Update on GA election & voter suppression (and THANK YOU)

Ben Betz, People For the American Way
2017-05-16 08:48:21
A new message from your friends at People For the American Way. Anne, Thank you so much! PFAW members really stepped up last week and over the weekend to help make our funding goal for the next phase of our campaign to flip a Republican House seat in the special election next month in Georgia. This is a long update, but I hope you'll read it all the way through. Following House passage of the Trumpcare health bill and the GOP's constant covering for Donald Trump in the wake of one attack on our democracy after another, this race in Georgia's 6th District could be our best chance to start a wave of accountability for Trump Republicans that we'll continue to build through next year's midterm elections. Our endorsed candidate Jon Ossoff is a progressive voice against big money in politics and for voting rights, civil rights, choice, equality, and more. He was mentored by civil rights hero John Lewis and would defend our constitutional rights and values in Congress. But what's at stake in this election is perhaps illustrated best by the Republican in the race Karen Handel. Handel enjoys icon status with the anti-choice Religious Right for her past efforts to defund Planned Parenthood ... she supports Trumpcare AND Donald Trump's firing of James Comey (and seemingly whatever Trump does, for that matter) ... and she's campaigned on her experience as a voter suppressor! Handel's personal crusade against voting rights is particularly relevant right now. As Georgia secretary of state, she helped disenfranchise minority voters and she told her supporters that a much-needed extension of the voter registration deadline for this special election would "boil their blood." News from just this past week has put the ongoing fight to protect voting rights from right-wing politicians like Karen Handel in the national spotlight. First, Trump announced the forming of a so-called 'Election Integrity Commission' to be led by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Kobach is arguably the nation's leading architect of voter suppression laws. And the commission also includes former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, who infamously did all he could to make it harder for people to vote in 2004 (and who then, incidentally, went on to work at the Family Research Council, recognized as an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center). The purpose of this commission is to give credence to Donald Trump's wildly unfounded conspiracy theory about millions of "illegal voters" in 2016 and, in doing so, to lay the groundwork for more laws making it harder for eligible voters to cast their ballot. Then, yesterday, the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal to a Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that North Carolina's draconian voter suppression laws, passed by its right-wing state legislature, targeted minority voters "with surgical precision." This is a huge win for voting rights that effectively strikes down perhaps the most aggressive state-level voter suppression policy in the country. But there are plenty of voter suppression laws -- like strict ID requirements, voter registration restrictions, and more -- on the books in states across the country and Trump Republicans want to nationalize those policies if they can. A report yesterday on the news site Talking Points Memo examined the effects of a strict voter ID law in Wisconsin: "By one estimate, 300,000 eligible voters in the state lacked valid photo IDs heading into the election; it is unknown how many people did not vote because they didn't have proper identification. But it is not hard to find the Navy veteran whose out-of-state driver's license did not suffice, or the dying woman whose license had expired, or the recent graduate whose student ID was deficient -- or [Gladys] Harris, who at 66 made her way to her polling place despite chronic lung disease and a torn ligament in her knee. "She had lost her driver's license just before Election Day. Aware of the new law, she brought her Social Security and Medicare cards as well as a county-issued bus pass that displayed her photo. "Not good enough. She had to cast a provisional ballot that ended up not being counted. "In the end, Wisconsin's 10 Electoral College votes went to Republican Donald Trump, who defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton by roughly 22,000 votes." We're continuing the fight to protect voting rights all across the country, and mounting a campaign to expose the truth about the insidious Pence-Kobach commission. However, our next big voting rights victory could be in the Georgia 6th District special election, where we have the chance to defeat a zealous voter suppressor in Republican Karen Handel. THANK YOU for all of your support and activism. Stay tuned for more updates on this and our other campaigns. And if you have not yet given to support our work to defeat Trump Republicans like Karen Handel (and even if you have), please consider making a secure online donation right now>> site.pfaw.org/site/R -- Ben Betz, Director of Online Advocacy   donate: site.pfaw.org/site/R                             Do not reply directly to this e-mail. Please use xxx. Trouble viewing the email? VIEW AS WEB PAGE>> site.pfaw.org/site/R This email was sent to xxx. Reaching you over email is the best way we have to let you know about the ways you can take action to fight the Right Wing and defend our constitutional rights and values. 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A new message from your friends at People For the American Way.



