Post Date: Thursday, December 18, 2014

MSNBC – “Lawsuit claims racial discrimination in Ferguson voting

School board elections in Ferguson, Missouri use a racially discriminatory system that is helping to keep blacks “all but locked out of the political process,” a new federal lawsuit alleges.

Post Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2014

STATE NEWS

Colorado:

Associated Press – “Lawsuit filed over Adams County ballot secrecy

A group of voters is suing Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler and Adams County Clerk Karen Long over reports that nearly all ballots in last month's election could be traced to the Adams County individuals who cast them.

 

Post Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2014

STATE NEWS

California:

San Gabriel Valley Tribune – “Election date change to hike voter turnout would have other effects: Dan Walters

In the six weeks since the Nov. 4 election, much has been said about its extraordinarily low, record-shattering voter turnout.

 

Maryland:

Post Date: Monday, December 15, 2014

STATE NEWS

Virginia:

WAVY-TV – “McAuliffe plans to budget $28M for voting machines

Gov. Terry McAuliffe is planning to include $28 million in his budget for new voting machines across Virginia that would create a paper trail for individual votes.

Post Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Washington Times – “Army vet forced to remove NRA hat before voting files civil rights lawsuit

An Army veteran who was ordered by Georgia election officials to remove his National Rifle Association hat before voting has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the state.


STATE NEWS

Post Date: Monday, December 8, 2014

STATE NEWS

Arkansas:

Fayetteville Flyer – “Political leaders debate facts of Fayetteville civil rights ordinance

Two political leaders participated in a brief debate and discussion of the facts about Fayetteville’s civil rights ordinance in a “5NEWS This Morning” segment which aired Sunday on KFSM.

 

Post Date: Friday, December 5, 2014

MSNBC – “Illinois makes it easier to vote

State laws that make it harder to vote have rightly been getting all the attention lately. But more quietly, just as many states are expanding access to the polls. Illinois is likely to be the next to do so.

Post Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014

Demos Policyshop – “Illinois Moves to Expand Voting Rights

Same‑Day Registration in Illinois is now permanent.

Post Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Bloomberg View – “Quit Blaming Low Turnout on Voter ID

Do voter identification laws suppress turnout? Liberals tend to say yes, arguing that not all citizens have the type of ID that many states now require at the polls. Conservatives tend to say no, arguing that identification is easy to obtain. Both sides point to studies that support their case.

Post Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Post Date: Monday, December 1, 2014

Washington Post – “More than twice as many voting-eligible residents turned out to vote in Maine than in Indiana

Last month’s election wasn’t a great one for voter turnout.

Post Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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NEWS FROM NATIONAL OUTLETS

Reuters – “Medal of Freedom goes to 18 for their contributions

Post Date: Monday, November 24, 2014

TIME – “These Slain Civil Rights Workers Are Getting the Presidential Medal of Freedom

On Monday, President Obama will award 19 people with the highest honor possible for an American civilian, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Though the majority of the honorees, like Tom Brokaw and Stephen Sondheim, are famous and living, one of the items on the list of recipients stands out: James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner.

Post Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014

New York Times – “Why Voter ID Laws Don’t Swing Many Elections

Many people have understandably blamed low turnout for the Democratic Party‘s misfortune on Nov. 4, but some have gone a step further.

Post Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New York Times – “With Midterms Over, Voter ID Law Effects Get Close Look

In North Carolina, early voting was cut by seven days. In Kansas, 22,000 people were stopped from registering to vote because they lacked proof of citizenship. And in Texas, Democrats say the country’s toughest voter ID law contributed to a one-term congressman losing a tight race to his Republican rival.

Post Date: Friday, November 14, 2014

Al Jazeera America – “Voter purges alter US political map

Post Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014

Huffington Post – “Nevada GOP Unsurprisingly Prioritizes Voter ID Law With New Majority

Nevada Republicans have full control of the state's government for the first time since 1929, and their first order of business is passing a bill requiring photo identification to vote.

Post Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Associated Press – “AG Pick Lynch Called Strong Civil Rights Defender

Loretta Lynch was a federal prosecutor in New York when she encountered an astonishing case of police brutality: the broomstick sodomy of a Haitian immigrant in a precinct bathroom.

Post Date: Monday, November 10, 2014

The Guardian – “US voter turnout is an international embarrassment. Here's how to fix it

Americans should be embarrassed. The low voter turnout on Election Day last week in the United States was an international disgrace.

Post Date: Thursday, November 6, 2014
Post Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Guardian – “Youth vote drops in midterms as parties ponder ways to engage

Young Americans formed 13% of the voters on Tuesday, as the lack of engagement that has beset previous midterm elections struck again and raised profound questions for how political parties interact with the country’s next generation.

Post Date: Friday, October 31, 2014

Washington Times – “N.Y. Democrats bully reluctant voters: We’ll be ‘reviewing voting records’

The New York State Democratic Committee issued a thinly veiled warning to fellow party members, saying bluntly that those who don’t vote in Tuesday’s elections will be outed.

Post Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014

WIRED – “America’s Polling Places Desperately Need a Redesign

The common sharpie might be responsible for as much confusion and harm to American voting as any other technology. Voting officials have wielded these little indelible markers with good intentions but absolute abandon, posting ad-hoc signs everywhere—where to go, how to register, what door to use, and where to find the bathroom.

Post Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Reuters – “Elections were a wild party in the 1880s — that’s one reason why more people voted back then

The United States has a low voter turnout by comparison to other Western democracies, and our turnout in midterm elections is especially abysmal, attracting roughly 40 percent of eligible voters to the polls.

Post Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Week – “Illinois voting machine changes Republican votes to Democratic ones

Early voting has gotten off to a rocky start in Illinois.

Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan told Watchdog.org that he tried to cast a vote for himself, but that his voting machine cast a vote for his opponent instead.

Post Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014

National Review Online – “Shades of Jim Crow at the Justice Department

Post Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

MSNBC – “Records cast more doubt on Georgia fraud probe claims

A bitter feud between a voter registration group and Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State has seen a lawsuit, claims of voter suppression, a politically motivated effort to hype voter fraud, and fears that large numbers of minority voters could be disenfranchised.

Post Date: Monday, October 20, 2014

Al Jazeera America – “Voter ID laws face legal challenges in several states

With the midterm elections just over two weeks away, rulings on stricter voter ID laws have volleyed back and forth in federal courts.

Post Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014

Facing South – “Massive voter registration drive in Georgia fights voter suppression

While states across the country including Georgia have passed laws imposing new requirements on voters, the nonpartisan New Georgia Project has fought back against the forces of voter suppression with a massive voter registration effort.

Post Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Huffington Post – “Making Voting Easier and More Meaningful

I was one of the 9 percent of eligible Democratic voters who recently went to my local polling place in September to cast my vote in the gubernatorial primary. I arrived at 8:59 p.m., just one minute before the deadline. I had to run to get there just before the doors closed.

Post Date: Monday, October 13, 2014

Huffington Post – “Early Voting Picking Up Steam

Early voting pace is starting to pick up steam. With a little more than three weeks to go, voters have cast 642,831 ballots in all reporting jurisdictions. I track the early vote and provide statistics here.

Post Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014

TIME – “Comedian Lewis Black on Voter ID Laws: ‘No F***ing Way’

Just one day after the Supreme Court ruled to allow North Carolina’s voting law to stand this November.

Comedian Lewis Black, often outspoken on political issues, has some colorful words for state legislatures passing laws that advocates warn could make it harder for many Americans to vote.

Post Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wall Street Journal – “State Voting Laws in Legal Limbo

With less than a month until midterm elections that will decide control of the Senate and a number of close governor’s races, there are still states where the rules about who will be able to vote, and when and where they can cast a ballot, remain uncertain because of legal challenges.

Post Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014

New York Times – “Ballot Rulings With a Partisan Edge Sow Confusion in States

Just weeks before elections that will decide control of the Senate and crucial governors’ races, a cascade of court rulings about voting rules, issued by judges with an increasingly partisan edge, are sowing confusion and changing voting procedures with the potential to affect outcomes in some states.

Post Date: Monday, October 6, 2014

Washington Examiner – “Democrats losing long war against voter ID

In one month, voters will go to the polls to elect the entire House of Representatives and a third of the Senate. Will the midterms be clean? Could some elections be stolen? Everyone ostensibly agrees that voters have a right to know that their decision is not being ignored. And a clear majority supports a simple way to make sure: voter ID.

Post Date: Friday, October 3, 2014

Washington Post – “A month from Election Day, election rules still in flux

The ballots are printed, election workers trained and voting locations scouted. But with just a month to go before Election Day, the rules under which the midterms will be conducted remain in flux in four key states.

Post Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014

Associated Press – “Supreme Court Asked to Block Wisconsin Voter Law

Opponents of Wisconsin's voter photo identification law asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to take emergency action and block the requirement ahead of the Nov. 4 election, arguing there isn't enough time to implement the new rules.

Post Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014

MSNBC – “Koch group faces investigation in N.C. over bogus voting info

Last week, the public learned that the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity created quite a mess sending out incorrect voting materials to many North Carolina voters. This week, the group finds itself under investigation.

Post Date: Monday, September 29, 2014

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Post Date: Friday, September 26, 2014

MSNBC – “GOP urges supporters to vote early but fights to cut early voting

As early voting is getting underway in some states, top Republicans are urging the party faithful to cast their ballots before Election Day. And yet at the same time, the GOP is working hard to cut early voting opportunities.

Post Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014

Chicago Tribune – “The GOP's war on voter registration

Post Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014

Huffington Post – “The Power of the Vote

Post Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Guardian – “Wisconsin's new voter ID law could keep me from voting at age 87

In October 2011, an article appeared in my local paper reporting that, in order to vote in the next election, everyone was going to need a state-issued identity card for the first time. At 85 years old, I didn’t have one, because I’m handicapped and so I never drove a car or needed an ID.

Post Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Yahoo! News  - “Hundreds of celebrities post selfies to promote voter registration

Hundreds of celebrities, comedians and musicians agreed to post selfies to their social media accounts on Tuesday to promote National Voter Registration Day.

Post Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Politico – “'Kardashian' star rocks the vote

“Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star and fashion model Kendall Jenner is teaming up with Rock the Vote to encourage registration ahead of the November midterms “so our generation’s voice can be heard this fall.”

Post Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Roll Call – “Rock the Vote — Where ‘Kimye’ and Politics Collide

Keeping up with the latest Kardashian gossip and knowing the difference between the names on your ballot aren’t mutually exclusive.

Reuters – “Closing statements made in Texas voter ID case

Post Date: Monday, September 22, 2014

AARP – “Will Online Voter Registration Go National?

While several states continue legal wrangling over how voters must prove their identity at the polls, a new bill in Congress aims to make it easier for millions of eligible voters to at least register.

Post Date: Friday, September 19, 2014

Daily Caller – “Maryland County Proposes Lowering Voting Age To 16, Allowing Noncitizens To Vote

Montgomery County, Maryland, is one of the wealthiest and most liberal counties in America. If there’s a dumb progressive idea that didn’t start there, it will get there sooner or later.

Post Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014

NPR – “Wis. Court Reinstates Voter ID Law, Causes Chaos Before Election

Last week, a federal appeals court reinstated the photo identification requirement. It had been blocked in a lawsuit brought by voter advocacy groups.


STATE NEWS

Alabama:

Post Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Guardian – “Democrats' Senate strategist: don't let Republicans restrict voting rights

The Democratic strategist overseeing the party’s campaign to retain control of the Senate has made protecting voting rights in North Carolina and Arkansas a national priority.

Post Date: Monday, September 15, 2014

NBC News – “Over 50 Latino Groups Kick Off Voter Registration Campaign

On Monday over 50 national Hispanic organizations launched an online and grassroots voter registration campaign, the Hispanic Heritage Month of Action, timed with the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Post Date: Monday, September 15, 2014

Associated Press – “A look at voter photo ID requirements

Post Date: Friday, September 12, 2014

NEWS FROM NATIONAL OUTLETS

The Guardian – “America is a democracy. So why do we make it hard for certain people to vote?

Since I first registered to vote on my 18th birthday, I haven’t missed voting in a single election that I can remember. My feat has been nothing short of a pain in the ass, given that I have moved 14 times in the 19 years since.

Post Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014

USA Today – “Voting rights cases may be headed back to Supreme Court

The Supreme Court's decision last year eliminating a barrier against voting procedure changes in mostly Southern states came with a caveat: Chief Justice John Roberts warned that the Voting Rights Act still included a "permanent, nationwide ban on racial discrimination in voting."

Post Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

SEIU – “Stop the attack on voting rights now

Would you throw away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you weren't getting wet?

The Nation – “Hundreds of Voters Are Disenfranchised by North Carolina’s New Voting Restrictions

Post Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2014

MSNBC – “Texas voter ID law’s fate could hang on details

Texas – Democracy. Equality. Racial justice. The struggle for voting rights has long been about concepts that go to the heart of the American ideal.

Post Date: Monday, September 8, 2014

STATE NEWS

Colorado:

The Colorado Independent – “Two down, two to go in SOS Scott Gessler’s voter fraud manhunt

Half the voter fraud cases prosecuted in Colorado have now been dropped before trial.

 

Idaho:

Post Date: Monday, September 8, 2014

New York Times – “Voter ID on Trial in Texas

In April, a federal judge in Wisconsin invalidated that state’s voter-identification law, finding that it would disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of eligible voters in a phony attempt to prevent a problem — in-person voter fraud — that does not exist.

Post Date: Friday, September 5, 2014

USA Today – “Students seek out voters at rock shows

Evan Rose, like a lot of other college students, spent his summer going to music festivals. But he went carrying a clipboard.

Salon – “Why the GOP is so obsessed with voter fraud

Post Date: Thursday, September 4, 2014

Associated Press – “Judge Orders Expanded Ohio Early Voting Schedule

A federal judge on Thursday temporarily blocked an Ohio law that scales back early voting, ordering the state's elections chief to set additional voting times just ahead of the fall election.

Post Date: Thursday, September 4, 2014

STATE NEWS

Alabama:

AL.com – “Alabama's voter ID law blamed for at least 282 ballots uncounted in primary

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is alleging that at least 282 ballots in the state's June 3 primary election were not counted due to Alabama's law requiring voters to show a valid photo identification card.

 

Post Date: Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The New York Times – “Voting Restrictions Are Key Variable in Midterm Elections

Voting in midterm elections that will determine control of Congress ends this fall. But it starts in North Carolina this week.

