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Voter Disenfranchisement

The Agony of Defeat

Amy Roost | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Amy Roost

In 1972, I was in 5th grade and as passionate about politics as I am today. Perhaps for this reason I was chosen by my teacher, Mrs. Parsley--the first real hippie I ever met--to deliver a speech in favor of the the Democratic candidate for president, George McGovern, in our classroom's mock election. When McGovern lost the election later that year, I was devastated.

L.A. Primary Mired in Voting Problems

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 06.08.2016 | Los Angeles
John Wellington Ennis

Based on reports from across the city, two types of problems stood out over most: ballot reader malfunctions at polling places and confusion over NPP (No Party Preference) Voters, independent voters who are allowed to vote in the Democratic Party but need a crossover ballot to do so.

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough Wants Disenfranchised Wisconsinites To Stop 'Whining'

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.05.2016 | Politics

Ruthelle Frank is an 87-year-old resident of Wisconsin who had voted in every election since 1948 and served on her local village board for nearly two...

WATCH: Who's to Blame for the Five Hour Long Voting Lines in Arizona?

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 03.24.2016 | Comedy
Matthew Filipowicz

In a TMFS sketch, we attack the five hour plus long wait to vote in Maricopa County, Arizona.

Our Voices Should Be Heard!

Marjorie P Dugan, PHD | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics
Marjorie P Dugan, PHD

Senator Mitch McConnell claims that the American people should choose the next Supreme Court Justice -- after the next presidential election. But he seems to have forgotten and chooses to disenfranchise the majority of Americans who have made their voices heard in 2008 and in 2012.

The Voting Rights Act at 51

Ryan Haygood | Posted 03.06.2016 | Black Voices
Ryan Haygood

Regrettably, 51 years after 600 people risked their lives on Bloody Sunday to expand democracy for people of color, and with the 2016 Presidential election fast approaching, too many voters of color here in New Jersey, rather than experiencing increased political participation, are losing their voting rights daily.

The Gettysburg Address, Forwarded

Eric Lotke | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics
Eric Lotke

Two centuries and nearly two decades ago, our fathers brought forth a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. We have improved since that time. "Men" has come to include women. African Americans have acquired their other two-fifths.

Restoring Democracy: The Unfinished Business of Civil Rights 60 Years After Montgomery

Daniel Weeks | Posted 12.08.2015 | Politics
Daniel Weeks

As we mark the 60th anniversary of the boycott that launched the Civil Rights Movement in the 20th century, we would do well to remember the millions of American citizens who are struggling to earn their keep and keep their faith in a nation they do not believe has kept faith with them.

Veterans Day, Still No Right to Vote

Neil Weare | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Neil Weare

On Veterans Day in 2015, it is a national embarrassment that more than 150,000 veterans living in U.S. territories will be denied the right to vote for their Commander-in-Chief next November.

With Automatic Voter Registration, Illinois Poised to Reduce Recidivism

Chandra Bozelko | Posted 11.02.2015 | Chicago
Chandra Bozelko

If the Illinois General Assembly passes Senate Bill 2134 - automatic voter registration - it may not increase voter participation as much as anticipated but it could be one of the most effective anti-crime laws in the state.

Women's Right to Vote as the Downfall of Democracy

Suzanne DeWitt Hall | Posted 10.23.2015 | Entertainment
Suzanne DeWitt Hall

Surely every American knows that women have the same decision-making capacity as men, and that our right to participate in elections was long overdue. Don't they?

The Black Box: Voting in America

Judy Frankel | Posted 08.26.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

The cost of voter restriction laws to our democracy is great. Voter ID laws disproportionately disenfranchise the elderly, the poor, non-drivers, and students -- those who typically don't vote Republican.

50 Years Later, Let's Renew The Voting Rights Act

Page Gardner | Posted 08.06.2016 | Politics
Page Gardner

We stand with the President and other defenders of equality in urging protection of the Voting Rights Act. Let's be clear: The recent laws passed in many states to restrict voting rights are not about reducing "voter fraud." They are meant simply to erect barriers to voting for people of color.

Millions Of Convicts Would Get Restored Voting Rights Under New Bill

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics

Millions of Americans whose past felony convictions forbid them from casting ballots may regain voting rights under a bill introduced this week in Con...

Millions Severed From the Body Politic

Deborah J. Vagins | Posted 05.19.2015 | Black Voices
Deborah J. Vagins

By continuing to deny citizens the right to vote based on a past criminal conviction, the government is endorsing a system that expects these citizens to contribute to the community but then denies them participation in our democracy. Fortunately, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) and Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan) introduced a critical bill yesterday that would fix this problem.

Lydia O'Connor

California's Former Prisoners Often Don't Know They Can Vote, Study Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics

With severe overcrowding, abuse allegations and controversial sentencing laws, California’s prison system is a knotty political topic that often app...

The 2014 Elections and the Future of Black America

William Lynch III | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
William Lynch III

No matter where you stand on the issues, you must concede that there will be extreme gridlock for the next two years: Congress will block President Obama's appointments, while in turn the president will use up a lot of ink with a steady stream of vetoes when Congress passes bills to undermine his agenda.

ReThink Review: Dear White People -- Lessons for Republicans and the "Post-Racial" Generation

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.24.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Dear White People is sure to become both a cult hit and a staple on college campuses across the country, and I'm glad for it since the movie ultimately ends with more questions than answers. And with an issue as multi-faceted as racism, that is as it should be.

People's Opinions On Voter ID Laws Can Be Racialized Thanks To One Image

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics

A new study reveals a disturbing truth about voter ID laws -- which require individuals to show identification before they are allowed to cast a vote ...

Defending the Dream in Ferguson: Vest or Vote

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

This past weekend, hundreds took to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri in continued protests, forums, and demonstrations seeking justice for Mike Brown and other victims as part of the highly organized Ferguson October weekend of civil disobedience.

Voting Rights: What You Need to Know and How the Supreme Court Is Failing Us

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Janessa E. Robinson

As the U.S. Supreme Court rightfully makes way for same-sex marriage across the country, it simultaneously regresses policy on another civil liberty, voting rights.

A Breakthrough in the Discussion Around Voting Restrictions

Eric H. Holder, Jr. | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Eric H. Holder, Jr.

There is simply no good reason to reduce voting access -- and individuals who seek to enact laws that do so should be called upon to justify their actions.

On Constitution Day, 4 Million Still 'Separate and Unequal'

Neil Weare | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Neil Weare

Today, the U.S. Constitution celebrates its 227th birthday. For more than half those years -- 115 to be exact -- residents of overseas U.S. territories have been denied full and equal membership as part of We the People. Now it is time to recognize that these citizens deserve to be treated as full and equal members of We the People.

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

Andy Schmookler | Posted 11.15.2014 | 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 12.05.2014 | 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.