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Tag Archives: Fair Elections

Washington’s Redistricting Commissioners have released their proposed legislative maps

Excerpt: The proposals are intended to give Washingtonians something to inspect and critique as the Commission moves towards trying to reach a consensus on a final set of maps. The Commission has until November 15th to reach agreement.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Backers of an Arizona-style election “audit” circus launch wave of lawsuits in Washington

Excerpt: With no one paying attention to their completely baseless and unfounded allegations, they've decided to up the ante by going to court and wasting public resources rehashing their grievances there.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Idaho Supreme Court voids Republican Legislature’s newest anti-initiative law

Excerpt: Senate Bill 1110 does not comport with the Gem State's plan of government because it infringes upon the fundamental rights of direct democracy guaranteed to Idahoans by Article III, Section I of the state's constitution.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tim Eyman says he’s joining a group pushing voter suppression schemes in swing states

Excerpt: If we are to remain a democratic republic, voter suppression schemes like the kind Eyman plans to work on must be defeated.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Oregon changes its ballot return policy to match Washington’s more voter-friendly laws

Excerpt: Beginning in 2022, Beaver State voters will be able to vote through the Postal Service and have their ballot count as long as it's postmarked by Election Day and received within seven days. That's a win for democracy and ballot access.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections, Legislative Advocacy
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Most of Texas’ House Democrats just left the state to stop a voter suppression bill

Excerpt: By walking out, Democratic state representatives are leaving the Texas State House of Representatives without a constitutionally required quorum, which means that the House cannot conduct any floor business.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Donald Trump frivolously sues big tech firms in his latest ploy for money and attention

Excerpt: “This lawsuit is a stunt, and it’s unlikely to find traction in the courts,” Jameel Jaffer, director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, told the Daily Beast.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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No surprise: Republicans block consideration of the For The People Act with a filibuster

Excerpt: By a vote of fifty to fifty, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on S. 1. Democratic senators vowed to keep on fighting, while Mitch McConnell, speaking on behalf of himself and his caucus, promised not to give an inch. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Understanding Joe Manchin, the Democratic senator imperiling U.S. democracy’s future

Excerpt: Manchin clearly doesn't like what is happening to the country, but bewilderingly, it appears he only wants to take corrective action if the very people who are busy enabling the destruction of America's political norms are on board.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Open Government
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Donald Trump erects a tower of lies for the midterms and a bid to regain power in 2024

Excerpt: Trump is back. Expect a summer full of rallies, camp followers spouting Q-Anon nonsense, and Trump leaving the stage to ovations that would send Hitler to bed happy.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Read the legislation that Republicans have been passing to stop people from voting

Excerpt: Like primary sources? This roundup of anti-voter bills from Iowa, Georgia, Florida, and Texas contains the complete bill text of each bill Republicans have brought forth to disenfranchise millions of their constituents.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Republicans appear ready to move on from cheating and voter suppression to soft coups

Excerpt: If safeguards cannot be put into place to protect ahead of the 2022 midterms, whether through federal legislation like H.R. 1, or court action, or fierce local resistance to bad state laws and dictates, we could be in huge trouble.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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A reckoning for ticket-splitters: Can you vote for any Republican who sticks with Trump?

Excerpt: The Republican Party has become a cult that adores an unaccountable sociopath. Perhaps the time has come for a new center-right political party rooted in conservative values.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Party Politics
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Loren Culp, Stephen Pidgeon scrap their absurd lawsuit against elections officials

Excerpt: In an attempt to explain their retreat, Culp and Pidgeon offered a plethora of excuses to their rabid right wing followers during a Facebook Live event, none of which were true.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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