Friday’s certification of 2016’s Electoral College vote should be held up; a party of minority women activists say. Spoiled or uncounted ballots, closed polling places, ID Laws, slashed voting hours and other issues are cause enough to decertify the vote.
The coalition of activists on Tuesday forcefully lobbied to get two members of the US House of Representatives and one Senate member to challenge the Electoral College vote. The crusaders have refused to give in to the corrupt system.
“When people say move on, they are asking us to lie down and submit to policies and actions that eradicate the meaning of our lives and our place in American democracy,” Civil Rights activist Ruby Sales said. “They are asking us to submit to the forces of oppression. They are asking us to surrender our rights of dissent. This is beyond black and brown people. Ultimately, it is a question of will we have a democracy or will we not?”
The effort is being led, mainly, by two groups of activists, Sisters in Struggle and Women and Allies. The groups are lobbying members of the Black Caucus to challenge the results based upon Republican led racist trickery in battleground states. So far, black leaders in the caucus have been reluctant to file the challenge, though there are many reasons to do so.
“Our coalition bases our request on documented and irrefutable evidence that the electoral votes that electors cast in critical battleground states are invalid because they are based on rampant voter suppression, stolen and uncounted votes and other acts against black and brown people both during early voting and on election day,” Ohio Congresswoman Stephanie Tubb-Jones stated in the letter to the black leaders.
The activists’ letter to the Black Caucus, according to an AlterNet article, listed the following tactics and their impacts that swayed the election in Trumps favor. Stated below are some of the relevant facts from the letter:
- In Michigan, Trump won by 10,700 votes, yet 75,355 ballots were never counted—either marked unreadable, blank or rejected. Almost all these so-called “spoiled” ballots were cast in Detroit and Flint, communities of color. A hand count was revealing the obvious: in these uncounted ballots were the votes that defeated Mr. Trump. A partisan state court of appeals stopped the hand counting of paper ballots after a federal judge ordered it to be started. The votes of the Michigan electors must be rejected.
- Similarly, in Wisconsin, the massive non-count of ballots in Milwaukee doubtless contain the tally that defeated Mr. Trump—but once again, a human hand-count of the ballots was denied. The electors’ vote for Trump must be rejected.
- In Pennsylvania, in a close and suspect race, the hand-count of paper ballots and review of the machine codes was stymied. Again, the missing tally came from communities of color. The choice of Pennsylvania electors must be challenged.
- The U.S. Civil Rights Commission and Harvard Law School investigations have found that the chance a black voter’s ballot will be “spoiled” and not counted is 900% higher compared to a white one. And the terrible secret of American democracy is that millions of votes are cast and not counted in a typical national election.
- The Supreme Court ruling in Shelby County v. Holderin 2013 eradicated the need for certain states and local governments to obtain federal approval before implementing any changes to their voting laws or practices. Consequently, this ruling ushered in discriminatory assaults such as voter ID laws and other requirements that further disallowed black and brown people the right to vote.
- In Alabama, the state passed a law in 2011 requiring government-issued IDs in order to vote. It later announced that it was closing 31 driver licensing bureaus throughout the state. Consequently, the state made it difficult for black voters in 29 Black Belt and Democratic counties to obtain state-issued IDs in order to vote.
- The New York Times reported last year that white election officials went door to door in Sparta, Georgia, systematically racially profiling, intimidating and terrorizing more than 180 mainly African-American voters by questioning the accuracy of their addresses. Sheriff deputies served them with “courtesy” summons which required them to appear in person to prove their residency.
- In North Carolina, under the guise of voter fraud, despite a lack of evidence, lawmakers moved to slash the number of early voting hours in heavy Democratic and black populated communities, such as Mecklenburg County, in an attempt to stifle voter turnout and to make it difficult to vote.