All About the Right's 'Poll Watcher' Network

In today's link roundup: What exactly is True the Vote trying to do? Plus: Two good pieces of voter-protection news.

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All about the right's "poll watcher" network: Colorlines' Brentin Mock reports on an organization called True the Vote, which reportedly has trainees in 35 states who spot voting "irregularities" and chalk them up as "fraud" and then use that tally to justify new voting restrictions. As one strategy, he says, the group buys voter rolls from states and counties, then disseminates the lists to thousands of largely unsupervised volunteers, who are urged to submit to election officials names from the rolls that may be improperly registered.

Court removes restrictions on voter-registration groups: In better news about voting rights today, a federal judge in Florida issued an order to permanently remove a new restriction that would have made it harder for voter-registration groups to register new voters. Plus, a U.S. federal court ruled on Tuesday that controversial Texas redistricting maps discriminate against black and Hispanic voters. This means they won't take effect before the Nov. 6 election. The NAACP issued a statement on Wednesday applauding that decision.

Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa expecting? "Amber and Wiz unexpectedly got pregnant, but they're really happy to be starting a family together," a source close to the situation told RadarOnline.com.

Did Bobby Brown leave rehab early? The singer sought help for his addictions as part of a plea deal, but Rolling Stone reports that he may have left his program, and many are wondering if his treatment ended or if he left early.

Melissa Harris-Perry loses New Orleans home in hurricane: The MSNBC host tweeted today, "Feeling sad. #Isaac took the home @JamesHPerry and I just bought. All safe. House was vacant except for my dreams," and included a photo of the damage.

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