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Friday, May 12, 2017

Voter Suppression > It begins anew with the Census - How GOP minority schemes to hold on.

Under count in the "blue areas" and over count in the "red areas" and then use "gerrymandering" to jigger the results more in favor of the minority GOP party. Toss in more difficult "voter id" laws and you have the GOP suppressing the majority.


Alternatively just do such a bad job that everybody ends up in court and the conservatives on the Supreme Court do the bidding of the "conservatives".

U.S. Census director resigns amid turmoil over funding of 2020 count By Tara Bahrampour

... The decennial count typically requires a massive ramp-up in spending in the years immediately preceding it, involving extensive testing, hiring and publicity. However, in late April Congress approved only $1.47 billion for the Census Bureau in the 2017 fiscal year, about 10 percent below what the Obama administration had requested. And experts say the White House’s proposed budget for 2018, $1.5 billion, falls far below what is needed. ...
Trump’s Commission on ‘Election Integrity’ Will Lead to Massive Voter Suppression It will be led by Mike Pence and Kris Kobach, who have a very long history of making it harder to vote. By Ari Berman, The Nation

Two days after firing FBI director James Comey and creating a full-blown constitutional crisis, Donald Trump signed an executive order today creating a presidential commission on “election integrity,” based on his debunked claims that millions voted illegally in 2016.

Vice President Mike Pence will be the chair and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will be the vice chair—two men with very long histories of making it harder to vote, especially Kobach. Given the lack of evidence of voter fraud, the commission seems designed for one purpose: to perpetuate the myth of fraud in order to lay the groundwork for enacting policies that suppress the vote.
Extreme Maps - Laura Royden, Michael Li 5/09/1717 - Brennan Ctr

Using data from the 2012, 2014, and 2016 election cycles, Extreme Maps finds that partisan bias resulting largely from the worst gerrymandering abuses in just a few battleground states provides Republicans a durable advantage of 16-17 seats in the current Congress, representing a significant portion of the 24 seats Democrats would need to gain control of the House in 2020. These "extreme maps" were all drawn in states under single-party control; the report finds that conversely, maps drawn by independent commissions, courts, or split-party state governments had significantly less partisan bias in their maps. 

Gerrymander in Wisconsin

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