Post Date: Wednesday, September 3, 2014

STATE NEWS

Arkansas:

Associated Press – “Oral arguments set in Arkansas Voter ID lawsuit

The Arkansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Oct. 2 in the legal challenge over the state's new law requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot.

 

California:

Post Date: Tuesday, September 2, 2014

New York Times – “He Said, She Said, and Getting It Right About Voter ID

Two recent articles on voting disputes would have benefitted greatly from a single clarifying sentence – one that would have cut through the “he said, she said” language that so many readers understandably tell me they dislike.

Post Date: Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Hill – “Celebs gin up votes for midterm push

With young voters more apathetic about voting and government than ever, several organizations are trying to woo the “selfie generation” to the polls this fall.

Post Date: Thursday, August 28, 2014

Washington Times – “EDITORIAL: Vote fraud is no phantom menace; it’s real

Democrats argue that voter fraud is a phantom menace. Sensible safeguards for the integrity of elections, such as requiring the presentation of valid voter identification at the polls, are racist schemes to suppress turnout.

Post Date: Wednesday, August 27, 2014

STATE NEWS

Iowa:

WCF Courier – “Rock the Vote visits Cedar Falls High School
To understand the challenges in getting young people to vote, one need look no further than an auditorium full of high school students, mostly seniors who are on their way to reaching the legal voting age of 18.

Post Date: Wednesday, August 27, 2014

NNPA – “Black Voters in the South face new threats

Despite major advances to access to the ballot box nearly 50 years after the passage of Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA), Blacks, living primarily in the South and Southwest, continued to face challenges at the ballot box, according to National Commission on Voting Rights (NCVR) report.


STATE NEWS

Post Date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Huffington Post – “The Vote -- A Right Worth Fighting For

Today, August 26, marks Women's Equality Day. It is also a little more than two months from the 2014 midterm elections. In my mind, these two things are inextricably linked.

Post Date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Bloomberg View – “Bloomberg View: Lottery could improve turnout

"You gotta be in it to win it." That’s what they say about the lottery, or used to. Now some public officials in Los Angeles want to apply this logic - which is hard to argue with — to elections.

Post Date: Monday, August 25, 2014

Washington Post – “Federal appeals court to hear Kansas, Arizona voting rights case

A lawsuit filed by Kansas and Arizona will be argued before a federal appeals court panel this week as the states seek to force federal election officials to impose proof-of-citizenship requirements on national voter registration forms.

Post Date: Monday, August 25, 2014

Associated Press – “Federal appeals court to hear arguments over Kansas, Arizona voter citizenship lawsuit

An appeals court panel will hear oral arguments this week in a closely watched case that could have far-reaching implications for voting rights nationwide.

Post Date: Friday, August 15, 2014

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STATE NEWS

Florida:

Post Date: Friday, August 15, 2014

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Washington Post – “The GOP’s war on voters continues in Virginia

Post Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014

UPI – “Are voter ID laws targeting youth?

It's hard enough to get voters to pay attention to midterm elections, but a growing number of states have set restrictions on voting that critics say are intended to erect barriers for young people, potentially benefiting Republican candidates.


STATE NEWS

Colorado:

Post Date: Wednesday, August 13, 2014

MSNBC – “Top vote suppressor Glenn Grothman looks headed to Congress

One of the leaders of the state-level Republican campaign to make voting more difficult could soon be getting a promotion.


STATE NEWS

Montana:

Post Date: Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Legal Times – “No Attorney Fees for Challengers in Texas Voter ID Case

Texas won’t have to pay more than $300,000 in attorney fees to a group that challenged the state's voter identification law in court, a federal judge in Washington ruled on Monday.

Post Date: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Huffington Post – “Florida Lawmakers Approve New Map For Congressional Districts Following Lawsuit

The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature on Monday swiftly approved new maps that will alter several of the state's congressional districts after a judge ruled the current districts were illegally drawn to benefit the GOP.

Post Date: Friday, August 8, 2014

STATE NEWS

Kansas:

Topeka Capital Journal – “Topeka seniors shut out of primary by ID law, poll worker

The state's voter identification law and a poll worker who did not fully understand it prevented elderly residents of a Topeka care facility from voting in Tuesday's primary election.

Post Date: Thursday, August 7, 2014

USA Today – “Cincinnati backs right-to-vote amendment proposal

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson received the support he sought Wednesday from the city council for a proposed "right-to-vote" constitutional amendment.

Post Date: Wednesday, August 6, 2014

MSNBC – “Eric Holder goes to the mat for voting rights

The Obama administration’s interventions last week in two major voting rights cases gave a big boost to efforts to challenge restrictive voting laws in two crucial swing states. But they did something else, too: They offered more evidence that Attorney General Eric Holder is determined to match his tough talk about the need to protect voting with action.

Post Date: Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Politico – “Wisconsin asks court to OK voter ID for 2014 election

The state of Wisconsin is asking a federal appeals court to allow Wisconsin's voter identification law to be enforced during this fall's general election.

Post Date: Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Ms. Magazine – “Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Union Limits and Voter ID Laws

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Thursday to uphold a 2011 law, championed by Governor Scott Walker (R), that significantly decreased collective bargaining rights for workers in public employee unions. The Court also ruled in favor of the state's 2011 voter identification law - the same law that was found unconstitutional by a federal district court judge in May.

Post Date: Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Root – “50 Years Later, We’re Carrying on the Work of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner

Fifty years ago this week on Aug. 4, 1964, the bodies of three courageous freedom fighters—James Chaney, 21, Andrew Goodman, 20, and Michael Schwerner, 24—were found buried in a dam near Philadelphia, Miss.


STATE NEWS

 

Post Date: Monday, August 4, 2014

STATE NEWS

Kansas:

Garden City Telegram – “Pastors question Kobach comment

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s comment that only “churches in quotation marks” object to the state’s voter photo identification law has drawn the ire of some church leaders.

Post Date: Monday, August 4, 2014

Wall Street Journal – “Kansas, Arizona Require Proof of Citizenship for Voting

Election rules in Kansas and Arizona are set to bar thousands of people in coming weeks from casting ballots in state primaries even as the federal government allows some of them to vote in congressional races.


STATE NEWS

Arizona:

Post Date: Friday, August 1, 2014

STATE NEWS

Alabama:

FOX 6-TV – “State GOP chairman accuses Al Sharpton of lying to voters

Al Sharpton says one goal of the new Freedom Summer National Headquarters in Birmingham is to fight what he calls voter suppression in Alabama caused by unnecessary new laws.

 

California:

Post Date: Thursday, July 31, 2014

Wall Street Journal – “Eric Holder Takes Voting Rights Battle to Ohio, Wisconsin

The Obama administration filed court papers Wednesday challenging Republican-backed election laws in Ohio and Wisconsin, as the legal fights over voting rights spread beyond traditional Southern borders.

Post Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

STATE NEWS

California:

Santa Barbara Independent – “Voting Discrimination Lawsuit Filed

Post Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New York Review of Books - “Voter Discrimination Just Got Easier

Post Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Post Date: Monday, July 28, 2014

The Hill – “Where does McCarthy stand on voting rights?

This week, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will become Majority Leader of the House of Representatives. Taking the mantle in the middle of an election year, McCarthy does not want for front-burner issues to navigate on behalf of his caucus.


STATE NEWS

Arizona:

Post Date: Monday, July 28, 2014

STATE NEWS

Alabama:

AL.com – “Why Rev. Al Sharpton will be in Birmingham this week to launch his voting rights campaign

The Rev. Al Sharpton, president of the New York-based National Action Network, will be in Birmingham this week for the grand opening of a headquarters focusing on voting rights.

 

California:

Post Date: Friday, July 25, 2014

The Hill – “Paul: 'Take a stand and fight for justice'

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) outlined a series of reforms geared toward improving conditions for minorities during a sparsely attended Friday address to the National Urban League.

MSNBC – “Rand Paul makes pitch to civil rights groups

Post Date: Friday, July 25, 2014

Wall Street Journal – “What Voter Dissastisfaction and Low Turnout Could Mean for November

Studies out this week and an op-ed column by Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) highlight the dreadful effect polarization and dysfunction have had on American politics and voters’ faith in the system.


STATE NEWS

Arkansas:

Post Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014

CBS News – “Joe Biden: Voter ID laws "an attempt to repress minority voting"

Vice President Joe Biden urged a gathering of civil rights leaders on Thursday to fight back against Republican-led attempts to restrict voting rights, calling the push for voter identification requirements an "attempt to repress minority voting masquerading as an attempt to end corruption."

Post Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Hill – “GOP looks to Web for registration boost

A Republican effort to gain a technologic edge against Democrats is launching into full gear with a new online tool for registering voters.

Post Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NEWS FROM NATIONAL OUTLETS

Washington Post – “Voter turnout in primary elections this year has been abysmal

Voter turnout in statewide primaries so far this year has been historically low, even among states with procedures designing to make voting more convenient.

Post Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Associated Press – “NAACP worries that low November turnout could lead to voter ID expansion

Civil rights leaders at the NAACP annual convention in Las Vegas on Tuesday worried that dwindling African-American turnout in November could lead to the expansion of voter-identification laws that makes it harder for that community to vote in subsequent contests.

Post Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

STATE NEWS

Kansas:

Associated Press – “Kobach foe's child affected by Kansas voter rule

The youngest daughter of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's challenger in the Republican primary had her voter registration put on hold temporarily because of a proof-of-citizenship requirement criticized by her father.

Post Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Huffington Post – “Major Spending On Elections Met With Total Apathy By Voters

More than half the states to hold primary elections so far have seen record-low turnouts, according to a nonpartisan survey of voter rolls released Monday. That perhaps is a sign of widespread apathy within both political parties ahead of November's midterm elections.


STATE NEWS

Post Date: Monday, July 21, 2014

NEWS FROM NATIONAL OUTLETS

Huffington Post – “Young Leaders on the Front Lines to Defend Voter Rights

Post Date: Monday, July 21, 2014

Washington Post – “Could southern black voters save the Senate for Democrats?

Yes, that could happen. Nate Cohn has a terrific piece today arguing that, for the first time since Reconstruction, southern black voters could be pivotal to the outcome of a national election.

Post Date: Friday, July 18, 2014

STATE NEWS

Alaska:

 

The Tundra Drums – “New early voting sites established

A Native leadership team working to establish new absentee in-person and early voting sites has completed its work and released the final list of new sites. In 11 business days, 128 villages were added.

 

California:

Post Date: Friday, July 18, 2014

New York Times – “Black Southern Voters, Poised to Play a Historic Role

Southern black voters don’t usually play a decisive role in national elections. They were systematically disenfranchised for 100 years after the end of the Civil War. Since the days of Jim Crow, a fairly unified white Southern vote has often determined the outcome of elections.


STATE NEWS

Post Date: Thursday, July 17, 2014

USA Today – “College students challenge North Carolina voting law

Starting in 2016, students in North Carolina will have to present a photo ID to vote. Among the forms of acceptable identification are driver’s licenses, passports and military IDs. College IDs, however, are not accepted. The new law has troubled many students in the college community, and now seven students are suing.

Post Date: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Salon – “Ann Coulter’s voter fraud secret: Why she urged Republican not to push issue

Funny thing. For some reason, professional, weapons-grade right-wing troll Ann Coulter doesn’t think her fellow Republicans should waste their time looking into issues of vote fraud. We wonder why.

Post Date: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Daily Beast – “Why We’ll Always Need a Civil Rights Movement

When we hear the phrase “civil rights movement,” our minds automatically click into history mode and visualize those grainy and often searing black-and-white images from Birmingham and Selma. But that same energy and spirit—and urgency—are alive and well today, and as necessary as ever.

Post Date: Monday, July 14, 2014

STATE NEWS

Illinois:

Filipino Reporter – “Immigrant who voted by mistake wins right to stay here

A federal appeals court has cleared a Filipino immigrant of wrongdoing for registering to vote while getting her driver’s license and then casting a ballot, ending her battle of nearly 10 years to remain in the United States.

Post Date: Monday, July 14, 2014

Human Rights Campaign – “Flashmob Sings Support for Voting Rights on the Steps of the Supreme Court

A year after the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County vs. Holder invalidated a key provision in the Voting Rights Act, the need for Congress to act on strengthening voter protections across the nation remains urgent.

Post Date: Friday, July 11, 2014

U.S. News & World Report – “Are Fears Over New Voting Restrictions Overblown?

When Maria Palmer was corralling votes in the closing weeks of her Chapel Hill, North Carolina, city council race last year, she found herself repeatedly running into a hurdle: Some of her most ardent backers weren’t registered to cast a ballot.

Post Date: Thursday, July 10, 2014

News One – “N.C. Voter Suppression Law Hearing Highlights Voter Disenfranchisement

On Monday, a preliminary injunction hearing was held in North Carolina, regarding the state’s voter laws and what opponents state are blatant discriminatory practices. Appearing before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, a team of attorneys joined forces to help the plaintiffs in the case highlight why the law should not go forward as planned.

Post Date: Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Guardian – “North Carolina voter recalls Jim Crow tactics in testimony against new law

It was 1940, and Rosanell Eaton, aged 19, was exercising her right to vote in a presidential election for the first time. At least, she wanted to. When she turned up at the polling station in the Franklin County courthouse, North Carolina, she was confronted by three white men who asked her what she was doing there.

Post Date: Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Post Date: Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Digital Journal – “Judicial Watch, AEF File Brief Supporting Arizona, Kansas Efforts to Require Proof of Citizenship on Voter Registration Forms

Judicial Watch announced today that it has joined with the Allied Educational Foundation (AEF) to file an amicus curiae brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in support of Arizona's and Kansas' efforts to add proof of citizenship requirements to a federal voter registration form.

Post Date: Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Wall Street Journal – “David Plouffe on Politics of the Future: Avatars and Digital Voting

How will politics change in the coming years? In one important way, it won't.

Post Date: Monday, July 7, 2014

Al Jazeera America – “Lawsuit challenges North Carolina’s ‘full-on assault’ on voting rights

Voters’ rights groups in North Carolina are getting their last shot before 2014’s midterm elections to argue that a state law disproportionately disenfranchises poor, minority and young voters in the state.

Post Date: Monday, July 7, 2014

New York Times – “Students Joining Battle to Upend Laws on Voter ID

Civil rights groups have spent a decade fighting requirements that voters show photo identification, arguing that this discriminates against African-Americans, Hispanics and the poor. This week in a North Carolina courtroom, another group will make its case that such laws are discriminatory: college students.

