Since the Supreme Court gutted the Voter Rights Act we have lost over 1,600 polling places.

By |2019-09-11T08:09:49-08:00September 12th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

Everybody knew this would happen, though I don’t think we knew it would be this bad. 

Courtesy of Mother Jones:

In 2013, the Supreme Court gutted a core provision of the Voting Rights Act: The requirement for certain states with a history of voter discrimination to “preclear” changes in their election rules with the federal government. For decades, the 1965 law helped secure the right to vote for hundreds of thousands of people in nine states, as well as certain jurisdictions in six other states, which had such a history of discrimination against minority voters. But in the 5-4 decision in Shelby County v. Holder, the court ruled that the coverage formula for determining those jurisdictions subject to preclearance was outdated and therefore unconstitutional.

The consequences of the Shelby County decision were immediate: States that had previously fallen under the jurisdiction of the VRA immediately passed tough voter restriction laws and restructured election systems. But a new report released today by the civil rights coalition The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights adds another dimension to the picture of how this 2013 ruling has undermined voter access by analyzing the number of polling place that have been closed since the ruling. According to the report, entitled “Democracy Diverted: Polling Place Closures and the Right to Vote,” 1,688 polling places are now shuttered in those areas. The report, which is a follow-up to a 2016 analysis, looked at 757 counties and found that 298 of them, or 39 percent, reduced their number of polling places between 2012 and 2018.

“Next to the ballot itself, the most identifiable element of our democracy’s voting process is the polling place. It should—and it must—be accessible to all,” the report states. “When it is not, the barriers to participation can be high. Moving or closing a polling place— particularly without notice or input from communities—disrupts our democracy.”

Just your daily reminder that the Republicans and their stooges on the Supreme Court have been working for decades to restrict your right to vote. 

We should also keep in mind that if we do not turn out in droves in 2020 that their carefully laid plans will succeed in keeping Donald Trump in office and retain control of the Senate despite most of the country being adamantly against that outcome. 

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4 Comments

  1. Anonymous September 12, 2019 at 7:17 am - Reply

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  2. OT-FYI September 12, 2019 at 7:42 am - Reply

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/justice-sotomayor-dissent-asylum-rule_n_5d79a596e4b0fc715341d629

    “She was joined by Ruth Bader Ginsburg in arguing that the restrictions upend
    “longstanding practices regarding refugees who seek shelter from persecution.”
    ““By granting a stay, the Court simultaneously lags behind and jumps ahead of the courts below,” she wrote. “And in doing so, the Court sidesteps the ordinary judicial process to allow the Government to implement a rule that bypassed the ordinary rulemaking process.

    “Unfortunately, it appears the Government has treated this exceptional mechanism as a new normal. Historically, the Government has made this kind of request rarely; now it does so reflexively.””

    https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/18pdf/19a230_k53l.pdf

  3. Anonymous September 12, 2019 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    The next election determines if we live free or die hard. Putin money working fast and furious. He can almost taste victory, the bald one. We are in a very silent war for our democracy. The bald one likes to do things covertly. Like when he took crimea but no one could quite prove it till it was too late. Even now peeps be in denial. Or when he poisoned a leader and had the balls to meet with him and smile like the devil in his victims face. Baldys game is silence, covert, subtle yet very much real. Its the kind of game that even when you were hit you still couldnt make heads or tail of it.

  4. Anonymous September 14, 2019 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    I think John Roberts is starting to understand the ramifications of that and other swing votes he’s cast. His becoming more cautious and thoughtful and starting to swing the other way. That doesn’t undo the damage he’s done but it is making him move forward with more consideration for the fallout.

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