Voting Rights

Chair of Postal Service Board Under Fire Over Little-Noticed RNC Appearance Backing ‘Four More Years!’ for Trump

Robert Duncan, the Trump-appointed chairman of the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors who previously served as head of the Republican National Committee, is facing backlash over his little-noticed appearance in a prerecorded GOP convention video Monday night and calls to resign for his past role in the party’s nationwide voter suppression efforts. Duncan’s participation …

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‘This is the Opposite of What Americans Fought a Revolution For’: Tennessee to Strip Right to Vote from Protesters

Tennessee protesters will face harsh penalties, including losing the right to vote, as punishment for participating in protests under a law enacted by the Tennessee  GOP-dominant General Assembly.  Right-wing Governor Bill Lee quietly signed off on the bill Thursday, AP reports. Under the new law, demonstrators who camp on state property can now be charged …

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Civil Rights Group Condemns Trump Threat to Put Law Enforcement at Polls as a Tactic ‘Right From the Jim Crow Playbook’

A civil rights group Friday denounced President Donald Trump’s threat to place law enforcement officers at polling places for the November election, calling it an effort suppress voter turnout. “In no uncertain terms, we fully condemn any plans that President Trump has to deploy federal law enforcement, U.S. attorneys, or local sheriffs to our polling …

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Still ‘Miles to Go’ to Ensure a Safe and Fair Election, Rights Groups Say After DeJoy Announces Suspension of Changes to Mail Operations

Civil rights advocates vowed to continue fighting to thwart any attempt by the Trump administration to sabotage to U.S. Postal Service and the 2020 general election on Tuesday, after Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced he would “suspend” changes to post office operations until after the November election. Following reports that mail sorting machines have been decommissioned at …

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Sanders Warns of Trump Effort to ‘Destroy the Post Office to Sabotage This Election’

“We will not let Trump destroy the Post Office to sabotage this election. This is a democracy, not a dictatorship.” So declared Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Twitter Saturday as he released a video documenting the president’s own statements and recent changes imposed by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to make the case that President Donald …

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Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama Agree: Trump’s Attack on Postal Service a Direct Assault on 2020 Election

Both Sen. Bernie Sanders and former President Barack Obama on Friday raised alarm over President Donald Trump’s open attempt to sabotage the U.S. Postal Service by refusing to provide emergency funding in what critics call an effort to hamper the general election—in which millions of Americans are expected to vote by mail.  In an email to …

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Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama Agree: Trump’s Attack on Postal Service Is an Attack on 2020 Election and US Democracy

Both Sen. Bernie Sanders and former President Barack Obama on Friday raised alarm over President Donald Trump’s open attempt to sabotage the U.S. Postal Service by refusing to provide emergency funding in what critics call an effort to hamper the general election—in which millions of Americans are expected to vote by mail.  In an email to …

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Denounced as Going ‘Too Far’ When Sanders Said It—American Bar Association Backs Full Voting Rights for Incarcerated People

Bolstering a proposal which was denounced by centrists and conservatives as going “too far” in the fight for voting rights when Sen. Bernie Sanders backed it during the Democratic presidential primary, the American Bar Association won applause from rights advocates on Thursday regarding its support for full enfranchisement for current and former prison inmates. At its annual meeting earlier …

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Amid ‘Coup Attempt in the Making’ by Trump, Top Democrat Demands Rapid IG Probe Into Postmaster General

The top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Government Operations, a panel with jurisdiction over the U.S. Postal Service, is demanding that the agency’s inspector general conduct a “flash review” of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s recent policy changes that have dramatically slowed mail delivery across the nation and raised the specter of calculated election sabotage. …

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Victory for Democracy as Supreme Court Blocks ‘Merciless’ GOP Effort to Restrict Mail-In Voting in Rhode Island

In a decision one journalist hailed as “the first good news on voting rights from SCOTUS in ages,” the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked an effort by the Rhode Island GOP and the Republican National Committee to restore onerous mail-in ballot witness requirements that were suspended by the state’s Democratic governor due to the …

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‘Silence Is Complicity’: GOP Condemned for Doing Nothing as Trump Openly Touts Sabotage of Postal Service

Voting rights advocates on Thursday took aim at Republicans in Congress for remaining silent in the face of President Donald Trump’s open admission that he is blocking funding for the U.S. Postal Service with the express purpose of stopping an expansion of mail-in ballot access ahead of the November elections. Echoing comments he made during …

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House Democrats Introduce Urgent Bill to End ‘Deliberate Sabotage’ of Postal Service by Postmaster General

Declaring that Congress must act swiftly to “stop the Trump administration’s deliberate sabotage” of the U.S. Postal Service ahead of the November elections, House Democrats on Wednesday unveiled legislation that would reverse Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s disruptive new policies and prevent additional changes at the agency until the end of the Covid-19 pandemic. Sponsored by …

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Sanders Joins Calls for Resignation or Removal of Postmaster General Over Efforts to ‘Suppress the Vote and Undermine Democracy’

