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Judge tosses initial GOP lawsuit alleging Nevada voter rolls insufficiently maintained (opens a new window)

  • June 18, 2024
  • The Nevada Independent

A report released Monday by Protect Democracy — a nonprofit focused on combating a rise in authoritarianism — identified 11 states, including Nevada, that could be targeted this year in campaigns brought by individuals to challenge states’ voter rolls.

Laws related to voter registration challenges differ across states. In Nevada, an individual can challenge another person’s right to vote, but is limited to challenging one person’s vote status at a time and must have personal knowledge of why that person is ineligible to vote.

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How to spot authoritarianism — and choose democracy (opens a new window)

  • June 17, 2024
  • TED

In this TED Talk, Protect Democracy’s Ian Bassin argues that democracy is about having choices — and authoritarianism is about not having them. Detailing the seven steps of the authoritarian playbook, he invites us all to put aside our differences and rethink our role in the fight for freedom, revealing the hope and power behind every choice we make.

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The Resistance to a New Trump Administration Has Already Started (opens a new window)

  • June 16, 2024
  • The New York Times

Ian Bassin, the executive director of Protect Democracy, said the planning for how to resist such an agenda should not be seen as an ordinary policy dispute, but as an effort to defend fundamental aspects of American self-government “from an aspiring autocrat.”

“He is no normal candidate, this is no normal election, and these are no normal preparations for merely coming out on the wrong side of a national referendum on policy choices,” Mr. Bassin said

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Trump pledged to pardon Jan. 6 rioters. He faces pressure to name names. (opens a new window)

  • June 14, 2024
  • The Washington Post

The message of such statements, which would be formalized by the act of pardoning them, is to condone criminal violence in service of his power, according to Grant Tudor, a policy advocate at the nonpartisan anti-authoritarianism group Protect Democracy who has recommended judicial and congressional curbs on abuses of the sweeping presidential pardon power.

Historically, he said, presidents have granted amnesty after insurrections such as the Whiskey Rebellion and the Civil War to encourage aggrieved factions to put down their arms and reintegrate into civil society. But pardoning Jan. 6 rioters, he said, would flip that logic on its head by rewarding insurrectionists.

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The fallout from spreading election falsehoods: lawsuits, settlements and bankruptcy filings (opens a new window)

  • June 13, 2024
  • Politifact

On May 31, with months until the next presidential election, Salem Media Group Inc., the company that produced the book and film, issued an apology — specifically for falsely representing Georgia voter Mark Andrews as having engaged in illegal voting.

“It was never our intent that the publication of the 2000 Mules film and book would harm Mr. Andrews,” Salem’s statement said, before announcing that the company had removed the film from its platforms and would no longer distribute the book or the movie.

Georgia’s battleground state status spurs partisan elections board skirmishes (opens a new window)

  • June 11, 2024
  • The Georgia Recorder

Peter Simmons, Georgia policy advocate at Protect Democracy, said Adams’ lawsuits are part of a steady drumbeat of claims seeking to distort elections and cast doubt on the integrity of their conduct.

Adams’ legal challenge is supported by the Trump-aligned America Policy First Institute think tank.

“We believe that all of these concerted anti-democratic efforts are intended to send a certain political message that (their) intention is to empower bad actors to overturn the 2024 election if it’s unfavorable to them,” Simmons said Friday in an interview with the Georgia Recorder.

New Kansas political party wants to change how you vote. Can they get around the ban? (opens a new window)

  • June 7, 2024
  • The Kansas City Star

Beau Tremitiere, counsel at Protect Democracy, a group that aims to defend American democracy against authoritarianism, said modern litigation surrounding fusion voting has often centered on the right to association. Protect Democracy, which supports fusion voting, has been in communication with proponents of fusion voting in Kansas.

“It really just gets to the heart of can a group of people work together in pursuit of their goals – can they name the person who best represents their interests?” Tremitiere said. “Few things are as central to that right as being able to name who your standard-bearer is.”

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A Bad Week for Backers of the Big Lie (opens a new window)

  • June 6, 2024
  • The Atlantic

It’s been a very bad week for two of the most prominent purveyors of Donald Trump’s webs of lies about the 2020 presidential election. Last Friday, Salem Media Group announced that it had removed the fabulist film 2,000 Mules from its platform and said it would no longer distribute either the movie or an accompanying book by the right-wing activist and Trump-pardoned felon Dinesh D’Souza. It also issued an apology to Mark Andrews, a Georgia man whom the film had falsely depicted participating in a conspiracy to rig the 2020 election by using so-called mules to stuff ballot drop boxes.