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In a dramatic vote to override the governor's veto, the Maryland state Senate on Tuesday voted to restore voting rights to felons on probation or parole, giving approximately 40,000 felons the right to vote.

It is 2016. The votes (80% of them electronic) have been cast all across the United States. Except in Hawaii, the voting stations are now closed.

If you know Guys & Dolls, you’re already singing the rest of this line: “His name is Paul Revere, and there’s a guy that says, when the weather’s clear, ‘Can do!’” - http://www.musictory.com/music/Guys+And+Dolls/Fugue+For+Tinhorns )

Sunday, 13 December 2015 00:00

Hand Counting Paper Ballots Is Not Impossible

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Find out. Learn how. Empower your activism for democracy. Citizen jurors sustain our legal system. Any system is corruptible. But governments corrupt when citizens withdraw from the process. And we have withdrawn from – been kicked out of – our vote-count. First, we must return to paper ballots.

You filled out your absentee ballot and put it in the mail. You assumed it would be postmarked and arrive at the elections board in time to be counted.

For nearly 900 voters in Summit County, that assumption was wrong.

The U.S. Department of Justice in September notified Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange that it would file a lawsuit against the state of Alabama for failure to enforce various sections of the National Voter Registration Act.

The governor of Alabama has partially reversed a decision to close more than 30 government offices that issue driver licenses and photo IDs, following weeks of criticism by civil rights advocates and Democratic lawmakers who say the action would make it harder for some black residents to get the identification needed to vote.

The "No Closings Caravan" began it's journey Thursday across Alabama's poor Black Belt region to protest the closing of 31 satellite driver's license offices after state budget cuts. The journey started in Union Springs before moving on to Tuskegee and hitting three other Black Belt counties later in the afternoon.

Montgomery County Board of Elections President Jim Shalleck acknowledged Thursday that the Republican-controlled panel’s decision to move two early voting sites reduced the total number of registered voters living within five miles of an early balloting location.

The 'decision to cut out ID services to almost all counties with a majority black population is discriminatory and wrong,' says ACLU of Alabama. "Every single county in which blacks make up more than 75 percent of registered voters will see their driver license office closed," writes columnist John Archibald.

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