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  1. #12706

    Re: Politics Random Random

    This answers a lot of questions.

    Eric Rauchway @rauchway

    The Roosevelt administration tried to federalize voting in 1944

    The United States had about 9.2m service personnel of voting age that year, dispersed all over the world

    Once, the US army had organized units by home state but by WW2, that was no longer true

    One report had it that a US battalion in Italy in 1944 included men from 35 different states

    So even though 45 states had absentee voting, state-distributed absentee ballots would have been a logistical nightmare

    Congress in 1942 adopted a law asking each state's secretary of state to prepare a war ballot to overseas electors

    Although very small numbers of servicemen navigated the business of seeking out ballots for an off-year election, the law is interesting for one reason:
    It waived poll-tax and voter registration requirements for servicemen


    So the federal government was using emergency powers to make voting easier

    In 1944, Roosevelt advocated a similar strong federal measure, creating a bipartisan national commission that would distribute blank ballots to US personnel—military or civilian—overseas
    It too set aside any state poll taxes.

    A coalition of Republicans and southern Democrats opposed the bill because it would have increased voting, and specifically voting by black citizens

    Roosevelt condemned them for perpetrating "a fraud on the soldiers and sailors and marines" fighting for the country

    He may have shifted some southern Democrats, but not enough

    The bill as passed required states to authorize use of the federal ballot and overseas voters to apply by 9/1/44 for a state absentee ballot and receive one by 10/1/44

    So there was a federal ballot in 1944



    but only 20 states allowed it and only 108k or so were cast (of 2.8m or so absentee ballots from servicemen)

    Roosevelt, of course, won the vote—and the Democrats further cemented the allegiance of black voters who knew the national party stood with their right to vote

    that was after all the same year Thurgood Marshall and William Hastie, for the NAACP LDF, successfully argued Smith v. Allwright using a case for federal regulation of primaries argued by the Roosevelt Justice department

    (there’s plenty on the service vote in Katznelson, FEAR ITSELF)

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1...329602053.html
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa





  2. #12707

    Re: Politics Random Random

    Jim Roberts @nycjim·10m

    With poll numbers showing her 23 points behind her challenger, Senator Kelly Loeffler and her CEO husband will liquidate individual stock shares after coronavirus trading furor.



    https://cnbc.com/2020/04/08/coronavi...r&par=sharebar
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa





  3. #12708

    Re: Politics Random Random

    After the COVID furor is over, every stock in the market will be most likely up. So liquidating them will mean a profit.
    The thing is you liquidated a lot of stock BEFORE the virus. Liquidating AFTER does not make you less of a criminal.
    Missing winter...

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