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Will the Real Voter Fraud Please Stand Up?

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics
Judith Browne Dianis

It's a shame. Voting is sacred; it's the only way we ensure we have a government that represents our interests. Of course, we've learned there are some who don't want all Americans to participate and have a say. The jig is up.

The Black Vote and the Republican Party

Dana Forde | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Dana Forde

Yes, the Democratic Party has a long history of benefiting from the bulk of black votes. But some believe that a new brand of Republicanism -- represented by, among others, Mia Love, Allen West and Herman Cain -- has encouraged more black voters to take a fresh look at the Republican Party.

Janell Ross

New Urban Politics Emerges In Race to Replace Jesse Jackson Jr. | Janell Ross | Posted 11.27.2012 | Black Voices

In 2011, as Illinois politicians redrew congressional district maps, they exercised a power grab that was intended to protect those already in office ...

The 2012 Election: The Ratification of a New America

Sylvia Puente | Posted 01.20.2013 | Latino Voices
Sylvia Puente

"Demographics" has become a code word for "change," a way of euphemistically talking about diversity. But demographics didn't win the election. Diversity isn't something that is coming but something that is already here.

Data Reveals Obama Held the White Vote

Inimai Chettiar | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Inimai Chettiar

Obama's 39 percent is the same as the share Clinton won in 1992. Obama's share exceeded that earned by Walter Mondale, Jimmy Carter (1980), and George McGovern. What skewed the popular misinterpretation of the statistics is the increase in the number of voters of color.

Jason Linkins

GOP Still Working Out What's Responsible For 2012 Woes | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.16.2012 | Politics

Eventually, I feel pretty confident that those tasked with diagnosing the Republican failure to unseat Obama in 2012 will eventually settle on something like, "Well, we ended up with a pretty implausible nominee who couldn't relate to normal human-Americans after the nativist clique that took over the party in 2010 ran off many of our more talented prospects from the race and kept them on the sidelines. And our long primary season was pretty goofy and alienating. Also, as subpar as our candidate was, it probably didn't help matters that we spent the lion's share of the campaign season slagging him publicly until he turned in that one decent debate performance. In retrospect, maybe we shouldn't have done that.

Jon Ward

Noted Black Republican Says GOP Should Focus On Hispanics | Jon Ward | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party's nearly nonexistent relationship with black voters may improve in a decade or two, but not any time soon, said Art...

In This Election, Democracy Was on the Ballot

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics
Judith Browne Dianis

Regardless of which candidate they went with, in this election Americans cast an unequivocal vote for democracy. We must honor that mandate by shielding this fundamental right through new laws that ensure that our election process will be free, fair and accessible to all.

Hold On, Keep Our Eyes on the Prize

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 01.14.2013 | Black Voices
Rev. Al Sharpton

The days ahead will require commitment and tolerance from all of us, but we will not forget why we voted for this President. We will continue to fight for those who may not have a voice, and we will deflect negativity from all sides. We must be strong enough to emulate those stronger than us like Mandela, like Dr. King.

The Last of the Loud

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.14.2013 | Black Voices
Tavis Smiley

There is a line of folk wrapped around the White House who intend to collect on the Obama promissory note they've been holding since 2008. Where are African Americans in that line? Are African Americans even in the line?

Is The Emerging Democratic Majority Already Here?

New York Magazine | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics

One of the questions that always pops up after an election is whether the winning party's coalition signals some enduring trend that ought to frighten...

Republicans' Woman Problem Transcends Race

Margie Omero | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Margie Omero

To claim the gender problem Republicans faced in 2012 is "merely" a race problem is the denial that has actually helped cement this pattern.

Race in the Voting Booth

Michael Brenner | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Michael Brenner

Race was the unspeakable factor in the presidential election -- in contrast to 2008 when it was on everyone's mind and on display. That does not mean it has disappeared.

Supreme Court To Examine Voting Rights Act

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court said Friday it will consider eliminating the government's most potent weapon against racial discrimination at polling ...

GOP Claims Obama Reelected Because Blacks And Latinos Are 'Dependent On Government'?

Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 11.09.2012 | Black Voices

The black and Latino vote (as well as that of Asians, single women, gays and young voters) were crucial factors in President Obama's reelection. Not o...

The Elephant in the Exit Poll Results: Most White Women Supported Romney

David C. Wilson | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
David C. Wilson

I think Nate Silver deserves a lot of credit for being one of the few "poll readers" willing to forecast a numeric probability of Obama's win before E...

How African-Americans Shaped the Reelection of Barack Obama and What Happens Next

Freeway Rick Ross | Posted 01.06.2013 | Black Voices
Freeway Rick Ross

While I don't agree with every decision Obama has made in his first term, I do believe he has the interest of the working family at heart. My call to Obama and his administration focuses more specifically on African-Americans.

Why African Americans Have to Prove the Pollsters Wrong

Gerry Hudson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Gerry Hudson

Pollsters are betting that a smaller percentage of African Americans show up at the polls this Election Day than four years ago. We have to prove them wrong. The kind of nation that we will be for years to come is on the line.

WATCH: Chris Rock's Message For White Voters

The Huffington Post | Christine Friar | Posted 01.03.2013 | Comedy

With election day nearly upon us, Brooklyn native Chris Rock wanted to take an opportunity to address white voters while Jimmy Kimmel is still in town...

Fighting Voter Suppression in Florida With Operation Lemonade

Etan Thomas | Posted 11.02.2012 | Politics
Etan Thomas

We need to make sure that hard work actually pays off -- and people are equipped with the proper tools. Where responsibility is rewarded, everyone has a fair shot, does their fair share and plays by the same rules. That's what this election comes down to.

GOP Problem Puts Party In A Quandary

AP | BILL BARROW | Posted 11.02.2012 | Politics

ATLANTA -- It's a fairly safe bet, based on polls and history, that non-Hispanic white voters will choose Republican Mitt Romney by a wide margin in T...

Call It Democracy 2012: An Electoral Storm

Matt Kohn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Matt Kohn

There is no better time than the present for American citizens to take a look at the history of presidential elections through the lens of the Electoral College.

WATCH: Can Mitt Romney Win The Black Vote?

Posted 01.01.2013 | Comedy

According to polling data, Black voters favor Barack Obama over Mitt Romney in this election by an overwhelming percentage. And while Jimmy Kimmel is ...

Star Jones, and Other Celebs Unite to Get Out the Vote

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 12.29.2012 | Black Voices
Judith Browne Dianis

In the weeks before Election Day, voters are again being targeted with intimidation tactics and deceptive practices to confuse or scare them out of casting a ballot. In Ohio and Wisconsin, for example, billboards popped up in primarily African-American neighborhoods with messages such as "Voter Fraud is a Felony! Up to 3½ YRS and a $10,000 Fine," designed to alarm and confuse residents.

The Undecideds: Faking Ain't Easy

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 12.25.2012 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

As we're now in the final stretch of political Armageddon -- judging from the intensity and hype of most folks finally paying attention -- there's that ongoing discussion about the "undecideds."