Trump’s attack on mail-in ballots, by contrast, is far more ominous. Here, the president is defaming not an individual but the integrity of our electoral process, confidence in which is a key to a stable democratic order. And the purpose of this attack is not distraction but pointedly political. The politics of disenfranchisement has emerged as a staple of Republican electoral strategy, and the reasons for targeting mail-in ballots are not hard to divine. The bulk of such ballots are cast in urban areas, where Democratic voters predominate, and as the nation continues to grapple with the Covid-19 outbreak, we can expect millions of urban voters to cast mail-in ballots in November as a hedge against the obvious health risks that come with in-person voting. Trump’s tweets serve, then, the politics of voter suppression. … [Read more...] about Will Trump dispute the 2020 election results? His tweets this week suggest so
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Even before he was quarantined in his home, Biden faced an enormous “enthusiasm gap” compared to Trump. According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll from a couple of months ago, only 24 percent of Biden backers described themselves as strongly supporting the candidate, the lowest recorded for a Democratic contender in the past two decades. By contrast, 53 percent of those planning to vote for Trump were “strongly enthusiastic.” … [Read more...] about Twitter joins Democrats to boost mail-in voting — here’s why
Taylor Swift has made her most direct comment on the 2020 election yet, addressing President Donald Trump and his recent violent threats aimed at protesters. “After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence? ‘When the looting starts the shooting starts’???” she wrote on Twitter. “We will vote you out in November.” The pop star, whom fans criticized for her silence during the 2016 presidential election, tweeted amid the third day of protests in Minneapolis against the death of George Floyd, who died shortly after an officer kept his knee on Floyd’s neck during an arrest, even when Floyd said he couldn’t breathe. Protesters are demanding charges be brought against the four officers involved, all of whom have been fired from the Minneapolis Police Department. … [Read more...] about Taylor Swift Tweets Directly at Trump: ‘We Will Vote You Out in November’
Holding elections during a pandemic is not an easy task, as countries like Poland have learned: Under constantly changing circumstances, officials need to balance protecting public health with ensuring citizens' democratic right to vote. At least 62 countries across the world, from the United Kingdom to Italy to Ethiopia to Bolivia, have opted to postpone elections due to the spread of the virus. Others, including France, the southern German state of Bavaria, and several US states, have gone ahead with in-person elections despite concerns that such votes were potentially putting citizens at risk. … [Read more...] about What Poland’s ‘ghost election’ can teach us about pandemic-era democracy
Issues on the table might include the lack of voter ID laws in some states, although it would be a tough hill to climb. In August the Supreme Court struck down a North Carolina law that required IDs to vote, agreeing with the U.S. Justice Department's claim that it put minorities at a disadvantage. … [Read more...] about Donald doubles down: Trump says he WILL ‘totally accept’ election results – if HE wins!