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In 2016, Why Are Voters Still Paying Poll Taxes?

Rep. Marc Veasey | Posted 06.25.2016 | Black Voices
Rep. Marc Veasey

With today's third anniversary of the Shelby v. Holder decision, I am reminded of two poll tax receipts hanging in my Congressional office. On January 31, 1949, my grandparents traveled to the tax assessor's office in Jack County to pay their annual poll tax.

CO Secretary of State, Who Sees "a Lot of Good" in Colorado's 2013 Election Law, Explains Why He'd Still Oppose It

Jason Salzman | Posted 04.18.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Last month, on Rocky Mountain Community Radio, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams praised a Pew study for, as Williams put it, "highlighting ...

Texans Voting On Super Tuesday Have To Abide By A Racist Voter ID Law

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.01.2016 | Politics

A voter identification law in Texas was ruled last year to have a racially discriminatory effect, but the law remains on the books as voters head to t...

Texas: Neutering Democracy

David Morris | Posted 10.21.2016 | Politics
David Morris

In Texas liberty trumps democracy. The Texas Supreme Court itself says so. This year the legislature de-listed student IDs but added a new form of ID that would gladly be accepted: a handgun license.

Here's Why The DMV Screws Up Your License Photo

The Huffington Post | Paul Gale | Posted 08.04.2015 | Comedy

Do you have a great driver's license photo? Trick question. Taking a good ID picture is nearly impossible. Between your last hopeful look in the mirro...

Justice Stevens Rips Citizens United, But Disagrees With Hillary Clinton's Litmus Test

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 05.22.2016 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

Showing off his trademark bow tie (and famously polite demeanor), retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens this week again ripped into the Citizens United decision but disagreed with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton that overturning it should be a litmus test for a President when choosing Supreme Court nominees.

Samantha Lachman

Four Years Later, Texas Is Still Defending Its Voter ID Law | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court will hear oral arguments on Tuesday in a case that could have national implications for states that require vote...

House Bill Could Give Amish A Religious Exemption From Photos On State IDs

The Associated Press | LAURYN SCHROEDER | Posted 01.31.2015 | Religion

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Some Indiana residents could get a religious exemption from having their photographs on state identification cards under legisla...

Voter ID Proponents Muddy the Waters With Misleading Georgia and North Carolina Turnout Numbers

Rob Richie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rob Richie

This week, Civitas' election policy analyst Susan Myrick claimed that the effects of restrictive voting laws on racial minorities are overblown. Unfortunately Myrick used a misleading statistic in her blog post and ignored many others that contradict her argument.

North Carolina's Voter Suppression

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

In 2008, President Barack Obama carried North Carolina by a few thousand votes. But the new law may make it harder for the Democratic presidential candidate to carry the state in 2016.

North Carolina Speeds Up to Run Election Red Light?

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

Republicans are at it again, making it harder to vote. It is no coincidence that these major voting changes are being considered a week after the Supreme Court struck down the coverage formula in Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act.

Voter ID Top Priority For Wisconsin GOP Leader

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics

Requiring every Wisconsin voter to show photo ID at the polls is going to be a top priority for the Republican-controlled legislature in the next sess...

Women and the Vote in 2012

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

For those candidates looking to court women voters, focusing on the survival of programs that keep food on the table, provide medical care, ensure a fair and equitable workplace, and give women the deciding voice in their own reproductive health care choices is a good place to start.

Voter Suppression and Driving While Black

Kelly Kleiman | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Kelly Kleiman

Non-white motorists are more likely for moving violations than whites. Combine discriminatory policing with photo ID laws and you've got a perfect tool for keeping black and brown people from the polls.

Three Ways Romney Can Still Win the Election

Art Levine | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Art Levine

Don't pop open the champagne bottles just yet. The Republicans have a triple threat advantage that can still help their bruised and inept presidential candidate put together the electoral college math needed to eke out a victory. These are, essentially, lies, money and vote suppression.

Undocumented and Unafraid

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.21.2012 | College
Marian Wright Edelman

The courageous self-declared “Undocumented and Unafraid” students in the United We Dream Network risk deportation, organize and speak out tirelessly so that they -- and others -- can have the right to a college education and to live and work with dignity in the country that is their home.

Half Of Youth Voters Don't Know If They Can Vote

The Huffington Post | Sarah Bufkin | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics

For younger, more transient voters, this year's trip to the polls might not be so simple. According to a survey conducted by the nonpartisan voter reg...

Voter Suppression and Our Rigged Tax System: The Underlying Ideology

Thomas de Zengotita | Posted 10.21.2012 | Politics
Thomas de Zengotita

They might have some abstract legal "right" to vote -- but not the deeply rooted right to vote that only comes from the exercise of responsible proprietorship. And besides, what does not having a photo ID in this day and age testify to if not an absence of that responsibility?

Luke Johnson

Top State Election Official On Voter ID: 'I Don’t Know What The Law Says' | Luke Johnson | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics

Secretary of Commonwealth Carol Aichele on the fifth day of a trial over Pennsylvania's voter identification law testified at one point that she didn'...

The Challenge of Obtaining Voter Identification

Keesha Gaskins | Posted 07.25.2012 | New York
Keesha Gaskins

This is a steep price to pay for a "free" ID card, and not every American can afford it. Making voter IDs free does not address or resolve the significant barriers many voters face in obtaining one.

Democracy Under Attack

David Morris | Posted 06.04.2012 | Politics
David Morris

The 2011 Florida law is perhaps the purest distillation of the Republican effort to making voting more difficult.

"On Account of Race or Color": A New Front Opens in the Fight Against Wisconsin's Voter ID Law

Jon Sherman | Posted 05.02.2012 | Politics
Jon Sherman

It's a crime to disfranchise anyone, but this just seems particularly cruel. Fear not, though -- help is on the way for Eddie: He just has to pay hundreds of dollars to amend his birth certificate in court.

The Hollow Democracy

Robert Koehler | Posted 03.06.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

American democracy is being hollowed out by the slow, steady usurpation of power by unelected special interests and the privatization of the commons. This process continues no matter who gets elected, because elected power is subordinate to it.

Republicans Require No Photo ID To Vote In Republican Iowa Caucus

Brad Friedman | Posted 02.27.2012 | Politics
Brad Friedman

For all of their years of claims that massive voter fraud is going on at the polling place, you'd think that when Republicans have a chance to run their own elections, they'd be sure to want it to be as "fraud"-free as possible.

Republicans Move To Tighten Voting Rules Before 2012 Elections

Bloomberg | By Mark Niquette | Posted 10.25.2011 | Politics

With Republicans taking control of most U.S. capitols this year and a presidential race looming, states have passed the most election-related laws sin...