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This MLK Day, Remember Emmett Till and Voter Suppression

Jhacova Williams Economic Policy Institute
The prevailing belief of the circumstances surrounding 14-year-old Emmett Till’s killing is that he was accused of whistling at a white woman. Yet, the truth is he was lynched as an act of voter intimidation.

We’re Winning the Fight Against Gerrymandering

Zachary Roth Brennan Center for Justice
No thanks to the Supreme Court — but grassroots reform efforts, pro-voter court rulings, and new political dynamics in key states mean the next round of redistricting is shaping up to be a lot fairer than the last one.

The Case Against the Electoral College

Adam Eichen The New Republic
As has been true for over 200 years, the next president will be chosen by an eighteenth-century anachronism. American voters deserve better.
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