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Ari Berman @AriBerman
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How GOP rigging the midterms:

1. Gerrymandering

2. Voter suppression

3. Dark money

My new story for @RollingStone…
Despite court decisions striking down GOP maps gerrymandering still gives Republicans big advantage in 2018. Dems need to win popular vote by 8 points to take back House, which is ridiculous
Wisconsin Republicans literally drew a district that included house of GOP state senator but none of his Democratic neighbors. In 2012 Dems got 51% of vote in Wisconsin but Republicans won 60/99 seats in state assembly
Voter suppression is another way Republicans rig elections. One black woman in Wisconsin brought 3 forms of ID to polls & her ballot still wasn't counted. “I felt like they were trying their hardest for me to not vote" she said
Up to 45,000 people disenfranchised by Wisconsin's voter ID law in 2016. Trump won state by 22,000 votes. Blacks 3x as likely as whites to be blocked from polls
Dark money is another way Republicans rig elections. $3 billion in outside money spent since Citizens United. Supreme Court has made it easier to buy election & harder to vote in one
After passing country's worst gerrymandering & voter suppression laws, Republicans destroyed Wisconsin's campaign finance system to give Koch brothers & co unprecedented influence
.@EricHolder: “American citizens ought to be concerned about the state of our democracy. We could end up with a system where a well-financed minority that has views inconsistent with the vast majority of the American people runs this country."
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