Wow, federal judge rules Trump & Louis DeJoy were "involved in a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service” & will issue injunction reversing changes leading to mail delays under DeJoy washingtonpost.com/politics/feder…
"At the heart of DeJoy’s & the Postal Service’s actions is voter disenfranchisement," federal judge writes in ruling reversing USPS changes. "An intentional effort to disrupt & challenge the legitimacy of upcoming local, state, and federal elections" courtlistener.com/recap/gov.usco…
Huge federal court ruling yesterday confirms what we knew all along: Trump & DeJoy attempted to sabotage USPS to undermine free & fair elections. Now USPS must reverse mail delays before election motherjones.com/politics/2020/…
DeJoy ordered USPS to remove 671 mail sorting machines by end of September, including 24 in Ohio, 11 in Detroit, 11 in Florida, 9 in Wisconsin, 8 in Philadelphia and 5 in Arizona. Will removed mail equipment be restored? DeJoy doesn't say in letter & we need answers
Also USPS workers have been told to leave mail behind rather than take extra time to deliver. That could lead to major mail ballot delays.
And what about making states pay first-class rates for ballots?
DeJoy's letter raises more questions than answers
Questions members of Congress should ask DeJoy:
-will 671 mail sorting machines removed or slated to be removed be restored?
-will USPS charge states first-class rates for ballots?
-will USPS be allowed to deliver all mail they receive in day?
Georgia closed 214 polling places after Supreme Court gutted Voting Rights Act
There were 80 fewer polling places for June primary in metro Atlanta, where majority of black voters live
Mitch McConnell is blocking legislation passed by House Dems to restore the VRA
“Things have changed dramatically” in the South, John Roberts wrote when he gutted Voting Rights Act in 2013
Black voters who waited in line for 5 hours today would beg to differ
For all those interested in voting rights, today is a good day to read Give Us the Ballot & learn more about how GOP has systematically tried to roll back Voting Rights Act & suppress black voters since 1965 indiebound.org/book/978125009…
Wow, despite massive GOP voter suppression, progressive judge Jill Karofsky is projected to defeat Trump-endorsed Justice Dan Kelly in Wisconsin Supreme Court race. Huge upset & defeat for attempts to undermine voting rights
If Dems had flipped 6,000 votes & won Wisconsin Supreme Court seat last year they'd now have progressive majority on court. Now they can't flip until 2023
GOP still has 4-3 majority on state Supreme Court & could authorize purge of 232,000 voters before Nov. The fight for voting rights in Wisconsin is far from over (I'll have much more to say about this tomorrow)
Senate Republicans who represent 15 million fewer people than Senate Dems can block impeachment of a president who committed crimes worse than Watergate, lost popular vote by 2.9 million votes & suffered largest midterm election defeat in US history
@imillhiser Unrepresentativeness of US Senate one of greatest threats to democracy in America. 34 senators from 17 smallest states representing only 7% of country can block Trump's removal from office washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/…
Impeachment very important but also pay attention to this: Trump has new stealth plan to preserve white electoral power by excluding millions of people of color from political representation. This is next front in GOP war on voting.
After SCOTUS blocked census citizenship question Trump issued exec order that could let GOP states draw districts excluding 55% of Latinos, 45% of Asian Americans & 30% of African Americans from representation. This is racial gerrymandering on steroids
Political districts have long been drawn based on total population but Trump wants states to only count eligible voters, excluding kids & non-citizens from representation. This would be huge power shift to GOP areas, undoing decades of demographic change & minority representation
Breaking: House just passed bill to restore & expand Voting Rights Act. This is big first step to strengthen country’s most important civil rights law that SCOTUS disastrously gutted motherjones.com/politics/2019/…
In 2006 House reauthorized Voting Rights Act 390-33
Today only one House Republican (Brian Fitzpatrick) voted to restore the VRA
Very sad commentary on GOP
Voting Rights Advancement Act requires 11 states w/ recent history of voting discrimination to approve voting changes with federal government & all states to get approval for suppressive measures like voter ID laws & closing polling places
Want to know how Republicans rig elections? In Kentucky 300,000 people can't vote in Tuesday's gov race b/c of past felony conviction, including over 1 in 4 African Americans. Matt Bevin reversed policy restoring rights to non-violent ex-offenders, disenfranchising 140k
Impeachment & 2020 rightly dominate news but don't forget how critical state races are for democracy. “Presidential election is of existential importance but these state races are more important than any state races have perhaps ever been" says @ericholdermotherjones.com/politics/2019/…