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This day 3 years ago I gave a talk on the global decay and renewal of #democracy @VicParliament. Wow, it feels like a decade has happened since then, and we see major positive and negative trends:

An impressionistic (non-comprehensive) thread 🧵
In 2019 the dominant narrative was of alarming regression in democratic commitments, with a growing crop of neo-authoritarians, incl #Trump #Orban #Kascynski #Erdogan #Bolsonaro #Modi, and seeming ascendance of #Putin #Xi, spurring explosion of research…
Obviously one of the biggest things to happen since 2019 is #COVID19
- The research tells us that functioning democracies showed resilience, while those already in trouble, and 'hybrid' systems and 'harder' authoritarian states, were hit hardest
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OMG this Byline Times story has been flagged as "harmful" content by Twitter and asks if you "want to" Like and retweet it first! Why? It is about #VoterSuppression of course.
#DemocracyNotAutocracy #DemocracyDenied #Vote
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‘It’s Far Worse than Any US State’
Josiah Mortimer
Josiah Mortimer reports on fresh UK #votersuppression claims facing the Government – including the impact on young people – ahead of rushed roll-out of mandatory voter ID for next May’s #localelections #ToryBritain
/3 The Government has been accused of #Gerrymandering and “legalised #votersuppression” by pushing ahead with mandatory #VoterID I for next year’s May local elections, amid renewed concerns that young people will be locked out of voting.
#DemocracyNotAutocracy #ToriesOut
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🚨🚨🚨 This is scary

#SCOTUS “said it will consider what would be a radical change in the way federal elections are conducted, giving state legislatures sole authority to set the rules for contests even if their actions violated state constitutions

“& resulted in extreme partisan gerrymandering for congressional seats.
“The court will look next term at a case from NC, where Rs want to restore a redistricting map that was drawn by the GOP-led legislature but rejected as a violation of the state constitution by the state’s SC
SCOTUS in March let the NC high court ruling stand for the upcoming fall elections. But 3 of the court’s conservative justices at the time said they were skeptical state courts had a role in refereeing the rules for fed elections, & a 4th said the issue was ripe for consideration
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If you live in the blue area of this map, we need you to vote in the Democratic Primary on August 2nd.

We need you to skip the statewide offices, our governor, SOS, and AG candidates are locked in anyway.

We need you to write in JOSEPH ALFONSO for US Congressional District 4. Image
If we fail to get 3,250 voters to do this, there will only be a Republican available on the 4th house district ballot, covering cities like #Kalamazoo, #BattleCreek, #BentonHarbor, #Holland, #Portage, #Saugatuck, #StJoseph, and #SouthHaven. That Republican is absolutely terrible.
Bill Huizenga represents the area of the district in the red square. His old gerrymandered district is in green. He's a no-name candidate in most of the district. He needs an opponent, especially one like Joseph Alfonso who is a Marine #veteran on the state plumbing board. ImageImage
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🗣️Tomorrow at 11am we'll be looking at what the leaked #SCOTUS opinion on #Roe could mean for AAPI women. Follow the convo @EthnicMediaSvc and @aaaj_alc @NAPAWF @RepJudyChu @RepJayapal… Image
In just under 10 mins we'll be discussing the leaked #RoeVWade opinion and what a repeal of the landmark case could mean for #AAPI women. Follow us @EthnicMediaSvc or via FB Live: Image
Welcome to today's briefing on what the potential repeal of #RoevWade could mean for #AAPI women. Remember you can follow the conversation via FB live 👉
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Thursday, February 3rd, 2022.
News you can use.

Try not to laugh...
The attack on "home rule" by republicans is really an attack on communities and voters across Florida by corporate interests. Everything from whore houses and casinos to fertilizer plants and private prisons want space in your community.

