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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.

Samantha Lachman

North Carolina Makes Last-Minute Change To Voter ID Law Facing Challenge In Court | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The North Carolina General Assembly passed a bill on Thursday allowing voters who do not have government-issued photo identification to ...

Samantha Lachman

Nevada Republicans Fail To Pass Voter ID Bill, Anger Conservative Voters | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nevada conservatives are disheartened that another attempt to pass a voter identification measure out of the legislature failed this ses...

Samantha Lachman

Attempts To Limit Voting Rights Stunted As Efforts To Enhance Voting Access Prevail | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A number of state legislatures are adjourning, and supporters of expanded access to the ballot box may be sighing in relief as they see ...

Federal Appeals Court Considers Controversial Texas Voter ID Bill

Texas Tribune | Jim Malewitz | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics

NEW ORLEANS – A federal appellate judge on Tuesday questioned why the Texas Legislature had not addressed concerns that its four-year-old vo...

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...

Samantha Lachman

Supreme Court Won't Consider Challenge To Wisconsin Voter ID Law | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to Wisconsin's voter identification law Monday, though it had blocked the state from requ...

Nevada GOP Lawmaker Says Voter ID Bill Can't Be Discriminatory Because Obama Was Elected President

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics

A Republican lawmaker in the Nevada legislature said Tuesday that proposed voter identification legislation couldn't have a disproportionate impact on...

9 HBCU Students Just Made The Voter-ID War Hot Again

The Root | Charles D. Ellison | Posted 03.16.2015 | Black Voices

The voter-ID war just opened up a huge new front. This time in Tennessee. A group of nine students from HBCUs Fisk and Tennessee State have filed a fe...

Colin Powell Has A Pretty Good Suggestion For Fixing Voter ID Laws

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday said that black voters should vote lawmakers who support voter ID restrictions out of office. Powe...

Samantha Lachman

Supreme Court Asked To Hear Voter ID Case As Crucial Year For Voting Rights Commences | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A team of legal advocates for voting rights on Wednesday filed a petition to the Supreme Court asking it to hear a case concerning Wisco...

Samantha Lachman

Nevada GOP Unsurprisingly Prioritizes Voter ID Law With New Majority | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics

Nevada Republicans have full control of the state's government for the first time since 1929, and their first order of business is passing a bill requ...

Dana Liebelson

Ginsburg Was Right: Texas' Extreme Voter ID Law Is Stopping People From Voting | Dana Liebelson | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Texas voter ID law considered to be one of the most restrictive in the country is doing exactly what Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader ...

US Supreme Court Blocks Wisconsin Voter ID Law

AP | By TODD RICHMOND and STEVE KARNOWSKI | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked Wisconsin from implementing a law requiring voters to present photo IDs, overturning...

Study: Voter ID Laws Cut Turnout By Blacks, Young

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — States that toughened their voter identification laws saw steeper drops in election turnout than those that did not, with dispropo...

Wisconsin Voter ID Law Opponents Want New Hearing

AP | By TODD RICHMOND and SCOTT BAUER | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Civil rights advocates said Tuesday they plan to ask the full 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a ruling by a thr...

Ryan J. Reilly

Only Case Of Voter Fraud Cited In Wisconsin Voter ID Ruling Involved A Scott Walker Fan | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics

The only example of voter fraud that the Wisconsin Supreme Court cited Thursday when it upheld a state voter ID law signed by Gov. Scott Walker (R) wa...

Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Anti-Collective Bargaining Law

AP | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld the 2011 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, spark...

Republicans Claim They Uncovered Voter Fraud After Posting A Reward

Reuters | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics

By Jonathan Kaminsky June 12 (Reuters) - Alabama Republicans, who offered a $1,000 reward for substantiated reports of voter fraud in ...

Judge Tosses Ruling Striking Down Arkansas Voter ID Law

AP | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court has tossed out a judge's ruling striking down the state's voter ID law, but stopped short of rul...

Rand Paul: GOP's Voter ID Push Is Alienating Blacks

The New York Times | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics

MEMPHIS — Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky on Friday broke with fellow Republicans who have pushed for stricter voting laws as a way to crack down on f...

Biden's Office On Pennsylvania Voter ID Law: 'Justice Is Served'

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics

The office of Vice President Joe Biden weighed in on Pennsylvania's voter ID law on Friday, the day after Gov. Tom Corbett (R) announced he wouldn't a...

Federal Appeals Court Issues Temporary Stay Over Voter ID Ruling

AP | By ROXANA HEGEMAN | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas and Arizona residents can continue to register to vote for now using a federal form without having to provide proof of c...

Pennsylvania's GOP Governor Won't Appeal Voter ID Ruling

AP | Posted 05.08.2014 | Politics

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's governor says he won't appeal a state court ruling that struck down its voter identification law. Gov. Tom ...

Democrats Should Widen Focus on Voter Suppression

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans want to make it harder to vote, Democrats want to make it easier. It's a simple concept, and it's one that strikes at a foundational belief most Americans share: Things always get better throughout American history, never worse.