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Judge Rules Voter Restrictions Still Racist: Still looking for the real racists, but we may be getting warmer

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Hooray! They lost: We applaud the decision of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm the extension of the consent decree that has been in place since 1982. As this and previous rulings have noted, the GOP has a history of working to restrict access to the polls, including the illegal targeting of suppression schemes at minority populations. The primary purpose of the consent decree, as stated by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, is ‘to prevent the RNC from ‘using, [or] appearing to use, racial or ethnic criteria in connection with ballot integrity, ballot security or other effort to prevent or remedy suspected vote’ and to neither ‘hinder [nor] discourage qualified voters from exercising the right to vote.’ Every Republican argument against a continuation of enforcement was rejected by the Third Circuit. The court found that the consent decree is not a violation...

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