Category: Voting and Elections

The Weaponized Census

Beyond hurting liberal states, cities, and districts, the other political effects will be in the exact arena in which the DOJ claims it will be using the new citizenship question: redistricting. The courts have held that redistricting and congressional apportionment be done by total population—not by citizen population—and a weaker dataset also weakens that constitutional mandate.

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Extreme Gerrymandering & the 2018 Midterm

This comprehensive study poses a stark warning to both courts and the public. What looks to be one of the most important recent midterm elections may turn out, in fact, to show how effectively extreme gerrymandering distorts American democracy and blunts the public’s voice.

Because of maps designed to favor Republicans, Democrats would need to win by a nearly unprecedented nationwide margin in 2018 to gain control of the House of Representatives. To attain a bare majority, Democrats would likely have to win the national popular vote by nearly 11 points. Neither Democrats nor Republicans have won by such an overwhelming margin in decades. Even a strong blue wave would crash against a wall of gerrymandered maps.

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Sign and send the petition to Congress: Congress has the power to save the census.

This is another chapter in the racially based playbook for the Republican game of permanent majority, minority oppression, and ethnic cleansing versus fair voting, one vote-one voice, and participation in government of the people, by the people and for the people. It is an affront to the principles of representative Democracy and a moral disgrace, no matter what rationale you hide it behind.

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North Carolina GOP motto: If you can’t win your case, rig the courts

North Carolina Republicans have been fighting for gerrymandered districts and suppressive voting laws for years. They’ve won too many victories. But they’ve also faced major defeats, principally in court. As Republicans await adjudication of a new round of critical cases—some dealing with their outrageous power-stripping moves against Gov. Roy Cooper (D)—they’ve changed their focus from laws to judges. Republicans’ sallies against individual judges are getting bolder (and more appalling).

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Tillis and NC Republicans paid $345,000 to the data firm that’s now banned from Facebook

Cambridge Analytica used the personal Facebook data of more than 50 million users, acquired through a third party, to create profiles of prospective voters and “microtarget” persuasive voting messages to them, according to a whistleblower who told his story to The Guardian and The New York Times.

Cambridge Analytica also worked for the Donald Trump campaign, earning more than $5.9 million in 2016 according to Federal Election Commission filings, and for the “Brexit” campaign in the United Kingdom.

Two years earlier, the data company helped Tillis, a Republican, defeat Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan by 1.7 points. It was at the time the most expensive U.S. Senate race in history with total spending of more than $121 million.

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Campaign Action Sign the petition to the U.S. Senate: Pass a bill to fully fund the Census Bureau and 2020 census activities.

The census historically undercounts communities of color, low-income people, and immigrant communities. The 2010 census failed to count over 1.5 million people of color. 1.5 million people weren’t counted when it was time to map voting districts and fund vital human services. Undercounting will have even harsher impacts on communities of color if we let Trump purposely starve the Census Bureau. 

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Sign the petition to US Senate: Reject armed Secret Service agents at polling places

Knowing armed agents could show up to polling places at any time at wouldn’t only intimidate voters in the moment—it could also keep people targeted by the Trump administration’s voter suppression efforts, like immigrants and people of color, from the polls in the first place.

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