Gov. LePage wrote ‘stolen election’ on the certification. It was the first US congressional race to be determined by ranked-choice voting

Gov. Paul LePage certified the election results for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District after a recount and legal battle dragged out the final result in the race for almost two months, cementing a Democratic victory.


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It’s Britney’s Birthday B**ch! Celebrate Britney Spears Turning 37 By Voting for Her Best Music Video Ever

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A few House races still undecided weeks after voting

Nearly two weeks after the midterm elections, the races for three House seats remain undecided — with GOP candidates in the lead for each one. In Texas, Rep. Will Hurd is holding onto a 1,150-vote lead over Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones, who is contesting the results. Under state law, she can call for a recount,…
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Black Women Led the Way on Election Day—Now They’re Leading the Charge for Voting Rights

Black women voters turned out in unprecedented numbers on Election Day, delivering groundbreaking wins to a multitude of Black women candidates. Leticia James will be the first Black woman to serve as attorney general in New York; newcomers Lauren Underwood and Juliana Stratton from Illinois, Jahana Haynes from Connecticut and Ayanna Pressley from Massachusetts will join the U.S. House of Representatives as the first Black women to represent their states in Congress, and Ilhan Omar will be the first Muslim refugee elected to the chamber.

The strength of their wins is the direct result of high turnout by Black women—and men—at the polls. Black women’s leadership and GOTV efforts led Black women candidates to victory, and the Black women we elected will lead the country on a new path toward equality and justice for all.

But we had to overcome monumental hurdles to get to these victories—with some voters still fighting today to ensure their ballots from Tuesday are counted.

Stacey Abrams’ campaign turned out a record number of voters—in spite of severe attacks on the voting rights of people of color, and particularly Black communities, in her state. (via Stacey Abrams on Facebook)

This election was as much about the attacks on voting rights as it was about voter turnout. White conservatives have been systematically dismantling voting rights and erecting giant barriers to voters of color—especially Black voters.

Gerrymandering, unfair voter ID laws and the illegal purging of people of color from the voting rolls was the norm in too many states. Voters waited in long lines across the country—as long as four-and-a-half hours. Students from Prairie A&M in Texas, a historically Black college, had to drive to other towns to cast ballots during early voting because county officials refused to set up a polling place in the campus town. In North Dakota, members of the Spirit Lake Tribe filed a federal complaint against the implementation of a voter ID law requiring a street address. Many voters live on tribal lands without residential addresses.

While we rallied to overcome many barriers, we also saw the negative results of voter suppression in races across the nation. Stacey Abrams battled in her race for Georgia governor against its then-Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who used the power of his post to purge thousands of voters from the voter rolls, hold 53,000 voter registrations hostage and throw out absentee ballots from a predominantly Black county. Even though Abrams turned out unprecedented numbers of voters, many showed up to polls and could not vote, and the outcome of that election is yet to be determined.

The lesson is clear: Conservative lawmakers will go to any length to stop voters of color from voting, and we cannot stop pushing back against oppressive laws that pose barriers to our right to be heard at the ballot box.

This Fall, In Our Own Voice launched a two-year initiative to educate Black women voters about reproductive justice issues throughout the year. Through the #IAMAVOTER campaign, we were able to raise the issues that must be addressed in our communities on a daily basis by our elected officials and engage with voters.

We’re keeping that initiative through 2019 to ensure that Black women voters continue to hold those we elected accountable to our issues—including demanding that they protect our right to vote.

We must continue to knock down the barriers and push for equal voting rights. We didn’t march and die fighting for our right to vote only to have that right denied us by a president who didn’t even win the popular vote. We must continue to reject the new Jim Crow era and the attempt by politicians to turn the clock backward. Voting rights must be accessible to all.

We must remember that these victories happened despite the impact of nearly two years of the Trump administration’s racist and sexist policies. We must fight not only to stop losing ground—we have win back full access to our fundamental right to vote. With this election behind us, we are determined to continue to fight. We will not rest until our country lives up to the constitutional promise of liberty and justice for all.

Black women are leading the way—and we invite you all to follow!

Marcela Howell is the founder and executive director of In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda. You can follow her on Twitter at @BlackWomensRJ.

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Remy Ma On Why She Advocates for Felon Voting Rights

Rapper Remy Ma knows firsthand what it is to have the right to vote, lose it due to incarceration, and regain the privilege after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo restored voting rights to felons on parole. In August 2014, Remy Ma was released from prison after serving six years. Now she is an advocate for felon voting rights.

In every election, millions of Americans go unheard because they are unable to participate in the electoral process because of their unlawful pasts. According to the Sentencing Project, 6.1 million people could not vote in the 2016 elections because of felony disenfranchisement. The numbers for African Americans are more alarming. The organization reports that 1 in 13 African Americans lost their voting rights due to felonies, versus 1 in 56 non-black voters.

The harsh reality is that there are more black people incarcerated in American than there were enslaved in 1850.

During the BET News midterm election special Our Vote. Our Power with Angela Rye, Remy Ma shared what it was like to be in prison during the 2008 presidential election and how that sparked her interest in learning more about the criminal justice system and politics.

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“When you look back at the history of what black people went through to be able to vote and what women went through to be able to vote; and I have both strikes (I’m black and I’m a woman) I wasn’t utilizing it. I was one of those people who said, ‘it doesn’t matter they’re going to pick who they want to pick and that ain’t got nothing to do with me,” said Remy Ma.

But she soon learned that that mindset was just as damaging as those who “get handed” positions because of people who don’t vote.

