Fifty years after the passage of the Voting Rights Act — and the most fundamental democratic exercise continues to come under attack.
Voting is not so simple for many poor people as I seemed to imply. But I do worry that portraying inconveniences as high barriers can discourage people from even trying.
Since winning control of the governorship and both houses of the state Legislature in 2004, Georgia Republicans have passed a series of new laws restricting access to the polls. Their mission is clear: To suppress the African-American vote in the Peach State. Now, as the November elections draw near, Georgia’s restrictive ballot-access laws are about […]
It is rare for a politician to publicly deride efforts to boost voter turnout. It is seen as a taboo in a country that prides itself on its democratic ideals. Yet, New Jersey governor Chris Christie last week slammed efforts to simplify voter registration. Referring to Illinois joining other states — including many Republican-led ones […]
By Tim Eaton, Austin American-Statesman CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Lawyers from the U.S. Department of Justice, joining several civil rights groups, told a federal judge Tuesday in South Texas that the Texas voter identification law violates the Voting Rights Act by harming blacks’ and Latinos’ ability to participate in the electoral process. Countering, lawyers from Texas […]
More than a half-century after brave protesters marched and bled and died to demand the right to vote for black citizens, the ballot box remains a potent weapon for civic and political change — a radical undertaking that can shake up social systems and correct inequities and injustices. If there is any good news in […]
For years, Wisconsin Republicans have warned that voter fraud is a scourge that threatens the very survival of democracy in their state. “I’ve always thought in this state, close elections, presidential elections, it means you probably have to win with at least 53 percent of the vote to account for fraud. One or two points, […]
Vice President Joe Biden urged voters on Monday to stand up to Republican-led efforts to limit voting rights, in a video for the Democratic National Committee’s voter expansion project. “If someone had said to me 10 years ago I had to make a pitch for protecting voting rights today, I would have said ‘you got […]
By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times A federal judge has ruled that Kansas and Arizona should be allowed to require voters to provide evidence of U.S. citizenship, in a case closely watched by both sides dealing with the question of voter eligibility. U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren in Wichita, Kansas, ruled that the U.S. Election Assistance […]