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Polling Places Become Battleground In U.S. Voting Rights Fight

While polling place cutbacks are on the rise across the country, including in some Democratic-run areas, the South’s history of racial discrimination has made the region a focus of concern for voting rights advocates.

September 16, 2016
Terry McAuliffe stands onstage during a campaign rally in Dale City, Virginia, October 27, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

Virginia Governor’s Bid To Restore Felon Voting Rights Advances

The Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a Republican bid to have Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe held in contempt for his continued effort to restore voting rights to about 206,000 felons.

September 15, 2016
Governor of North Carolina Pat McCrory introduces candidate for U.S. Senate Thom Tillis (R-NC) at a campaign stop in Raleigh, North Carolina October 29, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Keane

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Bid To Reinstate North Carolina Voting Limits

The court, divided in part 4-4, rejected a request made by Republican Governor Pat McCrory after an appeals court ruled last month that the 2013 law discriminates against minority voters. Five votes are needed for an emergency request to be granted.

August 31, 2016
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In Voter ID Case, GOP Leader Says ‘Daily Show’ Source Was A ‘Pain In The A**’

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decision, published Friday, quotes former Buncombe County, N.C., precinct chairman Don Yelton as saying on the Daily Show three years ago: If the North Carolina voter ID law “hurts the whites, so be it. If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything, so be it.”

August 2, 2016
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The Next President Will Likely Appoint 4 Supreme Court Justices: Which President Do You Want Picking Them?

During the next four years, the new president will likely nominate not only Scalia’s replacement but also an additional 3 new justices. The new justices will set the direction of the Supreme Court and the values that guide it for the next generation.

July 28, 2016
AMOS canvassing members work on voter registration at a community center in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S., May 12, 2016. REUTERS/William Philpott

Occasional Ohio Voters Kicked Off Voting Roles

Residents of relatively affluent Republican-leaning neighborhoods are more likely to vote in both congressional elections and presidential contests, historical turnouts show. Democrats are less likely to vote in mid-term elections and thus are more at risk of falling off the rolls.

June 2, 2016
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach talks about the Kansas voter ID law that he pushed to combat what he believes to be rampant voter fraud in the United States in his Topeka, Kansas, U.S., office May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

Thousands Of Voters In Limbo After Kansas Demands Proof They’re American

Kris Kobach’s campaign against voting fraud has disenfranchised thousands of Kansas state residents.

June 1, 2016
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe walks after a news conference at the Mariel port in Artemisa province, Cuba January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Enrique de la Osa

Virginia GOP Threaten Suit To Keep Felons From Voting

Governor Terry McAuliffe says rules keeping ex-convicts from voting are holdovers from the Civil War, designed to prevent blacks from going to the polls. But Republicans say the governor is overstepping his constitutional authority to help a longtime political ally and fellow Democrat, Hillary Clinton.

May 3, 2016
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Restoring Voting Rights To Felons Is The Right Thing To Do

Even after men and women have served their time — after they have paid their debt to society, as the cliche goes — most states restrict their franchise. It’s an odd idea: Those men and women are harmless enough to release onto the streets, but they can’t be trusted to vote.

April 29, 2016
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Gov. McAuliffe Does Right Thing For Wrong Reason

Last week, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, issued an executive order restoring voting rights to more than 200,000 ex-offenders. The sweeping order applies to those who have completed their sentences and any probation or parole.

April 27, 2016
A demonstrator dressed as U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump protests outside the Trump Tower building in midtown Manhattan in New York March 19, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Who Are The 3.2 Million New Yorkers Who Can’t Vote Today?

Millions of New Yorkers will be unable to take part in today’s voting: aside from the scores of independent voters who are ineligible to take part in closed party primaries, in which only party members can vote, many thousands more have reportedly discovered recently that their voter registrations had been changed.

April 19, 2016
Three anti-abortion protestors are seen outside U.S. Supreme Court building is seen in Washington, March 16, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Supreme Court Upholds “One Man, One Vote”

The ruling could have profoundly affected the future design of legislative districts, which will continue to be drawn by counting every person in them, regardless of their voting status.

April 4, 2016
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Kentucky Governor Restores Voting Rights Of Most Felons

Outgoing Democratic governor says his action will affect 180,000 people who have completed their sentences for non-violent felony convictions.

November 24, 2015
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All Votes Matter

Legislatures in states where Republicans had full political control have make it harder for African-Americans, Latinos, and young people to vote.

August 20, 2015
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Weekend Reader: ‘Give Us The Ballot: The Modern Struggle For Voting Rights In America’

Fifty years after the passage of the Voting Rights Act — and the most fundamental democratic exercise continues to come under attack.

August 16, 2015
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5 Worst Voting Rights Attacks Since 2000

Since George W. Bush literally took office, the right has repeatedly tried to pass legislation that discourages the votes of minorities, students, and the poor.

August 3, 2015
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5 Ways Republicans Make It Harder To Vote And Easier To Buy Elections

The right-wing movement that decries bureaucracy in fact loves red tape and barriers to democracy, in order to keep “them” from the polls.

June 8, 2015
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The Politics Of You

Hillary Clinton spoke forcefully about voting rights and reminding the country of how far right the Republican Party has moved over 50 years.

June 8, 2015
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GOP Responds To Clinton’s Stance On Voting Rights

Hillary Clinton, in a speech Thursday on voting rights, called out four Republican hopefuls for president for infringing on American voters’ rights. Here’s how they responded.

June 5, 2015
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Hillary Clinton Calls For Protecting Voter Rights, Automatic Registration

Clinton: “So today, Republicans are systematically and deliberately trying to stop millions of American citizens from voting. What part of democracy are they afraid of?”

June 4, 2015
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High Court Says Alabama May Have Improperly Redistricted Black Voters

Supreme Court rules 5-4 that Alabama redistricted black voters in order to dilute their influence.

March 25, 2015
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Oregon Enacts The Nation’s First Automatic Voter Registration

Oregon’s new governor just took a huge step forward for voting rights.

March 17, 2015
People along the Edmund Pettus Bridge at dusk in Selma, Ala., on Saturday, March 7, 2015. (Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

A Brighter Legacy Of Selma

Connie Schultz shares an inspiring story from Selma’s 50th anniversary.

March 11, 2015
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Thousands Remember 1965 Selma March In Bridge Crossing

Thousands of marchers turned out on Sunday to call for a new fight for voting rights.

March 9, 2015
Then-Senator Barack Obama at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 2007 (Barack Obama/Flickr)

Universal Suffrage Is Still Under Assault

50 years after ‘Bloody Sunday,’ the far right is still fighting to limit voting rights.

March 7, 2015