Post Date: Thursday, July 3, 2014

The American Prospect – “Shifting Tactics, Moral Monday Movement Launches a New Freedom Summer

I normally wear cuff links,” the Rev. William Barber II told the 75 activists, black and white, who filled the pews at Davie Street Presbyterian Church in downtown Raleigh Monday night. “But it’s time to roll up our sleeves.”

Post Date: Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Examiner – “Voter integrity group 'True the Vote' files lawsuit against the Mississippi GOP

True the Vote, a "non-partisan voters’ rights and election integrity organization," has "filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Mississippi Secretary of State and the Republican Party of Mississippi" along with thirteen other plaintiffs, as reported Tuesday by James Simpson at WND.

Post Date: Wednesday, July 2, 2014

STATE NEWS

Alaska:

Anchorage Daily News – “Election officials say they work hard to help Native language speakers

Two state election officials spent most of Tuesday testifying about the efforts they make to assist Native language speakers at village polling places.

 

Arkansas:

Post Date: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

ACLU – “Four Bad Voter Suppression Measures We Have to Kill in Four Months

The clock is ticking.  With just four months until Election Day, we’re fighting to stop four voter suppression measures that would keep Americans from casting their ballots.


STATE NEWS

Delaware:

Post Date: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

STATE NEWS

Alabama:

The Selma Times Journal – “Voting should be open, simple process for all

In last week’s primary election, Mississippi Senate candidates were furious that they believed Democratic voters crossed over to vote in the Republican Primary to choose a candidate.

 

Arkansas:

Post Date: Monday, June 30, 2014

Ms. Magazine – “Mississippi Freedom Summer Focuses On Fighting Voter Suppression

Two members of Feminist Majority Foundation's campus team were in Jackson, Mississippi this past week engaging with social justice groups on the subject of modern-day voter suppression.

Post Date: Friday, June 27, 2014

STATE NEWS

Alaska:

Associated Press – “Emails: Officials knew of poor translation in radio notices on voting

The official who coordinated the Division of Election's Yup'ik language program knew the translation for a radio announcement was off but suggested ignoring it anyway.

Post Date: Friday, June 27, 2014

Huffington Post – “How Do You Register to Vote If You're Homeless?

Tuesday was federal, state and local primary-election day in Montgomery County, Maryland. I was planning to hit the polls after work at the school near my home; what I wasn't expecting was overhearing a number of homeless people at Bethesda Cares' Drop-In Center who were planning to vote, too.

Post Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014

Examiner – “Report says nearly seven million people registered to vote in multiple states

According to a report obtained by Watchdog.org, nearly seven million people are registered to vote in two or more states, Kenric Ward said Wednesday.

Post Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014

League of Women Voters – “UPDATE: Voting Rights Moving Forward!

There’s finally some good news on the voting rights front in Congress. Today, on the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision that gutted key provisions of the Voting Rights Act, the Senate will finally hold a hearing on the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 (VRAA).

Post Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Bloomberg View – “Give Voters a Bill of Rights

Post Date: Monday, June 23, 2014

Politico – “A Rock the Vote relaunch

Rock the Vote is rolling out a new leadership team and a rebooted, digital-heavy outreach effort ahead of November’s midterm elections.

Rolling Stone – “Rock the Vote Returns for 2014 Midterm Election

Post Date: Monday, June 23, 2014

Wall Street Journal – “Senator: Expand online voter registration access

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says people across the country should be able use their computers, smartphones or electronic tablets to register to vote.

Post Date: Friday, June 20, 2014

STATE NEWS

Arizona:

East Valley Tribune – “Clean Elections Commission rebuffs Bennett's bid to appear in voting TV spots

If Ken Bennett wants some protection from being accused of campaign finance violations he's going to have to appear less — maybe a lot less — in a public service announcement aimed at early voters.

 

Post Date: Friday, June 20, 2014

STATE NEWS

Alaska:

Daily News-Miner – “The primary for Alaska's future: voter registration first step for residents to have voices, decisions heard in August

Alaskans face a momentous decision in the Aug. 19 statewide primary election.

Post Date: Thursday, June 19, 2014

STATE NEWS

Colorado:

Aurora Sentinel – “ArapCo DA drops one of four voter fraud charges promoted by state investigation

Arapahoe County prosecutors have dropped the charges against one of four people charged in a voter fraud case last fall.

 

Indiana:

Post Date: Thursday, June 19, 2014

Chicago Tribune – “'Freedom Summer II' could turn red states blue

Civil rights veterans plan to honor the 50th anniversary of Mississippi's Freedom Summer project by taking on an even bigger challenge: Turning the South's red states blue.


STATE NEWS

Arizona:

Post Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014

MSNBC – “Texas Republicans call for repealing the Voting Rights Act

When the Supreme Court weakened the Voting Rights Act last year, it allowed Texas to implement perhaps the nation’s strictest photo ID law. But to the state’s Republicans, the federal government still has too much influence on how it runs elections.

Post Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Brennan Center for Justice – “Major Voting Litigation That Could Impact 2014

Post Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

STATE NEWS

Colorado:

Brush News-Tribune – “Clerks work together to improve voter experience

As ballots are arriving in mailboxes across Colorado leading up to the June 24 Primary Election, Morgan County Clerk and Recorder Connie Ingmire is confident voters will find a more convenient and more secure election than ever before.

 

Post Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

New York Times – “Court Rulings on Voter Restrictions Create Limbo as Midterms Near

With the midterm elections only months away, efforts to carry out some of the country’s strictest photo ID requirements and shorten early voting in several politically pivotal states have been thrown into limbo by a series of court decisions concluding that the measures infringe on the right to vote.

Post Date: Monday, June 16, 2014

Associated Press – “Impacts from proof-of-citizenship voting case extend beyond Kansas, Arizona borders

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and other top lawmakers have urged a federal appeals court to overturn a decision by a judge in Kansas that they say would limit the authority of Congress to regulate federal elections and derail its ability to pass legislation protecting the right to vote.

Post Date: Friday, June 13, 2014

MSNBC – “Alabama GOP struggles to find voter fraud despite $1,000 reward

Last week’s primaries were the first election in which Alabama’s voter ID law was in effect. To mark the occasion, the state GOP offered a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that led to convictions on voter fraud.


STATE NEWS

Iowa:

Post Date: Friday, June 13, 2014

STATE NEWS

Alabama:

Reuters – “Alabama Republicans say voter fraud found after offering reward

Alabama Republicans, who offered a $1,000 reward for substantiated reports of voter fraud in this month's primary elections, said on Thursday they plan to forward credible evidence of wrongdoing to state prosecutors.

 

Post Date: Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Ocean Drive – “Wilmer Valderrama Talks Election Day Aspirations and Voto Latino

Wilmer Valderrama has been active on the political scene for 10 years, and he's coming to Miami this weekend to inspire young Latinos to exercise their right to vote.

Post Date: Wednesday, June 11, 2014

STATE NEWS

Arkansas:

Arkansas Matters – “Pulaski County Takes Steps to Prevent Voter ID Concerns on Election Day

Pulaski County election officials tried to keep controversy over Voter ID away from the polls during Tuesday's primary run-off election.

 

California:

Post Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Washington Post – “Tribal leaders welcome Holder’s voting access plan

Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday his office will consult with tribes across the country to develop ways to increase voting access for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Post Date: Monday, June 9, 2014

 

Washington Post - “The U.S. has a problem with voter turnout, not voter fraud

The June 5 Associated Press news article “Voter ID laws may affect election results” perpetuated the myth that such laws are needed to stop voter fraud. We have a voter participation problem, not a voter fraud problem.

Post Date: Friday, June 6, 2014

Heritage Foundation - The Daily Signal – “The Biggest Non-Story in Tuesday’s Elections? Mississippi Voter ID Implemented With No Problems

It wasn’t the biggest story following Tuesday’s elections in various states, but it was the biggest and most-ignored non-story.


STATE NEWS

Arkansas:

Post Date: Friday, June 6, 2014

Huffington Post – “Reps Say Obamacare Isn't Doing Enough To Encourage Voter Registration

Several progressive members of Congress have asked for a meeting with newly confirmed Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell, evidently worried that the federally run health care exchange used in more than 30 states is not in compliance with a 1993 law intended to encourage voter registration.

Post Date: Thursday, June 5, 2014

MSNBC – “Supporters of voter ID motivated by racial bias, study suggests

Voting laws that intentionally discriminate on the basis of race are illegal. But these days, very few public officials are foolish enough to admit publicly that that’s what they’re doing. That reality has often made it difficult for opponents of voting restrictions to prove deliberate racial bias.

Post Date: Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Politico – “House Dems back fight on voter rules

House Democratic leaders are backing a lawsuit that fights efforts in two states to add stricter requirements to federal voter registration forms.

Post Date: Tuesday, June 3, 2014

MSNBC – “Alabama GOP offers $1,000 for information on voter fraud

Tuesday is the first test of Alabama’s voter ID law – and the state’s Republicans are desperate to dig up some voter fraud. So desperate, in fact, that they’re offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who helps them find any.

Post Date: Tuesday, June 3, 2014

STATE NEWS

Alabama:

Montgomery Advertiser – “Some worry new voter ID requirement will cause problems

For nearly three years, Alabama's state and local officials have been preparing for the first election that will require voters to have photo identification — today's statewide primary.

Post Date: Monday, June 2, 2014

Think Progress – “Illinois Passes Landmark Progressive Voting Reform

The fifth largest state in the nation passed one of the most impactful progressive voting reforms last week, a move that will likely result in hundreds of thousands of new voters.

MSNBC – “New campaign for voter ID in Ohio

Post Date: Monday, June 2, 2014

Washington Post – “Primary voting in Mississippi will occur under new identification laws for residents

Mississippi will use its new voter-identification law for the first time Tuesday, culminating a long political fight in a state with a troubled past of voting rights suppression.

Post Date: Friday, May 30, 2014

The Washington Post – “Democrats, stop fighting voter ID laws

It’s true: Voter ID laws are horrible. They are “voter suppression”; “elegant racism”; and, according to a federal judge, discrimination. The threat of voter fraud is a myth regularly conjured up for partisan advantage.

Post Date: Friday, May 30, 2014

PEW Stateline – “Red, Blue States Find Some Common Ground on Elections Reform

After nearly five years of partisan feuds over state elections laws, there are growing signs that lawmakers are finding common ground on both sides of the aisle, in blue and red states alike.


STATE NEWS

Alabama:

Post Date: Thursday, May 29, 2014

STATE NEWS

Florida:

Associated Press – “Seattle man pleads guilty to voter intimidation in Florida

A Seattle man has pleaded guilty to charges related to sending letters to GOP donors questioning their citizenship status and ability to vote in the 2012 election.

 

Illinois:

Post Date: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Post Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2014

STATE NEWS

Arkansas:

Arkansas Times – “Voting: a fundamental right in Arkansas

Our Arkansas constitution guarantees that "no power, civil or military, shall ever interfere to prevent the free exercise of the right of suffrage." In other words, voting is a fundamental right.

 

Missouri:

Post Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2014

NEWS FROM NATIONAL OUTLETS

Bloomberg View – “Texas Votes Again, and Again

Post Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

STATE NEWS

Arkansas:

Associated Press – “24 ballots not counted in Arkansas' largest county as 'cure period' ends for voter ID law

Election officials say two dozen ballots cast in Arkansas' most populous county weren't counted after voters failed to show identification at the polls under the state's new voter ID law.

 

Post Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Heritage Foundation – “Virginia Voter Registration Headache: 308,000 Also Registered in Other States

Some 308,000 Virginia voters also are registered elsewhere, according to an analysis of 22 states’ election records.


STATE NEWS

Alabama:

Post Date: Friday, May 23, 2014

STATE NEWS

California:

California Forward Reporting – “When you vote by mail, make it count

After the last statewide election, I visited the Sacramento County registrar of voters’ office to view the vote-by-mail ballots that would not be counted. There were over three thousand of them.

 

Massachusetts:

Post Date: Friday, May 23, 2014

Jezebel – “The Pernicious Nature of Voter ID Laws

I was recently perusing the news, when I noticed this little blip from MSN.com about the GOP candidate for governor in Arkansas:

Afro American – “Federal Court Order Sought to Block N.C. Voter Suppression Law

Post Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014

Chicago Tribune – “Not everyone owns an ID

In all the years I’ve read the Tribune while flying in and out of O’Hare Airport, I’ve never felt compelled to write a letter to the editor. But after reading a letter from Rachel Hsu, a seventh grader from Wilmette who says voter ID laws “protect the honor of our democracy,” I really have no choice.

Post Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014

Salon – “Arkansas GOP candidate’s voter ID humiliation

A Republican candidate for governor in Arkansas, and staunch supporter of voter identification laws, discovered why requiring ID at the polls might have some unintended consequences when he forgot his ID and was denied his right to vote.

Post Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

MSNBC – “GOP candidate runs into voter-ID problem in Arkansas

When voting-rights advocates complain about voter-ID laws as an unnecessary suppression policy, the right generally responds with rhetoric that might seem sensible: “everyone” already carries identification, so these laws are no big deal and the left’s concerns are exaggerated.

Post Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Associated Press – “Appeals court leaves voter ID in pocket

A federal appeals court has delivered a new setback to officials in Arizona and Kansas, ruling that residents in those states can continue registering to vote for now using a federal form without having to show proof of citizenship.

Post Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2014

ACLU – “Putting the Brakes on Voter Suppression in North Carolina

Voters get to decide who represents them, but elected officials don't get to decide which eligible voters can and can't vote. Right?

Post Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2014

NEWS FROM NATIONAL OUTLETS

Associated Press – “Court extends stay in Arizona, Kansas voting case

A federal appeals court extended its order allowing Kansas and Arizona residents to continue registering to vote using a federal form without having to show proof of citizenship.

Post Date: Monday, May 19, 2014

The Nation – “Easy and Instant Voting: A Great Idea Whose Time Has Come, Again

Forty years ago, at a point when Americans were profoundly concerned about declining voter participation, democracy advocates proposed a fix: “instant voting.”

The Week – “The real key to GOP minority outreach

Post Date: Friday, May 16, 2014

The Hill – “Poll: 70 percent support voter ID laws

Seven in 10 registered voters are in favor of identification laws in order to root out fraud at the ballot box, according to a Fox News poll released this week.

