Wednesday, March 4, 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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Supreme Court Limits Voting Access In Ohio Case

Who needs voting, anyway?

October 2, 2014
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U.S. Appeals Court Blocks Two Provisions Of North Carolina Elections Overhaul Bill

Learn more about this big victory for voting rights.

October 1, 2014
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Fox’s Hasselbeck Wants Voting Test; Trump Doesn’t Know His Senate From His House

Boy, it’s a good thing Fox “News” doesn’t follow its own rules re: “Hollywood types,” like telling them to shut up and sing, act, or whatever evil, liberal-heathen thing they do for a living. Because how then could we enjoy the always-entertaining spectacle of News Barbie, aka Elisabeth Hasselbeck (whose stellar Palin-esque CV consists of Survivor, […]

September 22, 2014
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Party Of Lincoln Takes Aim At Black Voters

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 […]

September 6, 2014
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State Supreme Court Upholds Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law

By Patrick Marley and Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel MADISON, Wisc. — A divided state Supreme Court on Thursday tweaked a provision of Wisconsin’s voter ID law to put it in keeping with the state constitution, making it easier for people to get identification cards without having to pay anything. Despite Thursday’s rulings in two […]

July 31, 2014
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Republicans Finally Have A Poster Boy For Voter Fraud (But Scott Walker Won’t Like It)

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, […]

June 24, 2014
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Could The War On Native Voting Rights Swing The Senate?

The following is excerpted from “The Missing Native Vote,” Stephanie Woodard’s cover story in the July 2014 issue of In These Times. Woodard explains how, nearly 50 years after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, American Indians still lack equal access to the ballot box — and how, depending on the outcome of a federal […]

June 12, 2014
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WATCH: Grimes Highlights Voting Rights In First Ad Of Kentucky Senate Race

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), released her first statewide television ad of the 2014 campaign on Thursday. The ad, titled “Lost in Battle,” highlights Grimes’ efforts to ensure that military personnel serving overseas have access to the ballot. “Change can still happen here,” […]

May 8, 2014
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Efforts To Revive Voting Rights Act Provision Stall In Congress

By Ben Kamisar, The Dallas Morning News WASHINGTON — Ten months after the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, efforts have stalled in Congress to restore federal scrutiny of states with a history of racial bias. Freed from the need for Justice Department approval before changing election rules, even minor […]

May 7, 2014
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Biden Takes On Voter Suppression: ‘We Have To Stand Up’

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 […]

April 7, 2014
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Voting Rights For Felons On The Table In Kentucky, Other States

By Jake Grovum, Stateline.org Kentucky could be heading for a historic change this year as it moves closer to abolishing its law banning felons from voting, thanks to a bipartisan effort in the state Capitol and a big assist from Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul. The state has long had among the most restrictive felon […]

February 25, 2014
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U.S. Attorney General: Let Ex-Convicts Vote

Washington (AFP) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder campaigned Tuesday for broader reforms to the U.S. penal code, including allowing ex-convicts to regain the right to vote after serving jail terms. Reiterating his goal of reducing the population of crowded U.S. jails, Holder called for an overhaul of laws restricting the civic rights of people […]

February 12, 2014
Eric Holder

U.S. Attorney General: Let Ex-Convicts Vote

Washington (AFP) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Tuesday argued convicts who have served their jail terms should have their civic rights re-instated, so they can vote and fully re-insert themselves in society. “Across this country today, an estimated 5.8 million Americans -– 5.8 million of our fellow citizens –- are prohibited from voting because […]

February 11, 2014
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An Election Report That’s Actually Useful?

Jan. 22 (Bloomberg) — 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. Election law expert Rick Hasen discusses the report here. The good news? The […]

January 22, 2014

Clinton: GOP Disenfranchising Voters Jim Crow Style

Former President Bill Clinton lambasted Republican efforts to restrict voting rights in battleground states across the country at a meeting of progressive college students in the capital on Wednesday, comparing them, as Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz did recently, to Jim Crow laws that prevented blacks from voting until 1965. “There has never […]

July 7, 2011