On that note, an asterisk of hope.
Many people in Florida who were too racist (or, at best, too tied to an identity fused with a racist political party) to vote for a Black person nonetheless voted to re-enfranchise one million, four hundred thousand of their fellow citizens, about one half of whom are Black.
Voter suppression needs to be the starting point for anyone talking, writing, or thinking about these elections.
Ending voter suppression needs to be the starting point for working to restore the possibility of "peaceful revolution".
(And of course voting can only be a tiny fraction of our work toward justice and liberty. Please sign up here https://pwgd.org/ to be asked—and partake in our collective wisdom—about all the ways we can support one another in such efforts.)
Voter suppression puts the moral onus of justifying why they should be in power on the politicians benefiting from voter suppression.
"Despite a narrow majority of citizens who turned out to vote rejecting their continued rule, Republican politicians who oversaw massive voter suppression efforts attempt to cling to power through legal technicality."
That's about the most generous framing those who orchestrate a subversion of the will of their constituents can possibly deserve.
Voter suppression (which can indeed be unintentional, and might be in this case) includes the ballot design
Via zeynep tufekci @zeynep - https://twitter.com/zeynep/status/1061354587272200193
> As Florida goes to recount: #FLSEN margin is so tiny that the undervote in heavily Democratic Broward County—which had a terrible ballot design—may well be the difference. Count every vote is the beginning, not the end, of election integrity. May well have cost a Dem Senate seat.
Voter suppression includes long wait times at polling places, which *alone* were certainly enough to prevent enough people who were trying to vote for Abrams, Gillum, Nelson, and Fried from having succeeded in voting.
I'm honestly angry i cannot find *anyone* doing a statistical analysis of the impact in this election, but here's an article about one from the 2012 election:
#CreditUnionHistory stories I would like to hear told:
- That time during the Birmingham Bus Boycott when #MLK & co attempted to charter a Federal #CreditUnion, only to be denied. The application and denial paperwork is probably in the Federal Archives...
Any #History grad students looking for thesis topics?
@hanabel and you can follow people there without joining them... though that does *not* play well with temporary containers... or maybe just doesn't work well at all? Remote follow from the home instance seems to be the best way to interact, so maybe just find people on those instances, search for from home instance, and interact that way. And um, a form restore plugin like Form History Control and it's almost usable!
here's how to find a good instance:
or if there's an instance in your area, consider joining that one!
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RT @email@example.com Twitter plunged to its lowest price in 6 weeks after short-seller Citron Research said it was betting against the company https://bloom.bg/2pLfECc
@mlncn We don't get given the addresses directly, unfortunately, though we can send bulk emails to all the signatories, so if anyone wants to start something like that we're happy to circulate it (and the Exilian forums etc are open as a platform folk can use for planning and option discussion if that's helpful to people).
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