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The history of casting a ballot in the United States has been marked by the battles to make voting accessible. While poll taxes and literacy tests are no longer legal, some states have turned to other laws that voting access advocates say turn voters away. Most states now require some form of identification.

With the 2020 census currently underway, the redrawing of electoral districts is soon to follow. It’s a part of as gerrymandering, the process by which local, state, and national jurisdictions take stock of their demographics and change their district boundaries. The move is notorious among both Democrats and Republicans for having the ability to skew political power  and divide constituent votes.

Since the pandemic began, working mothers have grappled with staying engaged at their jobs. That predictable outcome has big consequences for families, employers and the American economy.

Due to the recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, women are leaving their jobs or scaling back work responsibilities at alarming rates. And in part, it’s because of the still-ingrained expectation that women are responsible for child care.

From Chabeli Carrrazana, writing for The 19th:

Voting is often touted as the pillar of American democracy. It’s a right that was hard-won for most Americans, and had to be defended and secured during the civil rights movement. That battle led to the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, but it was far from the last fight to make voting more accessible.

Every election, poll workers are the ones setting up voting locations, checking voter identification, processing ballots, and even providing translation services for voters who need assistance. Without poll workers, it’s hard to imagine election night running smoothly.

When COVID-19 Hangs Around For The Long Haul

Sep 23, 2020

Most Americans know that the absence of COVID-19 symptoms after a 14-day quarantine is a solid signal you don’t still have the virus.

But that’s not true in all cases… and in many, the effects of the virus linger for months and may cause damage that will last for years.

Sen. Chris Coons On RBG, The Senate And The Election

Sep 23, 2020

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away last Friday, leaving a vacant seat on the Supreme Court six weeks before the presidential election.

When this same situation cropped up after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016, Republican Senators vowed not to fill his seat — saying that that filling a vacancy before the new president was chosen was silencing the voice of the American public.

ICE And The History Of Forced Sterilization In America

Sep 22, 2020

Last week, a nurse working at a detention center for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Georgia made some startling allegations about the treatment of the women detained there.

Block The Vote: Misinformation and Disinformation

Sep 22, 2020

As we know by now, Russia interfered in our last presidential election. This was mostly done online, using social media to plant disinformation and sow discord.

This month, Facebook and Twitter revealed that one of the Russian groups involved in these 2016 efforts is once again targeting Americans online.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of complications from cancer on September 18. She was 87. After a long career serving on the nation’s highest court, she was beloved by many liberals, who transformed her into a cultural icon.

Nina Totenberg, NPR’s Supreme Court reporter and a friend of Ginsburg’s, remembered her this way.

The News Roundup — International

Sep 18, 2020

Researchers from around the world claim to have discovered a gas called phosphine in clouds in the atmosphere of the planet Venus. The presence of phosphine often suggests a sign of life.

The News Roundup — Domestic

Sep 18, 2020

A nurse turned whistleblower in Georgia has accused Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers denying detainees critical healthcare and also subjecting women in their custody to unnecessary hysterectomies. The reports have bee met with condemnation by lawmakers and renewed calls to abolish the agency.

How The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Affecting Crime

Sep 17, 2020

COVID-19 quarantines and lockdowns are keeping Americans inside (for the most part). Crime across the country is falling. However, shootings and killings are on the rise.

The study of the arts, music, and theater has often been linked to numerous benefits, including better mental health and an increased cognitive ability. But when schools face financial struggles, those arts programs are oftentimes the first to get cut.

For many people, voting is viewed as the foundation of American democracy. People fought and died for the right to cast a ballot. And some are still fighting to protect that right to this day. But almost 100 million eligible Americans didn’t vote in 2016.

Louisville police officers shot and killed 26-year-old Breonna Taylor in her own home. Now, the city has agreed to settle with her family for $12 million in a wrongful death lawsuit. The city also says it will institute a series of police reforms.

Why Israel Is Going Back Into Lockdown

Sep 16, 2020

Israel announced it will be the first country to order a second national lockdown due to the coronavirus.