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#941 LFC

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Posted 01 March 2021 - 10:20 AM

There is a real worry that the extremists in SCOTUS will destroy a major provision of the Voting Rights Act. With the extreme right controlling the court and Roberts having a long history of hostility against the defense of voters' rights I suspect they'll tear it apart.

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With a case being heard by the Supreme Court Tuesday, Republicans and their allies will get to see just how far a Trumpified Supreme Court could be willing to go to kneecap voting rights enforcement across the country.

That case concerns two policies that restrict access to the ballot box in Arizona. But the question of whether the justices will reverse the appeals court ruling blocking them has taken a back seat to concerns that the 6-3 conservative court will further gut the Voting Rights Act and make it much more difficult to challenge election practices that disproportionately impede minority voters’ ability to cast ballots.

That the case is even before the Supreme Court is causing anxiety for voting rights advocates, who were less than enthusiastic about Democrats’ decision to bring the lawsuit and then appeal earlier decisions upholding the policies.

They fear that the case will be used to diminish a VRA provision known as “Section 2,” which has been the chief mechanism for enforcing the landmark civil rights law since the Supreme Court’s Shelby County decision. The 2013 Shelby ruling undermined a separate part of the law that required that parts of the country with a history of voter discrimination on the basis of race get federal approval for changes to their election practices. Without the VRA “preclearance” process, the Justice Department has had to rely more on Section 2 to police voting policies that are racially discriminatory, and it’s been a crucial tool for private entities, who can bring Section 2 cases as well.

The lawsuit that is now before the Supreme Court targets Arizona’s 2016 ban on most third-party mail-ballot collection, as well as the state’s long standing policy of throwing out entire ballots that are cast in the wrong precinct. (Many states have a similar rule, while in other places, an out-of-precinct voter’s ballot counts for non-local races.)

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Posted 01 March 2021 - 10:30 AM

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The lawsuit that is now before the Supreme Court targets Arizona’s 2016 ban on most third-party mail-ballot collection, as well as the state’s long standing policy of throwing out entire ballots that are cast in the wrong precinct. (Many states have a similar rule, while in other places, an out-of-precinct voter’s ballot counts for non-local races.)

The rule about out of precinct ballots is a stupid one. The voter is eligible to cast a vote for governor of Arizona or US Senator or any number of statewide offices if the voter lives in Arizona. Those votes should count in those races no matter what precinct one votes in. Incidentally if each voter gets a vote by mail ballot the out of precinct voting issue would disappear.

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Posted 01 March 2021 - 03:43 PM

Georgia Republicans are on a full out assault against making it easy for their residents to vote. Big turnouts didn't help Republicans so they're out to crush voter access like good little fascists.

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A Senate committee passed voting restrictions Friday that would end automatic voter registration and no-excuse absentee voting in Georgia.

The Senate Ethics Committee voted mostly along party lines to advance the bills, which could reach the full Senate next week.

The voting limitations advanced Friday are the latest in a series of bills pushed by Republican legislators after record turnout led to Democrat Joe Biden’s victory over Republican Donald Trump. Other legislation advancing in the General Assembly would add voter ID requirements for absentee voting, restrict ballot drop boxes and limit weekend early voting hours.


More from TPM (paywalled):

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Restrictive Bill Moves Forward In Some States: Georgia Republican lawmakers are putting their weight behind ending the state’s automatic system of updating voters’ registration system. Here are other states making moves to limit ballot access.
  • Idaho advanced a bill that would severely limit mail ballot collection by third parties.
  • Arizona is moving forward with proposals to outlaw same-day registration and the sending of unsolicited mail ballot application forms.
  • A bill toughening up Wyoming’s voter ID law has made it out of a key committee.
But Other States Are Opening Up The Franchise: Kentucky — after taking a notably bipartisan approach to adapting its elections to the pandemic — is continuing in that direction with a compromise deal that permanently expands in-person early voting and enshrines mail ballot policies that make absentee voting easier. Other states are opening up avenues to the ballot as well:
  • Virginia is one step closer to dismantling its extremely draconian ex-felon voting ban.
  • New Jersey appears likely to create a permanent early voting period.
  • An automatic voter registration bill advanced out of a key legislative committee in Hawaii.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 01 March 2021 - 03:46 PM

Also from TPM and paywalled:

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Foiled Wisconsin Voter Purge Shows Shoddiness Of Approach: Nearly 17,000 eligible voters could have been wrongly removed from Wisconsin’s rolls last year, had a conservative group been successful in its sweeping purge attempt. The group, whose efforts were eventually blocked by the state supreme court, claimed that 232,000 people should be purged. According to an analysis from the state’s election commission last week, 7.2 percent of those people later confirmed they had never actually moved, as the data sweep had suggested. A Guardian review of the analysis found that voters from non-white and low-income zip codes were more likely to be wrongly flagged as having moved.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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