“They let us out to watch the Super Bowl or the NBA Finals but everyone was locked down when Obama was running for office. We weren’t allowed to see that because they were scared that there might be an uprising,” she recalled.

After being released, she vowed to vote in every election but soon realized she wasn’t able to because she is on parole.

“In order for me to get permission to vote I had to write a letter to this person and I had to write a letter to that person,” she said. But that all changed when Gov. Andrew Cuomo decided to restore voting rights for felons on parole earlier this year.

“I was happy that I can vote. But then I realized he’s also running for office. It made me think even more… If I paid my debt to society, what does that have to do with my impact to vote?” she added.

Felony disenfranchisement, also known as disfranchisement, was formed in the late 1860s during the time when the 15th Amendment was being contested against giving African Americans the right to vote. In short, over 100 years’ worth of laws was put into place to keep black people in jail and unable to participate politically. And those laws have been masked and passed time and time again, which still affects black people.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures;

  • In 21 states, felons lose their voting rights during incarceration, and for a period of time after, typically while on parole and/or probation. Voting rights are automatically restored after this time period. Former felons may also have to pay any outstanding fines, fees, or restitution before their rights are restored as well.
  • In 14 states and the District of Columbia, felons lose their voting rights only while incarcerated, and receive automatic restoration upon release.
  • In Maine and Vermont, felons never lose their right to vote, even while they are incarcerated.
  • In 13 states, felons lose their voting rights indefinitely for some crimes, or require a governor’s pardon in order for voting rights to be restored, or face an additional waiting period after completion of sentence (including parole and probation) before voting rights can be restored.

Although Remy Ma had to learn the hard way, she said that she’s grateful for being able to have her eyes opened to the issues that she never cared about had she not went gone them. “I had to have all of the [rights] taken away and slowly get it back for me to appreciate the gift to be able to decide what goes on around me.

That is why she is rallying others to vote. “People really don’t know what they have until it’s gone or their life depends on it.”

 

 

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Remy Ma On Why She Advocates for Felon Voting Rights

Rapper Remy Ma knows firsthand what it is to have the right to vote, lose it due to incarceration, and regain the privilege after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo restored voting rights to felons on parole. In August 2014, Remy Ma was released from prison after serving six years. Now she is an advocate for felon voting rights.

In every election, millions of Americans go unheard because they are unable to participate in the electoral process because of their unlawful pasts. According to the Sentencing Project, 6.1 million people could not vote in the 2016 elections because of felony disenfranchisement. The numbers for African Americans are more alarming. The organization reports that 1 in 13 African Americans lost their voting rights due to felonies, versus 1 in 56 non-black voters.

The harsh reality is that there are more black people incarcerated in American than there were enslaved in 1850.

During the BET News midterm election special Our Vote. Our Power with Angela Rye, Remy Ma shared what it was like to be in prison during the 2008 presidential election and how that sparked her interest in learning more about the criminal justice system and politics.

felon voting rights

(Photo: BET News)

“When you look back at the history of what black people went through to be able to vote and what women went through to be able to vote; and I have both strikes (I’m black and I’m a woman) I wasn’t utilizing it. I was one of those people who said, ‘it doesn’t matter they’re going to pick who they want to pick and that ain’t got nothing to do with me,” said Remy Ma.

But she soon learned that that mindset was just as damaging as those who “get handed” positions because of people who don’t vote.

“They let us out to watch the Super Bowl or the NBA Finals but everyone was locked down when Obama was running for office. We weren’t allowed to see that because they were scared that there might be an uprising,” she recalled.

After being released, she vowed to vote in every election but soon realized she wasn’t able to because she is on parole.

“In order for me to get permission to vote I had to write a letter to this person and I had to write a letter to that person,” she said. But that all changed when Gov. Andrew Cuomo decided to restore voting rights for felons on parole earlier this year.

“I was happy that I can vote. But then I realized he’s also running for office. It made me think even more… If I paid my debt to society, what does that have to do with my impact to vote?” she added.

Felony disenfranchisement, also known as disfranchisement, was formed in the late 1860s during the time when the 15th Amendment was being contested against giving African Americans the right to vote. In short, over 100 years’ worth of laws was put into place to keep black people in jail and unable to participate politically. And those laws have been masked and passed time and time again, which still affects black people.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures;

  • In 21 states, felons lose their voting rights during incarceration, and for a period of time after, typically while on parole and/or probation. Voting rights are automatically restored after this time period. Former felons may also have to pay any outstanding fines, fees, or restitution before their rights are restored as well.
  • In 14 states and the District of Columbia, felons lose their voting rights only while incarcerated, and receive automatic restoration upon release.
  • In Maine and Vermont, felons never lose their right to vote, even while they are incarcerated.
  • In 13 states, felons lose their voting rights indefinitely for some crimes, or require a governor’s pardon in order for voting rights to be restored, or face an additional waiting period after completion of sentence (including parole and probation) before voting rights can be restored.

Although Remy Ma had to learn the hard way, she said that she’s grateful for being able to have her eyes opened to the issues that she never cared about had she not went gone them. “I had to have all of the [rights] taken away and slowly get it back for me to appreciate the gift to be able to decide what goes on around me.

That is why she is rallying others to vote. “People really don’t know what they have until it’s gone or their life depends on it.”

 

 

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Texas Voting Machine Glitch Switches Votes to Opposing Party

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Early voting began this week for many states across the U.S., including Texas. Unfortunately, it appears there has already been a major glitch that could possibly affect elections within the state. GQ reports many Texans who showed up to vote throughout the week were met with voting machines that disobeyed their instructions, switching votes to […]

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