Breaking: Ron DeSantis signs Georgia-style voter suppression bill #SB90 restricting mail ballot drop boxes, making it harder to vote by mail, criminalizing giving food/water to voters in line & expanding partisan challenges to vote counting. Only Fox was allowed to cover signing
It’s extremely telling that DeSantis claims new Florida voter suppression law intended to boost “election integrity” but barred all media except Fox News from covering bill signing. It was a Fox & Friends “exclusive”
DeSantis called Florida a model for election integrity but just signed new bill rolling back voting access after 680,000 more Dems than Rs voted by mail & Black share of mail voting doubled in 2020…
.@marceelias & voting rights groups including @LWVFlorida @BlackVotersMtr have filed suit against Florida voter suppression law

"SB 90 is a bill that purports to solve problems that do not exist & caters to a dangerous lie about the 2020 election"…
“Whether it’s the effort to oust Liz Cheney, the crazy audit in AZ or voter suppression bills in Texas and Florida, they all have the same aim: to institutionalize Trump’s Big Lie & make it harder for Democratic constituencies to vote”

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30 Apr
Breaking: Florida legislature passes Georgia-style voter suppression bill #SB90 criminalizing giving food/water to voters in line, restricting mail ballot drop boxes, making it harder to vote by mail & expanding partisan challenges to vote counting…
For two decades GOP cited Florida as model for mail voting. Now they’re rolling back voting access after 680,000 more Dems voted by mail in 2020 & Black share of mail voting doubled. Republicans changing rules the minute they don’t advantage them
Most ridiculous part of new FL voter suppression bill: instead of being available 24/7 every mail ballot drop box must be staffed by an election worker at all times & election officials will be fined $25,000 if they don’t comply. Absurdly punitive
Read 5 tweets
22 Apr
Congress split the Dakota territory in half in 1889 to admit two new states with 4 Republican senators

So spare us the fake outrage over DC statehood
Read @HC_Richardson: "In 1889 and 1890, Congress added ND, SD, MT, WA, ID & WY-largest admission of states since original 13. This addition of 12 new senators & 18 new electors was a deliberate strategy of late-19th-century Republicans to stay in power"…
This is how undemocratic US Senate is:

-15 states with 38 million people elect 30 GOP senators

-California with 40 million people elects 2 Dems

-By 2040, 30% of America will elect 70 senators. 70% of America will elect only 30…
Read 4 tweets
8 Apr
133 mass shootings in US already this year: let's make it easier to buy guns

2 cases of voter fraud in 2020: let's make it harder to vote
Tennessee requires voter ID to cast a ballot but no background check to buy a gun
Hours after I tweeted this US had its 134th mass shooting this year, in Bryan TX

How are Texas Republicans responding to gun violence?

By making it harder to vote & requiring sports teams to play national anthem
Read 4 tweets
8 Apr
There’s been ridiculous attempt by GOP to claim new Georgia law isn’t voter suppression

It restricts voting access in more than a dozen ways

It gives GOP unprecedented power to subvert election results

And it’s based directly on Trump‘s Big Lie…
Republicans have introduced 361 bills to make it harder to vote in 47 states in 3 months & we’re supposed to believe they’re not engaged in voter suppression?
The Georgia law will make it harder for voters to cast a ballot, harder for organizations to mobilize voters & harder for election officials to run smooth elections. And if all that fails to help GOP candidates, election boards can disqualify voters & decline to certify results
Read 5 tweets
8 Apr
Joe Manchin represents a state that is 1/22 the population of California & 92% white yet he can singlehandedly block policies supported by 70-80% of Americans. This is why the US Senate is so broken
US Senate ridiculously undemocratic:

-split 50-50 but Dems represent 41 million more people

-15 states with 38 million people elect 30 GOP senators

-California with 40 million people elects 2 Dems…
After Sandy Hook massacre in 2012 Manchin wrote bipartisan legislation requiring background checks for gun sales. It was supported by 86% of Americans & 54 senators but blocked by 46 senators representing just 38% of country. This is consequence of filibuster Manchin supports
Read 5 tweets
2 Apr
Thread - all the ways Georgia legislation makes it harder to vote:

-makes it crime to give food & water to voters in line

-severely limits mail ballot drop boxes

-allows GOP legislature to appoint majority on state election board & suspend county election officials

-allows unlimited challenges to voter eligibility

-adds strict new ID requirement for mail ballots

-gives voters less time to request mail ballots

-prevents election officials from sending out mail ballot applications

-bans mobile voting centers

-throws out most ballots cast in wrong precinct

-prohibits election funding from nonprofit groups

-makes it more difficult to extend voting hours when problems arise

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