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Civil Rights Groups Sue North Carolina Over Voter Registration

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics

A coalition of civil rights groups sued North Carolina on Tuesday, alleging that the state is violating a federal law regarding voter registration. T...

Samantha Lachman

North Carolina Put On Lawsuit Notice Over Declining Voter Registration | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A slate of civil rights groups put North Carolina on notice Monday, writing in a pre-litigation letter that the state must meet its vote...

The National Voter Registration Act Turns 21!

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

Our democracy is at its strongest when it includes as many voices as possible. This week, we're celebrating the NVRA for 21 years -- and counting -- of protecting and enhancing the nation's voter registration process, including ensuring a free, fair and accessible electoral system for all eligible voters.

Restoring the Right to Vote

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

Today, instead of making the right to vote a rock solid commitment, we actually find ourselves as a nation debating settled principles and even settled law when it comes to protecting the franchise.

Peaking Behind Kobach's Curtain: Proof That the 'SAFE Act' Disenfranchises Kansans

Robert M. Brandon | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Robert M. Brandon

Kansas' proof of citizenship law is offering a real world look at the impact these recently enacted laws can have on American citizens' ability to participate in the electoral process.

Arizona's Bullying of Latinos Takes Another Hit

Juan Cartagena | Posted 08.18.2013 | Latino Voices
Juan Cartagena

The Supreme Court this week halted Arizona's attempt to thwart the will of Congress when it established national norms for voter registration in federal elections with the National Voter Registration Act of 1995.

Gift or Gotcha: What to Make of Scalia's Arizona Opinion

Janai S. Nelson | Posted 08.18.2013 | Politics
Janai S. Nelson

In an age of expanding constraints on registration and voting that include voter ID laws, limited early voting, and curtailed registration drives, Scalia's unexpected warmth toward the Elections Clause just might be the gift that keeps on giving.

Scalia's 'Voter Access' Case

Spencer Overton | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Spencer Overton

Before assuming that Justice Scalia is a recent convert to voting rights protections, recognize that language in today's opinion could eventually undermine voting rights. The details of the opinion could empower state and local partisans who manipulate voting rules.

Motor Voter at 20: Successes and Challenges

Miles Rapoport | Posted 07.19.2013 | Politics
Miles Rapoport

Almost 16 million Americans have registered or re-registered every year under National Voter Registration Act provisions. Many people today don't remember a time when they couldn't register at their local DMV. Yet, there is work to be done.

Celebrating the NVRA: 20 Years of Increasing Access to the Vote

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

Monday, May 20, marks the 20th anniversary of the National Voter Registration Act, the monumental legislation that protects and enhances the ability of Americans to register to vote.

Tuning In and Paying Attention: Protecting Our Voting Rights From the States to the Supreme Court

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

Life is increasingly busy. People are spending more time working, traveling and trying to make ends meet in a rough economy. What better timing for policymakers to make seemingly innocuous changes to something as important as voting rights and slip them past a preoccupied electorate?

Shelby, ITCA, and Congress' Role in Protecting Voting Rights

Deborah J. Vagins | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Deborah J. Vagins

The role of the federal government in protecting our voting rights cannot be overstated. Without it, we face a patchwork of differing state laws that citizens must often navigate to vote.

Protecting Voting Rights Is Not "Crazy"

Spencer Overton | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Spencer Overton

I attended yesterday's U.S. Supreme Court oral argument in the Arizona voter registration case. The argument went well generally, but Justice Alito suggested the Justices would create a "crazy" double standard by requiring that Arizona election officials accept the federal registration form. Alito's concerns are unwarranted.

Ryan J. Reilly

Supreme Court Voter Registration Case: Justices Weigh Proof Of Citizenship | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday weighed whether the state of Arizona should be allowed to create additional hurdles to voting that go beyond...

The Fight for the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA): "It's Now Up to Us to See That It Gets Done"

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

Commonly known as the "Motor Voter Act," the NVRA streamlined voter registration. If the Supreme Court rules against the NVRA, states would be free to pass laws that could restrict voter registration activities and thereby prevent eligible citizens from registering to vote.

2013: Make-or-Break Year for Voting Rights

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

Not one, but two critical voting rights cases will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court this year. The Court's decisions will set the framework for election efforts for decades to come.

Janell Ross

Florida Set To Fight U.S. Over Voter Purge | Janell Ross | Posted 06.07.2012 | Latino Voices

Florida election officials responded late Wednesday to a Department of Justice warning to quit purging suspected non-citizens from state voter rolls w...

A Win For Low Income Voters' Rights In Missouri

Demos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A U.S. District Judge has directed the Missouri Dept. of Social Services to begin providing voter registration applications and assistance to their clients. The law to do so has been ignored since it passed 15 years ago.