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National Voter Registration Day: One Day That Sends a Lasting Message

Robert M. Brandon | Posted 11.24.2013 | Politics
Robert M. Brandon

While we may breathe a sigh of relief not to be bombarded with campaign messages, there is one message that should be emphasized no matter what office is on the ballot: registering to vote.

Sarah Silverman Has Message For Young Voters

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics

OurTime.org, a nonprofit that encourages young people to register to vote, has teamed up with actress Sarah Silverman to celebrate National Voter Regi...

Top 10: Illinois Remains in National Unemployment Cellar

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.23.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

New unemployment figures last week showed Illinois' jobless rate unchanged in August. That also means our second-worst national ranking is unchanged.

'We the People': Celebrating Constitution Day and Registering New Voters

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

In framing the U.S. Constitution, the Founding Fathers underscored the importance of America's voting system, which they believed to be critical to a strong democracy. Today, we still have work to do to make the most out of our nation's voting system.

John Celock

GOP Lawmakers Deny Vote On Expanding Voter Registration

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics

Kansas' fight over showing proof of citizenship in order to register to vote spilled into the state Legislature Tuesday, with Republican leaders denyi...

John Celock

Tea Party Favorites Sue To Enforce Proof Of Citizenship Law

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 08.22.2013 | Politics

The Kansas secretary of state announced Wednesday that he and his Arizona counterpart are suing the federal government in an effort to ensure that any...

The Southern Progress Fund

Ronnie Musgrove | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Ronnie Musgrove

Every day we see voters in South that are hungry for more options. The extreme far-right fringe of the Republican Party has a stranglehold on the South. This ideological dominance is holding back much-needed progress.

Peaking Behind Kobach's Curtain: Proof That the 'SAFE Act' Disenfranchises Kansans

Robert M. Brandon | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Robert M. Brandon

Kansas' proof of citizenship law is offering a real world look at the impact these recently enacted laws can have on American citizens' ability to participate in the electoral process.

Scalia's 'Voter Access' Case

Spencer Overton | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Spencer Overton

Before assuming that Justice Scalia is a recent convert to voting rights protections, recognize that language in today's opinion could eventually undermine voting rights. The details of the opinion could empower state and local partisans who manipulate voting rules.

Wendy Davis for Texas

Brent Budowsky | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

The future of Texas will not be found in voices who prefer a Texas in which Hispanics are second-class citizens when they seek to vote and women are second class citizens when they seek to live their lives as they choose and seek a good job and a fair wage.

Dear Dems: Stay Home, Dammit!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 08.15.2013 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

If Republicans write the rules......

Motor Voter Made All the Difference

David Orr | Posted 07.22.2013 | Chicago
David Orr

We should not place unnecessary barriers between a voter and her ballot. Unfortunately in recent years, state governments across our country have renewed the push to enact barriers.

Motor Voter at 20: Successes and Challenges

Miles Rapoport | Posted 07.19.2013 | Politics
Miles Rapoport

Almost 16 million Americans have registered or re-registered every year under National Voter Registration Act provisions. Many people today don't remember a time when they couldn't register at their local DMV. Yet, there is work to be done.

Celebrating the NVRA: 20 Years of Increasing Access to the Vote

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

Monday, May 20, marks the 20th anniversary of the National Voter Registration Act, the monumental legislation that protects and enhances the ability of Americans to register to vote.

Colorado Passed Broad Election Reform, Other States Should Follow

Myrna Pérez | Posted 05.16.2013 | Politics
Myrna Pérez

Some states continue to push needless restrictions on the ability of citizens to participate in elections, and voters and their advocates must remain vigilant against any such efforts. Still, the trend is unmistakable: After years of backsliding, states are embracing free, fair, and accessible elections.

Right-wing: Regulating Gun Rights -- Bad; Regulating Voting Rights -- Good.

Paul Abrams | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

For the right-wing, shooting must be protected from any restrictions. Voting, however, must be as restricted as possible.

We Can Fix That

Penda D. Hair | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
Penda D. Hair

Protecting our democracy starts with protecting the fundamental right to vote. The U.S. is one of only eleven of the 119 democratic countries in the world that do not explicitly provide the right to vote in their Constitutions.

Ryan J. Reilly

Witness ‘Disgusted' Felony Voter Fraud Charges Dropped Against GOP Contractor

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Virginia store manager who witnessed a young Republican contractor toss voter registration forms into a dumpster back in October sai...

16-Year-Olds Might Vote In This MD City

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 04.03.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- One Maryland city is considering an amendment to lower its voting age to 16, which would make it home to America's youngest voters. T...

Protecting Voting Rights Is Not "Crazy"

Spencer Overton | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Spencer Overton

I attended yesterday's U.S. Supreme Court oral argument in the Arizona voter registration case. The argument went well generally, but Justice Alito suggested the Justices would create a "crazy" double standard by requiring that Arizona election officials accept the federal registration form. Alito's concerns are unwarranted.

Ryan J. Reilly

Supreme Court Voter Registration Case: Justices Weigh Proof Of Citizenship

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday weighed whether the state of Arizona should be allowed to create additional hurdles to voting that go beyond...

The Fight for the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA): "It's Now Up to Us to See That It Gets Done"

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

Commonly known as the "Motor Voter Act," the NVRA streamlined voter registration. If the Supreme Court rules against the NVRA, states would be free to pass laws that could restrict voter registration activities and thereby prevent eligible citizens from registering to vote.

Rep. Clyburn on Empowering Voter Rights

Debbie Hines | Posted 04.29.2013 | Black Voices
Debbie Hines

As the Supreme Court prepares to decide the fate of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, it is important now more than ever to pass new federal laws to protect the right to vote.

2013: Make-or-Break Year for Voting Rights

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

Not one, but two critical voting rights cases will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court this year. The Court's decisions will set the framework for election efforts for decades to come.

Why Young Voters Stay Home

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.23.2013 | Politics

States should implement online voter registration and Congress should force states with voter ID laws to accept college identification cards at the po...