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

*Please Note - There will be no clips tomorrow as all staff will be attending the Campus Vote Project Student Voting Summit. If you are interested in attending this free event, please register ASAP. We will be back with clips on Friday!*

STATE NEWS

Post Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2014

*Please Note - There will be no clips tomorrow as all staff will be attending the Campus Vote Project Student Voting Summit. If you are interested in attending this free event, please register today!

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

Please note - In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, FELN's offices will be closed on Monday, January 20th. Clips will return on Tuesday, January 21st.

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

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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
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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 the LA Times on June 19, 2012.

By Morgan Little

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, 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.