*******Guide to National Voting Rights Organizations & Resources******* Read on to learn more about the work being done in the area of election integrity - this guide includes links to organizations and resources related to the headings below.
NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS Many organizations work on issues of voting rights and election integrity year-round. Read on to connect with organizations providing projects and resources helping communities across the country address concerns with the electoral process. NATIONAL RESOURCES There are several documents and guides that could be useful for organizations and individuals who want to learn more about our voting system to better organize in the future. Read on to learn more about voting across the country utilizing these fact-filled resources. ORGANIZATIONS IN STATES MOST AFFECTED BY DISENFRANCHISEMENT While issues of voting rights affect voters throughout the entire country, reports support the fact that several states are more affected by disenfranchisement than others. Read on to learn more about connecting with organizations working on voting rights and election integrity efforts in the states more affected by disenfranchisement. Check back for updates to this list as it expands to include more states. ISSUE BASED ORGANIZATIONS & RESOURCES There are a variety of advocacy groups working on specific issues that affect voting, the electoral system and the rights of voters - for system change to occur, we need an overhaul like the one outlined in the Voter Bill of Rights.
This year, a major candidate is calling for supporters to “watch” voters in “certain areas” to ensure the election is not “stolen” - even though it has been found that there is no real danger of voters committing election fraud. There is a very real danger, however, of white supremacists and racist law enforcement officials to use this call to action as an excuse to violently intimidate voters before and on election day.
We are excited to provide the following list of confirmed speakers, session leaders, and artists at the 2011 Democracy Convention. This listing will be expanded and otherwise updated in advance of the convention:
A Twitter account misleading Democratic voters in Virginia by telling them they could cast their ballot by text message was active for almost three hours on Tuesday morning before Twitter suspended the account.
The account, "MAGA Mike King," was suspended after it tweeted more than a dozen times a graphic purportedly instructing Virginians on how to vote by text and including the logos of the Democratic Party and its gubernatorial candidate, Ralph Northam.
You can’t say Andrea Anthony didn’t try. A 37-year-old African American woman with an infectious smile, Anthony had voted in every major election since she was 18. On November 8, 2016, she went to the Clinton Rose Senior Center, her polling site on the predominantly black north side of Milwaukee, to cast a ballot for Hillary Clinton. “Voting is important to me because I know I have a little, teeny, tiny voice, but that is a way for it to be heard,” she said. “Even though it’s one vote, I feel it needs to count.”
No More Stolen Elections!
on September 10, 2017
The fight to democratize elections in this country includes all areas of political life - from national battles to local ones. Brave individuals in every corner of this country must continue to attempt to represent the people and their interests by running honest campaigns and demanding justice when those campaigns culminate in stolen elections.
Registration for the third Democracy Convention is now open! Democracy Convention 2017 is taking place August 2 - 6, at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. This year's theme is "Universalizing Resistance, Democratizing Power!" *Reserve your spot before April 1 and receive a t-shirt at the convention!
Breaking Report: Trump Campaign Allegedly Violated Constitutional Law to Alter Election Results. Penalties Include Prison Time if Charged.
Evidence supports the argument that the election was illegally manipulated. More than 20 GOP Secretaries of State collaborated with key members of the Trump Campaign to deprive millions of minorities of the right to vote. Penalties may include 10 years in prison if charged.
Five weeks after a national scandal involving broken Detroit voting machines and ineffective poll workers, state Elections Director Chris Thomas said Wednesday evening that the city will get all new voting machines in time for the 2017 mayoral and City Council elections.
But broken machines were not the biggest problem Detroit endured election night. Citing a memo he just received, Thomas said there were dozens of other problems that occurred Nov. 8.
Broken polling machines may have put vote counts in question in more than half of Detroit’s precincts and nearly one-third of surrounding Wayne County, possibly throwing the Michigan recount into chaos.
If the discrepancies can’t be solved by recounting every paper ballot in question by hand, a recount in those precincts simply won’t happen.
Lansing — Election workers in Ingham and Oakland counties hastily launched Michigan’s unprecedented presidential election recount mid-day Monday, less than 12 hours after a federal judge ordered the statewide recount to commence.
The recount got underway first in Ingham County, with Oakland County following closely behind.
For more than a quarter century, two legislative districts in North Carolina have been ground zero in a fight over race and redistricting. In the course of that time, Republicans have taken control of the state Legislature, and the two political parties have reversed their legal positions regarding the use of race and drawing district lines.
