of African Americans, Latinx, other persons of color, young persons, and seniors and the disabled to exercise the most precious and fundamental of all rights, the right to vote…

[Following this are several paragraphs of changes in voting law removing or diminishing opportunities to vote]

The reactionary law passed in Georgia, along with the 253 bills to restrict or curtail voting rights introduced in 43 states, illustrates the critical importance of Senate passage, and the signing by President Biden, of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the already House-passed H.R. 1, the “For The People Act,” which, among other things, would protect and make it easier to vote in federal elections, end congressional gerrymandering, and increase safeguards against foreign interference.

With a Senate stacked deck, and SCOTUS even worse, the next few elections will be like the “good old days” when Dixiecrats made their last stand to stop Black folks from voting in the South. Only, now, the Republicrooks are trying it on, nationwide.

5 thoughts on “Republican racists attack voting rights

  1. 4therecord says:

    “It’s time for us to say let’s not make voting harder in the United States of America.” Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) explains why it’s time for the Senate to take up voting reforms to enhance election security and protect constitutional rights. June 22, 2021 (click for sound)

  2. Update says:

    “The Justice Department announced Friday that it is suing the state of Georgia over its recently enacted voting restrictions.
    “Our complaint alleges that recent changes to Georgia’s election laws were enacted with the purpose of denying or abridging the right of Black Georgians to vote on account of their race or color in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said.
    The move is the first major federal enforcement action around the spate of Republican-led laws that have imposed limits on voting in the wake of former President Donald Trump’s election loss.”
    Gov. Brian Kemp addressed the U.S. Justice Department’s lawsuit against Georgia’s newly implemented voting bill, Senate Bill 202, at a Friday press conference, calling it a “politically motivated assault on the rule of law and our democracy.”

  3. same ol' same ol' says:

    Texans testifying on GOP voting bill faced a 17 hour-wait to be heard by lawmakers in the dead of night
    Members of the public arrived at the Texas Capitol as early as 6 a.m. to sign up to speak before lawmakers considering the legislation. In the House, public testimony wouldn’t begin until early the next morning.
    The House’s registration figures showed 484 members of the public had come to the Capitol to register a position on the chamber’s bill, with 407 marking themselves as opposed to the legislation, 65 in support and 12 as neutral.

  4. Heads up says:

    “Video recordings of Republican Party operatives meeting with grassroots activists provide an inside look at a multi-pronged strategy to target and potentially overturn votes in Democratic precincts: Install trained recruits as regular poll workers and put them in direct contact with party attorneys.”
    “The plan, as outlined by a Republican National Committee staffer in Michigan, includes utilizing rules designed to provide political balance among poll workers to install party-trained volunteers prepared to challenge voters at Democratic-majority polling places, developing a website to connect those workers to local lawyers and establishing a network of party-friendly district attorneys who could intervene to block vote counts at certain precincts.”

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