Heritage Foundation – “What Rand Paul Is Really Saying About Voter ID [VIDEO]

Post Date: Friday, May 16, 2014

STATE NEWS

Colorado:

The Denver Post – “Big money targets Colorado's secretary of state race

Big-money party politics is ramping up to elevate Colorado's secretary of state race.

Post Date: Thursday, May 15, 2014

Huffington Post – “2014: The Voting Rights Spring

Post Date: Thursday, May 15, 2014

Wall Street Journal – “New Front Opens in Voter-Law Battles

The battle over voting rights is taking on a new dimension as operatives allied with both political parties are wading into races for secretaries of state.

The Hill – “Senate gridlock and voting

Post Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Bloomberg – “Voter ID Still Means Voter Suppression

More strong evidence, this time from Iowa, that voter ID has nothing to do with voter fraud.

Think Progress – “Missouri Lawmakers Want To Amend Their Constitution To Allow More Voter Suppression

Post Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014

MSNBC – “‘At no point did Senator Paul come out against voter-ID laws’

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) earned some progressive praise over the last few days, following comments that put some distance between himself and his party’s voter-suppression tactics.

Post Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014

MSNBC – “Where the 2016 GOP contenders stand on voting rights

Last Friday, Rand Paul told the New York Times that Republicans shouldn’t “go too crazy” about voter ID, because “it’s offending people.”

Post Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Bloomberg – “Wisconsin Appeals Loss in Voter Identification Lawsuit

Wisconsin told a U.S. judge that it will appeal his ruling barring the state from enforcing a voter-identification law as litigation over ballot access intensifies in the run-up to November’s elections.

Post Date: Monday, May 12, 2014

FRONTLINE – “New Voter ID Laws Hit Setbacks

Within 24 hours of the Supreme Court’s landmark Shelby v. Holder decision to strike down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, several states announced plans to move forward with new legislation, including requiring voter IDs, reducing the number of early voting days, and eliminating same-day registration.

Post Date: Monday, May 12, 2014

The Hill – “Paul: Voter ID laws 'offending people'

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Friday it is wrong for the GOP to get too wrapped up in voter identification laws because they are offending people, in particular African Americans.

Post Date: Friday, May 9, 2014

Latin Post – “Appeals Court Decides on Temporary Stay Over Proof-of-Citizenship Voting Requirement in Kansas and Arizona

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Arizona and Kansas residents can continue to register to vote for the time being without having to show proof of citizenship.

Post Date: Friday, May 9, 2014

NBC News – “Judge Refuses to Halt Order Over Kansas, Arizona Voter Citizenship

Voters in Kansas and Arizona will have to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship when registering to vote using the federal form even as a U.S. agency appeals a federal judge's order that helps those states enforce their voter registration requirements, according to a ruling on Wednesday.

Post Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014

Associated Press – “Judge refuses to halt order over voter citizenship

Voters in Kansas and Arizona will have to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship when registering to vote using the federal form even as a U.S. agency appeals a federal judge’s order that helps those states enforce their voter registration requirements, the judge ruled Wednesday.

Post Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Chicago Sun Times – “United States voting regulations vs. the world

How hard is it to vote in the United States compared to other countries around the world?

Washington Post – “Is it easier to vote in the United States or Ukraine?

Post Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014

NPR – “As States Vote In Primaries, Voter ID Laws Come Under Scrutiny

Three states are holding primaries Tuesday, and voters might understandably be confused over what kind of identification they need to show at the polls.

MSNBC – “Is the Voting Rights Act making a comeback?

Post Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Los Angeles Times – “New voter ID laws: Nothing like it 'since Reconstruction'

A federal judge recently struck down a Wisconsin law that would have required voters to present a photo ID in order to vote, one in a series of judicial rulings addressing how states can control who gets to cast a ballot.

Post Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Washington Post – “Voting Rights Act fixes should get a vote in the House and Senate

IT SEEMS like virtually everyone on Capitol Hill is interested in fixing the Voting Rights Act. But who will step up and make something happen?

Post Date: Monday, May 5, 2014

Salon – “Exclusive: Ohio GOP’s secret voting scheme deliberations

In February, Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted announced his decision to cut early voting on Sundays and weekday evenings. This met swift opposition from voting rights advocates, who say the move is apiece with a Republican-led nationwide attack on voting methods highly utilized by minorities, who tend to lean Democratic.

Post Date: Monday, May 5, 2014

Huffington Post - “GOP Lawmaker: Don't Expect Wisconsin's Voter ID Law To Get Fixed By 2014 Elections

As Tuesday's decision to strike down Wisconsin's voter ID law heads toward an appeal, one leading GOP state lawmaker does not see the legislature making a fix in time for the 2014 elections.

Post Date: Friday, May 2, 2014

ACLU – “For Early Voting, One Size Doesn't Fit All

What if the government forced all clothing stores to sell only extra-small T-shirts? And what if this happened because some politicians concluded consumers should be treated "uniformly" when it came to shopping options and decided that consumers should be forced to wear the same size T-shirt, no matter whether they can actually fit?

Post Date: Friday, May 2, 2014

ABA Journal – “Law Day voting-rights theme highlights importance of ballot-box access, ABA president says

This year's Law Day focuses on voting rights, with events ranging from high school oratory and grade-school poster contests to panel discussions and free CLE programs.

Post Date: Thursday, May 1, 2014

MSNBC – “ACLU sues Ohio over early voting cuts

Ohio’s cuts to early voting and elimination of same-day registration discriminate against racial minorities in violation of the Voting Rights Act, a new lawsuit alleges.


STATE NEWS

Alabama:

Post Date: Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Washington Times – “KNIGHT: ACLU’s vote-fraud campaign

The American Civil Liberties Union is at it again, throwing a log in front of the accelerating — and widely supported — campaign against vote fraud.

Post Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

CNN – “Wisconsin voter ID law struck down by federal judge

Wisconsin became the latest state to have its voter identification law struck down by the courts, with a federal judge in Milwaukee on Tuesday concluding that opponents of the requirement have shown it has a "disproportionate impact" on many voters.

Post Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014

HuffPost Live – “"This Country Was Built On Voter Suppression"

Michael Moore chats with Ahmed and Zach Carter about the country's history of voter suppression, and the current attempt by the Republican party to make it difficult for certain people to vote.

Post Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014

BuzzFeed – “How North Carolina’s Voter ID Law Could Actually Help Democrats This Year

When North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed a sweeping voter identification law last year, Democrats, civil rights organizations, and the Department of Justice all quickly decried the effort as a blatant attempt to suppress the vote of minorities in the state.


STATE NEWS

Post Date: Monday, April 28, 2014

STATE NEWS

Arkansas:

Associated Press – “Election board asks Arkansas Supreme Court for stay of ruling that threw out voter ID law

The Arkansas State Board of Election Commissioners is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court for an emergency stay of a judge's ruling that found the state's new voter ID requirement as unconstitutional.

 

Post Date: Monday, April 28, 2014

Wall Street Journal – “Political Fraud About Voter Fraud

Post Date: Friday, April 25, 2014

MSNBC – “Court strikes down onerous Arkansas voter-id law

About a year ago, the Republican majority in Arkansas’ General Assembly – their first GOP majority in Little Rock since the 1870s – quickly tackled one of their top priorities: a voter-ID bill. Gov. Mike Beebe (D) quickly vetoed the measure, calling it “an expensive solution in search of a problem.”

Post Date: Friday, April 25, 2014

STATE NEWS

Alabama:

AL.com – “Before convicting four Alabama counties of voter fraud, let's see the evidence

If you needed to rotate the tires on your car would you accomplish that task by changing the oil? Silly idea isn’t it?

 

Arkansas:

Post Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014

STATE NEWS

Arkansas:

Associated Press – “Arkansas' election board taps attorney general's office for representation in voter ID lawsuit

The Arkansas Board of Election Commissioners says it wants the state's attorney general's office to represent it in a civil liberty group's lawsuit that challenges Arkansas' voter identification law.

Post Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014

Huffington Post – “Rand Paul: GOP 'May Have Over-Emphasized' Voter Fraud Fears

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) speculated that the Republican Party may be exaggerating the extent of voter fraud, as more GOP-controlled states pass new voter identification laws to combat what the party claims is a widespread problem.

Post Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

STATE NEWS

Arkansas:

Associated Press – “ACLU seeks injunction against voter ID law

A civil liberties group asked a judge to block Arkansas from enforcing its new voter ID law while he considers a lawsuit challenging the requirement's constitutionality.

Post Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Think Progress – “Nebraska Enacts Progressive Reform To Expand Voting Rights

Nobody would mistake Nebraska for a politically moderate state. It was the first state in the country to enact a 20-week abortion ban. They passed legislation restricting scientists’ ability to study climate change. Approximately 60 percent of voters cast a ballot for Mitt Romney in 2012, the ninth highest percentage of any state.

Post Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

PBS NewsHour – “Was the Supreme Court ruling a setback for voting rights?

As you just heard, the Supreme Court’s rulings continue to resonate on any number of critical issues. And as the midterm elections approach, we turn our attention tonight to one decision that could have immediate impact.


STATE NEWS

California:

Post Date: Monday, April 21, 2014

USA Today College – “N.C. voter ID bill complicates student voting

Voting is about to get more complicated for many North Carolina college students.


STATE NEWS

California:

Signal Tribune – “LB city clerk releases updated tally for April 8 election

Post Date: Friday, April 18, 2014

MSNBC – “Pushback against voting restrictions gathers steam

From Virginia to Arkansas and North Carolina to Missouri, leaders, lawyers and citizens took significant strides this week to protect voting rights. It was the strongest sign yet that the pushback against Republican efforts to curtail access to the ballot box had gathered momentum.

Post Date: Friday, April 18, 2014

Legal Times – “Justice Department, Texas Clash Over Discovery in Voting Rights Case

The U.S. Department of Justice and Texas have locked horns over discovery in a prominent voting rights challenge.

Post Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014

MSNBC – “ACLU: Arkansas voter ID law is unconstitutional

The voter ID law passed by Arkansas legislators last year is unconstitutional and should be struck down, a new lawsuit claims. If left to stand, the law could affect a crucial Senate race this fall.

NBC News – “Latino Groups Target Voters Ahead of Midterms

Post Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Grio – MSNBC – “Politini: Why Republicans back voter suppression

In a rousing speech last week in front of the National Action Network President Obama called out Republican voter suppression tactics. He didn’t mince words when he labeled their schemes to thwart the democratic process “un-American.”


STATE NEWS

Arkansas:

Post Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Hill – “Clock ticking on fix to Voting Rights Act

Time is running out for Congress to fix the Voting Rights Act.

ABC News – “Arkansas Voter ID Law Challenged in Court by ACLU

Post Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Post Date: Monday, April 14, 2014

Bloomberg News – “Obama Says Republican Voter-ID Laws Designed to Restrict Rights

President Barack Obama accused Republicans of waging a systematic campaign to deny voting rights through state laws that require new standards of identification to cast ballots.

Post Date: Friday, April 11, 2014

Washington Post – “Jackson on voter IDs: 'There is not a crisis in voter fraud'” (VIDEO)

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. tells PostTV at the LBJ Library's Civil Rights Summit that proposals like the one President Clinton supports to put a photo on Social Security cards would not go far enough to support voter rights.

Post Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014

USA Today – “Young to Obama: Put photos on Social Security cards

Civil rights pioneer Andrew Young has a proposal for President Obama to end the flap over voter identification laws.

Post Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Economist – “Imposter anxiety

Post Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Politico – “Obama to highlight Democrats’ growing voting rights push

President Barack Obama on Friday will join the larger Democratic effort to spotlight voting rights ahead of this year’s midterms, using a speech to Al Sharpton’s National Action Network to launch his election-year push on the issue.


STATE NEWS

California:

Post Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Associated Press – “On Twitter and in voting rights video, Biden steps up role for Democrats ahead of midterms

Vice President Joe Biden is ramping up his role for the Democratic Party, putting his political weight behind a voter-expansion effort and rebooting his dormant Twitter handle just in time for the midterm elections.

Post Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Guardian – “How to reverse a supreme court attack on democracy: fight for voting rights

Many Americans, especially on the left, are up in arms about the US supreme court's decision last week in McCutcheon v FEC, which further deregulates campaign financing. Now the super-wealthy need not go through an independent Super Pac; they can get more money directly into the hands of politicians.

Post Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

MSNBC – “The Call: The State of Civil Rights in America

Ladies and gentlemen,

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act by President Lyndon B. Johnson – and today, civil rights in this country are far from secure.

Post Date: Monday, April 7, 2014

NEWS FROM NATIONAL OUTLETS

 

Washington Examiner – “Joe Biden makes voting rights pitch for DNC

Vice President Joe Biden made a pitch for voting rights in a new video for the Democratic National Committee, urging supporters to help the organization's Voter Expansion Project ahead of November's midterms.

Post Date: Monday, April 7, 2014

Discovery News – “Voter Suppression: Old Strategy, Modern Tactics

In any election year, every vote counts. With stakes every election cycle seemingly higher than the one that preceded it, campaigns, political parties and the third-party groups that support them have a powerful incentive to turn out their voters -- and dissuade those not on their side from even showing up.

Post Date: Friday, April 4, 2014

STATE NEWS

Delaware:

The News Journal – “GOP’s unproven voter fraud charge

Post Date: Friday, April 4, 2014

STATE NEWS

Arkansas:

Courier News – “Polling location 'no-go' without running water

The Pope County Election Commission approved temporarily moving the Nogo polling location to the Tilly Community Center during its regular meeting.

 

Delaware:

Post Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014

Demos Policy Shop Blog – “Low-Wage Workers Deserve On-Demand Voting

Post Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Associated Press – “Feds seek stay of order in voter citizenship case

Federal election officials have asked a judge to temporarily suspend his own order that they help Kansas and Arizona enforce state laws requiring voters to prove their U.S. citizenship, arguing that the case "implicates the fundamental right to register to vote."

Post Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Washington Post – “Forget Susan B. Anthony

Post Date: Monday, March 31, 2014

The Daily Caller - “Democrats poised to change definition of ‘election day’ in Colorado

The Democratic-controlled Colorado state senate passed a controversial bill that they say will fix a flaw in a sweeping elections reform bill they passed last year.

Post Date: Friday, March 28, 2014

The Nation – “GOP Steps Up Attack on Early Voting in Key Swing States

On Election Night 2012, referring to the long lines in states like Florida and Ohio, Barack Obama declared, “We have to fix that.”

