Tag: Voter

Voting Rights Roundup: New Jersey just passed automatic voter registration. These states could too

Leading Off ● New Jersey: On Tuesday, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed automatic voter registration into law, making New Jersey the 11th state (plus the District of Columbia) to approve this reform. Eligible voters who do business with the state Motor Vehicle Commission will be automatically registered, unless they opt out. Consequently, this law could …

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New Jersey is poised to pass automatic voter registration now that Democrats are back in power

On Thursday, New Jersey’s Democratic-run state legislature passed a bill to automatically register eligible voters when they obtain or renew their driver’s license or state ID card, unless they opt out. This bill now goes to Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, who is expected to sign it after campaigning in favor of the issue. Automatic registration …

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The return of ‘Roseanne’ and the inability to connect with the psyche of the Trump voter

Back around the time of the white supremacist rally in Charlotesville, Virginia, the killing of Heather Heyer, and the resulting debates about the “heritage” and history of Confederate monuments, I thought it might be interesting to see how the Confederacy has been depicted by Hollywood and how there’s a history of nostalgia in pop culture for …

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Open thread for night owls: California’s teen voter pre-registration list tops 100,000

In 2016, a California program was launched to allow 16 and 17 year old residents to “pre-register” to vote; those voter registrations activate automatically on each new voter’s 18th birthday. According to the California Secretary of State, a recent surge in teen registrations has now allowed the program to top the 100,000 mark. Padilla said …

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Trump Accused of ‘Peddling Lies’ Over Voter Fraud Claim

"The only fraud is the occupant of the Oval Office," California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. Politicians and rights groups have accused President Donald Trump of “peddling lies” after the U.S. leader revived his unfounded claim of “millions” of people committing voter fraud. The president renewed the claim during a tax-reform roundtable in West …

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Tuesday’s Supreme Court race in Wisconsin is key to fighting GOP gerrymanders and voter suppression

On Tuesday, Wisconsinites will vote in an election for an open seat on the state Supreme Court that offers progressives an excellent chance to flip a seat held by a retiring conservative justice—and would shrink the right-wing majority on the high court to just one. Though the race is officially nonpartisan, the battle lines are clear: Milwaukee …

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One Type of Voter Was Uniquely Vulnerable to Donald Trump and Brexit: Study

Research indicates "neurotic traits positively predicted" the two election results. A new Social Psychological and Personality Science study published Thursday found that “neurotic traits positively predicted” shares of voters who opted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election or to “leave” in the Brexit vote that same year. According to University of Austin psychology professor Sam …

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The Trump Appointee Reshaping the Census Has a Long History of Voter Suppression

John Gore has led Republican redistricting efforts across the country. In December, the Department of Justice requested that the Census Bureau add a question to the 2020 survey that would ask respondents to reveal whether or not they are U.S. citizens. Since ProPublica first reported the DOJ’s letter, civil rights groups and congressional Democrats have …

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Trump’s Top Vote Suppressor and Illegal Alien Voter Claim Goes to Court

Click here for reuse options! ACLU sues Kris Kobach for blocking 1 in 7 new voters. The mainstream media has simply missed the voting rights trial whose outcome could unleash the newest mass vote suppression weapon, the invention of Donald Trump’s chief vote suppression tactician, Kris Kobach of Kansas. On Tuesday, the trial of the lawsuit …

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From dark money to dark voter suppression policy: The Koch plant in the White House

Nobody seems to know what it is that he does exactly for the $ 115,000 he gets as special assistant to the president and director of special projects and research, but former Koch guy Michael Roman is definitely doing something. But chances are pretty good that it is unsavory, because his speciality is opposition research—and …

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