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VIDEO: Manski, Farsetta, Alexander Gray on Extending Democracy

May 2, 2009

Founded in 1909 as La Follette's Weekly, on May 1-2, 2009, The Progressive magazine celebrated its 100th anniversary with a major conference and festival. Major speakers included Robert Redford, Amy Goodman, Naomi Klein, Barbara Ehrenreich, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and the editorial staff of the Progressive Magazine. Liberty Tree's Ben Manski, together with various members of Liberty Tree's Board of Directors and Board of Advisors -- John Nichols and Robert McChesney, among them -- also spoke at this exciting event. Following is Ben Manski's contribution:

Voter registration purge in Georgia disenfranchises thousands

September 16, 2016
Kira Lerner for Think Progress
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Tens of thousands of Georgia voters have had their registrations thrown out because of typos in the state’s databases or because their name in the databases may not exactly match the information on their registration form.

Court protects voters in 3 states by blocking proof-of-citizenship requirement

September 12, 2016
Merrit Kennedy for NPR
A federal appeals court has blocked a proof-of-citizenship requirement on a federal mail voter registration form in Kansas, Alabama and Georgia.
 
The case pits Brian Newby, U.S. Election Assistance Commission executive director who argues that the requirement prevents voter fraud, against the League of Women Voters, which argues the documentation requirement disenfranchises voters.
 

Will the courts protect voting rights?

September 9, 2016
Ian Millhiser for Think Progress

The Supreme Court announced on Wednesday that it would not reinstate North Carolina’s comprehensive voter suppression law, and the big headlines out of this announcement rightly touted this decision as good news for voting rights. Just below the surface, however, this order has ominous news for many Americans.

Trump's 'rigged election' rhetoric could inspire voter intimidation, say experts

September 7, 2016
Peter Stone for The Guardian
Donald Trump’s claims that if he loses in November it will be due to a “rigged” election have sparked strong bipartisan criticism from election lawyers, donors and a former member of Congress who warn that the Republican candidate’s words are dangerous, fueling doubts about the election’s legitimacy and potentially leading to voter intimidation.
 

Computerized voting systems under scrutiny

September 5, 2016
Victoria Collier for Truthout
(Todd Heisler / The New York Times)

If there is anything positive to say about the 2016 elections, it's that they have finally forced an end to the official denial of computerized election rigging.

Do workers deserve the right to vote?

September 5, 2016
Liberty Tree Foundation
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This Labor Day, we salute the hard working people that make up our diverse country and the inspiring labor movement fighting tirelessly for our rights, creating a society that is moving towards the economic and political democracy we deserve. 

Recent voting law changes favor voters

September 1, 2016
Pam Fessler for NPR

It's been another big week for voting laws — especially when it comes to the courts. More twists and turns are likely before the election. But for now, here's an update:

Voting rights for disabled Californians being sought for November election

September 1, 2016
Elliot Spagat for the Associated Press
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SAN DIEGO — With the November presidential election approaching, it looked like David Rector would once again be unable to vote. Five years ago, a judge ruled that a traumatic brain injury disqualified him.
 

FBI urges increase in computer security after revealing election databases were hacked in two states

August 31, 2016
Anne Dujmovic for CNET
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The FBI is urging state election officials to beef up their computer systems' security in light of two cyberattacks this summer.

Voting Rights Victory as Supreme Court Refuses Stay for NC Restrictions

August 31, 2016
John Queally for Common Dreams
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In a victory for voting rights and reprieve for democracy ahead of November's election, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to reinstate controversial voting restrictions approved by Republican lawmakers in North Carolina.

U.S. Seeks to Protect Voting System From Cyberattacks

August 4, 2016
Julie Hirschfeld Davis for New York Times
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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is weighing new steps to bolster the security of the United States’ voting process against cyberthreats, including whether to designate the electronic ballot-casting system for November’s elections as “critical infrastructure

Native Americans across the country sue in attempt to protect voting rights in 2016

July 11, 2016
Suzette Brewer
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The voting rights of American Indians and Alaska Natives have been eroded or ignored since the United States Supreme Court overturned a key provision of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, according to charges in numerous lawsuits brought by tribes throughout Indian country in the battle to protect Native suffrage.

New York voters file lawsuit to protect voting rights of millions before presidential primary

April 20, 2016
Kira Lerner & Emily Atkin for Think Progress
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK — With less than 24 hours until the presidential primary, a group of New Yorkers who saw their party affiliations mysteriously switched are filing a lawsuit Monday seeking to open the state’s closed primary so that they can cast a ballot.

Supreme Court upholds counting all residents, not just registered voters, for determining state Senate Districts

April 20, 2016
Lawrence Hurley for Reuters
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A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld the method all 50 states use in drawing legislative districts by counting every resident and not just eligible voters, rejecting a conservative challenge that could have given more sway to rural white voters.

Voter suppression comes in a variety of forms throughout the country, disenfranchising many

April 20, 2016
Charles Pierce for Esquire
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It is my considered opinion that, as far as the simple process of voting goes, the World's Last Great Democracy couldn't organize a two-car funeral if you spotted it the hearse. The primaries on Tuesday night were an endless carnival of blunders, cock-ups, and general mayhem. This is the first election cycle we've had since John Roberts declared the Day of Jubilee and gutted the Voting Rights Act. These two things are not coincidental. The good folks at the SEIU have done a great job aggregating the various atrocities.

CASPER STAR-TRIBUNE: Federal court rules at-large elections violate Native American voting rights

April 30, 2010
Tom Morton

Fremont County must stop using its existing at-large system to elect commissioners because it violates the Voting Rights Act by diluting the strength of the Indian vote, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

Instead, county officials must submit a voting plan to the court by June 30 to create five districts in the county so residents on the Wind River Indian Reservation can better achieve fair representation on the five-member commission, U.S. District Judge Alan Johnson wrote.

The ruling comes more than three years after a nine-day bench trial in February 2007 before Johnson in which five enrolled members of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes stated their case against Fremont County, its commissioners and the county court clerk.

Three weeks ago, attorneys for the Indians asked the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to force Johnson to make a decision.

The 102-page opinion did just that.

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