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Democracy Diverted: Polling Place Closures and the Right to Vote civilrights.org/democracy-dive… via @civilrightsorg #RestoreTheVRA
In the 6 years since Shelby County v. Holder gutted key voter protections, more than 1,600 polling sites have been closed in 13 states. It's time for Congress to act: tell them to #RestoreTheVOTE and pass the VRAA! bit.ly/PassVRAA
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[THREAD] So, you ask, what do today’s #CitizenshipQuestion and #Gerrymandering decisions mean?
In the CQ case, Roberts *did* find the Voting Rights Act justification for adding the question to be pretextual. But he also wrote that Commerce’s decision to add it was supported by evidence, and was not arbitrary and capricious under the APA.
In a ‘help me help you’ moment, it seems Roberts purposely left the door open for the Trump Admin. to allow him to let the question be added. When it is, it will be challenged, and we will undoubtedly do much of this over again.
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Quick thread on why the Voting Rights Advancement Act is so important
In 2013, the Supreme Court gutted Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act– making it more difficult for black and minority voters to vote
It was a direct rebuke of the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. Martin Luther King
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“We cannot continue to make people keep suffering in pain over and over and over again for a debt that’s already been paid.” 

Excellent #longread on the people behind Florida's #RestoreTheVote campaign, inc a GOP lobbyist convicted in the Abramoff scandal
nyti.ms/2NE9hPY
"A report by Washington Economics Group, whose clients include businesses like Nascar, projected that automatic restoration of voting rights would lead to $365 million/year in gains for Florida's economy, from lower prison costs and increased productivity"
Amazing statistic: the recidivism rate for people who had their voting rights automatically restored under Gov. Crist is 12.4%, vs a state average of 30%.

Also noteworthy: Charles and David Koch's network has declared support for Amendment 4.
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On this fifth anniversary of the #ShelbyCountyvHolder decision and today's ruling in #AbbottvPerez—another voting rights decision that comes at a "serious cost" to our democracy—take some time to read our "Democracy Diminished" report: bit.ly/2KiTaVD. #RestoreTheVote
In the #ShelbyCountyvHolder decision, #SCOTUS gutted Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Section 5 acted as a crucial checkpoint for democracy, "stopping discriminatory voting laws before any election." #RestoreTheVote nytimes.com/2017/12/11/opi…
Since #ShelbyCountyvHolder, LDF has been monitoring state & local threats to voting, paying close attention to the states & localities that previously had to seek pre-approval of any voting changes as had been required by a fully-functioning #VRA. #RestoreTheVote
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THREAD: It's the 5th anniversary of Shelby County v Holder, the #SCOTUS case that gutted key provisions of the Voting Rights Act. #RestoreTheVOTE 1/5
As Justice Ginsburg said in her dissent, gutting the VRA "is like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet." 2/5
Since 2013, Republicans across the country have been putting up barriers to the ballot box, making voting harder for students, low-income Americans, people of color and seniors. 3/5
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