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This gap in voter participation matters to all Americans but has a special significance for African-Americans for three reasons.

“You’re going to have deductions and credits that primarily benefit the middle- and upper-class go away, but it’s not done in benefit to the working class,” said Mark Huelsman, a senior policy analyst at Demos, a left-leaning think tank. “It’s just done as a revenue raiser.”

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Democrats have all kinds of ways of addressing this problem. One would be to cultivate the class identity of white voters by embracing populist rhetoric that paints “the billionaire class” as an out-group they can define themselves against. Another would be to invest more resources into registering nonwhite voters. According to the Census Bureau, 74 percent of non-Hispanic whites are registered to vote in the United States.

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Former Chicago Public Schools principal Liz Dozier emceed Tuesday's opening session. Speakers included Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates, who spoke about bolstering South Side communities, and Demos President Heather McGhee.

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That casting was born from a meeting back in June with NBC’s showrunners, spearheaded by NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke and America Ferrera, who stars in and executive produces NBC’s “Superstore,” and one of the founders of Harness, an activist group launched in the wake of the election. The purpose was to encourage the network’s writers to weave characters from underrepresented communities into their storytelling. [...]

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On Friday, the court removed the case from its calendar in response to a request from Demos Senior Counsel Stuart C. Naifeh. Naifeh said a colleague who was supposed to argue the case on Nov. 8 will be "unable to work for a sustained period of time." Naifeh said he will replace his colleague but needs a postponement "to allow adequate time to prepare for the argument."

Allie Boldt for Demos: In 2015, by a 26-point margin, Seattle voters passed an initiative that has the potential to transform Seattle elections. The initiative established a first-in-the-nation program that gives Seattle residents $100 in "democracy vouchers," which they can distribute to candidates who pledge to receive more of their funding from small-dollar sources and less from big money.

The ACLU of Indiana, national ACLU and voting rights group Demos are representing Common Cause in the suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

The Supreme Court’s November sitting – which begins on Monday, October 30 – shrank today to six cases, which will be argued over five days. Husted v. A.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is delaying its early November argument over Ohio's effort to purge its voter rolls because one of the lawyers for the challengers is ill.

The court announced the change on Friday, less than two weeks before the scheduled Nov. 8 argument.