Ari Berman is sounding the alarm. As always, he is warning of Voter Suppression efforts in the states.
Mr. Berman is once again out here, calling it out and putting up the bat signal.
Just in time for 2020- GOP Voter Suppression.
Make no mistake – BOTH SIDES DON’T DO IT.
There is ONE PARTY out here doing Voter Suppression.
ONE PARTY for whom the objective is to LIMIT the number of people that get out and voter.
ONE PARTY who will resort to anything -INCLUDING P0LL TAXES – in order to prevent people from voting.
MAY 3, 2019
After the 2018 Blue Wave, Republicans Are Making It Harder to Vote
Key battleground states like Florida are adopting new voter suppression laws before the 2020 election.
By Ari Berman
In 2010, Karen Leicht was sentenced to 28 months in prison for conspiracy to commit insurance fraud. She was released in 2013, found a job as a paralegal in Miami, and completed her probation in 2016. But the 61-year-old lifelong Republican still couldn’t vote because of a Florida law banning people with past felony convictions from voting unless their rights were restored by the governor.
Leicht should have become eligible to get her voting rights back after the 2018 election, when 64 percent of Florida voters approved a ballot initiative overturning the state’s felon disenfranchisement law. Amendment 4 promised to restore the franchise to 1.4 million Floridians, the largest expansion of voting rights in the state since the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Yet Leicht and hundreds of thousands of other Floridians could lose the chance to regain their voting rights because of legislation that just passed Florida’s Republican-controlled legislature. The measure would require people with felony convictions to pay all restitution, fines, and fees resulting from their sentences before becoming eligible to vote. Leicht owes a staggering $59 million in restitution payments, meaning she’ll probably never vote again if Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, signs the bill into law.
“$59 million—really?” Leicht asked a state senate committee in March. “You think I can ever pay that? I’ll never vote in this state again, at this rate. That’s like a poll tax.”
The bill could disenfranchise more than half a million Floridians who have not completed restitution payments. (More than 80 percent of fines levied by courts in Florida from 2014 to 2018 had “minimal collections expectations,” according to the Clerk of Courts association, because defendants were too poor to pay them off.) Those with past felony convictions who have completed probation and parole began registering to vote in January, when Amendment 4 went into effect, and voter registration numbers have more than doubled from the same period four years ago. Now that could all come to a halt. “This is clearly an effort to undermine the will of the voters,” says Micah Kubic, executive director of the ACLU of Florida. “We are creating a two-tiered system and saying how much money you have can determine whether you can vote.”
This is absolutely nothing more than a POLL TAX.
The move to gut Amendment 4 is part of a broader effort by Republican-controlled states to restrict access to the ballot after voters approved ballot initiatives in November’s midterm elections to expand voting rights and elected Democrats who supported policies like automatic voter registration and felon reenfranchisement. “There is an uptick in activity around measures to restrict voting access,” the Brennan Center for Justice states in a new report, with 19 bills restricting voting access moving through state legislatures in 10 states.
And, you can guess which party is putting forth all these bills.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed a bill on Thursday that could curtail voter registration drives by imposing fines of up to $10,000 on groups that submit incomplete registration forms, even though they’re required by state law to hand in any registration forms they collect. The law imposes additional requirements on registration groups, such as mandatory state training and limited time windows to submit registrations, and failure to meet these requirements is punishable by jail time. Civil rights groups allege that the law is an effort to disenfranchise black voters after the Tennessee Black Voter Project registered 90,000 African Americans ahead of the 2018 election. Shortly after Lee signed the measure into law, the Tennessee chapter of the NAACP and other civil rights groups filed suit against state officials to challenge it.
Make no mistake. The GOP knows that it can’t win elections legitimately. So, they are deliberately attempting to take away the right to vote from as many citizens as possible.
This is nothing but the re-imposing of Jim Crow.
Well, well, well…
Am I understanding this? Rosenstein traded his soul for a retirement party?
The ENTIRE Phuck??😠😠
Reminds me of those people who fall into the Grand Canyon.
” Why he don’t want me, Man?” 😪😪😪😪
I do think that a lot of people, even some Black people, don’t understand why Black people tend to show up to fight for other people. I see a number of Black people say..
” They never fight for us, so why should we show up for them?”
I have gotten this, from people who respond to me being so vehemently against this administration due to immigration policies.
I believe that these folks are extremely short-sighted. And,know very little American History.
I stand up for wrongs committed against others, not because I am such a generous person, but because I am always looking out for my own self-interest.
Because, there is NOTHING in the history of THIS country, that would make me, as a Black American, believe that if something starts in another community, that it won’t ultimately wind up in MINE. So, it’s best to stop shyt before it gets far.
I don’t understand Black people who don’t get that. You help others so that the bad stuff is killed in its tracks, and doesn’t arrive on our doorstep.
Trust The Base
I’m tired of stupid people. Scientific research shows that humans and primates/simians share a majority of the same DNA. In the case of chimpanzees, the difference between them and humans is less than 2%. There’s no way I’m believing Danny Baker was joking. It’s a common tactic employed by many around the world to compare blacks to primates/simians, and in no case is it ever meant to be a compliment. He can stick his “I’m sorry” in his anus where the sun doesn’t shine.
Well ..it ain’t right, but considering what she got away with before this….maybe she will learn and change her ways.
