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Voter Disenfranchisement

Should the Poor Be Allowed to Vote?

Chris Kromm | Posted 11.13.2011 | Politics
Chris Kromm

The idea that citizens of lesser means -- even during a lingering economic downturn -- should be denied the vote is a theme that appears to be gaining currency among some leading conservatives.

Voter ID Laws Disenfranchise Women 91 Years After Suffrage

Debbie Hines | Posted 10.25.2011 | Politics
Debbie Hines

Requiring voters to present some form of identification as a requirement to vote will place unreasonable burdens on many women who may be unaware of the difficulty they could face when casting their vote in the 2012 election.

The True Election Fraud

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

In an attempt to stifle our advancement and revert change, many conservative leaders are enacting new laws that make it just as difficult for the already disenfranchised to vote today as it was decades ago.

Ten Years After Bush v. Gore, the Supreme Court Can Recommit to Equal Protection

Donna Brazile | Posted 06.15.2011 | Politics
Donna Brazile

The reputation of the Supreme Court has suffered more in the aftermath of Bush v. Gore than at any time in our nation's recent history; but it may now have a chance to redeem itself on the issue of equal protection.

"Will Arabs Be Able to Form Real Democracies?"

James Zogby | Posted 06.09.2011 | World
James Zogby

The test of the vitality and validity of democracies that may emerge in Arab countries will be in their ability to self-correct, change, and expand.

Supreme Court Waits in the Wings as Appeals Court Considers the Constitution, Voting Rights, Race and Criminal Justice

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

Serious questions about racial discrimination in our criminal justice system, laws that deny the vote to those who have been convicted in this system,...

Why People Hate Politics

Gautam Dutta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Gautam Dutta

Rather than engage in discussion and debate, many politicians find it easier to demonize their opponents, rather than debate the issues.

Taking our Democracy to the Next Level -- in Virginia

Mike Signer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Signer

Disenfranchisement laws that date back to our Jim Crow era currently prevent at least one in five African-American men from voting in Virginia.


Rev. Lennox Yearwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Lennox Yearwood

For the Republican Party to appeal to urban voters, and our culture, a "makeover" is not what they need. They need to tweak their policies.

Identity Crisis: Voter Suppression Legislation Hits Texas

Rachel Farris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rachel Farris

Voter fraud in Texas is not any sort of epidemic. The voter-ID bill is designed to deter thousands of indigent, disabled and elderly voters, who might not have a form of photo identification, from voting.

VA Lt. Gov. Candidate Mike Signer: 25% of Af-Am Men Are Disenfranchised

Baratunde Thurston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Baratunde Thurston

If you told me there was man seeking office who raised the disenfranchisement of African-Americans as an issue worth addressing, I would have called you crazy or a liar, but that's just what Mike Signer did.

Is The Election About to be Stolen in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Elsewhere?

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Boaz

It would be a travesty if Obama won the national popular vote by a large margin, but lost the Electoral College narrowly because of electronic-voting manipulation in two or three states.

Election '08: A Transparent Disaster?

Craig Stoltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Stoltz

Instantly networked communications allow anybody see whatever they want and tomorrow's public exercise in democracy will be the first example of a massively transparent election.

Millions of Ex-Offenders Did Their Time, But Still Can't Vote

Tara Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Tara Graham

America has a long history of depriving entire groups of people the right to vote. Before the Civil Rights Act, black citizens were ridiculed, threate...

Know Your Rights on Election Night

Leslie Griffith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leslie Griffith

How to make sure your vote is counted. It is up to American citizens to do their own reporting and their own investigations. Here's how to insist on a democratic election by your own means.

Voting Problems May Arise As Voters Swamp Untested System Tuesday

NY Times | IAN URBINA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Millions of voters will encounter an unfamiliar low-tech landscape at the polls on Tuesday. About half of all voters will vote in a way that is differ...

Election Anxiety: As Serious As A Heart Attack

Eli Davidson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Eli Davidson

Do your teeth ache and stomach churn every time you read about new ways to keep voters from the polls? Republican robocalls are telling voters in Colo...

7 Ways to Steal Back Your Vote

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Greg Palast | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Greg Palast

You can have all the paper ballots in the world, but if you don't demand to look at them, publicly, in a recount, you might as well mark them with invisible ink. Democracy requires vigilance.

What to do Before and (If Necessary) After the Election is Stolen

Roberto Lovato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Roberto Lovato

When I hear the fear of first-time voters like 21-year-old Bertha Barrios, I hear the voice of a generation raised beneath the specter of questions about our last two elections.

A Cell Phone Call During Mass (Remembering the Anti-Catholic Smears of the 1928 Election)

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Quigg

"Great-great-grandma Frances will set you straight. By the time I'm done with you, you'll vote for who you want to vote for. You won't let anybody scare you out of it. That's the lesson of Al Smith."

More West Virginia Voters Say Machine Flipping Votes From Democrat To Republican

Charleston Gazette | Paul J. Nyden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Three Putnam County voters say electronic voting machines changed their votes from Democrats to Republicans when they cast early ballots last week. T...

Explaining How Stolen Elections Keep Obama From Being a Sure Win to a Friend in Tribal Area Pakistan

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

The fact is we haven't "gotten over" the thefts of two elections. And we're seeing signs that the GOP is doing all it can to steal the next election too, including, setting up the narrative with the lies about ACORN.

John McCain: "One of the Greatest Frauds in Voter History"

Brad Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brad Friedman

Back in 2004, Michelle Malkin and wingnut "media" outlet Newsmax (along with many others of her ilk), alleged ACORN "voter fraud" in Ohio, just days before the Presidential election.

Protecting Your Right to Vote

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

The right to vote is protected by more constitutional amendments than any other right we have, yet if 2004 is any indicator, we can expect many more voter suppression tactics this Election Day.

We Can't Afford to Lose a Single Vote

Cheryl Howard Crew | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cheryl Howard Crew

Don't fool yourselves, we may be the good ole' US of A, but we need international election monitors as much as any third-world government today.