America’s decentralized election system fails voters in a common way. As each state adopts independent mesaures, the electoral stresses caused by COVID-19 and laws that aim to ensure the security of American elections may increase voter suppression in the country.
The American Prospect
Fifty-five years after the beatings in Selma shocked the nation, Southern blacks are still dealing with voter suppression.
The shooting of Michael Brown in late summer of 2014 started a national conversation about police racism and brutality; and in St. Louis, it started a renaissance of the city’s history of organizing, activism, and engagement in politics. Despite the progress, harsh voter ID laws and socioeconomic and cultural obstacles limit numbers at the polls.
On primary day, it’s disproportionately black and rural voters who have to surmount hurdles.
The biggest county in the state, Greenville, will close 52 precincts.
Voters in South Carolina can get caught in the state's web of bureaucratic processes in many ways, whether they vote absentee by mail or in person on election day.
The security-based approach adopted by the French government to the crisis over radicalisation may be storing up trouble for the future.
Blood and treasure: Syria's archeological treasures at risk as war goes on.
Education reformers come to the former Taliban-occupied Swat Valley.
Hugo Chávez's sweeping election win may be read as a simple mandate for the demagogic Venezuelan leader to push on with his plans to transform his country with what he calls "21st-century socialism," designed to empower the impoverished masses with state-controlled oil profits, as described in my article last week. But for the region and the world, his victory could mean much more.
A small crowd gathers at six each evening on the steps outside a dilapidated high school in one of Caracas's many impoverished barrios. With the sun dipping in the distance, middle-aged women arrive with their daughters. A few old men stand smoking cigarettes. One guy with tattoos on his arms labours up in a wheelchair and two rugged-looking characters help him ease it down the steps. The whole scene feels like something out of a Hugo Chávez infomercial.