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Voter Disenfranchisement

Congressman John Conyers - The People's Advocate Shares Some of His Vision

Pearl Korn | Posted 08.07.2012 | Politics
Pearl Korn

There are still some exemplary public servants out there who spend their political careers on the right side of issues. I felt that it would be worthwhile to contact to Rep. John Conyers, Jr. find out what he thinks about the current state of our politics.

The Wall Street Journal's Hit Piece on Eric Holder

William K. Black | Posted 08.01.2012 | Media
William K. Black

The Wall Street Journal's editorial denouncing "Holder's Racial Incitement" is so foul and tendentious about Holder's comments, America, and the partisan effort to deprive American citizens of one their most precious rights -- the right to vote -- that it compels response.

Pennsylvanians Mobilize in Response to New Voter ID Law

Denise Dennis | Posted 07.25.2012 | Politics
Denise Dennis

When the voting rights of our most vulnerable citizens are threatened, everyone's rights are threatened. Democracy is not a fait accompli, it requires attention and constant care or else it might be lost.

Republicans Are Using the Democratic Process to Curtail Democracy

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 07.22.2012 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

The fraud that actually exists is not in voter identification but rather in the alleged justification for legislation that requires it. There is no epidemic of voters misrepresenting their identity at the polls.

Election Regulations and Voter Disengagement

Sundeep Iyer | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics
Sundeep Iyer

Congress alone cannot completely counteract the harmful effects of the new rules governing our elections. But in an election cycle where these rules threaten to undermine voter participation, Congress must act now to soften the blow.

Gene Demby

High Super Tuesday Turnout May Not Prove That Voter ID Laws Are Harmless | Gene Demby | Posted 03.06.2012 | Black Voices

Some election officials are pointing to high turnout in Super Tuesday states as proof that controversial voter identification laws, which require citi...

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.

The Next Blagojevich...

Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston | Posted 02.15.2012 | Chicago
Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston

Why does corruption seem to thrive in our wonderful state (and my native Chicago!), and what can citizens do to stop it?

Restrictive Voting Laws Threaten to Disenfranchise Millions

Voto Latino | Posted 01.31.2012 | Latino Voices
Voto Latino

Voter ID laws will make voting more difficult for the millions who currently don't have acceptable government-issued IDs.

Max J. Rosenthal

States Attack Voting Rights | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than one million students attend colleges, universities and technical schools in Texas. But because of the state's new voter identi...

John Celock

New Photo ID, Citizenship, Registration Laws Could Impact 5 Million Voters | John Celock | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- According to a new report, over five million voters could be denied the right to vote under new laws adopted in a dozen states. The s...

80 Million Disenfranchised and Disinterested Americans Didn't Vote In '08. What Portends for 2012?

Pearl Korn | Posted 11.19.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

As the 2012 Presidential campaign heads into high gear, we must engage eligible non-voters who are young, uneducated and economically deprived.

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.

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...