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📣In one hour we'll be discussing the impacts of #redistricting on #Latino voters in Florida, who make up 1/4 of the state yet who stand to lose #Representation under newly drawn maps. Follow the discussion
👉LIVESTREAM: @EthnicMediaSvc
@kiraromero @latinojustice
Welcome to today’s briefing on Florida’s redistricting process and what it means for Latino voters, co-hosted by @EthnicMediaSVC, @LatinoJustice and @scsj and moderated by @PilarMarrero.
Read our report on how #redistricting in Southern states is eroding fair and equal #representation for communities of color. 👇…
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Sunday, January 9th, 2021
News you can use.

Try not to laugh...
If your friends whipped up a mob that set up a gallows to hang me outside of my work, I'd turn you in too. At the very least.

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Throughout my time in money-in-politics & democracy advocacy (from @FEC to Colbert to @CampaignLegal), it's become clear to me that too many Americans see our political system as rigged, corrupt, secretive & unaccountable.

This is why we need #FreedomToVoteAct + #JohnLewisVRAA.
I noted in my July 4, 2016 speech to @chq ("A Republic—If You Can Keep It!") that, at the time, 79% of Americans thought gov't is “run by a few big interests looking out for themselves" & 75% believed “corruption is widespread throughout the government”.…
Both Trump & Sanders capitalized on this anger. Having supermajorities of dissatisfied Americans is a real problem for our democracy. But it does not have to be this way! The Senate can pass #FreedomToVoteAct & #JohnLewisVRAA to help make the promise of democracy real for us all.
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1/🧵 Tina Descovich is the ringleader of the "#MomsForLiberty" circus. She is a former school board member in #Brevard, and she was defeated by #JenniferJenkins for her seat in 2020. The same Jennifer Jenkins who State Rep Randy Fine is being investigated for threatening.
2/ The "small office" she claims to work out of is also home to many other interesting things, including an org she had with the other founding "mom", Bridget Ziegler, over 2 years ago.
3/ Before she was a school board member, her website says she was a marketing/PR/HR professional who has close ties to the defense industry. With Randy Fine, we can add casinos to that list.

Playing russian roulette with kids' lives during #Covid makes a little more sense now.
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1/ #BrevardCounty, FL schools is facing a $100 million lawsuit for it's life-saving mask mandates issued in the face of threats by Governor DeSantis and others. But, it looks like a conspiracy to commit fraud. 😬🧵

2/ Why did Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey, and State Atty Phil Archer denounce the "feds" talking about the @FBI and @TheJusticeDept in a shocking press conference?

Full video link:
3/ Also in this conference, State Rep. Randy Fine, and Dr. Jeffery Steel claiming Steel's 7 yr old step-daughter had suffered abuse as a result of wearing a covid mask. Rep Fine promised a "special place in hell" for those responsible.

Full video link:
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19 states have enacted 33 laws that will make it harder for Americans to vote.
We NEED the #FreedomToVoteAct to #SaveDemocracy

I did a THREAD of those laws, State-by-State, with Postcards.
ALABAMA. Banned Curbside voting, shortened time to apply for a mail-in ballot & threatens felony prosecution to local officials who supply ballot without a request
And, Secretary of State & 3 probate judges (who require no formal training) will conduct audit after 2022 election.
Shifted election litigation control from Secretary of State (currently a DEM) to AG (currently GOP).
Another threatens local officials w/ felony for providing mail ballots to voters unless they request.
Also made it harder to stay on PEVL (Permanent Early Voting List)
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Florida’s Elections Are Being Rigged
by @Matt_Fleming321

All of this is happening as trump’s supporters continue to claim Dems are cheating. Demands for audits in FL led DeSantis to propose legis to create a new “elections crimes” state gov agency.…
Ten years ago, FL’s #redistricting efforts were led by the FL Senate’s then-President & current Brevard County lobbyist, Mike Haridopolis. The maps drawn in 2011, and signed by Gov. Rick Scott led to Republican control of nearly two thirds of the State Legis.
Despite Reps only getting apprx half the votes in close statewide elections.

