Florida redistricting illegally favors Republicans, judge rules Florida voting An election observer photographs 2012 returns as they come in to the elections office in Jacksonville, Fla. (Kelly Jordan / Florida Times-Union) DAVID ZUCCHINO contact the reporter

A Florida judge ruled the state’s congressional district map invalid Thursday night, saying it violates constitutional provisions that require fair districts and instead favors Republicans.

In a scathing opinion, Leon County Circuit Judge Terry P. Lewis ruled in Tallahassee that the Legislature’s Republican political consultants had “made a mockery” of the redistricting process, tainting it with “partisan intent.”

New Benchmark on Voting in America

This week, the Presidential Commission on Election Administration issued recommendations to improve the voting experience and reduce long lines. Some of the proposals, like extending early voting and allowing online registration, follow the solutions outlined in a recent Brennan Centerreport. “This sets a national standard for judging our election performance against,” Wendy Weisertold The Washington Post. “Here is a bipartisan group with strong credibility from both parties, strongly putting their thumb on the scale for national solutions.” Read more at The Atlantic and The Daily Beast.

Voting in America

New Benchmark on Voting in America

This week, the Presidential Commission on Election Administration issued recommendations to improve the voting experience and reduce long lines. Some of the proposals, like extending early voting and allowing online registration, follow the solutions outlined in a recent Brennan Centerreport. “This sets a national standard for judging our election performance against,” Wendy Weisertold The Washington Post. “Here is a bipartisan group with strong credibility from both parties, strongly putting their thumb on the scale for national solutions.” Read more at The Atlantic and The Daily Beast.

 

By ADAM LIPTAK Published: June 25, 2013 1273

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday effectively struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by a 5-to-4 vote, freeing nine states, mostly in the South, to change their election laws without advance federal approval.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. January 15,1929 – April 4, 1968

Martin Luther King Jr. marched famously from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery in March 1965 in a campaign that helped put the Voting Rights Act onto President Lyndon Johnson’s desk. But King didn’t live long enough to witness even the first legislative extension of the act in 1970. In fact, his murder in Memphis happened long before it became clear that the controversial federal law had succeeded, grandly, in protecting black citizens from discriminatory voting policies and practices in the Old South and elsewhere.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/01/martin-luther-king-jr-voting-rights-act-102371.html#ixzz2qz6jcTgR

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jan 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968

DR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR JAN 15,1929-APRIL 4, 1968

Let us all remember one of the United States’ true hero’s, Martin Luther King, Jr. who through the power of non-violence, was able to begin the end of segregation, bring voting rights to people of color in the Deep South, and remind the country that the bloody legacy of slavery has not been expunged.

The 1st March on Selma, Alabama was for voting rights…People were clubbed to the ground and tear-gassed.  A federal court order was obtained and the 2nd March on Selma had Federal police protection.

President Johnson said after the Voting Rights Bill was passed in 1964, the South will vote Republican forever…He has been proven correct.

Now the right to vote is under attack again.  The Supreme Court struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by a 5-to-4 vote, freeing nine states, mostly in the South, to change their election laws without advance federal approval.

And change the laws they have.

New voter ID laws and re-districting by state legislatures in Texas and North Carolina carry on the tradition of Jim Crow by denying people of color the vote.

 

12 y.o. gives rocking voting-rights speech (seriously) 10/30/2013 7:58pm by John Aravosis

Damn this kid has spunk. Madison Kimrey is 12 years old, and was upset that the Republicans in the North Carolina legislature passed a law to depress the vote among college students, minorities and the poor – basically, Democratic voters.

So she created her own voting rights organization, NC Youth Rocks.

At age 12.

 

Republicans Are Finding Creative Ways to Block Your Vote by Robin Marty October 18, 2013 1:00 pm

We have just a few weeks left before the people of Virginia will get to go and elect their politicians. Well, some of them will. The rest will find out they lost their ability to vote.

According to the News Leader, about 40,000 voters have been recently purged from the voting rolls, after county registrars were told to use their “best judgment” to decide if those who may potentially be out of state residents were supposed to be legally able to vote.

One registrar called the purge list “clearly inaccurate and unreliable,” after doing a brief review and noting that about 10 percent of those listed as ineligible actually were legally allowed to vote.

 

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/republicans-are-finding-creative-ways-to-block-your-vote.html#ixzz2jFHGvQfX

Our Democracy Is at Stake By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN Published: October 1, 2013 639 Comments

This time is different. What is at stake in this government shutdown forced by a radical Tea Party minority is nothing less than the principle upon which our democracy is based: majority rule. President Obama must not give in to this hostage taking — not just because Obamacare is at stake, but because the future of how we govern ourselves is at stake.

Does Your Vote Matter…?

Voting Does Change Things... Make Sure You Vote Every 2 Years...

Voting Does Change Things…
Make Sure You Vote Every 2 Years…