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Voting Rights

Limiting Access to the Ballot Box is No Laughing Matter

Texas Senator Ted Cruz joked about voter fraud at an Arizona church, telling the crowd: “If Donald (Trump) is our nominee, Hillary (Clinton) wins. So go out there and vote for me 10 times on Tuesday. Just kidding, I’m not a Democrat. I don’t believe in voter fraud.” Ted Cruz should know that the real voter fraud in America is…

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This Week on the Campaign Trail

 Overview  Last night’s debate didn’t fundamentally change anything in the GOP primary, but it did make one thing crystal clear: the Republican autopsy revealed that the patient is definitely dead, and the Republican presidential candidates buried it. The GOP candidates insulted each other on stage,  used hateful, divisive rhetoric, and proposed outdated, out of touch policies that would drag our nation…

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#DoYourJob and #FilltheSeat: The Supreme Court Vacancy and Voting Rights

Senate Republicans’ obstruction and refusal to fill the current Supreme Court vacancy affects every American—especially when it comes to the ballot box. The next Supreme Court justice will play a pivotal role in determining whether our nation continues its long march towards a fully inclusive democracy, or becomes weakened by cynical political ploys to decrease voter participation. Limiting voters’ access…

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The Verdict Is In From The American People: Everyone Counts In Our Democracy

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Evenwel v. Abbott, a case that threatens the democratic principle of ‘one person, one vote,’ that for decades has ensured that everyone in America, regardless of who they are or where they live, receives equal representation.  Tea Party activist Sue Evenwel and her conservative backers want to change that and make millions…

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Press calls out extreme conservatives over lawsuit threatening equal representation

Tomorrow, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Evenwel vs Abbott, a case that threatens the democratic principle of ‘one person, one vote,’ that for decades has ensured that everyone in America, regardless of who they are or where they live, is entitled to equal representation. Evenwel could force states to leave out large segments of their…

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Marco Rubio jokes about ballot access. In Florida.

After spending last night with Dick Cheney, Marco Rubio decided to kick off his speech at the Republican Party of Florida’s Sunshine Summit with a joke about ballot access. Rubio informed the crowd of Republicans that he’d just filed to run for president in Florida.  Rubio quipped that when asked for a form of identification, he responded, “Google it!  You’ll…

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Statement on Jeb Bush’s opposition to reauthorizing the Voting Rights Act

In response to Jeb Bush’s opposition to reauthorizing the Voting Rights Act, DNC National Director of Voter Expansion Pratt Wiley issued the following statement: “Democrats believe that our nation and our democracy are stronger when more people participate, but Republicans continue to try to make voting harder instead of easier. Jeb Bush’s opposition to the reauthorization of the Voting Rights…

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DNC Statement on Pennsylvania Launching Online Voter Registration

In response to Democratic Governor Tom Wolf’s announcement this past Thursday that Pennsylvania is launching online voter registration, DNC National Director of Voter Expansion Pratt Wiley issued the following statement: “I applaud Governor Wolf for making online voter registration a reality in Pennsylvania. Every day, Americans go online to pay bills, trade stocks, and even adjust the temperature in their…

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Another Week in Review for the GOP 2016 field

Another week has passed for the GOP field, and another week of struggles. This past Thursday, the Democratic Party proudly celebrated the 95th Anniversary of Women’s Equality Day—a day that commemorates when women won the right to vote. While Democrats are fighting to protect women’s rights every day, the GOP presidential candidates are in need of a serious lesson on…

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Chris Christie has a weird way of celebrating the Voting Rights Act 50th Anniversary

As we mark the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act tomorrow, Americans are celebrating landmark legislation that helped expand access to the ballot box across the country. But Governor Christie has found a new, pathetic way to commemorate this anniversary: stall on New Jersey’s Democracy Act. His inaction prevents an increase in early voting, prevents automatic voter registration, and…

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