Associated Press – “Voter Rights Groups Appeal Kan. Citizenship Ruling

Post Date: Friday, March 28, 2014

MSNBC – “Obamacare helping millions register to vote

It’s the right’s worst nightmare: Obamacare working to boost not just the number of Americans who have affordable health insurance—but also the number who are registered to vote. And it could be coming true.


STATE NEWS

Colorado:

Post Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014

US News and World Report – “Watch the Host of 'Catfish' Promote Online Voter Registration

Fans of MTV’s “Catfish” know just how much time series co-creator Nev Schulman spends online. On the show, Schulman uses his Internet know-how to explore the perils of online dating and track down “catfish” – folks who fake their profiles.

Post Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014

STATE NEWS

Illinois:

The Times – “Winfield early voting site in dispute

A candidate for Winfield Township trustee wants election officials to move this town's early voting site out of her opponent's office.

 

Kansas:

Post Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014

STATE NEWS

Florida:

News 13-TV – “Palm Coast voters may have to cast multiple ballots Election Day

Could voters in Palm Coast be forced to go to two separate polling places later this year?

 

Idaho:

Post Date: Monday, March 24, 2014

STATE NEWS

Alabama:

Times Daily – “Kansas case could affect Ala. voter registration

A court ruling in Kansas could lead to Alabama enforcing part of its immigration law that has never been used.

 

California:

Post Date: Monday, March 24, 2014

PBS Newshour – “Kansas and Arizona win voter proof-of-citizenship ruling

There was a court ruling earlier this week that could affect voter ID laws across the United States. A federal judge in Wichita ruled that both Kansas and Arizona can indeed ask for more proof of citizenship from voters. For more, we’re joined now by Alan Gomez who covers immigration for USA Today.

Post Date: Friday, March 21, 2014

USA Today – “Sensenbrenner: Protect our right to vote

I bristle when people on the right or left suggest there is a conflict between my support for the Voting Rights Act and voter ID laws. The former is possibly the most important civil rights legislation ever passed, and the latter is a useful tool to prevent fraud.

Post Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014

Mother Jones – “Progressive Groups Take Obama to Task for Violating Voting Rights Law

After months of quiet lobbying, civil rights groups and progressive organizations are now coming out publicly against the Obama administration for failing to enforce a voting rights law that applies to the Obamacare health insurance exchanges.

Post Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014

New York Times – “Two States Win Court Approval on Voter Rules

A federal judge in Kansas on Wednesday ordered federal election authorities to help Kansas and Arizona require proof of citizenship of registering voters, in a decision that could well set a trend for other Republican-dominated states.

Post Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Associated Press – “Kansas, Arizona Prevail in Voter Citizenship Suit

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to help Kansas and Arizona enforce laws requiring new voters to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship.

USA Today – “Kansas, Arizona win proof-of-citizenship ruling

Post Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

USA Today – “Long lines, disputed counts: Why U.S. elections stumble

In the 2012 election, Robert Bauer was President Obama's campaign counsel and Benjamin Ginsberg was the top lawyer for Republican opponent Mitt Romney. Now they have joined forces to co-chair the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, studying the problems elections face. Questions and answers have been edited for length and clarity.

Post Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Digital Journal – “Largest-Ever Latino Online Voter Registration Campaign Launched at SXSW

Recently, Voto Latino and Rock the Vote launched TrendUrVoice, the largest-ever online campaign to register Latino voters, at South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive and Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Voto Latino Co-Founder and Chairwoman Rosario Dawson joined volunteers on the ground to register Latino Millennials to vote.


STATE NEWS

Post Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Hill – “Juan Williams: GOP blinders on civil rights

Rep. Gregg Harper, a Republican from Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional District, is standing near the blood stained driveway in Jackson where civil rights activist Medgar Evers was assassinated as he fought for black voting rights in 1963.


STATE NEWS

Alabama:

Post Date: Friday, March 14, 2014

STATE NEWS

Arkansas:

Newton County Times – “New voter ID law causing concerns, headed to court

Post Date: Friday, March 14, 2014

MSNBC – “Wisconsin is the latest swing state to target early voting

Another week, another Republican effort to make voting harder in a key swing state.


STATE NEWS

 

Arkansas:

Post Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014

Demos Policy Shop Blog – “The Confusion Around Restoring Voting Rights

Kelli Jo Griffin will stand trial next week in Iowa for registering to vote. Unfortunately, Griffin happens to live in a state where such activity is illegal for people like her with a past felony conviction. When she registered to participate in an election last year in her small town of Montrose, she checked on the form that she was not disqualified from voting due to a felony.

Post Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Hill – “Hoyer optimistic on voting rights bill

A senior Democrat on Tuesday said he was “hopeful” the House would approve new voting rights legislation by the summer, despite the lack of an endorsement from the Republican leadership.

Post Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

NBC News – “At SXSW, Voting Groups Register Latino Millennials

As young people, many of them Latino, gathered at SXSW, two well-known voter registration groups launched a new campaign using the best-known tool to get Millennials involved - social media.

MSNBC – “Not so fast! Ohio voting cutbacks spark furious response

Post Date: Monday, March 10, 2014

STATE NEWS

Minnesota:

Pioneer Press – “Senate panel advances online voter registration bill

Minnesota's online voter registration system moved a step closer to winning the Legislature's blessing on Monday.

 

North Carolina:

Post Date: Monday, March 10, 2014

The New Yorker – “BALLOT INITIATIVE

Jeffrey Toobin, in his article on the Voting Rights Act, omits a significant feature of the legal landscape (“Holder v. Roberts,” February 17th & 24th). Contrary to the understanding of most Americans, there is no affirmative constitutional right to vote.

Post Date: Thursday, March 6, 2014

Demos – Policyshop Blog – “Why Did the Senate Block Debo Adegbile?

Post Date: Thursday, March 6, 2014

Discovery News – “Smartphone Voting Ups Participation, Cut Errors

Downloading an election app on your smartphone could someday replace the need to join long lines of fellow voters, and it might make elections work better. Researchers have found that smartphone owners make fewer errors using a mobile voting system than when using traditional voting methods.


STATE NEWS

Post Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2014

STATE NEWS

Colorado:

The Pueblo Chieftain – “Toxic election law

STATE SEN. Kevin Grantham has good reason to be miffed that Democrats summarily killed his bill that would have called for a two-year timeout on a particularly toxic election law enacted last year.

 

Maine:

Post Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Post Date: Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Huffington Post – “Brewer's Other Veto: Silencing Arizona

Much was said last week about Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's veto of SB 1062, a law that would have given businesses a license to discriminate.


STATE NEWS

Iowa:

Post Date: Tuesday, March 4, 2014

MSNBC – “Early voting under fierce debate in Ohio

Chairman of the Ohio Republican Party Matt Borges and Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party Chris Redfern speak to Ronan Farrow about their state’s recent changes to early voting times.


STATE NEWS

Connecticut:

Post Date: Monday, March 3, 2014

STATE NEWS

Connecticut:

Easton Courier - “Improving access with online voter registration

Post Date: Friday, February 28, 2014

National Public Radio – “Clintons Provide Firepower Behind DNC 'Voter Expansion Project'

Democrats believe they've discovered a way to play more offense against Republican efforts that have had the effect of making it harder for many voters — especially young, senior and minority citizens — to cast their ballots.

Post Date: Friday, February 28, 2014

Washington Examiner – “Bill Clinton says Republicans 'want fewer people to vote'

Former President Bill Clinton has signed on to promote a new Democratic voter project, claiming that the GOP is trying with voter identification laws to block divorced women, college students, blacks, the disabled and younger Americans from voting.

Post Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014

CNN – “Clinton: Voters under 'assault'

The Democratic Party is showcasing former President Bill Clinton to help launch a new program to expand voters' access to polls.

Huffington Post – “Ohio Election Laws Eliminate Opportunities for Voters

Post Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014

USA Today – “Democrats to expand 'election protection' effort

National Democrats are launching a program to expand voter access to polls, with a Thursday announcement aided by former president Bill Clinton.

Politico – “Bill Clinton touts voter registration

Post Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014

National Review Online – “Iowa Refers 80 Cases of Voter Fraud to Prosecutors

Vice President Biden claimed voter ID laws were evidence of “hatred” and “zealotry” during a Black History Month event yesterday in Washington.

ACLU – “What's Wrong With this Picture?

Post Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Politico – “Joe Biden links voter-ID laws to ‘hatred’

Vice President Joe Biden used remarks at a reception he hosted in honor of African-American History Month to swing hard at the “malarkey” of voting right restrictions around the country — specifically, citing voter ID laws in North Carolina, Alabama and Texas as offenders.

Post Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2014

CNN – “Van Jones: North Carolina is rigging the system

Crossfire host Van Jones suggests that new voter ID laws passed in North Carolina puts people in the lower income bracket at a disadvantage. Governor Pat McCrory (R-NC) responds to Van's claims.


STATE NEWS

Colorado:

Post Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2014

National Journal – “Tracking Voters in Real Time in Colorado

Hoping to make voting accessible without opening the door to fraud, Colorado is turning to technology.

 

STATE NEWS

California:

Post Date: Monday, February 24, 2014

The American Prospect – “Roberts Was Wrong on Voter Rights

Post Date: Monday, February 24, 2014

Opposing Views – “Man Kicked Out Of Polling Place For 'Second Amendment' T-Shirt (Video)

Chris Driskill went to the Waller County Courthouse in Hempstead, Texas this week to cast an early vote in the GOP primary.

Post Date: Friday, February 21, 2014

NATIONAL COVERAGE

 

Huffington Post  – “Online Voter Registration: Improving Access to Voting

Post Date: Thursday, February 20, 2014

Demos Policy Shop Blog – “Voting Rights Under Threat in Ohio

Voting rights are under attack in the Buckeye State, again.

Post Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Politico – “Rand Paul takes voter rights fight home

Sen. Rand Paul took his push for restoring felons’ voting rights to the state level on Wednesday, testifying before a Kentucky Legislature committee and urging his home state to lead the way.


STATE NEWS

Connecticut:

Post Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

STATE NEWS

Florida:

Sunshine State News – “There Is No Such Thing as Voter Suppression in Florida

A Democrat who didn't want to give his name got me up at 4:30 Monday morning to scold me for "defending voter suppression at UF." I suppose it's because of Allison Nielsen's fine story on Gainesville Mayor Ed Braddy's comments.

Post Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Post Date: Thursday, February 13, 2014

MSNBC – “Report: Missouri voter-ID bill could disenfranchise 220,000

A proposed voter ID bill in Missouri could disenfranchise 220,000 registered voters, according to an impact report released on Tuesday by Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander.

Post Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Esquire – “The Real Reason For The War On Voting

The invaluable Rick Hasen has noticed something about the conservative reaction to the report of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration. Among its other recommendations, the commission suggested expanding the opportunities for early voting, and Hasen notes that the reaction to this suggestion on the right is based in something more profound than a simple fight for partisan advantage.

Post Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Heritage Foundation – “Lessons from the Voter ID Experience in Texas

Post Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

CNN – “Holder calls for restoring ex-cons' voting rights

One of Washington's oddities of late is Attorney General Eric Holder's liberal social justice goals finding unity with the tea party movement's curb-big-government proposals led by Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee.

Post Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Wall Street Journal – “Carvin and von Spakovsky: The ‘Voting Rights’ Partisan Power Play

An attempt to circumvent a recent Supreme Court ruling isn't about redressing wrongs. It's about winning elections.


STATE NEWS

Arkansas:

Post Date: Monday, February 10, 2014

MSNBC – “Montana GOP looks to end same-day voter registration

Voting experts say allowing people to register and vote on the same day is among the most effective ways to boost participation in the election process. So naturally, Republicans in states across the country have been looking to crack down on same-day registration. And in Montana, they got a step closer last week to ending the practice.

Post Date: Monday, February 10, 2014

Bloomberg News – “Question Day: Does Voter ID Matter?

Caleb Baucum asked: “[W]hat is your opinion of requiring a photo ID in order to vote? While the rhetoric is that it harms poor voters without IDs, do you know of any research that can back up this claim? Given that an ID is needed to drive, open a bank account, get a library card, etc, it would seem only a very small number of people do not have IDs. Of those, how many actually vote?"

Post Date: Friday, February 7, 2014

MSNBC – “Not all doom and gloom: Many states look to make voting easier

Recent years have seen a seemingly endless stream of efforts in GOP-controlled states across the country to make voting harder, many of which have gained national attention. But a new report suggests that in fact, the broader momentum may quietly be moving in the opposite direction—toward greater, not less, access to the ballot.


STATE NEWS

Post Date: Friday, February 7, 2014

The Washington Times – “ADAMS: Eight reasons for halting early voting

President Obama’s commission on election administration recently issued a final report containing some terrible recommendations.

MSNBC – “Georgia is site of latest GOP attack on early voting

Post Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2014

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STATE NEWS

Post Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2014

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Post Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Election Law Blog – “Eugene Kontorovich’s Nonsense About Early Voting

Last week I linked to a Politico piece by Eugene Kontorovich and John McGinnis against early voting.  (I also linked to Doug Chapin’s critique.)

In essence, the argument against early voting is that we need a set election day to make a deliberative choice as a nation.  Having people vote early, the argument goes, treats them as a different set of citizens.

 

Post Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Huffington Post – “Voting Rights Is on Us

Post Date: Monday, February 3, 2014

Center for American Progress – “The Voting Rights Playbook

Post Date: Friday, January 31, 2014

Think Progress – “Election Officials Warn 200,000 Dallas Voters They Could Be Held Up At The Polls Thanks To Voter ID

Nearly 200,000 voters in Dallas County, Texas received letters warning them that they face a potential obstacle to casting their next ballot thanks to their state’s new voter ID law.

 

STATE NEWS

Post Date: Friday, January 31, 2014

MSNBC – “Tea party favorite Sharron Angle pushes voter ID

A prominent Tea Party Republican is spearheading a push for voter ID in Nevada.

Sharron Angle, who lost a 2010 Senate challenge to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, wants to put on the November ballot a constitutional amendment imposing a voter ID requirement, according to documents she filed that were posted online by the Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston.

Post Date: Thursday, January 30, 2014

STATE NEWS

Illinois:

KHQA-TV – “QHS student rallies 17-year-old voters

Many 17-year-olds in Illinois will be able to vote in the next election. This new group of voters exists in Illinois thanks to a law that went into effect this month.

