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In an on-the-ground report from the battleground state of Ohio, investigative reporter Greg Palast has uncovered the latest in vote suppression tactics led by Republicans that could threaten the integrity of the vote in Ohio and North Carolina. On some polling machines, audit protection functions have been shut off, and African Americans and Hispanics are being scrubbed from the voter rolls through a system called Crosscheck. “It’s a brand-new Jim Crow,” Palast says. “Today, on Election Day, they’re not going to use white sheets to keep way black voters. Today, they’re using spreadsheets.”
“The path to 270″ is the catch phrase used in media coverage of who will win the Electoral College, which raises the question: Will everyone’s vote count equally in determining the next president of the United States? Some analysts argue the 2016 election will come down to the same 11 states that decided the most recent presidential contests. Meanwhile, two-thirds of the general election campaign events in the 2016 presidential race were held in just six states.
Amy Goodman discussed campaigns for electoral reform with Rob Richie, co-founder and executive director of the electoral reform organization FairVote. He is co-author of “Every Vote Equal: A State-Based Plan for Electing the President by National Popular Vote.”
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