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Lessons from the midterms: Count every vote

Republicans seem to have come up with a new strategy to win elections when gerrymandering and voter suppression aren’t doing the trick — just don’t count all of the votes. We’re seeing some of these arguments play out in Florida, Georgia, and Arizona. Americans are impatient to a fault. On any given Election Day, we […]

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The heroes fighting voter suppression

When the voting deck is stacked against Democrats, it’s time to fight back. I’m not talking about bringing in high-profile speakers like President Obama to rally the base at candidate rallies, although that certainly helps. I’m talking about taking concrete actions to help people whose votes are being suppressed or voters whose access to the […]

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Celebrate Women’s Equality Day by voting — and winning — on Nov. 6

August 26 was Women’s Equality Day. It’s the day in 1920 that the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was formally adopted, giving women the right to vote. It was finally fully ratified eight days earlier when Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the constitutional amendment, giving it the needed three-fourths of all states. […]

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ACLU launches ‘Let People Vote’ campaign

Between the fraudulent national voter suppression commission run by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and a plethora of state-level voter suppression laws, many U.S. citizens are encountering roadblocks on their way to the voting booth. The American Civil Liberties Union aims to change all that. Coming less than a week after #NationalVoterRegistrationDay (not that […]

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How to fight back after Trump win: Start with voting

The final votes of the 2016 election are still being counted as the last mail-in and absentee ballots arrive. But once again, the American electorate came up woefully short. No doubt most who are reading this did his or her civic duty. But too many people didn’t, and we’re stuck with the results, as painful, […]

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Women voters: Their growing influence in politics and policy

In 2016, it’s hard to imagine a time when women in the United States weren’t allowed to vote. Yet it’s been less than a century in this country, and even less than that in other places around the globe, when women weren’t allowed to have a voice at the polls. Women (well, white women, anyway) […]

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Hillary Clinton wants voting rights guaranteed

Democrats and Republicans live in two separate universes when it comes to voting. The narrower GOP voter base, which is older, whiter, and wealthier, is shrinking. The Democratic base, which looks more like a melting pot and includes more younger voters, black voters, and Hispanic voters, is growing. So Republicans persist in trying to find […]

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Best way to honor Obama’s historic Selma speech: Vote

Every once in a while, someone utters a phrase or asks a question that jolts you into reality. And, we hope, into action. President Obama’s speech on the 50th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., was an eloquent and stirring tribute to what is best about America. […]

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House GOP leaders not bothering with Selma anniversary

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” when civil rights activists trying to march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., to the state capital of Montgomery to protest voting restrictions were instead beaten with billy clubs by state troopers and local police. Nearly 100 members of Congress will be in Selma […]

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More blatant voter fraud. By Republicans.

The GOP loves to scream about “voter fraud” and pass voter photo ID laws that disenfranchise mostly African-American and Hispanic voters — the ones who might be more likely to vote for Democrats. So why is it that whenever there’s an actual case of voter fraud, it’s always by a Republican? The latest example is […]

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