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Saturday, February 23, 2019

In an astonishing ruling released late on Friday afternoon, a North Carolina state court struck down two constitutional amendments passed by voters last fall, saying that because the Republican-run legislature had been elected under an unconstitutional racial gerrymander, it had "lost its claim to popular sovereignty" and therefore was not empowered to place those amendments on the ballot.

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MFA and why courts matter:

There's no question, though, that Republicans will vociferously challenge this decision on appeal, and it could very well get overturned: Election law expert Rick Hasen opined that it's "not at all clear that this ruling will stand." But if it does survive, it would finally force Republicans to pay a price for their relentless gerrymandering and potentially open up an entire new avenue of challenges to the actions of tainted legislatures elsewhere.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-02-22 10:10 PM | Reply

It's almost like the right to govern is granted by the consent of the governed...

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-22 10:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Voters approved both measures by double-digit margins last fall."

Ah, North Carolina: nothing if not consistent.

#3 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2019-02-22 10:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Don't pick on NC, this same crap happens all over the country along with many other methods of voter suppression. Republicans only win because they cheat. We have the Iraq invasion to thank dishonest Republicans for. We have Trump to thank dishonest Republicans for. This nation has been abused since 1980 by Republicans who don't believe in democracy. We have huge debt today because Republican consider the 1% more important than the nation.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2019-02-23 12:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Voting and unions are two of my pet interests. we can get a social security card that's good in every state...so we can be kept track of and they can get their tax money. why not a picture ID for voting, at least in all federal elections. no matter if you moved in yesterday, go to the poll and show your ID and vote. 'cause then you couldn't mess with the vote..suppression tactics wouldn't work as well..everybody, blacks, convicts might cast a vote..the power structure can't have that. they don't want us to vote and they don't want us to form unions.

#5 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2019-02-23 01:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I think a person should automatically be registered to vote when they get a SS card.

#6 | Posted by uncle_meat at 2019-02-23 03:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Bwahahahahahaha!!!!

Farking losers:

Republican Cries Against Voter Fraud Go Mostly Quiet After Scheme Tied to Party

#7 | Posted by Angrydad at 2019-02-23 04:25 PM | Reply

I think a person should automatically be registered to vote when they get a SS card.

#6 | Posted by uncle_meat at 2019-02-23 03:02 PM | Reply

Except SS numbers are issued way before you turn 18.

#8 | Posted by SunTzuMeow at 2019-02-23 05:58 PM | Reply

#8 | Better early than late or never.

#9 | Posted by uncle_meat at 2019-02-23 09:28 PM | Reply

#9

I guess allowing newborns to vote would raise the chances of someone like AOC-KEY-MOUSE getting re-elected in 2020.

#10 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-23 09:42 PM | Reply

But if it does survive, it would finally force Republicans to pay a price for their relentless gerrymandering and potentially open up an entire new avenue of challenges to the actions of tainted legislatures elsewhere.

That would be wonderful.

#11 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2019-02-24 08:17 AM | Reply

#10 | Posted by Rightocenter

Get a life, loser-boy.

#12 | Posted by Angrydad at 2019-02-24 11:18 AM | Reply

The 2018 vote count for Republican candidates in decreased during recounts, which implies the Republicans, who control the vote machinery, were tweaking results in their favor here and there. Republicans voting rule changes have enacted in recent years only shield elections from cheating by individual voters, the rarest type of vote fraud. The more frequent kind of election fraud, the inside-job schemes in which campaigns or election officials manufacture fake votes and destroy their opponents' real ones, are probably not limited to Republicans, but they certainly dominate these practices. Mail in ballots are especially susceptible to this treachery.

Normally these crimes are classified "Top Secret", but in 200 Florida Republican vote malfeasance was carried out in a very public way without any effort to curb or punish the offenders.

#13 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-02-24 06:56 PM | Reply

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