2020-03-05 12:15:23

The New Poll Tax? Long Lines, Closed Polling Stations Hurt Black, Latinx & Student Voters in TX, CA

Long wait times plagued polling places in Texas throughout Super Tuesday, especially in districts with high numbers of black and Latinx voters and college students.

Many voters reported waiting in line for more than three hours to cast a ballot. At least 750 Texas polling sites have been shuttered since 2013, when the Supreme Court slashed federal oversight of Texas and other Southern states under the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

There were long lines, too, in Los Angeles, where many polling places reported problems with a brand-new $300 million voting system.

The Sanders campaign sued to keep polling places open an extra two hours, saying voters were denied their constitutional right.

This is the new poll tax.

The county registrar denied that request. For more, we speak with Ari Berman, senior writer at Mother Jones magazine and author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America.

Democracy Now! produces a daily, global, independent news hour hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González.

Our reporting includes breaking daily news headlines and in-depth interviews with people on the front lines of the world’s most pressing issues.

On DN!, you’ll hear a diversity of voices speaking for themselves, providing a unique and sometimes provocative perspective on global events.

Missed an episode?  Check out DN on FSTV VOD anytime or visit the show page for the latest clips.

#FreeSpeechTV is one of the last standing national, independent news networks committed to advancing progressive social change. 

#FSTV is available on Dish, DirectTV, AppleTV, Roku, Sling and online at freespeech.org.

Amy Goodman Ari Berman Democracy Now! Free Speech TV Mother Jones Poll Tax Super Tuesday Voters Voting System

Politics

Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! | The Call for a Cease-Fire Results in the Tragic Loss of an Active-Duty Member.

Democracy Now! | The Call for a Cease-Fire Results in the Tragic Loss of an Active-Duty Member.

This Week In White Supremacy- Presented by 1HoodMedia

This Week In White Supremacy | Days of Old

This Week In White Supremacy | Days of Old

The David Pakman Show

The David Pakman | Dem. Tom Suozzi Reclaims NY House Seat from Departed Santos

The David Pakman | Dem. Tom Suozzi Reclaims NY House Seat from Departed Santos

The Thom Hartmann Program

The Thom Hartmann Program | Shedding Light on Political Matters Flying Under the Radar

The Thom Hartmann Program | Shedding Light on Political Matters Flying Under the Radar

Related

The Thom Hartmann Program

The Thom Hartmann Program | Donald Trump's Political Grifting Continues

The Thom Hartmann Program | Donald Trump's Political Grifting Continues

The David Pakman Show

The David Pakman Show | Donald Trump's Blueprint

The David Pakman Show | Donald Trump's Blueprint

The Stephanie Miller Show

The Stephanie Miller Show | House Speaker Mike Johnson's Dangerous Beliefs

The Stephanie Miller Show | House Speaker Mike Johnson's Dangerous Beliefs

FSTV Speaks

FSTV Speaks | Calling For An Immediate Cease-Fire

FSTV Speaks | Calling For An Immediate Cease-Fire

Proud Partners