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On Saturday, the U.S. Supreme Court restored a Republican-supported law in Arizona banning political campaigners from collecting absentee ballots filled out by voters. In New Jersey, a federal judge decided against the Democratic National Committee in a complaint it brought against the Republican National Committee, ruling that the RNC’s poll monitoring and ballot security activities did not violate a legal settlement. But in a ruling hailed by voting rights advocates, a federal judge late Friday ordered county elections boards in North Carolina to immediately restore registrations wrongfully purged from voter rolls. All of this comes as this year’s presidential election is the first in half a century to take place without the full protection of the Voting Rights Act. In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down crucial components in Section 5 of the act in a case called Shelby County v. Holder, when it ruled that states with histories of voting-related racial discrimination no longer had to “pre-clear” changes to their voting laws with the federal government. For more, we’re joined by Ari Berman, author of the recent article, “There Are 868 Fewer Places to Vote in 2016 Because the Supreme Court Gutted the Voting Rights Act.”

Continue reading:  This is Voting in 2016: Armed Intimidation Squads, Purged Rolls, 868 Fewer Polling Stations

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7 thoughts on “This is Voting in 2016: Armed Intimidation Squads, Purged Rolls, 868 Fewer Polling Stations

  1. In addition, I wonder about Trump urging supporters to watch-dog polling stations. Besides the obvious inappropriateness, what exactly are they supposed to be watching for? Somebody who slips through to vote twice? (As if they could remember everyone’s face.) I hope a very boring day may edify some of them.

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