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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
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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
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Injustice Is Resilient, But So Are Defenders Of Freedom

As the 50th anniversary of the Selma march approaches, voting rights are still under attack.

March 4, 2015
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Florida Among Nation’s Toughest States To Have Voting Rights Restored

Are Florida’s harsh voting laws unfair?

February 2, 2015
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Nation’s Voting Rights Laws Headed In Wrong Direction

Americans can look to our own past to see the evils of voter suppression.

January 21, 2015
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Why Voter ID Isn’t Causing Mass Anger

Don’t count on a new Freedom Summer for voting rights.

October 31, 2014
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GOP-Backed Limits On Voting Lead To Spirited Backlash From Democrats

Could the Republican crackdown on voting rights backfire on the GOP in November?

October 13, 2014
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Abortion, Gay Marriage, Voting Rights Waiting In Wings As Supreme Court Convenes

Learn more about the key decisions in the Supreme Court’s future.

October 6, 2014
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Restrictive Voting Laws Deserve Justice Department Scrutiny

Whoever replaces Eric Holder must keep up the fight for voting rights.

October 4, 2014
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