GOP’s Voter Suppression Playbook for 2017 Is Real and Treasonous

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An admission: as an upper-class white male in an unflinchingly Blue state, I was previously naive about the extent to which voter disenfranchisement had already impacted our country over the past decade. But the 2016 Presidential elections, along with a set of court cases in the aftermath of 2013’s Voter Rights Act changes, convinced me the GOP is accelerating their attempts to limit opposition voting. So for 2017, and beyond, I’m interested in putting sweat and dollars behind voter rights. Attacking the ability for American citizens to easily participate in the political process isn’t just unconscionable, but strikes me as symbolically treasonous. Since my understanding of these issues is still evolving, here’s how I currently interpret what’s happening:

Ok, if you’re sufficiently pissed, here what you can do:

  1. Let America Vote is a new effort from Jason Kander, former Missouri Secretary of State. They’re just getting started but Jason seems like the real deal.
  2. ACLU counts Voting Rights as one of their major issue areas. So continue donating.
  3. The National Democratic Redistricting Committee is being led by former Obama Attorney General Eric Holder and will be fighting back on gerrymandering. Sign up for more info and donate there as well.
  4. The Brennan Center for Justice is another group focused on voting rights and legislation.
  5. Keep an eye out for voter rights changes at your local state level and fight back

No matter what your political or social beliefs, I hope you will fight for the right of every citizen to vote.

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