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The American Promise: The Right to Vote

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Right now many states are attempting to put new voting restrictions in place that parallel all the old tricks and turn back the clock on civil rights to the days when voting was used as a tool for political control and exclusion.

Protecting Democracy in America Means Protecting Voting Rights and Civil Rights

Gerry Hudson | Posted 05.09.2012 | Black Voices
Gerry Hudson

It is imperative that we not only understand the fight against restrictive voter ID laws , but that we also acknowledge that racist, anti-immigration laws, like Alabama's HB56, is an assault on the very values that civil rights marchers stood for nearly 50 years ago.

Not So Fast, Romney

Mark Siegel | Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics
Mark Siegel

If the Republican Convention determines not to enforce its party's rules on its constituent state parties, the Party will find itself with no rules left to enforce in the future.

Voting Law Changes: Your Rights Are Under Attack

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings | Posted 05.08.2012 | Black Voices
Rep. Alcee L. Hastings

There is a "War on Voting" in this country and, wherever you live, you need to be paying close attention. The Constitution protects voters from discrimination, but that protection is being challenged in states across the nation, and making it harder for people to vote.

Chronicles of an Election Poll Worker: Training Day

Sarah Shanfield | Posted 05.07.2012 | New York
Sarah Shanfield

When I signed up to be a poll booth worker in this year's election, I needed $200. I won't say why I needed this money, only that it would help pay for a certain citation from the City of New York that I had been putting off paying.

Voter Suppression: A Real and Enduring American Issue

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
John W. Boyd Jr.

This is no time to drop our guard. Here we are in the year 2012 still requiring blacks, the poor and other minorities to jump through hoops to vote.

What's So Super About Tuesday?: How Mid-week Elections Are Damaging American Democracy

Harvard Kennedy School Democrats | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Harvard Kennedy School Democrats

Tuesday elections are unrealistic and burdensome in today's hyperactive workweek. Americans are busy. Finding the extra time to vote mid-week is difficult for everyone and practically prohibitive for many working class citizens clocking long hours at work while looking after a family.

Super Tuesday Survey: What Do You Remember About The First Time You Voted?

Rita Wilson | Posted 05.05.2012 | Fifty
Rita Wilson

Watching my parents mark their ballots, knowing they never skipped an election, instilled in me a belief that it was a privilege to be able to vote but also that it meant something.

Justice Department Seeks Trial, Opposes State's Voting Changes

AP | By PETE YOST | Posted 03.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department is opposing changes in Florida voting procedures and says it wants a trial in the dispute, a move that could impa...

Enviros: Invest in Latinos

Kathleen Rogers | Posted 04.30.2012 | Green
Kathleen Rogers

Slowly but surely, environmental and conservation advocates are realizing that the answer to their slipping influence may be the burgeoning Latino community.

Infographic: What News Sources Do People Trust?

Craig Newmark | Posted 04.24.2012 | Media
Craig Newmark

Likely voters are looking for news they can trust, but are torn about where they can find it. I'm not in the news business and I won't tell anybody how to do their job, but I am a news consumer and I'd like to know I can trust the news I'm getting.

The Conspiracy to Expand Democracy

Eunice Hyon Min Rho | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
Eunice Hyon Min Rho

The ACLU, along with its partners, recently sued the State of Georgia for denying lower-income and disabled voters the opportunity to participate in our democracy.

Let's Get Voter Registration Right -- And Make It Universal

Rob Richie | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
Rob Richie

It won't take rocket science to ensure that every eligible U.S. voter is registered to vote. Chile and Egypt provide recent examples of how it can be done.

What Would Susan B. Anthony Say?

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 04.16.2012 | Women
Nancy K. Kaufman

One can only imagine what Susan B. Anthony and her followers would say now.

This Black History Month, Remember the Past and Change the Future

Rep. Marcia L. Fudge | Posted 04.11.2012 | Black Voices
Rep. Marcia L. Fudge

Why in 2012 are we returning to the days of limiting the vote rather than encouraging it? How can we forget how far we've come as a nation?

Social Media and the 'Blind Voting' Dilemma

Jackie Barrie | Posted 04.09.2012 | Books
Jackie Barrie

I'm in a dilemma. One of my books has been nominated for an award, and I can't decide how I feel about asking non-readers to vote. There's an angel on one of my shoulders, and a devil on the other.

Indiana Election Chief Found Guilty Of Voter Fraud

AP | CHARLES WILSON | Posted 04.05.2012 | Politics

INDIANAPOLIS — While Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels held off Saturday on appointing a permanent replacement for the state elections chief convict...

I'm Voting Against the Other Guy

Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen | Posted 04.01.2012 | Politics
Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen

If maturity and compromise are essential to a democracy as we were taught in school, then as the old Chinese Proverb has it, "If we don't change our direction we're likely to end up where we're headed."

Let People Vote

Matt Coles | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics
Matt Coles

States are making it harder and harder for people to vote, virtually guaranteeing that many people won't really have the right at all.

Citizens Inundated

Timothy Karr | Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics
Timothy Karr

The Supreme Court's Citizens United decision has already picked a winner in the 2012 elections: TV broadcasters.

Want to Solve the Problem of Money in Politics? Vote!

Terry Newell | Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics
Terry Newell

To the extent that money is heavily influencing campaigns, democracy takes a hit. We need a solution that does not depend on new laws or the Supreme Court. Fortunately, such a solution is available: voting.

Let's Stop Voting in Churches

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Since polling place influences the vote, governments and election boards should do all they can to find neutral voting locations. And it would seem very unlikely that churches would be chosen if neutrality were the aim.

2011 Changes to Voting Rights: Unnecessary Solutions to Non-Existent Problems

Jim Condos | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics
Jim Condos

Denying eligible voters the ability to use their constitutionally protected right to participate is the real voter fraud.

While the Net Goes Dark for SOPA and PIPA, Register to Vote

Christina Gagnier | Posted 03.19.2012 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

January 18 reflects the commitment of the technology community to take a stand when it comes to policies that would serve to cripple the openness and values that have made the Internet so robust.

Andrea Morocoima

Why Hispanic Population Growth Is Not Reflected At Voting Booth | Andrea Morocoima | Posted 01.12.2012 | Latino Voices

Carlos Fernandez, who heads the Center for Latino Arts and Culture at Rutgers University, cannot vote as a legal U.S. resident. Born in Costa Rica,...