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9 July, 2018

They don’t want you to vote

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The Supreme Court just ruled aggressive purging of voter rolls. "States can now kick people off the rolls if they skip a few elections and fail to respond to a notice from election officials". Who will these voter roll purges impact the most? This map shows areas with the highest minority densities. Click here on the map to see the areas where inactive voters are at the most risk of being purged from the voting rolls. See a pattern? Concerted state efforts to prevent minorities from voting and to undermine the efficacy of their votes ... were an unfortunate feature of our country’s history", said Justice Sotomayor about Ohio’s purge program. Fortunately, groups are working to ensure all Americans get to vote, and not just the chosen few. They're calling people at risk of being purged to let them know what's going on and to remind them to mail back their 'Voter Registration Confirmation' postcard. They're helping more Americans register to vote and get the right voter IDs. Donate now to help them: Center For Common Ground                              VoteRiders Voter Participation Center                                   People Demanding Action The Leadership Conference                               National Voter Corps
A mailer informing an active voter will be purged from the rolls unless they return the attached postcard. "North Carolina peeps: Keep your eye out for this bit of mail. It is NOT a scam. It tells me that despite voting in every election since I was 18, including the one 20 months ago, I will be dropped from the voter rolls if I don’t return this postcard. Lots of people were surprised to find out they were mysteriously unregistered in the last election. If, like me, you treat snail mail like poison ivy, and are distrustful of sending your personal information to people you don’t know......TOUGH! I’m sending mine in tomorrow. It is postage paid, at least." Kristin Cooper First Lady, North Carolina.
Reuters study in 2016 found that at least 144,000 people were removed from the voting rolls in recent years in Ohio’s three largest counties, which are home to Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus. “Voters have been struck from the rolls in Democratic-leaning neighborhoods at roughly twice the rate as in Republican neighborhoods,” the study found. “Neighborhoods that have a high proportion of poor, African-American residents are hit the hardest.” These voter purging efforts are driving a backlash. Nina Simone put it best in Backlash Blues: "When I try to find a job, To earn a little cash All you got to offer, Is your mean old white backlash But the world is big, Big and bright and round And it's full of folks like me, Who are black, yellow, beige and brown Mr. Backlash, I'm gonna leave you, With the backlash blues".
Deepak Co-Founder, DemLabs
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