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2017

 

We are collecting source material on voting issues - voting rights and voter suppression - and electoral reform.  We have started with listing some articles on the Electoral College 

Send us your recommendations of material - articles, interviews or discussions for posting here.

Notes from the Film Night The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

Books and articles by Greg Palast

The Best Democracy Money Can Buy:  A Tale of Billionaires & Ballot BanditsSeven Stories Press.  Updated edition (4 Oct. 2016)

"The Election was Stolen - Here's How". November 11, 2016. 

"The GOP's Stealth War against Voters". Rolling Stone. August 24, 2016 

Organizations working on the issues of voting rights

Brennan Center for Justice.  On Voting Rights and Election : " Voting is the foundation of our democracy. The Brennan Center is at the center of the fight to preserve and expand the right to vote for every eligible citizen. Through practical policy proposals, litigation, advocacy, and communications, the Brennan Center  works to ensure that voting is free, fair, and accessible for all Americans. The Center’s signature proposal to modernize the voter registration system saves money, increases accuracy and participation — and adds an additional 50 million"voters to the rolls permanently."  

See the Brennan Center's  Voting Laws Roundup 2017 published on February 3 2017. The news is not all negative:  there are at least 308 bills to enhance voting access introduced in the 36 states and at least 46 bills to restrict access in 21 states.   

Verified Voting Foundation states its mission to be  “Safeguarding elections in the digital age. We are a non-governmental organization working toward accuracy, integrity and verifiability of elections. We believe the integrity and strength of our democracy relies on citizen’s trust that each vote be counted as cast. Our primary concern lies in ensuring that the means for verifying election outcomes is in place and used for that purpose. We also focus on the reliability and security of voting systems."

American Civil Liberties Union.  on Voting Rights

Fair Elections Legal Network. They provide state specific guides on  voter registration deadlines, and, more signifianly, voter ID requirements for registration and voting.  

ProPublica.  Electionland Project 

NAACP 

Democratic Party Voting Rights Institute. 

Congressional Voting Rights Caucus. The goal of this Caucus is to "educate the public on the current voter suppression tactics in place in their home states, districts, and counties, inform constituencies on their rights as voters, and to create and advance legislation that blocks current and future suppressive and discriminatory tactics that deny American citizens the sacred right to vote".

Journals and journalists tracking these issues:

Mother JonesLive Updates of the problems at the polls so far: Live updates of Election Day snafus, shenanigans and suppression 

Daily Kos.  Articles and posts on Voter Suppression

 Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck

Verified Voting Foundation produces reports on voting Issues

See these articles  on the operation of Interstate Crosscheck https://thevotingnews.com/tag/interstate-crosscheck/

Voter protection and assistance:

Election Assistance Commission—the  federal agency responsible for helping states improve their voting systems.From its website:  EAC "is an independent, bipartisan commission established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). It is charged with supporting state and local election officials in their efforts to ensure accessible, accurate and secure elections. EAC develops guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopts voluntary voting system guidelines, and serves as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration. EAC also accredits testing laboratories and certifies voting systems, as well as audits the use of HAVA funds."

Berman, Russell.  "The Federal Voting Agency Republicans Want to Kill".  The Atlantic. February 12, 2017. 

"House Committee votes to eliminate independent election commission". The Guardian. February 7, 2017.

Weiser, Wendy and Brater, Jonathan. "This GOP Bill Could Make It Easier for Russia to Hack U.S. Elections".  Forbes. February 14, 2017. 

Berman, Ari. "The GOP's Attack on Voting Rights Was the Most Under-reported Story of 2016: This was the first presidential election in 50 years without the full protections of the Voting Right Act". The Nation. November 9. 2016

Overseas Vote Foundation. 

VotefromAbroad  Recommended by Democrats Abroad as the easy, efficient way to register to vote. 

Voter ID laws and their impact.

ACLU. Oppose Voter ID Legislation Fact Sheet. December 2016

Gerrymandering: 

The National Democratic Redistricting Committee:  An initiative led by President Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder.

Bonsall, Evan and Agbafe, Victor.  "Redrawing America: Why Gerrymandering Matters".  Harvard Political Review. May 24, 2016 

The Voting Rights Act:  recent developments

Toobin, Jeffrey.  The Real Voting Scandal of 2016The New Yorker. December 12, 2016

Trump and lies about  voter fraud  and their impact:

Berman, Ari. "The Trump Administration's Lies About Voter Fraud Will Lead to Massive Voter Suppression: Twenty one states are now considering new laws to make it harder to vote". The Nation. February 13. 2017

Waldman, Michael. "Voting Fraud Inquiry? The Investigators Got Burned Last Time"New York TimesJanuary 26, 2017

Ethnic minorites  and the right to vote:

Cruz, Caitlin.  "The forgotten history of how Latinos earned the right to vote"Fusion. October 10, 2016

 

Updates on legal challenges

Wisconsin 

 

Who is promoting voter suppression?

The conservative The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been an important driver in drafting  'model legislation' that is widely adopted by Republican state legislators since 1973.  One of its aims was the tightening of Voter ID laws.  However, its power 'behind the scenes' has been disrupted.   "In July 2011, The Nation published a series of articles produced in collaboration with the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) that showcased some of the ALEC model bills and described ties to the Koch family, and CMD launched a website "ALEC Exposed" that documented more than 800 of ALEC's model bills, the legislators and corporations that had helped to draft them, and the states that enacted them. The joint effort, and particularly its coverage of ALEC's push for tough voter ID laws, prompted the advocacy group Color of Change to launch a public campaign to pressure corporations to withdraw their ALEC memberships."  It remains a significant force in developing right-wing legislation on a wide range of issues, but is now subject to much more scrutiny.

Diallo, Amadou. "Who is funding voter suppression?" Aljazeera. February 12, 2106. 

 

Books and articles:

Greg Palast

The Best Democracy Money Can Buy:  A Tale of Billionaires & Ballot BanditsSeven Stories Press.  Updated edition (4 Oct. 2016)

"The Election was Stolen - Here's How". November 11, 2016. 

 

"The GOP's Stealth War against Voters". Rolling Stone. August 24, 2016 

 

 

 


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Produced by Elaine Capizzi with material from Stephanie Stewart. Updated  October 2014