 

Maine:

Post Date: Thursday, January 30, 2014

Daily Kos – “Right-Wing Law Prof's Case Against Early Voting

The crocodile tears are flowing at Politico where right-wing law prof Eugene Kontorovich tries to make the case for why early voting is a bad thing.


STATE NEWS

Alabama:

Post Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Politico – “The Case Against Early Voting

To the delight of anyone who’s ever waited in line to cast a vote, a bipartisan election commission convened by President Barack Obama concluded last week that states across the country should increase their use of early voting

Post Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Huffington Post – “In Ohio, The Subtle – And Not-So-Subtle – Strategies of Voter Suppression

As everyone knows, Presidential elections can swing on the outcome in Ohio. Voters – and votes – in the Buckeye State are courted, coveted, and counted with care.

Post Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2014

MSNBC – “GOP wants to change Missouri constitution for voter ID

The nationwide fight over voter ID laws is heading next to the Show Me State. Missouri Republicans are working to amend their state’s constitution as part of an aggressive push to require photo identification at the polls.


STATE NEWS

 

Alabama:

Post Date: Monday, January 27, 2014

TIME – “Obamacare Voter Registration Criticized By Left and Right

 Two liberal civil rights groups say the Affordable Care Act may not be in compliance with a federal voting law and are urging the Obama Administration to change how enrollees are prompted to register with the newly created federal insurance exchanges.

Post Date: Friday, January 24, 2014

ABC News – “Votes in Texas Town Allegedly Bought With Beer and Cigarettes and Cigarettes

A dirt-poor Texas town has been rocked by a federal investigation into charges that votes for a school board election were bought with a few dollars worth of beer and cigarettes, accusations that surfaced just days before the school board president reportedly hanged himself.

Post Date: Friday, January 24, 2014

PBS Newshour – “Commission finds voting process needs to catch up with how Americans live today” (VIDEO)

Operating on the principle that Americans should not find it difficult to vote, a bipartisan committee came to a unanimous conclusion about how to improve the election process. Robert Bauer and Benjamin Ginsberg, co-chairs of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, join Gwen Ifill to discuss their suggestions.

Post Date: Thursday, January 23, 2014

Bloomberg – “Do We Really Want to Make Elections Better?

In “stuff that matters” news, the Bauer-Ginsberg Commission on election administration issued its report today. Well, it’s not clear that the commission is actually important, but the topic certainly is. U.S. elections are poorly run, and getting worse.

Post Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2014

USA Today – “Bipartisan commission urges early voting, shorter lines

States should make voting easier by expanding early voting, increasing online voter registration, and checking their voter registration lists against those of other states, a bipartisan federal commission said Wednesday.

Post Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Post Date: Friday, January 17, 2014

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Bloomberg – “Pennsylvania Voter-Identification Law Barred by Judge

Post Date: Friday, January 17, 2014

Demos – “Election Day Registration in Massachusetts: Welcome Aboard!

Could Massachusetts become the next state to enact Election Day Registration? If today’s passage by the Commonwealth’s Senate chamber of omnibus voting bill S.1975 serves as indication, it very well could.

Post Date: Thursday, January 16, 2014

BET – “Commentary: Dr. King and the Fight for Voting Rights

As we mark the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this year we must embrace Dr. King’s adage and repair the cracks in the foundation stone created by the Supreme Court’s recent decision on the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder.


STATE NEWS

 

Post Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

STATE NEWS

Kentucky:

Associated Press – “Paul backs restoring some felons' voting rights

Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is taking an active role in promoting a long-debated proposal that seeks to amend Kentucky's Constitution to restore voting rights for some felons.

 

Massachusetts:

Post Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Think Progress – “Ohio Agrees To Use Error-Riddled Voter Purge List

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R), one of the nation’s most notorious vote suppressors, has agreed to join an error-riddled multi-state voter purge database, through at least 2018. The move comes as part of a settlement with voter-suppression groups who sued the state to force it to remove names from its voter rolls.

Post Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2014

MSNBC – “It’s official: Ohio signs on to Tea Party voter ‘purge’ scheme

In a legal settlement being hailed by conservatives, Ohio will officially sign on to a controversial inter-state program to combat voter fraud. Voting-rights groups fear the program could make it easier for valid voters to be wrongly purged from the rolls. And that’s not the only cause for concern in the deal.

Post Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Daily Caller – “It’s official: Anyone in Colorado can vote in any election in the state

Under a new law passed by Democrats last year, voters in Colorado can cast a ballot in any race in the state, regardless of where they live.

Post Date: Monday, January 13, 2014

Talking Points Memo – “Yes, Voter ID Laws Are Nakedly Political

Post Date: Monday, January 13, 2014

Huffington Post – “North Carolina's Controversial Voting Laws Attract Protests, Support

One of the longstanding arguments against voter ID laws has been that there is no history of significant elections fraud.

Post Date: Thursday, January 9, 2014

NEWS FROM NATIONAL OUTLETS

The American Prospect – “Want to Rock the Vote? Fill the Election Assistance Commission.

Post Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2014

MSNBC – “Obama’s pick for top voting rights enforcer survives grilling

Conservatives had predicted that President Obama’s pick to lead the Justice Department division that oversees voting rights would be in for a rough ride during his confirmation hearing Wednesday morning. But civil rights lawyer Debo Adegbile appeared to emerged largely unscathed.


STATE NEWS

Post Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2014

MSNBC – “Tea Party pushing voter ID in California

California conservatives and Tea Partiers have launched a campaign to pass a voter ID measure via ballot initiative, sidelining the state’s Democratic-controlled legislature.


STATE NEWS

Alabama:

Post Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Daily Kos – “How about we abolish the idea of voting in polling places?

Not the idea of having polling places per say, but the idea that you can have one and only one place to vote.


STATE NEWS

Colorado:

Post Date: Monday, January 6, 2014

Huffington Post – “Voting Matters

As we come into the New Year, there is one issue that most Americans agree on. That issue is the United States Congress. The majority of citizens, when polled, hold the Congress in very low esteem. The reasons vary, but for many, the gridlock and the inability to get things done have Americans truly frustrated. Congress' ratings are probably one of the few areas of agreement among voters of all stripes.

Post Date: Monday, January 6, 2014

Associated Press – “Obama panel hears election officials' concerns that since Newtown, schools don't want voting

Some schools no longer want to serve as polling places since the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

Post Date: Friday, January 3, 2014

The Afro American – “Civil Rights Advocates Step up Challenge of Wis. Voting Rules

With mid-term elections drawing closer, voting rights groups are advancing their efforts to disable voter ID and other laws that, they say, suppresses votes.


STATE NEWS

Arkansas:

Post Date: Friday, January 3, 2014
Post Date: Thursday, January 2, 2014

STATE NEWS

Arkansas:

KTHV 11-TV – “With new year, Arkansans are required to show ID to vote

Starting January 1, 2014, voters in Arkansas will have to show identification to cast a ballot.

The legislature passed the law this past session, saying it would help prevent voter fraud.

 

Florida:

Post Date: Friday, December 20, 2013

**Please note: These will be the last clips of the year! We will return with more breaking news on January 2, 2014. Have a safe and happy holiday!**

STATE NEWS

Iowa:

Muscatine Journal – “Denison woman charged with election misconduct

Post Date: Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Root – “Black Legislators Want Your Voting Rights Back

When Rep. Alicia Reece—a Democrat representing Cincinnati in the Ohio state legislature—hears people say the next big political event in the Buckeye State won’t materialize until the 2016 presidential election is underway, she wonders what political planet they inhabit.

STATE NEWS

Post Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2013

MSNBC – “Ohio: No evidence of plot to register non-citizen voters

Seventeen non-citizens voted in the November 2012 election in Ohio, Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Wednesday morning, but he acknowledged that there’s no evidence of an organized effort to register non-citizens.

Post Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2013

MSNBC – “Iowa Republican debunks his own voter fraud claims

Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz has been a big proponent of voter ID and many of the other “voting reform” efforts that look a lot like voter suppression. Since taking office in 2011 he has repeatedly invoked voter fraud as a justification for those effects, but after spending $150,000 on an official state investigation, he’s uncovered five definitive cases of fraud.

Post Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

NEWS FROM NATIONAL OUTLETS

Christian Science Monitor – “Tea party and political buttons: Supreme Court declines Minnesota case

The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a case testing a Minnesota law that bans the wearing of buttons or clothing with messages that election officials deem too political to be worn within 100 feet of any polling place.

Post Date: Monday, December 16, 2013

STATE NEWS

Arkansas:

Arkansas Times – “Question raised about absence of election commissioners when LR vote announced

What if they held an election and no election commissioner showed up?

Post Date: Monday, December 16, 2013

Center for Public Integrity – “Kill the Election Assistance Commission?

Myrna Perez and Thomas Hicks again sat before a pair of U.S. senators Wednesday for a hearing on their presidential nominations to the Election Assistance Commission.

MSNBC – “North Carolina voting law trial won’t happen before election

Post Date: Friday, December 13, 2013

The Nation – “North Carolina Shows Why the Voting Rights Act Is Still Needed

A federal judge in Winston-Salem today set the schedule for a trial challenging North Carolina’s sweeping new voter restrictions. There will be a hearing on whether to grant a preliminary injunction in July 2014 and a full trial a year later, in July 2015.

Post Date: Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Economist – “Mischief at the polls

WHEN Texas passed its new voter-identification law, in 2011, the Republicans who dominate state politics rejoiced. This, they said, would help guarantee “the integrity of state elections”.

Post Date: Thursday, December 12, 2013

BET – “Voting Rights Issues Are Critical to Black Elected Officials, Caucus Leader Says

For Joe Armstrong, the president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, the next few days will be filled with discussions about voting rights, the struggle of historically Black colleges and the Affordable Care Act.

Post Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Daily Caller – “Mandela T-shirt: ‘Get an ID. Register. Vote’

While a progressive advocacy group has used the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela to advocate against voter ID laws, a picture of Mandela has surfaced that indicates the former president might not have agreed.

STATE NEWS

California:

Post Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2013

STATE NEWS

Delaware:

The Star Press – “Larry Riley: Election wrongdoing here? Oh, no …

Post Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Washington Post – “It's Election Day in Mass.? No, really.

WBZ-TV's Jon Keller tells Chris Cillizza why a low-key congressional race is bad news for Massachusetts.

STATE NEWS

Iowa:

Post Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Post Date: Monday, December 2, 2013

Examiner – “Dem. Rep. Says voter ID laws designed to suppress minority votes

Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) has made this claim, The Blaze reported last night. Rep. Fudge sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder making the case against enacting voter ID laws that would require voters to show proof of their identity in order to vote.

Post Date: Monday, December 2, 2013

New York Times – “Voter ID Gets Another Day in Court

Post Date: Wednesday, November 27, 2013

*These will be the last news clips for the week, we'll be back with more headlines on Monday morning. Happy Thanksgiving!

NEWS FROM NATIONAL OUTLETS

Washington Post – “Obenshain will request recount in tight race for Virginia attorney general

Post Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2013

STATE NEWS

Alabama:

Greene County Democrat – “Newswire : Young Black voters pay higher ‘time tax’ at the polls

As the American electorate becomes more diverse, new voting laws threaten to disenfranchise young Black and Latino voters in what a new  report called “the largest wave of voter suppression since the enactment of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.”

 

Post Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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NEWS FROM NATIONAL OUTLETS

Huffington Post – “This #GivingTuesday, Help Strengthen Our Country and Democracy

Post Date: Monday, November 25, 2013

NEWS FROM NATIONAL OUTLETS

Demos – “The Latest Lie In The Push For Voter ID Restrictions

To the Republican supporters of laws that would treat the poll booth like an exclusive nightclub that asks for photo ID and other qualifications before allowing entry, the answer to why anyone would oppose this is simple: They must not want to vote bad enough.

 

Post Date: Monday, November 25, 2013

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NEWS FROM NATIONAL OUTLETS

MSNBC – “With eye on 2014, GOP ramps up war on voting

Post Date: Friday, November 22, 2013

Facing South – “Young voters face a heavy 'time tax'

The legacy of former Republican Party precinct chair Don Yelton of North Carolina is that he laid bare the agenda behind laws that restrict voter access through photo ID requirements and early voting cuts.

Post Date: Friday, November 22, 2013

USA Today – “ACLU sues Kansas over voter registration requirements

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Kansas over the state's refusal to allow residents to vote in state elections without showing proof of citizenship.

MSNBC – “Georgia GOP dusts off Jim Crow tactic: Changing election date

Post Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013

Think Progress – “Virginia Rejects 134 Votes For Lack Of Voter ID

In this month’s statewide elections in Virginia, 222 voters were forced to cast a provisional ballot because they did not provide a valid form of voter identification at their polling place. Of those voters, just 88 provided the required documentation over the next the two and half days and had their votes counted.

Post Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013

Gawker – “Wisconsin Voter ID Proponent: If You Can't Vote, You Must Not Care

Voter ID legislation is notorious for making it difficult for minorities, the poor, and basically anyone who might not vote Republican to vote at all. But don't tell that to Wisconsin State Senator Glenn Grothman! As far as he's concerned, if you didn't vote, you just didn't want it enough.

Post Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Washington Post – “New health-care law could mean more voters

Twenty years ago, Congress passed a controversial law requiring states to allow people to register to vote when they applied for driver’s licenses or social services.

Post Date: Monday, November 18, 2013

Huffington Post – “Wisconsin Republicans Pushing To End Early Voting On The Weekend

Wisconsin Republicans are working to end early voting on the weekend.

Christian Science Monitor – “War on 'Greatest Generation'? Critics assail voter ID laws.

Post Date: Monday, November 18, 2013

Bloomberg – “Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law Suppresses Votes, Judge Is Told

A Wisconsin law requiring voters to present a government-issued photo ID before being allowed to cast their ballots suppresses votes, a lawyer challenging the measure told a U.S. judge at the close of a two-week trial.

Post Date: Friday, November 15, 2013

Washington Post – “Wisconsin Republicans move to cut early voting hours

Voters in Wisconsin would have less time to cast early ballots under a proposed bill that passed the Wisconsin Assembly on Thursday, the latest move in a nationwide string of Republican-led efforts to tighten voting rules.

Post Date: Friday, November 15, 2013

STATE NEWS

Alabama:

Alex City Outlook – “New Voter ID Laws Going into Effect

State and local elections officials are working to be ready when new voter identification rules take effect in January, but will first be felt during the state primaries in June 2014.

