He voted in Florida for the first time in 2020. Then came the criminal charges
John Boyd Rivers, a mason who once laid the bricks of the very courthouse in which he now stood trial, was recently found guilty of voter fraud after voting for the first time in the 2020 presidential election. Rivers registered to vote as a Republican while serving a prison sentence, received his voter registration card in the mail after he was released, cast his ballot that fall, but was then prosecuted by a new election security task force created by Florida Governor Ron Desantis.
Swipe, like, vote: the organizers using dating apps to boost turnout
Krisiti Johnson, the national press secretary for NextGen, an organization working to increase youth voter turnout, has begun using a new method to contact potential voters: online dating apps. Earlier this year, Johnson created a Hinge profile with prompts like “the key to my heart is being pro-choice” and “together we could vote on April 4th and get drinks after.” The goal behind Johnson's efforts was to match with men on dating apps, and when they messaged her she would ensure that they were
Early Voters in Georgia Face Obstacles Under State’s New Election Law
An increasing number of early voters in the Georgia midterm election have faced challenges during the early voting period due to the state's new election law. Following the passage of the Election Integrity Act, Georgia citizens can challenge a voter’s eligibility on the state’s voting rolls an unlimited number of times. While many of these challenges have been dismissed, most voters do not know why their eligibility to cast a ballot has been challenged, leading to a sense of confusion across the electorate. After
Groups perpetuating Trump’s 2020 election lie face scrutiny and lawsuits
The NAACP has partnered with two other advocacy groups in Colorado to bring a lawsuit against a conservative activist group known as the US Election Integrity Plan (USEIP) for allegedly going door to door in the state and aggressively canvassing and questioning voters, sometimes bearing arms. USEIP is among the organizations which advance the unfounded claim that President Biden’s victory was fraudulent. Another right-wing election integrity group, known as EchoMail, is being investigated by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform for similar practices
‘A plot to destroy democracy’: civil rights group raises alarm at threats to US elections
The National Urban League, a non-partisan civil rights organization, has released a report claiming that state legislators and extremist groups are acting in an “insidious and coordinated” manner to sabotage democracy and Black Americans’ access to the ballot. The report focuses on suppression-based legislation, unfair redistricting decisions, and criminal intimidation and misinformation. It cites 34 restrictive laws passed in 2021 across 19 states, as well as 152 not-yet-passed bills at the state level with similar policies that have carried over into current legislative sessions.