Democrats are not putting resources into registering nine million African-American voters.
~ Jesse Jackson via Ralph Nader
The Democrats knowing that they win or lose based on the turnout of African-American community especially in the swing states…
~ Ralph Nader
Pivotal swing states under Republican control are embracing significant new electoral restrictions on registering and voting that go beyond the voter identification requirements that have caused fierce partisan brawls.
The bills, laws and administrative rules — some of them tried before — shake up fundamental components of state election systems, including the days and times polls are open and the locations where people vote.
According to the article, new laws were passed in Virginia and North Carolina effecting voting. Also in Virginia, a panel of federal judges recently issued a ruling that lawmakers illegally concentrated African American voters into one congressional district to reduce their influence elsewhere. This brings Virginia a step closer to being forced to redraw its congressional districts.
Is there gerrymandering in Virginia? Republicans have not won a statewide election in Virginia since 2009, yet they hold eight of the state’s 11 congressional seats.
The Reverend Clementa Pinckney speaking at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on December 31, 2012. Pinckney was one of only two votes in the state senate opposing the latest South Carolina voter ID law designed to limit the franchise for black and brown people.
These facts along with the recent mass murder in Charleston, South Carolina has motivated me to shift gears and bring Seven Magazine to the South starting with Petersburg, Richmond, and Hampton Roads in Virginia; along with Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham in North Carolina.
According to a Washington Post article
there are nine truly swing states — Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. Our long-term is to keep pushing South to make South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana swing states also. This is not as difficult as many would have you believe. For one, there are significant African-American populations in these states.