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Mar 25, 2019

Voting Rights: A New Assault On Voting In The Name Of ‘Election Integrity’

Texas Republicans are currently considering an omnibus “election integrity” bill that would stiffen penalties for election-related offenses and make it easier to prosecute people who mistakenly violate voting laws. It also includes provisions targeted at methods used to assist disabled voters. Texas Civil Rights Project and MOVE Texas issued a statement calling the bill a “dangerous new assault on voting rights in Texas.” The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear two partisan gerrymandering cases. One is from Maryland and has to do with a map created by Democrats that has already been in front of the Court twice before. The other is from North Carolina, and is a challenge to a map that was drawn by state Republicans after a previous map was struck down as a racial gerrymander. The GOP lawmakers bragged explicitly that they drew the map to maximize their partisan advantage. Just as those cases come before the court, an AP analysis has found that gerrymandering helped…

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