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Voting Restrictions

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...

It's Been 50 Years Since The Voting Rights Act And Black Churches Are Still Fighting Voting Restrictions

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.07.2015 | Religion

 (RNS) Fifty years after the signing of the Voting Rights Act, the president of the Progressive National Baptist Convention said black churches w...

The Voting Rights Act Is 50 Years Old Today. So Why Do Things Still Seem So Bad?

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the summer of 1962, 20-year-old Dorie Ladner accompanied a busload of black Mississippi residents to the county seat in Indianol...

Hillary Clinton Will Call For Voting Rights Overhaul

AP | By KEN THOMAS | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking an expansion of voting rights, Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to call for an early voting period of at least 20 days in ever...

Black Influence on Political Power Starts With Fair Voting Rights

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 04.24.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

If "Black Lives" REALLY MATTER, then we must acquire and exercise the right to vote to insure that we elect officials who will impartially administer the laws and manage those State and Municipal Agencies having jurisdiction over our children and our own daily lives.

The Fierce Urgency of Now

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

While grading term papers in the undergraduate course I teach at USF, "From Slavery to Obama," I found myself watching the televised funeral of one the NYPD officers recently assassinated by an apparently deranged African-American man. The coincidence prompted me to reflect on the moral and political challenges confronting our nation as we commence the new year of 2015.

Promote the Vote, Protect the Vote

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

Members of Congress, along with the president, have had a lot to say about working together in a bipartisan fashion after the election. The preservation of voting rights has a fine tradition of such bipartisan support. It is time to revive it.

The Return Of Jim Crow

Al Jazeera | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics

Election officials in 27 states, most of them Republicans, have launched a program that threatens a massive purge of voters from the rolls. Millions, ...

Supreme Court Allows New Voting Restrictions In North Carolina To Go Into Effect

AP | GARY D. ROBERTSON | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Same-day registration won't be allowed during early voting in North Carolina and Election Day ballots cast in the wrong precinc...

Samantha Lachman

How The Fight Against Voting Rights Restrictions Could Decide This Year's Marquee Senate Race | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics

DURHAM, N.C. -- President Barack Obama won North Carolina by just 14,000 votes in 2008. Now, as Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and state House Speaker Thom T...

The Importance of Protecting Our Right to Vote: Reflecting on the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Rep. Alcee L. Hastings

For nearly half a century the Voting Rights Act has stood as a central pillar in the protection of fair voting practices. Our nation now faces the greatest threat to voting rights since Reconstruction.

Review Exposes Trouble With State's 2012 Elections

AP | BY RYAN J. FOLEY | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — At least 12 Iowa residents wrongly had their ballots rejected in the 2012 presidential election because of inaccuracies in th...

Bill Clinton: New Voter Restrictions Are A Step Back

AP | By JIM VERTUNO | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton used the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act to criticize efforts in several states to restr...

Wisconsin State Senate Delivers Blow To Early Voting

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

The Republican-controlled Wisconsin state Senate voted Wednesday to end weekend voting before statewide elections and allow lobbyists to make politica...

Showdown Anticipated Over Voting Restrictions In Ohio

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics

Cuyahoga County executive Ed FitzGerald (D-Ohio), who is running for governor, announced Thursday at a press conference that he will challenge new vot...

The Right to Vote? Meet the GOP Confidence Game

Rick Horowitz | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Facts? They'll go with feelings... ...

GOP Lawmakers Push 'Radical' Voting Overhaul

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 08.08.2013 | Politics

Wisconsin Republicans are gearing up to overhaul voting legislation with the introduction of three new bills, MSNBC reported Thursday. State Sen. G...

Dear Dems: Stay Home, Dammit!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 08.15.2013 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

If Republicans write the rules... ...

Why Doesn't the Law Give Full Free Speech Protection to Voters?

Armand Derfner | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Armand Derfner

Current Supreme Court doctrine would give the states broad leeway to enact these restrictions. But, in light of the broad First Amendment protection given to political spending, isn't it time for the Court to re-examine its method of analyzing restrictions on the voters themselves?

The Right to Vote for All

Anthony Papa | Posted 02.07.2012 | New York
Anthony Papa

Millions of people convicted of felonies will be barred from voting in the upcoming presidential election. This is a mind-boggling number of people who will be disenfranchised.

Republicans Tighten Voting Laws Ahead Of 2012

Los Angeles Times | David G. Savage | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics

Republicans in states like Florida are making it more challenging to vote or to register others. Democrats say it's an effort to disenfranchise studen...