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Republicans Are Casting Doubt On Normal Election Processes For The Sake Of Winning

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  • By characterizing basic safeguards as illegitimate, Rick Scott and President Trump are undermining democracy.
  • Related: Special Report | The Worst Part About Election Day- The Voters Lose

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11/12/2018 07:33 | On Thursday night, two days after Election Day, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) stood on the steps of the governor’s mansion in Tallahassee and unleashed a nuclear bomb aimed at the very foundation of democracy. Scott suggested there was “rampant fraud” in the state. “No ragtag group of liberal activists or lawyers from D.C.” was going to steal the election from Floridians, the governor said.

When Scott made his comments, Florida hadn’t even hit the deadline to submit unofficial election results to the state. Scott asked the state’s law enforcement agency to investigate his allegations, but the agency quickly said there was nothing to investigate.

That hasn’t stopped President Donald Trump from continuing to insist that there was fraud in the state. There is no evidence of fraud to support his claim.

https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/58d060921d000016007cf77f.jpg?ops=100_100Sam Levine is a reporter at HuffPost covering voting rights. He graduated from the University of Chicago.

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Special Report | The Worst Part About Election Day- The Voters Lose, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest <http://evergreenedigest.org>

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Story 1: The Worst Part About Election Day: Somebody Wins * Story 2: The Midterm Elections Were A Stress Test For Democracy And It Did Not Go Well * Story 3: The Midterms Revealed the Power of Partisanship and Whiteness * How Democrats — And Republicans — Made 2018 A Blue Wave (When It Almost Wasn’t) * Story 5: Halfofwhite women continue to vote Republican. What's wrong with them? * Story 6: Democrats Exit Midterms Facing An Uphill Battle And A Looming Constitutional Crisis
 

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Special Report | The Worst Part About Election Day- The Voters Lose

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Story 1: Story 1: The Worst Part About Election Day: Somebody Wins * Story 2: The Midterm Elections Were A Stress Test For Democracy And It Did Not Go Well * Story 3: The Midterms Revealed the Power of Partisanship and Whiteness * How Democrats — And Republicans — Made 2018 A Blue Wave (When It Almost Wasn’t) * Story 5: Half of white women continue to vote Republican. What's wrong with them? * Story 6: Democrats Exit Midterms Facing An Uphill Battle And A Looming Constitutional Crisis

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Week Ending November 17, 2018 |


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And so … the big day approacheth.

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Story 2: The Midterm Elections Were A Stress Test For Democracy And It Did Not Go Well, Jonathan Cohn, Huff Post

11/07/2018 | Tuesday’s results had Republicans losing the House ― but, by the numbers, they should have lost more.
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Story 3: The Midterms Revealed the Power of Partisanship and Whiteness, Andrew Gawthorpe, the Guardian

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Thu 8 Nov 2018 | Democrats hoped for a huge rejection of Trumpism, but found two forces still hold an intoxicating political power

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Story 4: How Democrats — And Republicans — Made 2018 A Blue Wave (When It Almost Wasn’t), Matt Fuller and Kevin Robillard, HuffPost
11/09/2018 | Yes. It was a wave.
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Story 5: Half of white women continue to vote Republican. What's wrong with them? Moira Donegan, the Guardian
http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/White%20Older%20Women%20Greet%20Trump%20at%20Rally_0.jpgSome 53% of white women voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election – the real story of white women voters is
bothmore grim and more complex than the figure reveals.
 

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Story 6: Democrats Exit Midterms Facing An Uphill Battle And A Looming Constitutional Crisis, Richard North Patterson, HuffPost
http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Reps%20Pelosi%2C%20Lewis%2C%20others_0.jpg11/07/2018 |  Ultimately, these winnable states are critical units of the Electoral College that Democrats cannot escape. They encapsulate the party’s opportunity, and its challenge, in 2020 and beyond: to meld racial and social justice with a unifying economic agenda that promotes opportunity and dignity for Americans of every stripe across the electoral map.
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Fear Dominates Final Weeks Of The 2018 Campaign

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  • President Donald Trump is leading a strategy of scaring Republicans into voting.
  • Things are getting dark out there. 
  • Related: Charles Pierce | I'm Not Sure We're Ready for the Chaos That Will Follow the Midterms

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Amanda Terkel, HuffPost

10/24/2018 | Brown people caravaning into the country. Transgender people using the bathroom. Black people kneeling during the national anthem. 

President Donald Trump wants voters to be terrified when they go to the polls on Nov. 6. The theme of the final weeks of the 2018 campaign is that Americans have everything to fear but fear itself. Fear itself, the White House figures, is just savvy politics. It is, after all, how Trump himself was elected. 

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Charles Pierce | I'm Not Sure We're Ready for the Chaos That Will Follow the Midterms, Charles P. Pierce, Esquire  


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  • Prepare for recount hell and the delegitimizing of the Blue Wave.
  • Related: Overcoming Voter Suppression

 

 

 


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Charles Pierce | I'm Not Sure We're Ready for the Chaos That Will Follow the Midterms 
 


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  • "Over the weekend, Pierce writes, "there were a couple of ominous, if overlooked, statements from Republican officials touching on the upcoming midterm elections."
  • Prepare for recount hell and the delegitimizing of the Blue Wave.
  • Related: Overcoming Voter Suppression

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

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Oct 15, 2018 | Over the weekend, there were a couple of ominous, if overlooked, statements from Republican officials touching on the upcoming midterm elections. In a radio interview, National Security Adviser John Bolton sang the new administration* tune of how what we really should be watching as regards outside interference in our elections is what China is doing. From the Washington Free Beacon:

On Chinese election meddling, Bolton said the problem is serious. "We are very worried about the question of Chinese interference not just in individual elections, but more broadly trying to influence the American political discussion with an influence campaign that I think could well be unprecedented," he said.

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Overcoming Voter Suppression, The Progress Report, Center for American Progress

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Millian%20Fists%20%7C%20Illusion_0.jpgWith midterm elections 20 days away, it’s never been more important to expose voter suppression efforts—and to overcome them.
  • Check out this page from the ACLU for resources around knowing your rights and responding to voter intimidation.
  • Related: Five Truths About Voter Suppression

 



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  • With midterm elections 20 days away, it’s never been more important to expose voter suppression efforts—and to overcome them.
  • Check out this page from the ACLU for resources around knowing your rights and responding to voter intimidation.
  • Related: Five Truths About Voter Suppression

The Progress Report, Center for American Progress

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October 17, 2018 | Voter suppression has shamefully become a mainstream Republican Party tactic targeting low income communities and communities of color and justified with thoroughly-debunked propaganda about widespread voter fraud. The increasingly GOP-aligned Supreme Court has already gutted the Voting Rights Act and given states the green light to purge voters from the rolls. Now, they seem poised to further institutionalize attacks on voting rights.

Just last week, the Court upheld a North Dakota law requiring voters to bring proof of residential address in order to vote. The catch? Rural tribal lands are “typically without named and numbered roads” and do not have residential addresses; the law specifically aims to suppress Native American voting and effectively disenfranchises almost 1 in 5 otherwise eligible Native voters.

The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan policy institute that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action. Our aim is not just to change the conversation, but to change the country.

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Five Truths About Voter Suppression, Connor Maxwell and Danielle Root, American Progress

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The strength of American democracy depends on the ability of citizens to express their fundamental right to vote. Instead of pursuing the myth of voter fraud and encouraging tougher restrictions on voting, the Trump administration should work to fight voter suppression and expand the electorate.

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