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In 1 in 4 Elections, African Voters Face Delays


A last-minute decision to delay Nigeria’s general election, now re-scheduled for Saturday, has fueled doubt about the commitment to a free and fair poll in Africa’s most populous country.

For Nigerians, it’s an unwelcome, though not unfamiliar, outcome. The country hasn’t held a presidential election without a delay since 2007, when former President Umaru Yar’Adua handily beat sitting President Muhammadu Buhari.

But postponed polls aren’t exclusively a Nigerian concern.

Across Africa, 27 of 102 presidential elections have been delayed since 2009, based on data analyzed by VOA from various news reports and from the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa, a not-for-profit organization based in Johannesburg, South Africa, focused on promoting credible…

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Bernie Sanders stumbled with Black voters in 2016. Can he do better in 2020?



Shortly after Senator Bernie Sanders suffered a crushing loss in South Carolina's Democratic primary in 2016, his campaign's African-American …
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Black Virginia voters feel betrayed, left in no-win scenario


RICHMOND, Va. — Eva Siakam’s choice to campaign for Ralph Northam in 2017 was a simple one: He was a Democrat and endorsed by Barack Obama, America’s first black president.

But sitting in a stylist’s chair at Supreme Hair Styling Boutique in Richmond on Friday, she shook her head in disgust when asked about revelations that Northam wore blackface 35 years ago.

“I really believed in him,” said Siakam, a 28-year-old student. “To find out that he dressed up in blackface is disappointing. He’s shown his disdain for black people.”

Black voters who factored prominently in the 2017 election that helped Northam become Virginia governor are feeling betrayed over the scandals that have engulfed the state over the past week, leaving them with a less-than-ideal…

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Kentucky is disenfranchising black voters at a higher rate than any other state in the country – ThinkProgress


One out of every four African American voters is disenfranchised in the state of Kentucky, a higher rate than any other state, as a result of the state’s law barring people with felony convictions from voting, according to a new report from the Kentucky League of Women Voters released Tuesday.

Kentucky is one of three states that currently has a lifetime ban keeping people with felony convictions — also known as returning citizens — from voting, and the report found that the state ranks third in the United States in rate of disenfranchisement. Currently, more than 312,000 people in Kentucky are currently without ballot access, or one out of every 11 adults. (For context, nationally, just one in 40 people, about 2.5 percent of the country, are ineligible to vote due to felony…

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MSNBC’s Matthews Wonders if Kamala Harris Will Appeal to Black Voters — ‘Is She Seen as African-American?’


Monday on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” host Chris Matthews wondered aloud if Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) will appeal to black voters in the 2020 presidential election due to her being mixed Jamaican and Tamil Indian.

“Is she seen as African-American?” Matthews asked Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons about Harris after pointing out how her campaign color scheme copied Shirley Chisholm’s when she became the first major-party black candidate to run for president.

Simmons responded, “Yes, she’s African-American. … She’s really planting her feet in the African-American community and I think she’s going to be a very strong candidate. Now, Cory Booker is also going to do the same thing.”

“Is he running? He’s another B, where is he?” Matthews interrupted. “One of the Bs,…

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DA to petition Ramaphosa on rights of South African voters abroad – The Citizen


The Democratic Alliance will petition President Cyril Ramaphosa about the rights of South African voters currently living abroad, DA leader in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) Cathy Labuschagne said on Sunday.

On Thursday January 10, the NCOP passed the Electoral Laws Amendment Bill which would now be referred to Ramaphosa for assent, she said.

This after NCOP chairperson Thandi Modise “violated the constitutional rights” of all South Africans abroad by refusing to allow the DA’s proposed amendments to the bill to be considered.

The DA proposed two amendments to the bill. Firstly, to provide increased powers for the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) to increase the number of suitable voting venues abroad which would allow South Africans abroad to vote at any…

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