 

Colorado:

Post Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Hill – “Pelosi huddles with CBC on voting rights

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) huddled Tuesday night with members of the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss efforts to reinstate voting protections shot down by the Supreme Court in June.

STATE NEWS

Iowa:

Post Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2013

New York Times – “Using Hurricane Sandy as a Lesson for Future Elections

Hurricane Sandy prompted elected officials to consider many ideas to prepare for storms, as varied as building protective dunes and fortifying subway stops.

STATE NEWS

Alabama:

Post Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Grio (MSNBC) – “93-year-old testifies against Wisconsin voter ID law

The civil rights organization Advancement Project filed a federal lawsuit, challenging the sate of Wisconsin’s voter ID law.

CNN – “Voter ID critics proved wrong

Post Date: Friday, November 8, 2013

STATE NEWS

Georgia:

Decatur Metro – “Decatur School Board Race Verified, Despite “Redistricting Error”

Back on Election Day, you may recall a conversation among commenters here about how they did not see the contested School Board race on their ballot, though they knew they were residents of District 1.

 

Post Date: Friday, November 8, 2013

STATE NEWS

Connecticut:

The Courant – “New Britain Ward 5: Headed To Lawsuit Seeking New Election

Seventeen voters in Ward 5 got a surprise at the polls on Tuesday morning: Ballots for Ward 2.

Post Date: Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Nation – “Voter Suppression Backfires in North Carolina, Spreads in Texas

Shortly after passing the country’s worst voter suppression law, North Carolina Republicans targeted student voting.

Post Date: Thursday, November 7, 2013

Houston Chronicle – “Weatherproofing our elections: There ought to be a law — and there is

Everyone complains about the weather, but few do anything about it.

Post Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2013

USA Today – “New voter ID law tested during Texas elections

Texas voters are going to the polls Tuesday to vote on a slew of constitutional and municipal issues, from funding water projects to granting tax breaks to aerospace companies.

Post Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Washington Post – “Wisconsin voter ID law heads to trial

Opponents of a Wisconsin law requiring voters to show photo identifications at the polls will have their day in federal court Monday in a case likely to have an impact on other states that have amended their voting laws in recent years.

Post Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Atlantic Wire – “The Voting Fraud Bust that Proves Texas' Voter ID Law Is Useless

A 55-year-old woman in Texas plead guilty to voter fraud on Monday for forging ballots in the 2012 primary election. The case will certainly become fodder in the defense of the state's new, restrictive voter ID law. But it shows, above all else, how completely unnecessary that law actually is.

Post Date: Monday, November 4, 2013

Huffington Post – “Texas' Restrictive Voter ID Law Stops A Former U.S. House Speaker From Getting A Voter ID Card

Former U.S. Speaker of the House Jim Wright (D-Texas) tried to get a voter identification card at a Texas Department of Public Safety office on Saturday.

Wall Street Journal – “Voting-Rights Fights Crop Up

Post Date: Friday, November 1, 2013

STATE NEWS

Maryland:

Capital Gazette – “Election robocall in Annapolis giving false voting information, officials say

Annapolis election officials said they have received a dozen complaints from voters about a political robocall giving misinformation on the times the polls will be open.

 

Post Date: Friday, November 1, 2013

Salon – “Amazing 12-year-

Post Date: Thursday, October 31, 2013

Babble – “12-Year-Old Activist Madison Kimrey Takes North Carolina Politics by Storm

Twelve-year-old Madison Kimrey has a problem with recent changes to voting laws in North Carolina, and she’s speaking up about it. In a speech given on Monday, she railed against new restrictions that are likely to limit voter turnout of young people.

Post Date: Thursday, October 31, 2013

Huffington Post – “O.J. Simpson Can Still Vote In Florida, But Thousands Of Others Can't

He's one of the most famous incarcerated felons in the world, yet O.J. Simpson is still eligible to vote in Florida, according to local records. His registration status was first reported by local blog Tamarac Talk and confirmed through online Miami-Dade County Department of Elections records accessed by The Huffington Post.

Post Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2013

USA Today – “Voter ID laws threaten women's rights: Column

A wave of new voter identification laws in states across the country have drawn plenty of criticism, and rightly so. They're a thinly veiled attempt by Republicans to suppress voting by the poor, who are disproportionately black and Hispanic and tend to vote for Democrats.

Post Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Guardian – “Texas voter ID law makes it harder for women to vote, Democrats claim

Some Democrats in Texas are claiming that the state's controversial new voter identification law could make it harder for women to cast their ballots.

Post Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Digital Journal – “Op-Ed: Texas voter suppression law delays votes

A new Texas law Republicans hope will suppress the turnout of female voters has recorded its first case.

Wall Street Journal – “Judge Posner Walks Back Comments To HuffPost

Post Date: Monday, October 28, 2013

ABA Journal – “Posner: I may have been wrong on voter ID, but the point was about the dearth of data

Federal appeals judge Richard Posner is surprised by all the hullabaloo over one sentence in his recent book Reflections on Judging.

Post Date: Monday, October 28, 2013

Huffington Post – “The Disability Vote

In a democratic society, voting is a fundamental right for everyone; however, people with disabilities are often overlooked when it comes to the polling place.

Bloomberg – “Texas Asks U.S. Judge to Dismiss Photo ID Voter Lawsuit

Post Date: Friday, October 25, 2013

ACLU – “Voter Suppression is a Badder, Broader, More Bigoted Problem Than Just This Guy

On The Daily Show Wednesday, we had the misfortune of hearing from North Carolina GOP executive committee member Don Yelton, whose despicable comments on North Carolina's new voter suppression law included "if it hurts a bunch of lazy Blacks that want the government to give them everything, so be it."

Post Date: Friday, October 25, 2013

Project Vote – “Texas Voter Endure Hurdles to Obtain ID, Vote

Texas’ controversial voter ID law went into effect on Monday and has already raised some hackles about its discriminatory impact on voters, particularly women (including a Texas judge) who change their names due to marriage. And women are not the only ones facing obstacles to securing the required documents—obtaining an ID in Texas has more hurdles than the Olympics.

Post Date: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Post Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Daily Kos – “DKos Asheville Voter Registration Project

Here are some observations from our first voter registration experience. I have to admit I was nervous, even as an entertainer who is used to the public eye.

Post Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Post Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Los Angeles Times – “In North Carolina, a Democratic state official speaks out

Roy Cooper is in a very lonely place. He's a Democratic state attorney general surrounded by conservative Republicans who control North Carolina state government.

Post Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Huffington Post – “Michigan Legislators Want You To Be Able To Take A Selfie After You Vote

It's about time someone started legislating selfies. A Michigan bill would legalize photos in the polling place.

Glamour – “Is the Texas GOP Trying to Keep Women From Voting?

Post Date: Monday, October 21, 2013

NEWS FROM NATIONAL OUTLETS

Talking Points Memo – “NC Gov.: State Atty General Should Keep Opinion On Voter ID Quiet

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) warned his attorney general that he should not publicize his personal opposition to the state's new voter identification laws while also defending them in a lawsuit brought up by the Justice Department.

Post Date: Monday, October 21, 2013

This article originally appeared in the Orlando Sentinel.

Post Date: Monday, October 21, 2013
Post Date: Friday, October 18, 2013

Wall Street Journal – “Voter-ID Laws Worry Jurist

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said he is concerned by the proliferation of state laws tightening voter-identification rules but believes he ruled correctly in 2008 that an Indiana voter-ID law could stand.

Post Date: Thursday, October 17, 2013

Daily Caller – “Never registered to vote? Obamacare has you covered

Americans enrolling in Obamacare may be prompted to register to vote, the MacIver Institute found on Monday while comparing premium rates on the Wisconsin exchange.

New York Times – “Second Thoughts on Voter ID

Post Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2013

News One – “Judge Who Upheld Nation’s First ID Law Now Regrets It

In 2007, a three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit in Indiana upheld the nation’s first voter ID law along party lines.

Post Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Post Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Nation – “Separate and Unequal Voting in Arizona and Kansas

In its 2013 decision in Arizona v. The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that Arizona’s proof of citizenship law for voter registration violated the 1993 National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).

Post Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2013

USA Today – “Poll: Americans support fine-tuning election policy

The capital's shutdowns and showdowns have tested the patience even of the Senate chaplain. "Save us from the madness," he prayed at the opening of one session last week. But how, exactly?

Post Date: Monday, October 14, 2013

POLITICO – “Judge: my voter ID ruling was wrong

A federal appeals court judge said Friday that he erred when writing a decision which served as a key precursor to the Supreme Court's 2008 ruling upholding the constitutionality of Indiana's voter ID law.

Post Date: Friday, October 11, 2013

STATE NEWS

Florida:

Sarasota Herald-Tribune – “TO PURGE ROLLS

Round two of a controversial effort to remove noncitizens from Florida's voter rolls will be more "credible" after state officials "learned from the mistakes" of a bungled 2012 voter purge, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner said during a visit to Sarasota Tuesday.

 

Post Date: Friday, October 11, 2013

Facing South – “Voter purging in Florida and Virginia leads to lawsuits

We're a little under a month away from Election Day, which for some means time to prepare for early voting. For others, it means time to start purging names from voter rolls.

The Rachel Maddow Show – “NC student wins election and defeats cynicism

Post Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Maddow Blog – “Kansas, Arizona move forward with new war on voting

About two months ago, two of the nation's leading proponents of voting restrictions -- Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) and Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett (R) -- hatched a plan so foolish, many assumed it would be laughed at and ignored. As of this week, those assumptions are looking quite shaky.

 

Post Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2013

NASPA – “NASPA Partners with the U.S. Department of Education & Campus Vote Project to Support Student Voting

On September 30, 2014, The U.S. Department of Education organized a conference call designed to inform administrators, faculty, staff, and students around the country about the importance of institutionalizing efforts on college campuses to get more students registered and voting.

Post Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

USA Today – “Arizona plans dual system for voting

Arizona elections officials are preparing to use a dual-track voting system in next year's elections that would require the use of two different ballots, depending on how a voter was registered.

Post Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

FOX Business – “DOJ takes on Texas, North Carolina over voter ID laws

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on the Department of Justice’s lawsuits over voter ID laws.

Post Date: Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Daily Beast – “How the South Blocked Health Care for Those Who Need It Most

By the time it was fully formed, the Confederacy had eleven member states: Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and the territory that is now Oklahoma.

Post Date: Thursday, October 3, 2013

Think Progress – “Lawsuit Filed To Stop Error-Riddled Virginia Voter Purge

After numerous Virginia city and county voter registrars noted a high error rate in lists of voters identified by the state board of elections as registered to vote in other states, the state Democratic party filed a federal lawsuit demanding an end to the purge effort on Tuesday.

Post Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2013

League of Women Voters – “DOJ Sues to Halt North Carolina Voter Suppression Law

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed suit against North Carolina’s new voter suppression law. According to DOJ, the law violates the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 by discriminating against minorities.

Post Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2013

NPR – “DOJ Voting Lawsuit: Absurd Or Critical?

Soon after the Supreme Court struck down a key part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, some states tightened voting regulations. But the U.S. Department of Justice says North Carolina went too far, and has filed a lawsuit against the state. Host Michel Martin learns more.

Post Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Associated Press – “N.C. Republicans vow to fight suit over voter laws

North Carolina's Republican governor is vowing to fight a lawsuit by the U.S. Justice Department challenging the state's tough new elections law on the grounds it disproportionately excludes minority voters.

Post Date: Monday, September 30, 2013

POLITICO – “Justice Department to challenge North Carolina voter ID law

The Justice Department will file suit against North Carolina on Monday, charging that the Tar Heel State’s new law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls violates the Voting Rights Act by discriminating against African-Americans, according to a person familiar with the planned litigation.

Post Date: Friday, September 27, 2013

California:

The Sacramento Bee – “Tea party to push voter ID law at California GOP convention

One of the California Republican Party's many problems in recent years has been its inability, when talking about immigration and other controversial policy issues, to appease party activists without alienating Latino or independent voters.

 

Post Date: Friday, September 27, 2013

Daily Kos – “Voter registration arrangement with health exchanges may not be as robust as administration claimed

A senior White House official said Wednesday that previous reports were wrong to say that the government was backing off on plans to include a voter registration option when people apply for subsidized health insurance at federal exchanges.

Post Date: Thursday, September 26, 2013

PR Newswire – “True The Vote Files Motion to Intervene Against DOJ Voter ID Case in Texas

True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters' rights and election integrity organization, today filed a Motion to Intervene and Answers to the Holder Justice Department's complaint against Texas' voter identification law (United States, et. al v. Texas, et. al (2:13-cv-00263)).

Post Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2013

CNN – “Rosario Dawson wants you to register

Fifteen hundred elections and ballot initiatives will be decided Election Day 2013. Although no congressional or presidential candidates are on the ballot, the results of the votes will have a significant impact on the everyday lives of millions of Americans.

STATE NEWS

 

Connecticut:

Post Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2013

ACLU Blog – “Happy National Voter Registration Day (unless you live in Kansas)

Today is National Voter Registration Day, a nationally-coordinated effort to register thousands of voters and a non-partisan celebration of the right to vote. Unless, of course, you live in Kansas.

Post Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Think Progress – “Virginia Election Officials Question State Voter Purge List, Finding High Error Rate

Local city and county registrars across Virginia are finding significant errors in the list of 57,000 suspected out-of-state voters sent by the state government for purging. And registrars for two of the largest jurisdictions in the Commonwealth say they will likely delay any removals of these voters until after the November 5 elections.

Post Date: Monday, September 23, 2013

Pew Research Center – “Study: Early voting associated with lower turnout

Reformers hate it when this happens:  The country’s most widely adopted reform designed to make voting easier may lower the chances that an individual voter will go to the polls, according to a new study to be published in an upcoming issue of the American Journal of Political Science.

STATE NEWS

Post Date: Monday, September 23, 2013

NATIONAL NEWS

Politics Nation with Al Sharpton – “The battle for voting rights is just the beginning, says Holder

Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday that the Justice Department will continue its efforts to protect voting rights in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision which gutted the Voting Rights Act earlier this summer.

 

Post Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013

California:

The Desert Sun – “California marks online voter registration day

While Facebook suggests that many people are celebrating national “talk like a pirate day,” California officials recognizing another occasion.

 

Connecticut:

Post Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Daily Caller – “Ousted Dem’s campaign manager calls for vote fraud investigation

Jon Caldara, the president of the Independence Institute, is the target of a criminal complaint submitted to the Colorado attorney general’s office.

