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At Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on a constitutional amendment to regulate campaign fundraising and spending, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill) said, “The right to vote is under attack on two fronts: A well-funded coordinated effort has made it harder for millions of Americans to vote, and at the same time, unleashed a tidal wave of special interest and corporate money into elections to drown out the voices of average Americans.”

At Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on a constitutional amendment to regulate campaign fundraising and spending, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill) said, “The right to vote is under attack on two fronts: A well-funded coordinated effort has made it harder for millions of Americans to vote, and at the same time, unleashed a tidal wave of special interest and corporate money into elections to drown out the voices of average Americans.”

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MSNBC: 93-year-old black man disenfranchised by Alabama voter ID law
"Willie Mims, 93, showed up to vote at his polling place in Escambia County Tuesday morning for Alabama’s primary elections. Mims, who is African-American, no longer drives, doesn’t have a license, and has no other form of ID. As a result, he was turned away without voting. Mims wasn’t even offered the chance to cast a provisional ballot, as the law requires in that situation."

MSNBC: 93-year-old black man disenfranchised by Alabama voter ID law

"Willie Mims, 93, showed up to vote at his polling place in Escambia County Tuesday morning for Alabama’s primary elections. Mims, who is African-American, no longer drives, doesn’t have a license, and has no other form of ID. As a result, he was turned away without voting. Mims wasn’t even offered the chance to cast a provisional ballot, as the law requires in that situation."

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"Working ballot by ballot, county by county, the Republican Party is attempting to alter voting laws in the biggest and most important swing states in the country in hopes of carving out a sweeping electoral advantage for years to come.
"Changes already on the books or in bills before state legislatures would make voting harder, create longer lines, and threaten to disenfranchise millions of voters from Ohio to Florida, Pennsylvania to Wisconsin, Georgia to Arizona and Texas.
"Efforts underway include moving election days, ending early voting and forcing strict new voter ID laws. The results could significantly cut voter turnout in states where, historically, low participation has benefited Republicans."

Ugh:

"Working ballot by ballot, county by county, the Republican Party is attempting to alter voting laws in the biggest and most important swing states in the country in hopes of carving out a sweeping electoral advantage for years to come.

"Changes already on the books or in bills before state legislatures would make voting harder, create longer lines, and threaten to disenfranchise millions of voters from Ohio to Florida, Pennsylvania to Wisconsin, Georgia to Arizona and Texas.

"Efforts underway include moving election days, ending early voting and forcing strict new voter ID laws. The results could significantly cut voter turnout in states where, historically, low participation has benefited Republicans."

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