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Dems Organizing Against Voter Suppression in Battlegound States

From NYT’s “Democrats Challenge Voter Restrictions in Battleground States” by Maggie Haberman and Amy Chozick:

Democrats allied with Hillary Rodham Clinton are mounting a nationwide legal battle 17 months before the 2016 presidential election, seeking to roll back Republican-enacted restrictions on voter access that Democrats say could, if unchallenged, prove decisive in a close campaign.
The Democrats began last month with lawsuits filed in Ohio and Wisconsin, presidential battleground states whose governors are likely to run for the Republican nomination themselves. Now, they are most likely going to attack a host of measures. They include voter identification requirements that Democrats consider onerous, time restrictions imposed on early voting that they say could make it difficult to cast ballots the weekend before Election Day, and rules that could nullify ballots cast in the wrong precinct.

Similar efforts are underway in NC, and more are planned for GA, NV and VA, report Chozick and Haberman. While it is doubtful that the efforts will succeed in reversing voter suppression laws in time for the 2016 election, it is hoped that raising consciousness about voter suppression will stimulate voter turnout among African and Latino American voters who are being targeted in battleground states by Republicans and energize progressives to improve voter turnout. Although the effort being spearheaded by Clinton supporters, all Democratic candidates stand to benefit from it.

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