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Wisconsin “Movers” Voter Purge List Errors39,722 Face Loss of Vote for Moving Despite not Having Moved

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 26/09/2020 - 8:39am in

On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court will hear a suit brought by a right-wing think tank demanding the state purge — cancel the voter registrations of 129,000 alleged "movers"— voters who moved out of their town or out of state. The Greg Palast Investigation Fund experts found... READ MORE

Could Republicans Ignore the Popular Vote and Choose Their Own Pro-Trump Electors?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 26/09/2020 - 1:45am in

Reports suggest strategy to bypass results in key states under discussion, but legal experts say such an effort is likely to fail. Continue reading

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Vote as if the Climate and the Future of Humanity Depend on It – Because They Do

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 25/09/2020 - 1:46am in

Captain Trump wants to steer us straight onto the rocks, mumbling all the while about hoaxes. If we let him do it, history won’t forgive us. Nor will the rest of the world. Continue reading

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Mail-in Balloting, the 12th Amendment and Impending Doom

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 24/09/2020 - 1:18am in

 On vote-by-mail

            More than 80 million Americans are expected to cast mail-in ballots this fall, representing a 16-fold increase over 2016.

            This is probably going to cause a constitutional crisis of epic proportions.

            The problem isn’t the possibility of fraud that Donald Trump has been going on about. Cases of possible double voting or voting on behalf of dead people Daley-machine-style are statistically insignificant, amounting to at most 0.0025% of mail-in votes.

            The real issue is that the ballots may not be counted on time, triggering the insanity of the 12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

            The date to remember is December 14th, when the delegations of the Electoral College meet in their respective states. That’s a hard deadline. Each delegation can only certify their state’s vote counts if they are 100% complete—machine votes cast in person at polling places on election day, early votes, absentee ballots, write-ins and, this year, COVID-19 mail-in ballots. If the state fails to certify on time, its electoral college votes aren’t counted.

            Within each state, there is a canvassing/certification deadline for county officials to submit their results. Most are in late November. California, with a December 11th deadline, cuts it close and usually files its national certification last.

            State election officials are doing their best to meet the challenge. They are hiring additional staff, buying new tabulation machines and installing drop boxes. Even assuming that they will be able to hire the additional personnel they need in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the practical impediments to meeting the December 14th deadline are daunting. Mail-in ballots are manually opened and signatures must be visually compared, sometimes several times, to Board of Election records.

Then there are technicalities. For example, 16 states require mail-in ballots to be submitted with an extra “privacy envelope.” In the battleground state of Pennsylvania, 6.4% of absentee ballots submitted in a 2019 election were rejected because voters neglected to insert their ballot inside the privacy envelope inside the mailing envelope—a significant margin that could change the outcome on a national level. Both parties are gearing up for legal challenges about issues like this across the nation.

“Every absentee or mailed ballot, even if dropped off directly at the designated county drop box or polling center, most likely will not get counted on Election Day, and it can easily be challenged and delayed and even rejected on a technicality,” Jed Shugerman writes at Time. “Every mailed or absentee ballot, in an envelope with signatures, is its own hanging chad, its own built-in legal delay.”

            If enough states are embroiled in vote-counting controversies to prevent either President Trump or former Vice President Biden from achieving the 270 electoral votes required to declare them president-elect on December 14th, the obscure 12th Amendment kicks in.

            Used only once—in 1825 to elect John Quincy Adams—the 12th Amendment triggers a bizarre “House of Cards” series of remedies guaranteed to eliminate any remaining belief that the Framers wrote a perfect document designed to withstand the test of time, or that the United States is a democracy.

            After the new 117th Congress convenes on January 3rd, the House of Representatives would vote to elect the president and the Senate would elect the vice president. “Each state delegation gets one vote, and 26 votes are required to win [out of 50 states],” reports the Associated Press. “In the Senate…each senator gets a vote, with 51 votes [out of 100 seats] required to win.”

            Even if Democrats enjoy another “blue wave” election that allows them to pick up congressional seats, they will not capture 26 state delegations in the House of Representatives. Trump would win. If Democrats have taken back the Senate, they could select a vice president to replace Mike Pence.

            It wouldn’t matter if a newspaper recount were to determine later on that Biden should have won both a popular and electoral vote landslide. Trump would remain in the White House.

            The Democratic Party and its allies in the media have been pushing mail-in balloting, but voters who want to see Joe Biden elected and are willing to brave the health risks should consider showing up for early in-person voting. In-person ballots are far less susceptible to rejection over technical issues like security envelopes, they are counted immediately and they thus meet the December 14th deadline for certification.

            As my readers are aware, I do not support either Trump or Biden and will be voting third party, probably for the Greens, this fall. But I don’t support disenfranchisement either. I want everyone’s will to be expressed.

            No matter what happens, no matter who wins, American politics are about to become extremely dangerous. Democracy fails when the losing side refuses to accept the legitimacy of the winning side. That will certainly be the case this year.