Anne,

Thank you so much! PFAW members really stepped up last week and over the weekend to help make our funding goal for the next phase of our campaign to flip a Republican House seat in the special election next month in Georgia.

This is a long update, but I hope you’ll read it all the way through.

Following House passage of the Trumpcare health bill and the GOP’s constant covering for Donald Trump in the wake of one attack on our democracy after another, this race in Georgia’s 6th District could be our best chance to start a wave of accountability for Trump Republicans that we’ll continue to build through next year’s midterm elections.

Our endorsed candidate Jon Ossoff is a progressive voice against big money in politics and for voting rights, civil rights, choice, equality, and more. He was mentored by civil rights hero John Lewis and would defend our constitutional rights and values in Congress.

But what’s at stake in this election is perhaps illustrated best by the Republican in the race Karen Handel.

Handel enjoys icon status with the anti-choice Religious Right for her past efforts to defund Planned Parenthood … she supports Trumpcare AND Donald Trump’s firing of James Comey (and seemingly whatever Trump does, for that matter) … and she’s campaigned on her experience as a voter suppressor!

Handel’s personal crusade against voting rights is particularly relevant right now.

As Georgia secretary of state, she helped disenfranchise minority voters and she told her supporters that a much-needed extension of the voter registration deadline for this special election would “boil their blood.”

News from just this past week has put the ongoing fight to protect voting rights from right-wing politicians like Karen Handel in the national spotlight.

First, Trump announced the forming of a so-called ‘Election Integrity Commission’ to be led by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Kobach is arguably the nation’s leading architect of voter suppression laws. And the commission also includes former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, who infamously did all he could to make it harder for people to vote in 2004 (and who then, incidentally, went on to work at the Family Research Council, recognized as an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center).

The purpose of this commission is to give credence to Donald Trump’s wildly unfounded conspiracy theory about millions of “illegal voters” in 2016 and, in doing so, to lay the groundwork for more laws making it harder for eligible voters to cast their ballot.

Then, yesterday, the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal to a Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that North Carolina’s draconian voter suppression laws, passed by its right-wing state legislature, targeted minority voters “with surgical precision.”

This is a huge win for voting rights that effectively strikes down perhaps the most aggressive state-level voter suppression policy in the country. But there are plenty of voter suppression laws -- like strict ID requirements, voter registration restrictions, and more -- on the books in states across the country and Trump Republicans want to nationalize those policies if they can.

A report yesterday on the news site Talking Points Memo examined the effects of a strict voter ID law in Wisconsin:

"By one estimate, 300,000 eligible voters in the state lacked valid photo IDs heading into the election; it is unknown how many people did not vote because they didn’t have proper identification. But it is not hard to find the Navy veteran whose out-of-state driver’s license did not suffice, or the dying woman whose license had expired, or the recent graduate whose student ID was deficient -- or [Gladys] Harris, who at 66 made her way to her polling place despite chronic lung disease and a torn ligament in her knee.

"She had lost her driver’s license just before Election Day. Aware of the new law, she brought her Social Security and Medicare cards as well as a county-issued bus pass that displayed her photo.

"Not good enough. She had to cast a provisional ballot that ended up not being counted.

"In the end, Wisconsin’s 10 Electoral College votes went to Republican Donald Trump, who defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton by roughly 22,000 votes."

We’re continuing the fight to protect voting rights all across the country, and mounting a campaign to expose the truth about the insidious Pence-Kobach commission.

However, our next big voting rights victory could be in the Georgia 6th District special election, where we have the chance to defeat a zealous voter suppressor in Republican Karen Handel.

THANK YOU for all of your support and activism. Stay tuned for more updates on this and our other campaigns.

And if you have not yet given to support our work to defeat Trump Republicans like Karen Handel (and even if you have),

-- Ben Betz, Director of Online Advocacy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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