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Voter Disenfranchisement

#2: The Republican Party's Extraordinary Pattern of Destructiveness

Andy Schmookler | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

In the conduct of today's Republican Party, we can see a pattern of destructiveness. It displays an insatiable lust for power and wealth, an impulse to prey upon the vulnerable, a preference for conflict over cooperation, a persistent dishonesty, and a willingness to sacrifice the greater good for selfish advantage.

The Importance of Protecting Our Right to Vote: Reflecting on the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Rep. Alcee L. Hastings

For nearly half a century the Voting Rights Act has stood as a central pillar in the protection of fair voting practices. Our nation now faces the greatest threat to voting rights since Reconstruction.

Why We Must Revitalize the Voting Rights Act Upon Its 49th Anniversary

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

A cornerstone of the civil rights movement, the Voting Rights Act ensures that every American citizen, regardless of race or language, has equal access to the vote. That is until last June, when the U.S. Supreme Court gutted a key part of the act, leading to a full-frontal attack on the voting rights of all Americans.

The 2014 Midterms Just Might Be More Important Than the 2016 Presidential Election

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

The historic participation of blacks and other minorities helped elect the first black president of the United States. But while we greatly exercised our right to vote in 2008, many failed to do the same two years later during the 2010 midterms. What we got were a slew of politicians who are more concerned with their own self-aggrandizement than with serving people.

One Year After Shelby Decision, the Fight Continues to Protect Equal Access to the Vote

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

The problem isn't complicated. Access to the vote is not about politics; it's about justice and equality.

Why, Oh Why, Ohio?

Alex Palombo | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Alex Palombo

Are you a minority, a low-wage worker, a student, or a senior citizen in Ohio? Were you hoping to vote on Election Day? Unfortunately, I have some bad news for you.

Fighting for Democracy, But Can't Vote for President

Neil Weare | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Neil Weare

This month, as President Obama prepares once again to address the nation, nearly 600 soldiers from Guam are returning home after a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan, yet they are being denied democracy at home.

Why 'We're Not About to Turn Around': Honoring Martin Luther King's Fight for Voting Rights

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 03.22.2014 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

The newly filed legislation to repair the Voting Right Act and stop the flood of voter suppression is both possible and realistic. The League of Women Voters believes it is crucial for Congress to act swiftly to repair the Voting Rights Act and protect the voting rights of Americans everywhere.

Zero Prosecutions In Republican's Voter Fraud 'Witch Hunt'

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics

Colorado's Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler has been on the hunt for voter fraud in the state since he took the office in 2011, claiming no...

Texas Government Working Hard to Prevent Women From Voting

Craig Newmark | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Craig Newmark

Folks, we are gearing up for midterm elections and that means that you should be aware of your rights. There are some real bad actors out there trying to implement laws to stop eligible people, including women, from voting.

What 19th Amendment?

Alex Palombo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Alex Palombo

Right after Wendy Davis declared that she was running for governor, Texas Republicans set out to disenfranchise women from voting, 19th Amendment be damned. And the way they're keeping ladies out of the voting booth it is a doozy.

GOP Truthtelling

Shan Wells | Posted 10.15.2013 | Denver
Shan Wells


On the 48th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, Congress Must Act Quickly to Protect Democracy

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

The stakes are high: Until Congress repairs the Voting Rights Act, voters will likely face a variety of voting suppression attacks within their state, local and county jurisdictions as new election laws are passed.

Have You Been to Prison Lately?

Project Return | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Project Return

Many of us who work in prisoner reentry, as soon as we heard the ruling, responded reflexively -- to Chief Justice Roberts or to no one in particular -- "Have you been to prison lately?"

Supreme Court Helps the GOP Revive the Era of Jim Crow

Bob Cesca | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Here's a fantastic example of cognitive dissonance. On Tuesday, Republicans continued their collective screeching about the rapidly fizzling IRS non-scandal and how the government unfairly targeted conservatives, while also applauding a ruling which allows Republican-controlled states to deliberately target and disenfranchise Democrats.

Jennifer Bendery

Congressman Calls Clarence Thomas 'Worse' Than Edward Snowden | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) said Wednesday that the fact that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas voted this week to gut the Voting Righ...

Block the Vote

Alex Palombo | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics
Alex Palombo

The same people trying to stop college students from voting are the ones who pretend to be concerned with our rights and freedoms. If we teach our children that voting is your right and your duty as an American, why are we expending so much energy to prevent them from exercising their rights?

Felony Disenfranchisement: A Holdover from the Jim Crow Era

Ben Jealous | Posted 06.26.2013 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

Last week, the Delaware State legislature approved a constitutional amendment to allow people with nonviolent felony convictions to vote after their release from prison. This is a major step forward for a nation still struggling to heal old racial wounds.

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?

The Economic Origins of Racism

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 05.05.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Throughout American history, racism has always been motivated by and defined as a way for white elites to control an unequal share of property -- whether African-Americans could be bought as property or were racially targeted for toxic loans when trying to buy property.

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.

High Turnout in States That Vote by Mail

Maria Ehsan | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Maria Ehsan

People have responsibilities to children, family, and friends, which makes Tuesday a difficult day to go to the polls. In fact, that makes any day a difficult one to go to the polls. How can we encourage voter turnout and reduce disenfranchisement while preserving the quality and integrity of voting systems?

WATCH: GOP Consultant: Voter ID And Long Lines Help Our Side

The Huffington Post | John Stephens | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics

Republican campaign consultant Scott Tranter appeared on a panel Monday hosted by the Pew Center on the States to discuss the long lines and voter ID ...

Ex-Florida GOP Official Makes Bombshell Claim About Republican Voting Laws

The Huffington Post | Ian Gray | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics

Jim Greer, the former head of the Florida Republican Party, recently claimed that a law shortening the early voting period in the state was deliberate...

Jason Cherkis

No Confidence Vote: Confusion, Intimidation Reigned At Polls | Jason Cherkis | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Election Day, Leo Kim, 34, drove a group of elderly Korean Americans to the polls in Annandale, Va., a Washington suburb. They quickl...