As 2016 rolls on, the upcoming presidential election is shaping up to be a showdown between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and bigoted billionaire Donald Trump. For left-leaning voters who don’t find the prospect of another Clinton presidency appealing, or who are disillusioned by the entire two-party system itself, skipping the polls on November 8th appears to be a better alternative.
WORKERS WORLD PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE’S LETTER TO REP. JOHN LEWIS:
“Standing on the Wrong Side of History”
Dear Brother John Lewis,
I am a Black woman, who, like you, was born in Alabama at the dawn of the modern-day Civil Rights Movement. My parents supported the Montgomery Bus Boycott. I, like millions of others, suffered through the indignities of Jim Crow, including watching, as an adolescent, my mother being “escorted” out of a white-only public bathroom by the police.
So I understand firsthand and respect your bravery and your contribution to the Black freedom struggle.
A new study from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, 50 Years of the Voting Rights Act: The State of Race in Politics, looks at the impact of race in voting since the passage of the Voting Rights Act.
From the Joint Center:
- The black/white racial gap in voter turnout has decreased dramatically in presidential elections since 1965.
- Local election turnout is generally less than half of presidential general election turnout. As overall turnout declines in local elections, the electorate may become less diverse.
- Turnout rates among both Asian Americans and Hispanic Americans in presidential elections remain 15 to 20 points below white Americans.
- Since 1960, the party identification and partisan voting patterns of blacks and whites have become sharply divided.
- In urban local elections, race is a more decisive factor than income, education, political ideology, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, and political ideology.
- Based on available data from 1972 to 2010, blacks were the least advantaged group in America in terms of policy outcomes.
- Since 1965, the number of elected officials of color has grown enormously, but people of color remain underrepresented in elected office.
Read the study in its entirety here.
Photo: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
According to a study released by the University of Delaware’s Center for Political Communication, white people’s perception of voter ID laws change after being show photos of blacks at the polls.
And it isn’t for the better.
A local news anchor whose unconventional way of leaving her job went viral has come forward, explaining why she quit.
Charlo Greene, a reporter for Anchorage, Alaska’s KTVA, announced on air that she would be leaving her job to focus on marijuana legalization in the state.
Organizers across the country are having a tough time getting Latinos of voting age to register.
It’s a growing trend among young voters who just don’t see the point in signing up.
During his speech at Georgetown University Law Center, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that people with past felony convictions should have their voting rights restored.
Currently the majority of ex-felons do not have the right to vote, despite serving time for crimes committed in the past.
Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) slammed Clarence Thomas in a recent interview, admonishing him for voting to essentially gut the Voting Rights Act.
According to Johnson, Thomas’ horrific vote ranks below the actions of Eric Snowden, the NSA contractor wanted by the government for leaking classified information about U.S. surveillance programs.
As NewsOne reports, Virginia’s Republican Governor Bob McDonnell raised eyebrows recently, announcing that he will make it easier for non-violent offenders to have their voting rights reinstated.
What’s more, he did even after a panel ruled that the Constitution does not allow for McDonnell to do so.
Call this a case of a politician doing right, which unfortunately is becoming out of character and unexpected these days.
The Supreme Court’s conservative justices have expressed skepticism regarding a key element of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Specifically, they voiced displeasure with a provision that forces states with a history of discrimination to have changes to their election process approved.
Liberal and conservative justices went back and forth for a tense 70 minutes over the provison.