Courts will decide Georgia voting rights — and maybe election results
ATLANTA — Fierce battles over which votes count are already being fought in courts this election season, with armies of voting rights advocates, political parties and attorneys gearing up to bring more challenges to Georgia election laws when ballots are cast.The most significant court intervention so far came when a federal judge recently allowed absentee ballots to be accepted if they’re postmarked by Election Day, a decision that could add tens of thousands of votes. Many more rulings are still to come.Judges are considering at least 17 cases over voter registration purges, long lines, ball...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Editorial: 100 years after 19th Amendment, voting rights and equality are still precarious
It’s tempting to scoff at our forefathers for the quaintness of their notions, particularly notions regarding what women were and weren’t allowed to do a few centuries ago, like vote. The forefathers of The Inquirer editorial page are no exception. One hundred years ago, in the years leading up to passage of the 19th Amendment, the board had much to say about the idea of women being granted the right to vote.In a number of editorials, the board expressed ongoing skepticism that women wanted or deserved the ballot. In 1915, The Inquirer opined: “The vote in New Jersey (against giving women the ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: Honor John Lewis and protect voting rights
The death of U.S. Rep. John Lewis inspired Americans to look back to the monumental achievements of the civil-rights era. But as street protests nationwide this spring and summer continue to show, hard work remains to create true racial equity in America.An inspired political move by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., appropriately memorialized Lewis’ crusade by connecting his name to overdue elections reform, now known as the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. The U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 removed federal oversight of election processes in certain Southern states. But racial discrimination re...
The Seattle Times
How Michael Jordan's $100 million pledge will address voting rights, legal defense
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The first grants from a $100 million pledge by Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand will focus on the legal system and issues regarding voter suppression.Donations of $1 million each will go to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted People and Families Movement. Black Voters Matter fund will receive a $500,000 donation.Jordan said in a prepared statement he is “all in” on “a commitment to address the historical inequality that continues to plague Black communities in the U.S.”It’s no surprise these grants incl...
The Charlotte Observer
Basketball star LeBron James looks to promote African-American voting rights
Washington (AFP) - Basketball star LeBron James announced Wednesday that he and several other professional athletes plan to found a charitable organization to protect black Americans' voting rights, five months ahead of the country's presidential election, The New York Times reported.The move also comes as mammoth protests have swept the United States and the world calling for an end to hundreds of years of racial discrimination against black people."We feel like we’re getting some ears and some attention, and this is the time for us to finally make a difference," James told The New York Times...
Canada's top court confirms expats' voting rights
Ottawa (AFP) - Canada's top court on Friday confirmed the voting rights of expatriates by ruling that a law -- already repealed last month -- wrongly denied those living abroad for five years or more a chance to cast a ballot.In a 5-2 decision, the Supreme Court said the regulation infringed on Canadian expats' constitutional right to vote, which Chief Justice Richard Wagner called a "fundamental political right" and "a core tenet of our democracy."Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government had already reformed the elections act, doing away with the five-year provision last month.But t...
More than a million Florida ex-convicts get voting rights
Miami (AFP) - Some 1.4 million people in Florida can begin registering to vote on Tuesday after the US state's electorate ended a measure banning suffrage for people with felony convictions.In a crucial swing state with a recent history of unusually close elections, the addition could be decisive in the 2020 elections -- although analysts are far from united about the implications of the change.The ban has disproportionately affected African Americans, who lean Democratic, Hispanics, who don't vote as a bloc, and those with less education, seen as skewing Republican."I want to cry," said Yraid...