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Senate Committee to Take Up Election Interference, Anti-Lynching Bills

by Countable | 10.10.18

The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on Thursday to advance bills to deter interference in U.S. elections by foreign nationals and make lynching a federal crime, along with nine appeals court judges.

Here’s a look at the two bills:

S. 2785 - Defending Elections against Trolls from Enemy Regimes (DETER) Act: Sponsored by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), this bill would make foreign nationals who have engaged in, or intend to engage in, improper interference in a U.S. election inadmissible. It’d define “improper interference” as conduct that:

  • Violates federal criminal, voting rights, or campaign finance law, or is under the direction of a foreign government; or
  • Interferes with any general or primary federal, state, or local election or caucus, including a candidate’s campaign or a ballot measure.

S. 3178 - Justice for Victims of Lynching Act of 2018: Sponsored by Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Tim Scott (R-SC) ― this bill would make lynching a federal crime that automatically warrants an enhanced sentence under existing federal hate crime statutes punishable by up to life imprisonment. It wouldn’t preclude a murder charge from being filed on top of the lynching charge.

The committee will also consider the nominations of eight district court judges and one circuit court judge in the hearing, which begins at 10am ET.

Tell your senators how they should vote on these bills and nominations if they reach the floor (or in the hearing if they’re on the committee)! Share your thoughts below!

— Eric Revell

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  • Chris
    10/11/2018
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    It’s a good start but what ramifications do the campaigns and candidates face as punishment? Can we enforce treason for once in this country!! Also maybe add in that all Campaigns should be publicly funded, lobbying should be illegal, candidates need to release they’re tax returns from 10 years prior to running and until death, and get rid of the electoral college while we’re at it!! Until then no politician will truly be for and by the people!!

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  • ConservativeGuy
    10/10/2018
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    Both should have bipartisan support.

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  • operaman
    10/11/2018
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    I support a Committee to seek out and eliminate election interference. However, those who subvert free and fair elections should be found treasonist and thus a candidate for lynching.

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  • Jordyn
    10/10/2018
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    This is great! We need to eliminate the threats from the other countries, not just Russia.

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  • Lynn
    10/11/2018
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    Anti-lynching laws? Seriously? Isn’t murder already illegal ENOUGH? You’ve got time to waste on THIS idiocy? And for election security, GO TO PAPER BALLOTS AND FORGET ABOUT ELECTRONIC VOTING!! Is this issue really THAT hard to understand?

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  • Donna
    10/11/2018
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    Senate Judiciary Committee HAS PROVEN ITSELF to be a TRUMP surrogate so NOTHING it DOES is LEGITIMATE!!!! They DON’T KNOW the MEANING of ACTING in the BEST INTEREST of the AMERICAN PEOPLE!! VOTE Republicans OUT of OFFICE in 2018 AND 2020! VOTE for INTEGRITY, and HONOR.

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  • Mindful
    10/11/2018
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    You mean to tell me “Lynching” was not already considered a Federal crime? “Reconstruction”-still not complete either. Get Trump to Voice-out loud, his support to stop all Election interference including Cybercrime. Most important, he needs to mention Putin’s involvement in the Election interference especially.

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  • John
    10/11/2018
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    I support the anti-interference bill but would like to actually see enforcement of current laws where only US CITIZENS are able vote and that of those they only get to vote once AND that they must provide identification that guarantees that the person voting is who they purport to be. Funny how we don’t want Russia to interfere but its OK to have more voters vote in an election than are registered in the district. Where’s the outrage about the democrats. Time to stop the hypocrisy!

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  • Andrea
    10/10/2018
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    It's a great idea to get these hostile foreign entities which hacked our election!

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  • Nkosis06
    10/11/2018
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    The GOP will find an excuse to kill the anti-lynching bill.

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  • Glowurm
    10/11/2018
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    How can lynching not be a Federal crime? Oh, I know - because the old, racist, men’s club, in power, actually think it should be allowable. Not surprised it took Democrat’s to propose a bill to stop lynching and election interference. Idiot talks about things, but lies that he’s actually DOING, just like Kavanaugh’s FBI investigation. The FBI admitted that Idiot told them whom to interview. And you call that a REAL investigation, you cult followers? I certainly don’t. God, you suck up every lie he gives you. You are all so gullible. James, you are one of the WORST! Glad to see there’s some out there still interested in REAL policy, rather than the jackshit they’ve been feeding us for the last, almost, 2 years!

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  • Max
    10/11/2018
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    Please support the Justice for Lynching Victims Act. It is imperative that the government deters potential white supremacists from lynching people.

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  • Beth
    10/11/2018
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    Shouldn’t both of these already be in place?

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  • Abbi
    10/10/2018
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    Anti-lynching laws are being used against protesters, we already have hate crime bills and murder(unless you are a cop) is against the law anyway.

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  • Justin
    10/10/2018
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    About fucking time !

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  • Tracy
    10/11/2018
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    I fully support any actions to prevent interference in our elections. In fact, aiding in this should be considered treasonous and punishable with severe consequences.

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  • David
    10/11/2018
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    In the wake of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, anti-lynching laws need to be shored up, the Democrats be damned!

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  • Anne
    10/11/2018
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    Anyone that would vote against making lynching a federal crime, even under the states right excuse is basically condoning this hideous act of evil.

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  • Jorge
    10/11/2018
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    Election interference by illegal aliens is a problem. Look at how many the California DMV “accidentally” signed up to vote.

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  • Ochoninja
    10/11/2018
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    This is a no brainer. Trump & deplorables blame liberals and others for everything while they gerrymander and do not want to change until after elections. They should have to change immediately. To show how deplorables just accept anything - one person stated that Californians allowed illegals to vote in primaries but we have not voted yet🤣. It just shows that they do not fact check but just drink the trumpade. They constantly blame Hillary (who had 3 million more popular votes) how people are complaining congress Trump won instead of the fact that they believe a pathological liar who insults anyone that disagrees with him and blame Obama who left economy in the black and improving and liar Sanders had to apologize because numbers were published which showed it was a lie. Hillary was cleared of Benghazi, Uranium deal where she did not have authority but was a committee member, her foundation was cleared while Trump was fined and had to close his because he used funds illegally for himself. And he continues to lie about Obama’s being born in Hawaii even when they showed official certificates. They believe his lies or don’t care because they are as ignorant and don’t fact check. I am a Republican but Congress does nothing to rein him in and allow illegal activities by IQ45. Dem are blamed about Kavanaugh accusations but President said innocent until proven guilty but this did not apply to Dr Ford. Nothing was brought up about Kavanaughs inappropriate behavior which blamed Dems,and is supposed to judge fairly, people were not interviewed who had information about him nor were he and Dr Ford interviewed. Rep were determined to elect him no matter what and blamed Dems for taking too much time. There should be a conservative that was more honest but delayed tactics while they did not allow President Obama’s candidate to be sllowed a vote to consider him for the remainder of his term. Etc etc etc

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