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Volunteers Get Out the Vote in Calif. – in 14 Languages“Every call is my favorite call,” 18-year-old George told me on June 2. It was the end of our three-week blitz of calling voters to make their voices heard by going to the polls. I had asked him which was his favorite. I was thrown back by his response. Rewind three weeks. George, a high [...]
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Photo ID Laws Must Consider Voters of All BackgroundsIn his recent op-ed, Alabama Secretary of State, Jim Bennett wrote to address the upcoming changes that will be evident to voters as they visit the polls for the June 3 primary elections. Chief amongst these changes will be the newly enacted requirement to show one of a limited list of accepted forms of photo [...]
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In Focus: Voter ID Laws and Tuesday’s PrimariesMONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — New laws requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls were enforced in two Southern primaries on Tuesday, but with mixed results.  In Alabama, there were few hitches, but a razor-tight U.S. Senate race in Mississippi could hinge on provisional ballots, some of them cast as a result of a [...]
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On Denial of Voting: Ala. Needs to Widen Door for CitizensTuesday’s news about Alabama’s primary voting brought unfortunately familiar stories of voter disenfranchisement. According to MSNBC, 93-year-old Willie Mims, who is African American, was turned away from his polling place in Escambia County because he does not have a driver’s license or any other form of identification.  He should have been allowed to cast a provisional ballot, as [...]
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Supreme Court to Hear Alabama Redistricting ChallengeWASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it will consider a challenge from Alabama Democrats who say a Republican-drawn legislative map intentionally packs Black Democrats into a few voting districts, giving them too little influence in the Legislature and shutting out White Democrats in the process.  The justices agreed to hear a pair of [...]
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States Must Consider Full IQ Results for Death Row InmatesWASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that states must look beyond an intelligence test score in borderline cases of mental disability to determine whether a death row inmate is eligible to be executed. The justices said in a 5-4 decision that Florida and a handful of other states cannot rely solely on an [...]
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Court: Tribal Immunity Extends Off Reservation in Mich.WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Michigan can’t block the opening of an off-reservation American Indian casino because the state’s legal challenge is barred by tribal sovereign immunity.  In a 5-4 decision, the high court said the state could not shutter the Bay Mills Indian Community’s casino about 90 miles south [...]
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Ark. Supreme Court: Judge Can’t Strike Down Voter ID LawLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court tossed out a judge’s ruling striking down the state’s voter ID law on Wednesday, but stopped short of ruling on the constitutionality of the measure. In a 5-2 ruling, justices vacated a Pulaski County judge’s decision that the law violates Arkansas’ constitution. Pulaski County Circuit Judge [...]
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Atlanta Forum Gives Voters Chance to Quiz Candidates  About 200 people gathered in Atlanta for a candidate forum on Friday at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers’ building. But, as organizers said, this forum for the May 20 primary elections in Georgia was anything but average.  Instead of candidates for state and local offices only unveiling their platforms and telling voters what [...]
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Retired Justice: Campaign Donations are not Free SpeechWASHINGTON (AP) — Campaign donations pay for more than political ads and should not be protected as free speech, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens told a Senate panel Wednesday in urging them to rein in the billions of dollars shaping elections. The retired justice reminded lawmakers that political donations funded the burglary at [...]
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