Photo: North Carolina's congressional districts since 2012. Credit: Alyson Hurt/NPR
A federal judge early Monday morning ordered a recount of Michigan's presidential ballots to begin at noon on Monday, and for the state to "assemble necessary staff to work sufficient hours" to complete the recount by a Dec. 13 federal deadline.
Lawyers for Green Party candidate Jill Stein urged the action in an emergency request, and U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith held a rare Sunday hearing in federal court. It lasted three hours, and Goldsmith issued a written opinion just after midnight on Monday morning.
There's been so much complete nonsense since I first broke the news that the Green Party would file for a recount of the presidential vote, I am compelled to write a short guide to flush out the BS and get to just the facts, ma'am.
***Nope, They're Not Hunting for Russian Hackers***
To begin with, the main work of the recount hasn't a damn thing to do with finding out if the software programs for the voting machines have been hacked, whether by Putin's agents or some guy in a cave flipping your vote from Hillary to The Donald.
Washington (CNN)Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein said early Sunday she would "escalate" her statewide recount efforts in Pennsylvania through a federal lawsuit, after announcing she would drop it.
Stein on Saturday cited a major cost placed on voters due to a state court ruling that says the voters requesting the recount must pay a $1 million bond. But shortly after midnight Sunday Stein tweeted about plans to continue on the recount bid.
Ushahidi, a crisis tracking startup based in Nairobi, launched in 2008 after Kenya's disputed presidential elections descended into violence. Since then, the nonprofit has used crowdsourced reports to track and map sexual harassment in Egypt, earthquake relief efforts in Haiti, and the Arab Spring protests across the Middle East. Now, Ushahidi has begun tracking reports of post-election violence in the US, where the election of Donald Trump has incited a wave of racist harassment. And the outlook is pretty bleak.
Despite a court ruling overturning North Carolina’s voter ID law — which was ruled discriminatory — concerns regarding voter suppression in the 2016 election remain.
Fourteen states had new voting restrictions in place for the presidential election, ranging from photo identification requirements to limited early voting hours, according to a report from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law.
Allegations of fraudulent absentee ballots, votes cast by deceased individuals and/or convicted felons, and by individuals who allegedly voted more than once in the 2016 General Election have prompted multiple protests being filed across the state.
Those protests have been lodged in over one-half of the state’s 100 counties, to include Bertie, Gates and Northampton. As of Friday afternoon, no type of protest had been filed in Hertford County regarding these allegations.
A few things to keep in mind about the election challenges that the N.C. State Board of Elections met to discuss Sunday and will meet again to discuss Tuesday:
1. In June 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court nullified a critical section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in Shelby County v. Holder, lifting the requirement of states with histories of voting discrimination against minorities to obtain “preclearance” from the U.S. Justice Department before making changes to voting laws and procedures. This meant that 2016 would be the first Presidential election since 1964 without that provision.
The Clark County Board of Elections declared 717 provisional ballots cast by city residents should be counted, which could effect the final outcome of the city of Springfield income tax increase request.
Election board officials reviewed Monday all 1,600 provisional and some remaining absentee ballots cast countywide. Overall, they found about 1,400 ballots eligible to be counted.
Hillary Clinton is being urged by a group of prominent computer scientists and election lawyers to call for a recount in three swing states won by Donald Trump, New York has learned. The group, which includes voting-rights attorney John Bonifaz and J. Alex Halderman, the director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society, believes they’ve found persuasive evidence that results in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania may have been manipulated or hacked.
Woodstock — A ballot recount that was supposed to clarify the race for the Windsor-Orange 1 Vermont House seat instead left matters more confused, with both Republicans and Democrats voicing criticism of a recently implemented machine-driven recount process that ended on Monday afternoon with the outcome still in doubt.
OLATHE, Kan. — A recount in a Kansas state Senate race is showing the margin between the victor and runner-up tightening, but hasn’t yet changed the results of the Nov. 8 election.
Vicki Hiatt gained 29 votes from provisional ballots in her 10th District Senate race against incumbent Mary Pilcher-Cook. Hiatt still trails her rival, who also picked up some votes Monday, by more than 900 votes.
The recount in the district, which covers parts of Shawnee, Merriam, Overland Park and Lake Quivira, started Saturday morning.