A Democratic advocacy group has filed a lawsuit challenging Michigan laws that ban both rides to the poll for many voters and organized absentee ballot application drives.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court Tuesday by the super PAC Priorities USA, against Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, also a Democrat.
It is the latest in a series of lawsuits filed in recent weeks by Democratic groups challenging laws that they believe make it more difficult for people to vote. One of the laws the new suit challenges makes it a misdemeanor to hire a vehicle to transport voters to the polls unless the voters are not able to walk.
The second law makes it a crime to organize efforts to assist voters in submitting applications for absentee ballots.
Organizer: Reclaim Our Democracy
Unitarian Universalist President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray has challenged all UU churches to "UU the Vote" in 2020. We will be showing the 40 minute film "Suppressed: The Fight to Vote," which tells the story of voter suppression in Georgia during the 2018 election. After the film we will learn how we can help UU the Vote from three knowledgeable speakers:
- Diane Proctor, former President of the League of Women Voters, Concord-Carlisle
- Susan Leslie, UUA Congregational Advocacy & Witness Director
- Kate Kavanagh, founder of Concord Indivisible
Location: First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Rd., Concord, MA
Two Republicans have been charged with distributing phony sample ballots in an Ohio city. The purported small-town crimes are misdemeanors but still stand as the most prominent allegations of election fraud so far in this off-year election.
GOP officials lambasted the timing of the charges as despicable. But the top prosecutor in the case says the law was clearly violated.
The incident is also a reminder that — while President Trump has made repeated, emphatic and unsubstantiated allegations about widespread voter fraud by the Democrats in 2016 and other contests — election malfeasance is a bipartisan problem and the biggest instance of election tampering in the 2018 midterm was perpetrated by Republicans, prompting the do-over of a North Carolina congressional race.
Georgia is looking to take even more people off the election voter rolls in the coming months (about 330,000) than have registered to vote so far this year (310,000).
The astonishing but seemingly coincidental similarity of those big numbers helps underscore, once again, how the state has become one of the nation's prime voting rights battlegrounds just as it has also become a newly competitive battleground electorally.
After one of the closest governor's races of last year, Democrats have high hopes for toppling the GOP's 14-year hold on all statewide contests by staging strong runs for both of the state's Senate seats and Georgia's 16 electoral votes. But the party's chances rest heavily on a huge turnout, especially by African-Americans and people who only think about voting in presidential years.
That could be made more difficult after the coming purge, which will target registrants who have not cast ballots in several years. The state estimates the vast majority of those people have died or moved away, and those who are still in Georgia but have been politically inactive will get a chance to keep their registration current.