(Ted Rall (Twitter: @tedrall), the political cartoonist, columnist and graphic novelist, is the author of the biography “Political Suicide: The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party.” You can support Ted’s hard-hitting political cartoons and columns and see his work first by sponsoring his work on Patreon.)

 

Cartoon: So many hoaxes

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 14/09/2020 - 10:00pm in

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Democracy Under Attack

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 08/09/2020 - 12:05am in

Earlier this week, New York Times columnist Farhad Manjoo warned that American democracy is ending. He pointed to political violence on the streets, the pandemic, unemployment, racial polarization, and natural disasters, all of which are destabilizing the country, and …
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Cleveland Is Taking Its Voter Registration Drive Literally

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 03/09/2020 - 2:08am in

It just makes census

When the Covid-19 lockdowns began, leaders in Cleveland’s Latino community knew that their 2020 Census and voter registration drives, which are often conducted in person, would take a hit. Latinos are underrepresented in both the Census and elections. So the community decided to turn their registration drives into actual monthly drives.

Every month since April, a slow parade of cars flying the flags of Latin American countries traverses the streets of the city’s Latino neighborhoods. Roof-mounted megaphones broadcast messages in English in Spanish telling people how, where and when to register. Mask-wearing advocates walk alongside la caravana, handing out supplemental literature. 

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During their August caravan, the organizers collected 78 vote-by-mail applications and registered 54 people to vote, larger numbers than they often achieved before the pandemic forced them to innovate. “It’s hard to get our community to participate” in the Census and in elections, said the director of Cleveland’s Young Latino Network. “These are systems they either don’t trust or they’re not familiar with. We’re getting people to learn about how the system works and how the structure works.” 

Read more at the Land

Down with disease

As recently as the 1990s, polio paralyzed 75,000 African children each year. Last week, the World Health Organization declared the continent to be free of the disease.

polioCredit: UNICEF Ethiopia

Getting there took decades of work. In South Africa, Nelson Mandela launched a campaign in 1996 to eradicate polio, with outreach workers going village to village immunizing children. Other countries replicated the technique, aided by a major vaccination drive led by the organization Rotary International. But even a few years ago, some countries still struggled to contain the disease. In 2012, Nigeria accounted for half of all polio cases globally. The spread there was exacerbated by misinformation about the vaccine, armed conflict that made immunization efforts difficult and nomadic tribes that were hard to track.

A massive vaccination drive was launched, with front line workers journeying to Nigeria’s most remote outposts. Often, they worked with religious leaders to convince parents to get their children vaccinated. The country’s last case of polio was recorded in 2016, marking the end of Africa’s epidemic. Today 95 percent of Africans have been vaccinated against the disease. 

Read more at Nature

Growing equity

The Trillion Trees Initiative is an effort to fight deforestation all over the world. Now, a sprawling coalition of U.S. cities, corporations and nonprofits has signed on, with a focus on planting trees in urban areas.

urban treesCredit: Andreas Komodromos / flickr

American Forests, the conservation group shepherding the coalition, describes the push as promoting not just environmental sustainability, but equity as well. “If you show me a map of tree cover in any city, you’re showing me a map of race and income levels,” says Jad Daley, the organization’s president. “We see this as nothing less than a moral imperative.”

Cities from across the U.S. have joined the effort. Tucson has pledged to plant one million trees. Dallas will plant 18 million. Chicago aims to increase the size of its “tree canopy” by four percent. All told, the coalition has pledged 855 million new trees by 2030. Many of the participants have said they will plant these trees in communities disproportionately affected by pollution and climate change, which could have both health and economic benefits — according to the U.S. Forest Service, trees planted in urban areas save cities $7.8 billion each year in reduced heating and cooling costs.

Read more at Bloomberg CityLab

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Cartoon: Find the villains

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 01/09/2020 - 9:50pm in

One of the standard techniques of authoritarians is to invert the reality of who is doing the most harm in a given conflict. Police who abuse their power are portrayed as restoring law and order in the face of chaotic mobs. Scale is distorted; actual cases of destructive protesters (or bad actors trying to make protesters look bad) are given constant attention, ignoring the overwhelming majority of peaceful activists. Fox and Tucker Carlson and many other American right-wing figures are literally operating at the level of Belarusian authoritarianism, using the same arguments and distortions and defenses of indefensible police and vigilante violence.

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ACLU, citing Palast investigations, stops Crosscheck in Indiana

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 01/09/2020 - 4:50am in

Our 2016 report for Rolling Stone exposing Kris Kobach’s Interstate Crosscheck purge program was cited several times in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU for Common Cause as the evidence that Kobach's system of removing tens of thousands of voters in Indiana was both wildly inaccurate and racially biased in the extreme. This past week, Federal District Judge... READ MORE

James Brown Voted 568 Times

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 01/09/2020 - 4:46am in

You have people registered in two states. They’re registered in New York and in New Jersey. They vote twice. There are millions of votes in my opinion. – Donald Trump Don’t laugh. Trump’s claim that millions of Americans are voting twice, a felony crime, is the principal reason... READ MORE

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