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Want To Get Out Of 'Voter Purgatory' In Kansas? Try Suing.

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics

To get out of voter registration "purgatory" in Kansas, it helps to sue. That's what two young men and their attorneys found when they took Secretary...

Christie Misses a Golden Opportunity for the Garden State

Adam Gitlin | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Adam Gitlin

On Monday, Gov. Chris Christie vetoed the Democracy Act -- preventing New Jersey from becoming the third state, after Oregon and California, to adopt automatic voter registration in 2015.

Voting Rights Groups Say Obamacare Should Be Helping Americans Register To Vote

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Voting rights groups are calling on President Barack Obama’s administration to provide better voter registration opportunities to...

Online Registration Could Bring More Latinos to the Voting Booth

Pedro A. Cortés | Posted 10.27.2015 | Latino Voices
Pedro A. Cortés

With next year's presidential campaign underway, we must keep in mind that the person elected as our national leader will have an important role in matters of immigration, health, education, jobs and other issues vital to Latinos.

Ben Carson Doesn't Think Voter Suppression Laws Are Racist

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Wednesday denied that voter identification laws and other voter suppression laws are racist, cal...

New Motor Voter: A Step Forward for California and Democracy

Lorena Gonzalez | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics
Lorena Gonzalez

In a democratic system, no right is more fundamental or necessary than the right to vote. So why are citizens required to opt-in to exercise their right to vote through voter registration?

Clearing Away Barriers to Voter Registration

Mark Ridley-Thomas | Posted 10.07.2015 | Los Angeles
Mark Ridley-Thomas

In California, there are about 7 million people who are eligible to vote but never registered to do so, including 1.2 million in Los Angeles County. It's a shocking statistic, considering the sacrifices made to win passage of the historic Voting Rights Act, which marked its 50th anniversary this year.

Waiting for Brown: Sign California Voting Reform

Michael Waldman | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics
Michael Waldman

One reason for our shamefully low turnout is America's ramshackle voter registration system. States have slowly improved the process over the last decade. But this year, a bold new reform has caught on -- automatic voter registration, starting at DMVs.

Voter Registration by Snail Mail?! Yes, Snail Mail!

Page Gardner | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics
Page Gardner

Mail was the second most popular means for the Rising American Electorate (RAE) to register to vote last year, second only to state-based Motor Vehicle departments.

Dear Pope Francis: Remember Latinos Are Americans, Too

Maria Teresa Kumar | Posted 09.22.2015 | Latino Voices
Maria Teresa Kumar

It's hard to overstate the excitement many Latino Catholics feel about this week's papal visit. A Pope for whom Spanish is his first language, from South America, and deeply rooted in the theology of social justice so predominant in Latin culture: this is the Pope we've been waiting for.

From Carter To California: Automatic Registration Is The New Endgame For Elections

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Jimmy Carter took office in 1977 with the conviction that it should be easier for citizens to register to vote. To accomplish...

It's National Voter Registration Day. Here's How You Can Register To Vote.

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, and what better way to celebrate than to ensure your ability to vote? You can do so by submitting a ...

Is Jerry Brown Ready to Modernize California Elections?

Derek Cressman | Posted 09.18.2015 | Los Angeles
Derek Cressman

California is proud to lead the world in many regards, but just as we need to catch up in our transportation infrastructure with high speed rail we need to regain ground in our basic infrastructure of democracy: conducting robust elections that capture the full spirit and wisdom of the amazing people of California.

Book Review: Waveland by Simone Zelitch

Holly Cara Price | Posted 09.10.2015 | Books
Holly Cara Price

Since the recent publication of Simone Zelitch's fourth novel, Waveland (The Head and the Hand Press), there have been such a spate of racist and violent events in this country that one could be forgiven for believing we are still somehow mired in the hate and horror of the early 1960's.

The Voting Rights Act Turns 50: A Look Back to Take the Right Steps Forward

Robert M. Brandon | Posted 08.07.2015 | Politics
Robert M. Brandon

The Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015 was introduced in June to put teeth back into the VRA and restore the preclearance requirement by modernizing the coverage formula. While Congress has yet to schedule a hearing date on for this legislation, it is important to continue using other avenues to protect voting rights.

Universal Voter Registration and the Future of Voting Rights

Alex Padilla | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Alex Padilla

The progress made possible by the Voting Rights Act is undeniable. But as we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, we still have work to do. Voting rights are once again under attack. We must remain committed.

Samantha Lachman

Voting Rights Group Pushes Automatic Registration As 2016 Issue | Samantha Lachman | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Automatic voter registration has become a zeitgeisty election reform for Democrats, since Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) signed the state's ...

Young People... Preparing to Vote or Not to Vote?

Living Room Conversations | Posted 07.01.2015 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

When I shared my concerns about voting my mentor, Joan suggested that I co-host a living room conversation about youth voting with my peers.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

GOP Support For Automatic Voter Registration Is Way, Way Down | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics

There aren't all that many policy issues where Republican and Democratic voters agree. But for a while there, automatic voter registration was one of ...

Who Has the Right to Vote in 2016?

Stephanie Schriock | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Stephanie Schriock

The truth is that the GOP knows it can't push its extreme, out-of-touch agenda on a country where every voice is heard. They know they have to do everything they can to silence the voices of everyday Americans because it's the only way they'll keep winning elections.

Ryan J. Reilly

Hillary Clinton Calls For Automatic, Universal Voter Registration | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton in a speech on Thursday called for universal, automatic voter registration, saying every citizen in the country should b...

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 ...

Samantha Lachman

North Carolina Put On Lawsuit Notice Over Declining Voter Registration | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A slate of civil rights groups put North Carolina on notice Monday, writing in a pre-litigation letter that the state must meet its vote...

Paige Lavender

More States Are Authorizing Online Voter Registration. Here's Why That's Great News. | Paige Lavender | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

Setting up online voter registration could lead to an easier, more accurate and more satisfying experience for voters at little cost, according to a b...

Friday Talking Points -- Jeb Bush, Hispanic?

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

You can tell it's been a slow week in politics, when we're wasting paragraphs on such trivia. But that's life here at the meager beginnings of the 2016 campaign trail. It's April, after all, and we've only got two announced candidacies, officially.