If Democrats win the Kentucky governor's race, Andy Beshear has promised to restore voting rights to more than 100,000 citizens whom GOP Gov. Matt Bevin has kept disenfranchised #KYgov dailykos.com/stories/2019/5…
Kentucky bans 1 in 11 adults from voting, including 1 in 4 black adults, the highest rate of any state in the country. This is the context in which this election is taking place, & it's profoundly undemocratic sentencingproject.org/wp-content/upl…
The Democratic poll has Dems easily winning the #KYsos election. There's been very little polling of Kentucky's governor election, let alone for secretary of state, so it's hard to get a read on how competitive this race is in such a conservative state

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Dec 7, 2023
NEW: The Georgia GOP has passed new districts after a court ruled the old gerrymanders violate the Voting Rights Act.

But the GOP refused to add a congressional seat for Black voters, & the Supreme Court could further weaken the VRA if the case reaches it
Georgia GOP's new congressional map renumbers 3 districts to hide how they took an existing Black-opportunity seat, the 7th, & packed it to majority-Black.

District 6 becomes 7 (74% of old 6)

13 becomes 6 (53% of old 13; 0% of old 6)

7 becomes 13 (47% of old 7; 29% of old 13)
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Georgia, has ruled that multiracial minority coalitions may be VRA-protected if the groups vote cohesively

But SCOTUS hasn't definitively ruled on such coalitions & could weaken the VRA if it rejects them casetext.com/case/concerned…
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Oct 25, 2023
BREAKING [Thread]: North Carolina GOP just passed extreme new gerrymanders to make Dem majorities impossible in a big swing state.

The congressional map below will elect an 11-3 or 10-4 GOP majority & replace a court-drawn map that went 7D-7R in 2022 dailykos.com/story/2023/10/…
North Carolina GOP also enacted extreme new gerrymanders for the state House & are about to do the state Senate.

Not only do they make Democratic majorities effectively impossible, the GOP will likely keep veto-proof 3/5 majorities in all but the most Dem-favoring election years Image
North Carolina's GOP House gerrymander may be the most extreme of any state.

It spreads around GOP voters to ensure 10 seats are safe but don't waste votes, while all 3 Dem seats are dark blue. The one swing seat is trending GOP.

Stark contrast with the fair 7-7 map it replaced Image
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Oct 23, 2023
North Carolina Republicans advanced a new congressional gerrymander with 10 safe GOP seats, 3 safe Dem seats, & 1 GOP-trending swing district in this major swing state.

It would be among the nation's most extreme gerrymanders & replace a court-drawn map that went 7D-7R in 2022
Here's our recent story explaining how North Carolina's GOP is targeting four House Dems.

NC's Supreme Court had ruled gerrymandering unconstitutional last year, but the GOP flipped the court in 2022 & reversed the ruling this year dailykos.com/stories/2023/1…
The North Carolina GOP's proposed 1st District went 50-49 for Joe Biden in 2020 but 52-46 for Republican Sen. Ted Budd in 2022.

First-term Democratic Rep. Don Davis is 1 of NC's 3 Black members & could lose in 2024 #NC01
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Oct 5, 2023
NEW: North Carolina GOP's new budget became law this week & contains power grabs to boost GOP control over NC's courts & elections.

One of its many parts expands GOP control over a commission they're using to target NC's only Black Supreme Court justice dailykos.com/stories/2023/1…
The North Carolina GOP's new law also expands the powers of GOP Chief Justice Paul Newby & creates new trial court judges for the gerrymandered legislature to appoint.

Newby could handpick them to hear lawsuits against the state, such as those challenging the GOP's gerrymanders
North Carolina Republicans also raised the mandatory retirement age for state judges from 72 to 76 so the GOP chief justice can serve up to 4 more years.

The change means Democrats couldn’t appoint a Dem as chief justice in 2027 if they win the 2024 election for governor
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Jun 27, 2023
NEW: In a huge relief for democracy, the Supreme Court just rejected a radical GOP legal theory that aimed to give gerrymandered state legislatures near-unfettered power to gerrymander & suppress voters in federal elections dailykos.com/story/2023/6/2…
After the North Carolina Supreme Court struck down the GOP's gerrymanders last year, the GOP wanted the U.S. Supreme Court
to strip state courts of their power to enforce state constitutional protections against gerrymandering & voting restrictions.

But SCOTUS rejected them
Unfortunately, North Carolina Republicans will be able to gerrymander new maps for 2024 anyway because they won control of the state Supreme Court lats fall, which quickly reversed the courts prior rulings against gerrymandering & racist voter restrictions dailykos.com/stories/2023/4…
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Jun 13, 2023
After the Supreme Court's Voting Rights Act ruling required Alabama to create an additional Black congressional district, similar lawsuits could win elsewhere.

The next tweets look at the changes plaintiffs are seeking in two cases with strong odds to win in Louisiana & Georgia
Louisiana's case seeks a new Black VRA seat in Baton Rouge & northeastern LA. storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.usco…

The graphic below shows the GOP's gerrymander davesredistricting.org/join/3e0a3c85-…

& the plaintiffs' remedial map. #LA05 (yellow) would become 52% Black & likely Dem davesredistricting.org/join/a3b85806-… Image
One of multiple Georgia cases seeks a new Black VRA seat west of Atlanta storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.usco…

The graphic below shows the GOP's gerrymander davesredistricting.org/join/7635e15b-…

& the plaintiffs' illustrative map. #GA06 (teal) would become 50.2% Black & safely Dem davesredistricting.org/join/49f162d4-… Image
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