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday became the latest lawmaker to demand the immediate resignation or removal of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a major GOP donor to President Donald Trump whose brief tenure as head of the most popular government institution in the U.S. has brought major nationwide slowdowns in package delivery less than 90 days …

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‘This Is a Five-Alarm Fire’: With 2020 Election at Stake, Call Goes Up for Mass Mobilization to Save Postal Service

In the wake of what was dubbed a “Friday Night Massacre” at the U.S. Postal Service—compounded by news that first-class postage rates, as opposed to cheaper bulk rates, would be charged for processing mail-in ballots in November—calls overnight and into Saturday have gone out for people across the U.S. to rise up in a coordinated …

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‘Friday Night Massacre’ at US Postal Service as Postmaster General—a Major Trump Donor—Ousts Top Officials

Government watchdogs, Democratic lawmakers, and pro-democracy advocates declared it a “Friday Night Massacre” for the U.S. Postal Service after news broke in a classic end-of-the-week dump that Louis DeJoy—a major GOP donor to President Donald Trump and the recently appointed Postmaster General—had issued a sweeping overhaul of the agency, including the ouster of top executives …

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Warning of GOP Voter Suppression, Progressives Urge Democrats to Reject Any Covid-19 Deal Without Election Assistance

Progressive voting rights groups are calling on Democrats in Congress to refuse to cut a deal on any Covid-19 relief proposal without money for election assistance, warning that exclusion of the funding could suppress turnout in November. “If Republicans believe we can afford $8 billion for defense contractors and nearly $2 billion to remodel the …

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‘This Is a Big Deal’: Iowa Gov. Ends Voting Ban for People With Felony Convictions

In a development heralded as “a historic sea change,” Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an executive order on Wednesday overturning the state’s policy of permanently banning those with felony convictions from voting. “Today we take a significant step forward in acknowledging the importance of redemption, second chances, and the need to address inequalities in our …

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“No, He Doesn’t,” Say Experts as Trump Claims He Has the Right to Stop Mail-In Voting With Executive Order

President Donald Trump ramped up his baseless attacks on mail-in voting late Monday by threatening to issue an executive order curbing the practice ahead of the November elections, a move rights groups and experts said would be a flagrant violation of the U.S. Constitution. “I have the right to do it,” Trump said during a …

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Trump Proclaims Nevada Has Made It ‘Impossible’ for GOP to Win by Expanding Voting Rights During Pandemic

In a Monday morning tweet attacking Nevada’s proposed expansion of mail-in voting as “an illegal late night coup,” President Donald Trump once again openly admitted that increasing access to the ballot amid the Covid-19 pandemic poses a dire threat to the Republican Party’s ability to win elections. “Nevada’s clubhouse governor made it impossible for Republicans …

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‘We Can Do This’: Elections Advocate Says Measures Must Be Taken to Help States and Post Office Handle Surge in General Election Vote-By-Mail

A prominent voting rights advocate on Sunday called on state and federal lawmakers to take action in order to handle what is expected to be a record-breaking surge in voting by mail as Americans head to the polls in November in the midst of a pandemic that is not likely to let up before the …

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Exclusive: 25 Civil Rights Groups Condemn Trump Over Election Delay Threat, Demand Congress Fund Voting Protections

Over two dozen advocacy groups released a statement Friday, provided exclusively to Common Dreams, condemning President Donald Trump’s recent comments suggesting the November general election be delayed. “We denounce this desperate attack on our democracy,” the statement reads.  The NAACP, Stand Up America, and the Service Employees International Union are among the groups that signed the statement, …

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‘A Catastrophe’: Postal Workers Warn Trump Sabotage of USPS Could Delay Mail-In Ballots and Distort Election

Letter carriers and voting rights advocates are warning that sabotage of the U.S. Postal Service by the Trump administration and new Postmaster General Louis Dejoy—a major Republican donor to the president—could imperil the agency’s ability to deliver mail-in ballots on time, potentially impacting the results of the November elections. “Slowing down our Postal Service could …

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From Distracting Nation From Economic Crash to ‘Freaking Out About Losing,’ Trump’s Threat to Delay Election Seen as No Joke

A very overt and obvious effort to distract the U.S. voting public from an unprecedented historic collapse of the U.S. economy made even more evident on Thursday? Check. A flagrant attack on voting rights and a further false statement about mail-in voting? Check. A clear suggestion that if empowered with an authority that legal experts …

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‘Must-Watch’ Obama Eulogy for John Lewis Includes Powerful Call for Americans to Rise Up for Voting Rights

Former President Barack Obama on Thursday in a fiery eulogy of Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights movement hero who died July 17, highlighted the existential threat to democracy represented by the Republican Party as he called for expansion of voting rights, statehood for Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, and the end of the filibuster …

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‘This Is a Flashing Red Light’: Trump Triggers Alarm With Another Baseless Attack on Mail-In Voting

Voting rights advocates, political commentators, and elected officials expressed alarm Tuesday after President Donald Trump used Twitter to continue his monthslong baseless attack on the security of mail-in voting with just over a hundred days before the November general election, when he is expected to face off against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. “He …

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