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You Have a Secret Weapon in this Election (Tell Your Friends)

It's not news to anyone that the Koch brothers have billions to spend on influencing elections. But they only have two votes to cast between them. That's where you come in. 

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Elections Are a Coming, We've Got to Fight Like Mother Jones

Elections Are a Coming, We've Got to Fight Like Mother Jones

If you haven't heard yet, elections are coming, and they're coming fast. Nov. 4 is right around the bend, and if we don't get some help from you, we're never going to win. 

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Congress, It's Time to End Voting Discrimination

Philadelphia voter registration day, 2012.

One year ago, a majority of Supreme Court justices weakened the federal government's ability to prevent voter discrimination. In a sweeping decision, they decimated the Voting Rights Act, which has helped fulfill the ideals of our democracy for nearly 50 years, and added a new stain to the United States' complicated history on the issue of voting rights.

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This Fall, What Will Working People Vote For?

This Fall, What Will Working People Vote For?

The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that lifted limits on campaign contributions from the wealthy, showed, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka writes in an Op-Ed column in today’s Washington Post, “The 1 percent is undertaking a serious effort to buy elections.” How will working people respond in this fall’s midterm elections? They will, writes Trumka:

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Working Families See Big Wins in Tuesday's Elections

Photo via Working Families United for New Jersey Inc.

Yesterday, working families saw major wins in the elections held in New York, Virginia, Boston, Ohio and New Jersey.

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Working America: It’s Our Job to Tell Her She Can Still Take Gymnastics

A beat-up van pulls to a stop just up the road. A creaky screen door opens from the apartment at the end of the building. A young African American girl runs out toward the van, barely hanging onto a large gym bag that was obviously not meant for such a pint-sized carrier. The driver of the van, a middle-aged white man with glasses and a beard, throws the passenger door to the van open and the little girl tosses the bag onto the floor before climbing in. The apartment door, which had banged shut in the meantime, creaks open again as the girl’s mother waves goodbye.

“Be good. Have fun,” she tells her daughter.

“I’ll have her back by eight,” the driver replies, as the little girl shuts the van door and waves goodbye to her mom.

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Supreme Court Upholds Restriction on RNC Program that Supresses the Vote in Communities of Color

Photo from a voter registration event in Philadelphia.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to lift 30-year restrictions on a Republican National Committee (RNC) program that intimidates voters in communities of color. The Supreme Court did not comment on this decision. 

The restriction came about after the Democratic National Committee (DNC) sued the RNC for enlisting off-duty sheriffs and police officers to patrol polling places in minority precincts in New Jersey during a 1981 gubernatorial election. The next year, the RNC agreed not to carry out some programs it claimed were designed to combat voter fraud and to have the other reviewed by a federal court.

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Trumka Calls for Universal Voter Registration

Photo by Vincent J. Brown/flickr

The United States should adopt a universal and automatic voter registration system to boost participation and ensure all citizens have the opportunity to participate in the democratic process, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said this morning.

Speaking to the Funders' Committee for Civic Participation (FCCP), Trumka said a strong and growing grassroots democracy movement needs to come together to “push back against the next wave of state-level attacks on the right to vote.”

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Important Voting Information for New Yorkers Impacted by Sandy

Important Voting Information for New Yorkers Impacted by Sandy

If you live in an area of New York state that was hit by Hurricane Sandy last week and need information about voting tomorrow—if your regular polling place will be open, if it’s been moved, what hours it will be open—visit the New York State AFL-CIO’s special voting update website.   

You will find links to your county’s Board of Elections and other agencies, plus information on last-minute get out the vote volunteer opportunities.

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Get Your 'Vote Hands' Ready for Nov. 6

We're getting down to the wire and here's a reminder to get your "vote hands" ready for Nov. 6. Call our Election Protection Hotline if you experience any problems at the polls: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683). You also can text REPORT to 235246 (standard data and messaging rates may apply) and someone from the rapid response team will get back to you.

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