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‘I’ Article on the Laws Deterring Blacks from Voting in the Southern USA

As America gets ready to decide whether they want the Orange Generalissimo or Joe Biden in the White House for the next four years, it seems that many Black citizens in the American south are being put off voting by restrictive legislation. These laws, including one dating from the era of Jim Crow in Mississippi serve to disenfranchise the poor and minorities, and have prevented people of colour from being elected to government office in the state. The I published a report about this by Tim Sulllivan, ‘Laws continue to deter black voters in southern states’ in last Friday’s edition for 23rd October 2020. This ran

The weight of history and current laws are deterring the black vote in some southern states.

The opposition to black votes in Mississippi has changed since the 1960s, but it has not ended. There are no poll taxes any more, no tests on the state constitution. But on the eve for the most divisive presidential election in decades, voters face obstacles such as state-mandated ID laws that mostly affect poor and minority communities and the disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of former prisoners.

And despite Mississippi having the largest percentage of black people of any state, a Jim Crow-era election law has ensured a black person has not been elected to statewide office in 130 years. Even today, the state has broad restrictions on absentee voting or online registration, absentee ballots that must be witnessed by notaries and voter ID laws that overwhelmingly affect the poor and minorities. Nearly a third of black people here live below the poverty line, and taking a day off work to vote can be too expensive. Then there are felony voting restrictions, which in Mississippi have disenfranchised almost 16 per cent of the black population, researchers say.

Distrust of the government runs deep. As a result, black politicians have long been fighting an apathy born of generations of frustration.

Anthony Boggan sometimes votes, but is sitting it out this year, disgusted at the choices. A 49-year-old black Jackson resident with a small moving company, Mr Boggan likes how the economy boomed during the Trump years, but cannot vote for a man known for his insults. As for Joe Biden, he and Donald Trump both “got dementia”, he says, and he hates how the former Vice President tries to curry favour in the black community. “They’re all going to tell you the same thing,” he said. “Anything to get elected.”

Some of these laws were put in place quite recently by the Republicans with the ostensible intention of reducing voter fraud. They chiefly affect the poor, Blacks and students, the section of the population most likely to vote Democrat. The Young Turks produced a report about them a few years ago, noting that one Republican politico let the cat out of the bag and actually admitted that they were intended to stop people voting for the Democrats.

Unfortunately, Mississippi isn’t the only southern state nor the Republicans the only party to rig regulations to stop Blacks voting. A few years ago the Democrats in Florida did something similar, manipulating the electoral rolls so that Blacks and Hispanics couldn’t vote.

And what the Republicans do, the Tory party copies. The Tories have also passed legislation supposedly designed to prevent voter fraud, but which also acts to prevent the poor, Blacks and other ethnic minorities from voting over here. Mike has published several articles on this, noting that the actual incidence of electoral fraud in this country is minuscule and covering reports that describe how they have operated to prevent people from voting. And it isn’t a coincidence that the sections of the population they prevent are those which also traditionally favour the Labour party.

It’s long past time these laws were repealed in both America and Britain. But this will require the election of genuinely reforming left-wing governments in each country. And I don’t see that happening any time soon with the corporatist right in control of the Democrats in America and Labour over here.

The Uncounted: America’s Ghost Voters

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 29/10/2020 - 10:30am in

The dirty little secret of American elections is that we don’t count all the ballots—and we sure as hell don’t allow every citizen to vote.
In total, no less than 5,872,857 ballots were cast and never counted in 2016. In addition, a minimum of... READ MORE

Guns at the Polls

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 29/10/2020 - 9:11am in

Gun owners say they want to open carry for safety, not to incite violence. But the state is heeding concerns about militia members. Continue reading

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Will Supreme Court Election Rulings be 2020’s October Surprise?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 29/10/2020 - 5:23am in

Late Monday, as its newest justice was about to be sworn in, the Supreme Court issued the first of what may be more rulings in coming days that underscore that the court’s conservative majority has a marked hostility to voting … Continue reading

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Marx is Not Around the Corner

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 29/10/2020 - 12:22am in

In Florida on Friday, Trump said: “We’re not supposed to have a socialist — look we're not going to be a socialist nation. We're not going to have a socialist president, especially a female socialist president, we’re not gonna have it, we’re not gonna put up with it.” Continue reading

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Unsanitized, Election Edition: Barrett Confirmation Reinforces That McConnell Is Looking Past This Election

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 28/10/2020 - 4:41am in

This article is adapted from Unsanitized: The COVID-19 Daily Report put out by The American Prospect. You can find the original publication here. First Ballot You don’t need me to tell you that Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed last night as an associate justice … Continue reading

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A Court of One’s Own

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 28/10/2020 - 4:18am in

October 26, 2020 Tonight, the Senate confirmed Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States to take the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The vote was 52 to 48, with no Democrats voting … Continue reading

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The Pandemic Election: Combatting Chaos

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 28/10/2020 - 2:10am in

When Trump leaves office, he will lose the US Department of Justice as his personal law firm. He will lose Attorney General William Barr as his wingman. And he will lose his power to undermine the rule of law. That’s … Continue reading

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Helping Putin to Vote? Russian Hackers are Back Again

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 23/10/2020 - 10:01pm in

Intelligence officials warned today that Russia recently hacked into our local and state computer networks. This could compromise our voting infrastructure. Intelligence officials believe our adversaries will try to help Trump, possibly by casting doubt on the voting results. Continue reading

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Dirty Tricks: 9 Falsehoods that Could Undermine the 2020 Election

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 20/10/2020 - 6:24am in

Here are nine lies, misconceptions, and false arguments that we think voters will have to contend with in 2020. Continue reading

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