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The right to vote is a cornerstone of our country’s democracy. Ordinary men and women fought—and even died—to gain voting rights and to protect people’s right to vote without intimidation or obstruction. Yet states across the country continue to pass restrictive voter ID and voter suppression laws. These attempts to reduce access to the polls and make citizens meet unnecessary requirements for voting should be seen as nothing less than an attack on our fundamental freedoms. Find out more—start with these resources:

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Bloomsbury, N.J., Subway Workers Vote to Join Union

Notoriously anti-union Gov. Bill Haslam (R-Tenn.) can't be happy about this story. Haslam's family owns Pilot Flying J, a chain of travel centers, and workers at a Subway sandwich shop in Bloomsbury, N.J., just voted to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). Earlier this year, Haslam was one of the key players in the effort to defeat a union vote at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga. The company run by his brother, Jimmy, hasn't been as successful in denying workers their rights, as other workers at the Bloomsbury Pilot Flying J location voted to join RWDSU earlier this year.

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