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Oct 29, 2018

Primer: Rick Scott Restored Voting Rights To Lowest Percentage Of Black Felons In 50 Years

Voting rights groups have had a spree of wins in cases brought in the lead-up to next week’s election; but their opponents are also intent on reversing those rulings, by appealing them to higher courts. The ACLU and the other civil rights groups secured an order from a federal judge ending Georgia election officials’ practice of rejecting absentee ballots and ballot applications for alleged signature mismatch. Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R), who’s also running for governor, has indicated that he will appeal that order. Kemp is also facing a lawsuit challenging the state’s “exact match” law, which has frozen tens of thousands of voter registrations because of minor discrepancies between the forms and the state’s records on the voters. A hearing in that case is scheduled Monday, but it’s worth noting that those with pending registrations will be able to vote if they show up at their polling place and present the required voter ID. The Tennessee Black Voter Project…

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