Voters sued in 2012 & courts ruled the state’s districts had to be redrawn. Mike Haridopolis’ lobbying business partner, Steve Crisafulli, then Speaker in 2015 refused to redraw the districts.
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POLITICIANS CHOOSING VOTERS—Look at this crap… Utah has now cut its biggest city into 4 different congressional districts—for no reason other than to maintain 100% GOP power with 4Republican-0Democrat seats in Congress. Gerrymandering is so corrupt. #gerrymandering
3) When a state is 60% one party and 40% another, you would think district seats would be close to 6-4 ratio. Except it can be 100% blue or it can be 60% red depending on how you cut it. That’s gerrymandering when you cut it in an extreme manner.
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State Representative Randy Fine is under criminal investigation for his threats against school board member @JenkinsBrevard. Turn the volume on. 🧵
But there's sooo much more. He was recently named as Vice Chair for Redistricting in Florida. Steve Crisafulli and Make Haridopolis, lobbyists from Brevard, were responsible #gerrymandering the state 10 years ago so that 50% votes = 60-65% of the seats for the GOP. They are pals.
In 2019, Randy Fine's associate, fmr Deputy City Manager for Palm Bay Florida, David Isnardi, whose wife was County Commissioner Kristine Isnardi, was charged with conspiracy, extortion, and racketeering in a public corruption case that involved blackmailing city council members.
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1/ Congressman Bill Posey is getting a free pass from @January6thCmte, @TheJusticeDept, and the public in general, but he shouldn't be. His lies about the election, and his attempts to overturn the results are documented at length here.

Enjoy ☕

#OperationAvalanche ImageImage
2/ Bill Posey is the U.S. Representative for all of Brevard County, FL. We are known for being home to the Kennedy Space Center and for having the most capitol rioters. But there's so much more...…
3/ Before Bill Posey was a Congressman, he was a State Senator in Florida, and after the 2000 election debacle here, he was one of the key architects of Florida's election reform laws which opened the state to electronic machine voting.… Image
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#NCGA #Redistricting committee public comment happening now.

1st speaker addresses need to ensure Black and minority voters have opportunity to elect representatives of choice
She directly addresses lawmakers false assertions about the case overturning #NCGA districts for racial gerrymandering “Covington”
Speaker correctly explains that Federal courts have NOT ruled that NC does not have racially polarized voting.
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Every 10 years, after the census, voting districts are redrawn as part of reapportionment & the process is called #redistricting.

#Gerrymandering is intentionally drawing voting districts to create an advantage for a political party or group, and disadvantage another.
Each state draws its own congressional voting district lines. North Carolina draws its State Senate and State House districts at the same time.

In NC, the state legislature draws the voting district maps & the governor cannot veto them.
We have voting districts so that people have a representative to look out for the interests of their particular community.

When politicians manipulate voting districts for their own benefit, they are less responsive to voters & it is harder to hold them accountable.
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.@CommonCauseNC has analysis of North Carolina proposed draft voting district maps, including maps showing NC’s Black population.

With NC's history of racial #gerrymandering, looking at #redistricting as an equity issue is vital.

Here is the CMT-9 Draft NC Congressional Map, showing the % Black voting age population:…
CBK-3 Draft NC Congressional Map appears to have two of the districts have a Black voting age population (BVAP) of 37% or higher: district 1 (38.87% BVAP) and district 12 (38.01%).
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It is 1.5 months till Estonian #LocalElections. Registration of candidates must be completed tomorrow (7th Sept). After that, there will be several days for corrections and withdrawals. Next week we will find out what the final electoral lists and candidate numbers are. #Eesti
Voter lists will be locked in on 17th of September. Voter registration is automatic in #Estonia and it means that anybody who is 16 y/o on election day and whose official address is registered in a given municipality on 17th of September, will be able to vote there.
As electoral system is proportionate with 5% threshold, it can be said that everybody's vote counts equally. Or can it?
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Today let’s talk about the #FairRepAct, which was just reintroduced in Congress by @RepDonBeyer

Whether you’re completely new to this reform, or a long time fan, there are lots of benefits to discuss so let’s get started.
Here are the basics. Our democracy is struggling. Our elections feel fragile. We are more polarized than ever. Faith in democracy as an institution is failing.
And that’s because of #winnertakeall elections
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