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Voter Registration On Election Day In Illinois Curbed By Federal Judge

Reuters | Andrew Hart | Posted 09.28.2016 | Politics

CHICAGO - A federal judge in Illinois on Tuesday blocked same-day registration at polling places in the state’s most populous counties, saying a law...

Federal Judges Probe For 'Purposeful Discrimination' Behind North Carolina Voting Law

Reuters | Andrew Hart | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics

Federal appeals court judges on Tuesday probed the intent behind a sweeping 2013 North Carolina law that changed the state's election rules. A lawyer ...

Americans Don't Think Ex-Offenders Should Lose Their Right To Vote

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 04.26.2016 | Politics

A majority of Americans believe ex-convicts should be allowed to vote after they have been released from prison, a new survey released Tuesday found. ...

The 3 Fixes Our Government Needs Most

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 01.05.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

The 114th Congress in this country's history begins this week with little support behind it and the American political system as a whole. The Republic...

Defying Shelby: Get Informed, Then #GoVote!

Yándary K. Zavala | Posted 01.03.2015 | Latino Voices
Yándary K. Zavala

If there is one day this year that will determine the future of the Latino community, it is November 4. With Latinos poised to influence the outcomes of key races nationwide, it is crucial for us to vote.

Preserve Our Democracy: Protect Voters' Rights

Keith Mestrich | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Keith Mestrich

Though slow and unsteady, the gradual expansion of voting rights in the United States has been one of our country's most significant achievements. But now, groups of politicians and their supporters, seeking to steer outcomes of elections in their favor, are working to restrict access to voting.

Inequality for All?

Benjamin Barer | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Benjamin Barer

While all U.S. citizens retain the power to vote, elections are now won and lost based on the influence of individuals and special-interest groups with incredible financial power. Where does that leave our democracy?

10 Tips for Effective Participation in the Legislative Process

Sarah Leone | Posted 04.06.2014 | Hawaii
Sarah Leone

Participating in government can be intimidating. Until I started working as a legislative aide in January of this year, I hadn't thought about the leg...

Controversial Voting Laws Attract Protests, Support

The News & Observer | Anne Blythe | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics

RALEIGH -- One of the longstanding arguments against voter ID laws has been that there is no history of significant elections fraud. But advocates of...

The Voting Rights Case African Americans Must Watch

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices
Judith Browne Dianis

Why is Wisconsin placing these burdens on the right to vote? It's not to prevent in-person voter fraud. State officials admit that's not a problem and never has been. No, this law is about preventing voting.

What We Need & What We Do Not Need: Cliff Notes to Political, Social, and Moral Success

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

We need to start at the beginning. Support our children. Educate all children. Rework the justice system. Help those who make small mistakes to atone for them and reintegrate successfully into society, rather than losing them into the system.

Race, Rhetoric and Reality

Jerome Karabel | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
Jerome Karabel

The most powerful impact of the Supreme Court's decision on Voting Rights may not be on the size of the minority vote. Instead, its most profound -- and insidious -- effect may reside in the weight it lends to an emergent narrative that racism is no longer a serious problem and that the real threat to equal justice now is "reverse discrimination" against whites.

The Secretary's Setback: The Polls Will Stay Open in Ohio

Rana B. Khoury | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Rana B. Khoury

Our votes shouldn't be precious and fragile, susceptible to inconveniences and disenfranchisement. They are our right, and Ohioans know it like no one else.

Vote for Obama -- Because the Republicans Don't Even Want You to Vote

Majora Carter | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Majora Carter

If you live in or near a battleground county, and you care about protecting equality -- regardless of your party preference -- I urge you to help reduce the number of potential voter-suppression victims.

Leigh Owens

Congressional Black Caucus Unveils Plan To Combat Voter Suppression Laws | Leigh Owens | Posted 09.25.2012 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- The Congressional Black Caucus held a series of events throughout the country on Tuesday to educate communities on voter suppression law...

2012 Election Shaping Up as Replay of 2000/2004 Voter Suppression Controversies

Charles A. Santangelo | Posted 11.11.2012 | DC
Charles A. Santangelo

This presidential election, citizens will confront an array of voting challenges that harken back to the debacles of 2000 in Florida and 2004 in Ohio. We are well on the way to repeating history.

Pragmatic Racism

Robert Koehler | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Winning -- securing power, implementing their agenda -- is the whole point, and that means they have no choice but to put the big squeeze on Democrat-leaning voting blocs. And the most obvious of those blocs are racial and ethnic.

That's Not a Right-Wing Talk-Radio Host You Hear. It's Our Sec. of State!

Jason Salzman | Posted 09.19.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Do you really want your secretary of state to dismiss a historically legitimate concern about voter intimidation by accusing Democrats of cynically riling up their base?

The Great Populist Wave

Brent Budowsky | Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

At this moment, in our land, it is time for the true champions of the 99 percent to launch the largest voter registration, mobilization and turnout campaign in the history of freedom.

Good Guys Win One: With ALEC, Things Go Better Without Coke

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 06.04.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Heads up, Wal-Mart. Know who does a lot of shopping in your stores? People who have been victimized by ALEC policies: Poor people, minorities, and people who are working more and earning less.

Wisconsin Judge Temporarily Stops Controversial New Law

The Huffington Post | Leigh Owens | Posted 03.06.2012 | Politics

A Wisconsin judge on Tuesday granted a temporary injunction stopping the state's controversial voter identification law. As a result, the law will not...

Don't Take the Vote Away From Seniors

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 03.20.2012 | Politics
Barbara J. Easterling

Our generation, like those who came before us, fought and died for the right to vote. We must never let politicians take this away.

Jennifer Bendery

Democratic Rep: Bill Hurts Same Voters 'Targeted By Jim Crow Laws' | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans pushed through legislation on Thursday that would end public financing of presidential campaigns and terminate the Ele...

Protecting Or Suppressing The Vote?

Jalen Victoria Coats | Posted 11.06.2011 | Black Voices
Jalen Victoria Coats

Whether by intention or not, politicians and media have managed to conflate a host of election administration problems under the umbrella of "voter fraud".

Something We Can Do About the Voter Fraud

Kamala Lopez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kamala Lopez

A lot of people feel extremely frustrated about the rampant voter suppression going on as evidenced by the many comments on my last post.