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    This is, IMO, going to be a big topic in the coming year. Republicans have stated their aim to make voting more restrictive in just about every state where they have the means to do so. Democrats would like to pass the Voting Rights Bill named after John Lewis. I’m going to go look up the map of all the states which have pending legislation to restrict voting. Now that we have the election in the rear view, I thought we could try to make this a general discussion thread, where people who have concerns about voting abuses can post as well and we can discuss it from both sides. Please keep memes out of this thread and put them in the boards where we go to talk about the other side, lol.
     
    In other words:

    "Our guts say they are cheating criminals. We have no proof of it; but we can feel it!"

    The Speaker of the House Ladies and Gentlemen!
     
    He really shouldn't be allowed to make such blatantly false statements as the Speaker of the House, or at least be able to face real consequences because of it.

    He's not going to lose votes in Shreveport by making up lies about immigrants though.
     
    The video message from Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes warmly greeted the scores of election workers who had gathered at a Phoenix-area hotel in December for a first-of-its-kind drill:

    “We are very excited that all of you are here,” Fontes, a Democrat, began. “You are on the front lines, and this exercise is a prime opportunity for you to hone your skills by experiencing new challenges as a team.” He wished them luck.


    Over two days, the election workers from around the state maneuvered through a training exercise involving the kinds of attacks generated by artificial intelligence that they might face in this politically competitive state during the coming election cycle.

    They tackled situations that plunged them into AI-generated scenarios ranging from law enforcement operations to attempts to infiltrate technology systems.

    It was not until the end that the real Adrian Fontes told the shocked group that the person in the welcome video was a fake, an AI creation built out of publicly available images.

    Dana Lewis, the county recorder in Pinal, a conservative area that borders metro Phoenix and has dealt with many false claims about elections, said the simulations in the exercise were both “mind blowing” and unsettling.

    “By the end of the second day, you’re like: Trust no one,” Lewis recalled in an interview.


    For years, election officials across the country have faced extraordinary pressure from rampant conspiracy theories and violent threats. But 2024 presents something more: widely available and highly convincing AI-generated deepfakes.

    FBI Director Christopher A. Wray recently told a national security conference that while the United States had faced malign foreign influence campaigns in the past, this election cycle’s adversaries would move faster, enabled by new technologies such as generative AI.

    And in the United States, elections are administered by the states, which means local officials like the ones who gathered in Arizona are on the front lines……

     
    Attorney General Merrick Garland warned Monday of mounting violent threats against election workers across the country, and vowed that the Justice Department will be “relentless” in prosecuting those who threaten the democratic process.


    Speaking to reporters ahead of a meeting of the department’s Election Threats Task Force, Garland cited a handful of cases over the past several years in which poll workers in Arizona, Michigan and Georgia — swing states in the presidential election — have faced death threats. In each instance, he said, federal prosecutors won convictions against the perpetrators and sentences of up to 3½ years in federal prison.


    “Each of these cases should serve as a warning — if you threaten to harm or kill an election worker, volunteer or official, the Justice Department will find you and we will hold you accountable,” said Garland, flanked by Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco and FBI Director Christopher A. Wray.


    “The public servants who administer elections must be able to do their jobs without fearing for their safety or that of their family,” Garland said. “We will aggressively investigate and prosecute those who threaten election workers.”……..

     
    And on the 2024 congressional elections side... delay tactics to get what they want is the new way of getting things done...


     

    I agree with the ruling, but I've read that the legal principle the majority used to justify the ruling is vague and can be used for I'll intent in other cases.
     
    Yeah, lower courts thinking "it only gerrymandering when they do it!"

    SCOTUS overruling that nonsense is nice.
    To be fair, it really is racial gerrymandering. The most proper redraw would've had Johnson or Letlow in jeopardy. Yet it's clearly political because Landry is granting a favor to Fields for not rocking the boat and to give a big eff you to Garrett Graves for not backing him...

    Bottom line, I'm against anything that allows Cleo Fields to get elected to a congressional office. This ruling sucks balls.
     
    To be fair, it really is racial gerrymandering. The most proper redraw would've had Johnson or Letlow in jeopardy. Yet it's clearly political because Landry is granting a favor to Fields for not rocking the boat and to give a big eff you to Garrett Graves for not backing him...

    Bottom line, I'm against anything that allows Cleo Fields to get elected to a congressional office. This ruling sucks balls.
    Interesting. Didn't think about that. Fair play.
     

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