Watch the Women (Part 1): Maine and Iowa

As she anticipated with her dying statement to her granddaughter—”My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed”—the vacancy Ruth Bader Ginsburg leaves on the Supreme Court has set off an intense partisan fight just weeks before the 2020 election.

Which party controls the Senate in 2021 could depend on how the many women candidates fare.

The People Want to Wait: Polling Shows Voters Want Election Winner to Fill SCOTUS Vacancy

62 percent of adult Americans believe that the vacancy should be filled by the winner of the upcoming election between Trump and Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden, while only 23 percent disagreed (the rest said they were unsure).

Additionally, eight out of 10 Democrats and five out of 10 Republicans agreed that the appointment should until after the winner of the November election is announced.

What’s at Stake: Access to Abortion

The right to reproductive choice and medical privacy is the single biggest issue at stake for women’s lives and health in the 2020 election and beyond. It is not only relevant to young women who may be faced with the abortion decision, but to all women who value their autonomy and privacy.

Protecting Voting From COVID-19: Picking a President During a Pandemic (Part 2)

U.S. democracy was already under assault from voter suppression tactics, and now the nation is challenged with holding a presidential election during a pandemic.

From social unrest to polling site closures to a shortage of poll workers, here’s what’s standing in the way of voting this year—and the organizations and feminists on the ground making a difference.

[This article originally appeared in the Fall 2020 issue of Ms.]

Protecting Voting From COVID-19 (Part 1)

U.S. democracy was already under assault from voter suppression tactics, and now the nation is challenged with holding a presidential election during a pandemic.

From now until Election Day, we will examine how the ongoing battle over voting rights will have an impact on the country’s ability to hold fair elections during a pandemic, as well as on the difference women will make as voters and candidates.

[This article originally appeared in the Fall 2020 issue of Ms. Part 2 of this report—”Protecting Voting From COVID-19: Picking a President During a Pandemic”—will be released tomorrow.]

Georgia Wrongfully Purged 200K Voters—With Focus on Black Voters, ACLU Report Finds

A recent shocking report published by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) exposes massive voter suppression efforts in Georgia:

Almost 200,000 voters in Georgia were purged from the rolls for allegedly moving—when in reality, they had not moved at all.

Voters were purged at a 63.3 percent error rate.

An overwhelming majority of the wrongly identified movers resided in the Atlanta Metro Area—a majority Black city.