Post Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2013

ThinkProgress – “Meet The Top Republican Vote Suppressor Who Wants To Be The Next Governor of Colorado

Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler (R) announced Tuesday that he will seek his party’s nomination to challenge Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) next November. Gessler has made his name as one of the nation’s most notorious vote suppressors and has been fined by the state’s ethics board for misuse of taxpayer dollars.

Post Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Arkansas:

KATV – “San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro speaks out against Arkansas voter ID law

The mayor of San Antonio, Julian Castro, was in Arkansas Tuesday speaking to students at UALR about the political implications of the changing demographics in the U.S.

 

California:

Post Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Huffington Post – “An America As Good As Its Promise

Post Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2013

WFPL Radio – “Citing Racial Disparities, Senator Rand Paul Favors Restoration of Felon Voting Rights

Acknowledging racial disparities in U.S. drug and sentencing laws, Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is calling for the restoration of felon voting rights in state and federal laws.

 

Post Date: Monday, September 16, 2013

Bustle – “VOTERIDERS PRESIDENT KATHLEEN UNGER, WHO AIMS TO HELP DISENFRANCHISED VOTERS IN STATES WITH STRINGENT VOTER ID LAWS

On June 25, the Supreme Court struck down the key provision of the Voting Rights Act that designated which states were required to have their voting laws cleared by the federal government or in federal court due to a history of voting discrimination.

Post Date: Monday, September 16, 2013

Alabama:

New York Times – “Secret Society Dips Toe in City Politics, Prompting Lawsuit

The college students began arriving a little before lunch at Calvary Baptist Church, far more than usual for a local election. The poll workers knew immediately: the Machine was here.

 

Arizona:

Post Date: Friday, September 13, 2013

Election Assistance Commission (REPORT) – “2012 Election Administration and Voting Survey

 

STATE NEWS

 

California:

Post Date: Friday, September 13, 2013

Wisconsin Public Radio – “Presidential Commission on Election Administration

Following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union pledge earlier this year, a Presidential Commission on Election Administration was launched to identify non-partisan ways to shorten lines at polling places, promote the efficient conduct of elections, and provide better access to the polls for all voters.

 

Post Date: Thursday, September 12, 2013

University of Wisconsin-Madison – “Presidential panel taps political scientist’s election expertise

UW–Madison political science professor Barry Burden is helping provide academic research to a bipartisan presidential commission looking into how to improve federal elections.

Project Vote – “Voting Rights Struggles Face Legislative Hurdles

Post Date: Thursday, September 12, 2013

Today’s BIG Thing – “Seth Green on Early Voting

Seth Green and Matt Senreich talk about the importance of voting early: "STOP WAITING! GO!"

 

STATE NEWS

 

Arizona:

Post Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2013

STATE NEWS

Alaska:

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner – “Plaintiffs prepare arguments for next election district move

Fairbanks is still at the center of a lawsuit against the Alaska Redistricting Board as plaintiffs prepare for what could be the final court battle over Alaska’s election district maps.

Post Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Legislative Gazette – “Common Cause launches 'poll watch' app to ensure fair elections

In anticipation of the return of lever voting machines being used today and October 1 if a runoff is necessary, a voters rights group has updated and re-launched a web tool designed to make every voter a poll monitor.

 

Post Date: Monday, September 9, 2013

STATE NEWS

Connecticut:

Connecticut Post – “Obstacles to voting make us fight harder

For me and many others, we are witnessing a new phenomenon that has been labeled as the "New Jim Crowism."

 

North Carolina:

Post Date: Monday, September 9, 2013

NATIONAL NEWS

Huffington Post (VIDEO) – “This Country Was Built On Voter Suppression

San Francisco Chronicle – “Creating barriers to voting

Post Date: Friday, September 6, 2013

NATIONAL NEWS

The Daily Pennsylvanian – “Presidential election commission meets in Center City

Amid the backdrop of a looming local election season, the Presidential Commission on Election Administration met in Center City to discuss how to improve current election policies.

Post Date: Thursday, September 5, 2013

NATIONAL NEWS

Philadelphia Enquirer – “Federal panel urged to reform election rules

Ellen Kaplan delivered a blunt message Wednesday to members of a presidential blue-ribbon panel on election reform.

Post Date: Thursday, September 5, 2013

NATIONAL NEWS

WHYY-TV – “Presidential panel meets in Philly as part of effort to improve voting experience

A presidential commission aimed at cutting long lines at polling places and improving the voting experience held a hearing in Philadelphia Wednesday, the third of four planned across the country.

Post Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2013

NATIONAL NEWS

York Dispatch – “OP-ED: Not enough women using right to vote

It's hard to believe women only gained the right to vote 93 years ago. That's when the 19th Amendment -- which prohibits any U.S. citizen from being denied the right to vote -- was ratified.

STATE NEWS

Iowa:

Post Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2013

NATIONAL NEWS

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin – “U-B right; voting rights above partisan politics

The Union-Bulletin’s editorial about partisan politics having no place regarding voter registration is correct.

Post Date: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

NATIONAL NEWS

US News & World Report – “The Justice Department Is Defending American Democracy

Post Date: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

NATIONAL NEWS

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – “Jim Sensenbrenner stands up for the Voting Rights Act

When the Supreme Court in June struck down a key section of the Voting Rights Act, we wrote that "the federal protections afforded by that law must be re-established quickly by Congress."

Post Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2013

This article originally appeared on Huffington Post.

Post Date: Friday, June 14, 2013

This article originally appeared in the Las Vegas Sun.

Post Date: Monday, June 3, 2013

This article originally appeared in the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Every Election Day, thousands of Nevadans are prevented from voting by bureaucratic hurdles and antiquated registration deadlines. Often just as voters begin to pay attention to the election, they find out that it is too late to register or change their address.

Post Date: Monday, April 29, 2013

This article originally appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Post Date: Monday, April 8, 2013

This piece was originally published as a Letter to the Editor in the Washington Post.

Post Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 26, 2013

 

For more information:
Contact: Kristen Muthig, 202-331-0114, kmuthig@fairelectionsnetwork.com
 
 

Photo ID Bill Signed by Gov. McDonnell Will Make Voting Harder in Virginia

Another change to requirements is burdensome and waste of resources

Post Date: Friday, March 22, 2013

This article originally appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

By Ann Schnoebelen

Despite confusion over changing voter-registration and voter-ID laws, students, faculty and staff members, and advocates effectively defended students' voting rights in last year's presidential-election cycle, says a report released on Thursday by the Fair Elections Legal Network's Campus Vote Project.

Post Date: Monday, March 18, 2013

This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post on March 17, 2013. Spencer Overton is a current Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School and a Senior Fellow at Demos. He formerly worked with the Department of Justice in the Office of Legal Policy.

With public attention focused on the Voting Rights Act, many have overlooked a second critical voting case that will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.

Post Date: Monday, March 4, 2013

In the recent battle over Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, FELN joined with the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, as well as other voting rights group to submit a brief defending the provision. You can read the full brief here.

Post Date: Thursday, January 10, 2013

This article, by Maury Thompson, originally appeared in The PostStar on January 7, 2012.

 

Democrats in the state Assembly are pushing to institute early voting in New York, but local elections officials say it would be costly and difficult to implement.

Post Date: Friday, November 16, 2012

This article appeared in the Huffington Post on November 16, 2012.

Post Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2012

This article appeared in the Huffington Post on November 14, 2012.

Post Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Washington, DC – Yesterday, college students across the country turned out to vote in record numbers despite barriers they faced as first-time voters, confusing voter ID laws, and long lines. Campus Vote Project, a campaign of Fair Elections Legal Network, has spent the past year providing resources to student organizations, college administrators and other civic organizations to help get students to the polls. As a result, young people under 30 made up 19% of the electorate this year, a percentage point higher than 2008.

Post Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2012

From CIRCLE

CIRCLE: Youth Turnout: At Least 49%, 22-23 Million Under-30 Voted

Youth Vote, Strongly for Obama, Determines Outcome in Key Battleground States of PA, VA, FL, and OH

Post Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2012

This article, by Caroline Winter, originally appeared in Bloomberg BusinessWeek on November 7, 2012.

When President Obama took to the stage last night after being reelected, he sent a special shout-out to voters who’d waited in long lines—some as long as three hours—to cast their ballots. As a side note, he added, “By the way, we have to fix that.”

Post Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Washington, DC Campus Vote Project, a campaign of Fair Elections Legal Network, has spent the past year providing resources on campuses across the country to help get students voting and so far it looks like students are turning out at record levels. At Ohio State, the line at the Student Union is averaging an hour and at times has been two hours long. Other campuses in North Carolina and Colorado are recording record turnout. Wisconsin students are reporting consistently solid lines.

Post Date: Monday, November 5, 2012

FELN will monitor campuses to ensure college students are able to cast their ballot

Post Date: Sunday, November 4, 2012

This article, by Julian Walker, originally appeared in The Virginian-Pilot on November 4, 2012.

When you go to the polls Tuesday, it's a safe bet that people who have the ability to challenge your fitness to vote will be watching you.

Those observers, known as poll watchers, include political party designees authorized to be at a polling location to watch as voters check in.

Post Date: Friday, November 2, 2012

Virginia’s nonpartisan Election Protection Coalition calls on officials to ensure ill-trained poll watchers don’t block eligible voters

Post Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2012

This article, by Sonia Hemmila, originally appeared in the Twin Cities Times on October 31, 2012.

After fielding many calls from confused voters, the Marin County Registrar of Voters put together a flyer to help deal with voting issues.

Meanwhile, a Washing ton, D.C. group, the Fair Election Legal Network, has created a guide to help Cali fornians faced with fore closures to cast their ballots.

Post Date: Friday, September 21, 2012

The article appeared in The Press-Enterprise on September 21, 2012

The Fair Elections Legal Network is reiterating the view that losing a home to foreclosure does not mean you’ve lost the right to vote.

Timed to coincide with the upcoming election, the report says victims of foreclosure can face a confusing set of rules or feel disenfranchised over what they need to do to cast a ballot.

Post Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2012

This article appeared in In The Capital on September 19, 2012

Post Date: Monday, August 27, 2012

The editorial originally appeared in the nwfdailynews.com on August 27, 2012

As Gov. Rick Scott’s administration prepares to make good on its pledge to drop thousands of suspected non-citizens from voter rolls in Florida, we’d like to offer some advice: Be careful.

Post Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2012

This article appeared in the Long Island Populist Examiner on August 7, 2012.

Post Date: Tuesday, July 3, 2012

This article appeared in The Virginian-Pilot on July 3, 2012.

Do voters need photo identification in Virginia? How late can you register for the presidential election in November? Has your polling place changed?

The short answers:

No.

Monday, Oct. 15.

Maybe, if redistricting altered your precinct.

Post Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2012

This article appeared in Politico on June 19, 2012.

By: MJ Lee

A coalition of voter advocacy groups is suing Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner over the state’s controversial effort to purge its voter rolls of non-citizens.

Post Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2012

This article appeared in the LA Times on June 19, 2012.

By Morgan Little

Post Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The article from the Associated Press appeared in the Jefferson City News Tribune on May 22, 2012.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A state constitutional amendment that would clear the way for a photo identification requirement at Missouri polls will not appear on this year’s ballot, the secretary of state’s office said.

Post Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The article by Robert M. Brandon appeared in The Huffington Post on April 24, 2012.

Post Date: Friday, March 30, 2012

Article appeared in the St. Louis Dispatch on March 30, 2012

A Missouri judge struck down the wording of a Republican-backed ballot measure that would clear the way for a state voter ID requirement, finding it lacking and leaving it to lawmakers to revise.

Several legislators wasted no time getting started, saying Thursday they hoped to put the issue to voters this year.

Post Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Huffington Post piece by Robert M. Brandon appeared on February 15, 2012.
 

Post Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Article appeared in The Marquette Tribune on Febrauary 14, 2012.
by Allison Kruschke

Post Date: Thursday, February 9, 2012

Article first appeared in The Chronicle for Higher Education on February 9, 2012.
by Joanna Chau 
 
A national advocacy organization that focuses on increasing voter registration for underrepresented groups announced on Wednesday a campaign to spur student participation in elections and to help students overcome voting barriers.
 

Post Date: Friday, January 27, 2012

Op-Ed by Robert M. Brandon appeared in The Tampa Tribune on January 27, 2012.
 

Post Date: Friday, January 6, 2012

Op-Ed by Robert M. Brandon appeared in Politico on January 6, 2012.
 
Many news stories have focused on efforts of new Republican majorities in state legislatures around the country to pass laws viewed as suppressing the vote of traditional Democratic constituencies.
 

Post Date: Monday, November 28, 2011

Op-Ed by Robert M. Brandon appeared in the Lansing State Journal on November 28, 2011.
 
The Lansing State Journal Editorial Board correctly opined on Oct. 18 that it is time for Michigan to join 29 other states in passing "no- reason" absentee voting. However, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson's "Safe and Fair (SAFE) Initiative is not the vehicle to do that. Some of the reforms she calls for will limit, not expand, Michiganders' access to the polls.
 

Post Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Huffington Post piece by Robert M. Brandon appeared on June 14, 2011.
 

Post Date: Thursday, April 21, 2011

Article first appeared on NPR on April 21, 2011.
By Greg Allen
 
It's still a year and a half until the presidential election, but members of Florida's Legislature are already jockeying over who will be able to vote and how.
 

Post Date: Sunday, April 3, 2011

Op-Ed by Robert M. Brandon appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on April 3, 2011.
 

Post Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Huffington Post piece by Robert M. Brandon appeared on February 16, 2011.
 

Post Date: Monday, October 11, 2010

Article appeared in The Colorado Spring Gazette on October 11, 2010.
By Mark Burna

El Paso County residents voting in person likely will cast their ballots in an evangelical church, a study released Monday by a coalition of Colorado groups found.

Seventy-two percent of El Paso County precincts are in churches, the study found, compared with 16 percent in Arapahoe County, 15 percent in Pueblo County, 14 percent in Douglas County and 21 percent in Jefferson County.

Post Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Huffington Post article by Brian J. Siebel appeared on September 21, 2010.

Post Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2008

This article appeared in The New York Times on September 24, 2008
By Ian Urbina

More than a million people have lost their homes through foreclosure in the last two years, and many of them are still registered to vote at the address of the home they lost. Now election officials and voting rights groups are struggling to prevent thousands of them from losing their vote when they go to the polls in November.