25 states enacted 54 laws by last summer making it easier to vote

The States Making Voting Easier: While Georgia moves to restrict voting rights, Virginia and California offer models for legislation that expands ballot accessibility. Also see https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-07-13/how-activists-are-challenge-new-voter-laws and https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-12-09/nyc-moves-to-allow-noncitizens-green-card-holders-to-vote New York City has approved a measure that allows noncitizens to participate in local elections, expanding rights for about 800,000 residents at a time when other parts of the country are making it harder …

The 2020 presidential elections saw the highest voter turnout in U.S. election history, including among poor and low-income voters (LIV) – 35 percent

…the Poor People’s Campaign released a groundbreaking report on the power of poor and low-income voters in the 2020 elections. Authored by Kairos Policy Director Shailly Gupta Barnes, the report demonstrates that low-income voters accounted for 35% of all votes in the Presidential election and even higher rates in battleground states. It also shows that the Poor People’s Campaign’s non-partisan …

‘We were partially liberated and then re-enslaved. We have to fight again on old battlefields but our confidence is greater, our vision is clearer and our ultimate victory surer’ – MLK. Voter Suppression Then and Now

Dr. Martin L. King Jr. on What W. E. B. Du Bois Taught Us “We were partially liberated and then re-enslaved. We have to fight again on old battlefields but our confidence is greater, our vision is clearer and our ultimate victory surer because of the contributions a militant, passionate Black giant left behind him. — Dr. Martin L. King …

Republicans destroy citizens’ ability to run ballot initiatives

By Reid J. Epstein and Nick Corasaniti May 22, 2021, New York Times In 2008, deep-blue California banned same-sex marriage. In 2018, steadfastly conservative Arkansas and Missouri increased their minimum wage. And last year, Republican-controlled Arizona and Montana legalized recreational marijuana. These moves were all the product of ballot initiatives, a century-old fixture of American democracy that allows voters to bypass their legislatures …

Depolarizing American voters: Democrats and Republicans are equally susceptible to false attitude feedback

Thomas Strandberg, Jay A. Olson, Lars Hall, Andy Woods, Petter Johansson Published: February 5, 2020 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0226799 American politics is becoming increasingly polarized, which biases decision-making and reduces open-minded debate. In two experiments, we demonstrate that despite this polarization, a simple manipulation can make people express and endorse less polarized views about competing political candidates. In Study 1, we approached 136 …

H.R.1 Fact Sheet

H.R. 1 FACT SHEET CLEAN AND FAIR ELECTIONS  Improve Access –H.R. 1 expands access to the ballot box by taking aim at institutional barriers to voting, including cumbersome voter registration systems, disenfranchisement and limited voting hours. H.R. 1 will create automatic voter registration across the country, ensure that individuals who have completed felony sentences have their full voting rights restored, expand …

Climate mattered for three-quarters of voters in Nov 2020

https://www.climatepower2020.org/resources/biden-is-already-acting/ In exit polls, Morning Consult found 3-in-4 Biden voters said addressing climate change was very important in deciding who they voted for in the presidential race, and both CNN and NBC News found that two-thirds of voters think climate change is a serious problem. Even FOX News found that 72% of voters are concerned about climate and 70% of voters favor increasing government spending on green and renewable energy. …

Working people, young, and POC delivered victory + Florida became the eighth state to pass a $15 minimum wage, Arizona voted to increase taxes on the wealthy to fund public schools, CO approved 12 weeks of paid family leave.

Sen. Nina Turner in the Washington Post: Working people — Black, Brown and White families making under $100,000, along with the vast majority of young people — delivered Biden his victory. Not only did they vote for him in overwhelming numbers, they also knocked on doors, made calls and carried out the hard work of democracy during a pandemic. These voters are …