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Ari Berman @AriBerman
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GOP secretaries of state like Brian Kemp & Kris Kobach have led party's voter suppression efforts. Now Dem candidates running to protect rather than suppress votes. These races hugely important for voting rights & need more attention…
Dem candidates running on platforms of expanding voter participation could pick up secretary of state offices in AZ, CO, GA, IA, KS, MI, NV & OH in 2018. That would be game changer for voting rights
GOP secretaries of state Katherine Harris & Ken Blackwell delivered FL & OH for Bush through voter suppression. “Two Republican secretaries of state decided two presidential elections” says @iVoteFund
For this story I interviewed 3 Dem SOS candidates who are running on issues like automatic voter registration & reversing voter purging: @DeidreDeJear in IA, @KathleenClyde in OH & @JocelynBenson in MI. These are very important races for voting rights
.@DeidreDeJear running to become first African American elected statewide in Iowa history. She’s facing GOP secretary of state who wrote voter ID law that could disenfranchise 1000s of eligible voters
Ohio SOS Jon Husted, now candidate for lt gov, purged 2 million voters since 2011, more than any other state. Dem candidate @KathleenClyde led opposition to voter purging & says she’ll reverse if elected
MI SOS candidate @JocelynBenson literally wrote the book on secretaries of state & says no one should wait more than 30 min to vote. 2018 could be huge year for voting rights in MI with ballot initiatives for automatic + Election Day registration & ending gerrymandering
GA Dem SOS candidate John Barrow calls Brian Kemp’s efforts to block 53,000 from registering “plainly illegal.” GA has been ground zero for suppression with Kemp in office
Ballot initiatives in 7 states would make it easier for millions to vote. That + electing pro-voter sec of states would dramatically expand voting rights in 2020
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