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How the Money Primary Is Undermining Voting Rights; by Ari Berman

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50 yrs ago, African-Americans were denied the right to vote. Now the vast majority of Americans are being denied the rightful value of their vote. 'in Bullock v. Carter, the Supreme Court held that economic status could not be the primary impediment for those seeking elected office: 'We would ignore reality,' wrote CJ Warren Burger, 'were we not to recognize that this system falls with unequal weight on voters, as well as candidates, according to their economic status....But in the decades since,, the skyrocketing cost of political campaigns emerged as a new type of poll tax, with the wealthy so dominating the political process as to erode the value of everyone else's vote. 'The wealth primary impermissibly uses access to wealth as both an obstacle to meaningful political candidacy for nonaffluent citizens and as a proxy for political seriousness; In so doing, it systematically degrades
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