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12 Jan, 4 tweets, 1 min read
Very disappointing move by Virginia Gov. Northam.

He is proposing restoring voting rights to ppl who finish all their sentence, incl. probation & parole.

But 19 states already allow anyone not in prison to vote: Californians just approved that 60/40!

Since 2017 it's become default move for Dem-run states to pass laws enabling at least anyone who is not incarcerated to vote.

Nevada, Colorado, New Jersey, and California did this in 2019/2020, joining 15 states who already had these rules.

Virginia falls way short of that.
And not just Dem states! Ohio, Indiana, Utah, and other red states allow anyone who is not presently incarcerated to vote.

(Louisiana in fact just enabled some people on probation & parole to vote in a 2018 law.)

Will the bill pushed by Virginia Dems really fall short of that?
For purposes of this thread, I did not get into question of enabling people who are still incarcerated to vote. (Which some VA groups are pushing for.)

But in 2021, it's out of even the Dem Party-mainstream (plus of states like UT or IN) to disenfranchise people not in prison.

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13 Jan
Many exciting things in Dems' updated federal voting rights bill.

Including online, automatic, and same-day voter registration mandates.

Another big measure: restoring voting rights to anyone who is not presently incarcerated. Would affect millions.
There's important organizing around the important idea of eliminating disenfranchisement altogether.

But the fact that Dems are coalescing so clearly around the idea that anyone not incarcerated should vote is itself recent, & a huge deal. 4 states got that done in 2019/2020.
(That's why I said it was so disappointing earlier this week for the VA governor to propose felony disenfranchisement reform that would not at least enfranchise everyone not in prison: It leaves many behind, *and* in a way that's far from the mainstream politics of the moment.)
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10 Jan
It doesn’t work to say “even the president of the United States” to convey dangers that people’s account could be deleted, when whole problem is that the most powerful person in nation— “even the president of the United States”—is agitating for a violent overthrow of democracy.
Corporate monopolies over communication & media are absolutely a problem we should confront. But Trump having power & directing it against democracy is not what vindicates that diagnosis: it’s an urgent danger to be taken as a premise if you care about the other problem as well.
Especially when he has built that power in great part thanks to the world created by those corporate monopolies — from his ability to lie with no context, to the decimation of local media & investigative newsrooms, to the mutual dependence of ratings/views between him and them.
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6 Jan
Fulton County (Atlanta) drops 95,000 mail-in ballots. They went 81/19 for Ossoff. (Fulton's mail-in ballots in the fall had gone 79/20 for Biden).

(Caution: It may be GOPers were even less likely to vote by mail in runoff after 2+ months of Trump attacks. We don't know yet.)
Gwinnett County just dropped 95,000 mail-in ballots as well. They went Ossoff 70/30. (Biden had won mail here by 66/33.)

(Please remember the same caution as before: Don't draw conclusions until we see more Election Day votes.)
Our first meaningful flavor of Northern Georgia: Murray County has counted its roughly 7,500 mail/early ballots, and it's roughly 82/18 for the GOP.

(Trump won early/mail here 83/16.)

(Again, again, again: we still need to see if GOP voters shifted Election Day.)
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5 Jan
A BFD deal today: Charleston County, in SC, was long run by a very pro-ICE GOP sheriff, but he was ousted in 2020 by a Dem who pledged to cut ICE contracts.

She's keeping that promise today, her first day in office, by terminating the county's contract with ICE's 287(g) program.
The same thing happened Friday in Gwinnett County, GA, a notoriously pro-ICE county: The new sheriff ran on terminating 287(g), & he did so immediately upon taking office.

Context: In November, I wrote on the transformation in these 2 counties: theappeal.org/politicalrepor…
This is (part of) why sheriffs & sheriff elections matter! theappeal.org/politicalrepor…

In October, I did a list of the 12 most important elections for immigration & ICE cooperation. These two, of course, were on it. theappeal.org/politicalrepor…
Read 4 tweets
2 Jan
New: in her first week in office, the new DA of Athens, GA, releases a new memo of big reforms.

Among them: she’ll never seek the death penalty. drive.google.com/file/d/1SHwcNe…
You know of this new DA, Deborah Gonzalez, if you’ve been following me: she won a runoff in a race that almost didn’t happen after Brian Kemp tried to cancel it.

You can catch up here if you missed it:
I reported last month Gonlazez was among a wave of new DAs who ran on never seeking the death penalty. (Hence why I focused on that in first tweet: memo says a lot else.) theappeal.org/politicalrepor…

George Gascon in LA has also confirmed this policy since taking office in December.
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31 Dec 20
2020 (even 2020) brought transformative local elections & big progressive wins.

Here's a year-end thread of some of the most 🔥 results that have stayed with me! #overlookedelectionstakes
Before I start, you can relive hundreds of 2020 local races (and why they mattered) at my what's on the ballot:

hundreds of primaries: whatsontheballot.com/2020-primaries/

hundreds of general elections: whatsontheballot.com/2020-general-e…

and for criminal justice-related races: theappeal.org/political-repo…
1️⃣ Voters in Missouri & Oklahoma voted in summer referendums to expand Medicaid: This'll grant public insurance to ≈500K people, a huge deal.

(This leaves a dozen states that have not expanded Medicaid, so keep your eyes on more battles going forward.)
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