Early Voting Surges Ahead of U.S. Elections, and Complaints Follow

Liz Hampton October 26, 2018 / 5:33 PM MARIETTA, Ga. (Reuters) – Hope Norris showed up two weeks early to vote in Marietta, Georgia, and waited 45 minutes to cast a ballot for Democrat Stacey Abrams, who could become the first black woman governor elected in U.S. history. The 55-year-old

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Control of U.S. Senate May Hinge On Possible Mississippi Runoff

Sharon Bernstein October 27, 2018 / 6:06 AM (Reuters) – A crowded U.S. Senate race in Republican stronghold Mississippi could set the stage for weeks of uncertainty over which party ends up controlling the upper chamber of Congress after the Nov. 6 elections. Two Republicans and two Democrats are contesting

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Voter Suppression: Not Just in The South, Not Just ID Laws

By Mark Gruenberg October 23, 2018 12:01 PM CDT WASHINGTON—The common characterization of “voter suppression,” the movement, undertaken by right-wing Republicans and underwritten by their corporate puppeteers, to prevent workers, women, minorities, the old and the young from voting, is that it exists in the South and it’s just so-called

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Voting Access Dominates Georgia Debate Between Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp

By BEN NADLER ATLANTA (AP) — The first debate between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp in the race for Georgia governor was dominated by charges of voter suppression and counterclaims of encouraging illegal voting. Libertarian candidate Ted Metz also participated in Tuesday’s debate. Disputes over voting access took

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Obama Rails Against Republicans, Rallies Democrats in Nevada

By MICHELLE L. PRICE LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former President Barack Obama delivered a biting critique of Republicans in Washington and President Donald Trump’s administration on Monday but avoided mentioning his successor by name. Obama, speaking at a rally in Las Vegas for Nevada Democrats, said Republicans had promised to

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Georgia Purged 107,000 Voters Just Because They Haven’t Voted Recently

By Eric Boehlert –October 19, 2018 Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s determined strategy to kick people off the state’s voter rolls included making sure 107,000 voters are ineligible simply because they opted not to participate in elections recently. The news comes as Republican Kemp, running for governor in the state, is

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Mississippi Democrat Mike Espy Says He’d Be ‘Senator for Everybody’

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS October 20, 2018   JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mike Espy is doing a balancing act as he runs for U.S. Senate in Mississippi. As an African-American Democrat, Espy needs a strong voter turnout among black people, who make up 38 percent of the state’s population. But

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DeSantis, Andrew Gillum Tackle Trump and More in Florida Debate

BRENDAN FARRINGTON, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Democratic candidate for Florida governor Andrew Gillum isn’t a big fan of President Donald Trump, but he said during a debate Sunday night that he’d gladly work with the president to bring money to the state for needed projects. “That’s just not

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Groups Work to Energize Black Voters in Key 2018 Midterm Election Contests

By Vanessa Williams October 19 at 9:58 AM BlackPAC, which helped to boost turnout among black voters for crucial Democratic victories in Virginia and Alabama, will spend $8 million to mobilize African Americans for key midterm contests for the Senate, House and governorships. The group will use direct mail and

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Neither Voter Suppression Nor Being Called ‘Coon’ and the N-Word Will Stop Black Georgia From Voting

Terrell Jermaine Starr   Waynesboro, Georgia—Sarah Jenkins has long had to deal with simmering community tensions. She owns a small business in a white part of town that caters to senior citizens and people with mental disabilities, an arrangement many of her neighbors frown upon. But since “Ms. Jenkins,” as

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