Deja Vu… didn’t this happen in 2016?🤔🤔
Uh huh 😒🤨
Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) Tweeted:
These fundraising numbers show @KamalaHarris lapping the field in fundraising numbers from communities of color.
[braces for people telling me Buttigieg and Biden just haven’t had *time* to *outreach* to these communities, but they totally will someday!]
But David Ortiz’s white team mates tho? What does that say about them?
Yes… what does it say about them?😒😒
I bring you Amy, the Klobu-Meister.
THE GOP ARE COMING AFTER YOUR VAGINAS, LADIES!
And counting on the 54 white men & black coon Thomas to overturn ROE V WADE & codify anti-abortion as law.
Alabama Senate passes nation’s strictest abortion bill, making performing the procedure a felony with few exceptions
The bill needs Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s (R) approval before it becomes law.
Conservative governors and legislators are using new highly restrictive abortion laws to get abortion back in front of what they believe is the friendliest U.S. Supreme Court in decades.
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I believe the House Dems want folks to litter the streets with bull horns and torches and descend on the WH?
I simply hate him.
Nancy looks tired, DRAINED.
It’s time to take that GAVEL & KNOCK THE FUCK OUT OF THE GOP
Democrats’ Mueller questions show public need for more details
Rachel Maddow explains why Donald Trump is so afraid of Robert Mueller testifying about his investigation, and reads highlights from a list of questions prepared by Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee that show how much remains unanswered about Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Trump versus the Mueller investigation: one fight on many fronts
Rachel Maddow looks at Donald Trump’s flailing effort to prevent Congress from conducting any oversight or investigations into him or his campaign and points out that while Washington may appear to be roiling with many disparate fights, there is actually just one root conflict.
Bish, you’re about to go to jail for threatening people. Drunk driving mofo.
Uh huh 😒🤔
BECAUSE THEY ARE JUST LIKE HIM.
What makes it worse is that there was a local business who offered a donation of several thousand dollars to try and.pay off some of the debt…AND THOSE DEMONS 😠 😠 AT THE LUNCH PROGRAM WOULD NOT ACCEPT IT 😠😠😠
Uh huh 👏👏
Scott Dworkin (@funder) Tweeted:
Last night Trump laughed about shooting immigrants. It’s a new new low for the biggest traitor in American history. Disgusting. Absolutely pathetic & un-American. He should be impeached just for this. Abhorrent & gross. Where’s the Republican outrage? I hear *crickets* #PutinsGOP https://twitter.com/funder/status/1126436231468990465?s=17
Claudia (@WayAheadUK) Tweeted:
“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” – Elie Wiesel https://twitter.com/WayAheadUK/status/1126438169128386560?s=17
I use them all the time
Deafinitely Girly (@deafgirly) Tweeted:
Subtitles aren’t just for deaf people. Lots of my hearing friends use them, too. If you’re hearing and find yourself using subtitles on Netflix and TV and would quite like them at the cinema, please retweet to help normalise their presence! Big thanks #DeafAwarenessWeek https://twitter.com/deafgirly/status/1126053718426886144?s=17
I use subtitles.
StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) Tweeted:
Gerry Condon, a Vietnam veteran being beaten then arrested by DC police for attempting to deliver food and water to people in the Venezuelan embassy who’ve had their electricity and water cut off by the US government in violation of international law
THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS!
Retweet https://t.co/0W18B1Ff8G https://twitter.com/_SJPeace_/status/1126419654572957696?s=17
BlueSteelDC (@BlueSteelDC) Tweeted:
Democrats are more likely to believe healthcare is a right but don’t want you changing their structure for getting it. They want you to improve the quality and the cost. https://twitter.com/BlueSteelDC/status/1126420545023696897?s=17
(((David Avallone))) (@DAvallone) Tweeted:
My mother was big in the abortion rights movement. In the early 1960s, when abortion was still illegal, she had a miscarriage at around six months. So she’s covered in blood, with a dead fetus between her legs, and the doctor told her she couldn’t be cleaned up yet. GUESS WHY? 1/ https://t.co/AyUjp4sNeS https://twitter.com/DAvallone/status/1126280699122671616?s=17
Uh huh 😒
A black woman who always vote (@grandoftwo) Tweeted:
Bernie Sanders needs Hillary’s voters in the primary. This black woman says hell-to-the-no! I didn’t vote for him in 2016 and won’t in 2020 he will never earn my vote. That’s all. https://t.co/qN6f1L1DxE https://twitter.com/grandoftwo/status/1126336707924713473?s=17
thefieldnegro (@fieldnegro) Tweeted:
The Red Sox visit the white house today less all of their players of color. The optics should be interesting. I see u Boston. Your team is a lot like your city: Divided. #redsoxwhitehouse https://twitter.com/fieldnegro/status/1126430308562341888?s=17
Mr. Weeks 🤴🏾 (@MrDane1982) Tweeted:
If women can’t have abortions then the government need to stop wasting $85M prescribing viagra for broken dicks.
God broke your dick, the consequences of life.
Broken dicks is the natural way of life just like babies. No abortions for women, no fix a broken dick pill for men. https://twitter.com/MrDane1982/status/1126339054222618624?s=17
Uh huh 😒🤨
Yum yum yum 😋😋 😋
She was right 😠😠
Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