“While SB 1 makes some changes that could expand access, namely increasing early voting hours in smaller, mostly Republican counties, the new law otherwise restricts how and when voters cast ballots. It specifically targets voting initiatives used by diverse, Democratic Harris County, the state’s most populous, by banning overnight early voting hours and drive-thru voting — both of which proved popular among voters of color last year.” Source: Texas voting bill signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott | The Texas Tribune
Changing demographics and partisanship are in a battle for democracy. What can we learn from Texas?
The Republican lawsuits have been in large part a complete failure. Lest we forget, these lawsuits aimed to disenfranchise voters in predominate people of color cities. This is voter suppression and discrimination. #votersuppression
“Black voters in Detroit, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, and Atlanta were crucial to Joe Biden’s victory. Those are also the places where President Trump’s campaign has targeted its legal efforts.”
As a former Deputy Chief in the DOJ Civil Rights Division, Voting Section, I can attest that the Biden administration has tremendous work to do to restore public confidence and increase institutional morale.
“Former leaders in the Justice Department’s civil rights division say the Biden team will have a heavy lift on its hands.”
In primary elections that have taken place in Kentucky and in Georgia there has already been scenarios of voter suppression. Since Shelby v. Hunter took away many of the protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, voter suppression has been at an all time high. Read more here about how November elections may lead to one of the worst cases of voter suppression yet.
I am a big NBA fan. This article is not about basketball, but about Udonis Haslem’s and this country’s reality. “I’m no doctor, or no politician, or no public health expert. But I know one thing, man. We all got a responsibility to those kids.”
— Read on www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/udonis-haslem-nba-covid-the-real-miami
This article argues for a constitutional amendment that would guarantee the right to vote. It highlights the recent gains in rights of restoration work as examples for the need for uniform standards.
January 1st is a significant day in civil rights history. On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation which proclaimed that “all persons held as slaves … are, and henceforward shall be free.” It is said that slaves in the confederate states watched all night on December 31, 1862, to see what freedom looked like on January 1st. Accordingly, 157 years later, in the African American culture, we continue to attend watch night services on New Year’s Eve. Maybe in 2020, we can truly see what freedom looks like. #freedom #watchnight #vote