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A Swing State Disenfranchises Its Poor Electorate

A Swing State Disenfranchises Its Poor Electorate

by Aura Bogado on October 9 2012, 9:35AM

Despite a federal obligation to do so, Nevada public service agencies are accused of not providing their clients with voter registration forms.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Is Voter Suppression Becoming Less Common, or Just Less Overt? [Reader Forum]

Is Voter Suppression Becoming Less Common, or Just Less Overt? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on October 8 2012, 9:56AM

Colorlines readers discuss the latest efforts by conservatives to paint disenfranchised voters of color as “lazy” or “undeserving” of the right to vote.

Topics: Politics

Are True the Vote's Poll Watching Activities Illegal?

Are True the Vote’s Poll Watching Activities Illegal?

by Brentin Mock on October 8 2012, 9:51AM

Rep. Elijah Cummings and law experts say if they are targeting people of color, a court could find True the Vote operations unlawful.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Rep. Elijah Cummings Launches True the Vote Investigation

Rep. Elijah Cummings Launches True the Vote Investigation

by Brentin Mock on October 5 2012, 4:03PM

True the Vote will have difficult time harassing voters with Congress watching them at the polls.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

The 2012 Attack on Voting Rights Isn't Racist--Just Ask Artur Davis

The 2012 Attack on Voting Rights Isn’t Racist—Just Ask Artur Davis

by Brentin Mock on October 4 2012, 10:13AM

The black former congressman has emerged as the tea party’s new best friend, because he insists his colleagues in the southern Black Belt are the real threat to voting rights.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

Politics Aside, There's No Debating the Scary Facts of Romney's Tax Policy

Politics Aside, There’s No Debating the Scary Facts of Romney’s Tax Policy

by Imara Jones on October 4 2012, 9:48AM

Pundits are applauding Romney’s performance in a deeply technical debate. But he revealed a troubling misunderstanding—or misrepresentation—of tax and health policies that keep the country afloat.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Politics

Pennsylvania GOP Leader Insists Voter ID Opposition Is About 'Lazy' Voters

Pennsylvania GOP Leader Insists Voter ID Opposition Is About ‘Lazy’ Voters

by Brentin Mock on October 3 2012, 10:18AM

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe says judge who blocked the state’s voter ID law yesterday enables the “entitlement mentality” and people who live off others’ labor.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Minnesota Voters Raise Their Diverse Voices for Voting Rights

Minnesota Voters Raise Their Diverse Voices for Voting Rights

by Aura Bogado on October 2 2012, 11:29AM

Minnesota’s Communities of color are changing the narrative about the state’s voter ID amendment.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Pa. Voters Won’t Have to Show ID, but Poll Workers Can Still Ask For It

by Brentin Mock on October 2 2012, 10:52AM

The situation’s still complicated in Pennsylvania.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Meet Richard Hayes, the Black Man Who Picks Up Mitt Romney's Trash

Meet Richard Hayes, the Black Man Who Picks Up Mitt Romney’s Trash

by Jorge Rivas on October 1 2012, 2:47PM

Richard is a City of San Diego sanitation worker whose route includes Mitt Romney’s $12 million oceanfront villa in La Jolla, Calif.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Pennsylvania Argues Voters Are 'Frustrated,' Not 'Disenfranchised'

Pennsylvania Argues Voters Are ‘Frustrated,’ Not ‘Disenfranchised’

by Brentin Mock on September 28 2012, 10:43AM

Pennsylvania’s attorneys have found a new argument to defend the state’s voter ID law: We all share the same burdens and frustrations equally, regardless of race or class, and that’s not disenfranchisement.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Awkward Moments with Mitt Romney: That One Time He Asked a Group of Black Teens 'Who Let The Dogs Out?'

Awkward Moments with Mitt Romney: That One Time He Asked a Group of Black Teens ‘Who Let The Dogs Out?’

by Jorge Rivas on September 27 2012, 3:37PM

It was at a 2008 Martin Luther King Day parade in Jacksonville, Florida that Mitt Romney made the ill-considered decision to chant the lyrics to the Baha Men’s song.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Did Ann Romney Just Say Being Black is Kind of Like Being Mormon?

Did Ann Romney Just Say Being Black is Kind of Like Being Mormon?

by Jorge Rivas on September 27 2012, 2:57PM

Ann Romney told “The Tonight Show” host Jay Leno that electing her husband would help eliminate prejudice against their Mormon faith, just like we left “prejudices behind” when we elected President Obama.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Samuel L. Jackson Debuts F-Bomb-Laced Pro-Obama Voting Ad

Samuel L. Jackson Debuts F-Bomb-Laced Pro-Obama Voting Ad

by Jorge Rivas on September 27 2012, 12:45PM

Actor Samuel L. Jackson has a message for Democrats who supported President Barack Obama in 2008 but aren’t enthusiastic this time around.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Florida's Felonious Voting Trap

Florida’s Felonious Voting Trap

by Brentin Mock on September 27 2012, 10:28AM

When it comes to determining who can and cannot vote, misinformation reigns. The tea party movement is eager to exploit that fact.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

Meet Our Team of Voting Rights Community Journalists

Meet Our Team of Voting Rights Community Journalists

by Aura Bogado on September 27 2012, 9:55AM

Voting rights are at risk all over the country, so we’ve recruited eyes and ears in key states to help us stay on top of rapidly unfolding events.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

Cherokee Nation Demands Scott Brown Apologize For 'Downright Racist' Behavior

Cherokee Nation Demands Scott Brown Apologize For ‘Downright Racist’ Behavior

by Jorge Rivas on September 26 2012, 2:17PM

The Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation issued a strongly worded statement Wednesday denouncing the actions of Sen. Scott Brown staffers and supporters at a campaign rally earlier this week.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Are You and Your Friends Registered to Vote? Here's One Website That Does It All

Are You and Your Friends Registered to Vote? Here’s One Website That Does It All

by Jorge Rivas on September 25 2012, 4:24PM

National Voter Registration Day is today and Colorlines.com/NOW is highlighting a website that’s a one-stop-shop for all your voter registration needs.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

New Yorkers Tag Racist 'Savage' Jihad Subway Ads

New Yorkers Tag Racist ‘Savage’ Jihad Subway Ads

by Jorge Rivas on September 25 2012, 2:28PM

A collection of anti-Muslim ads have been making their way across the country. And in each city, they’re being met with a good dose of truth-telling.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Rep. Maxine Waters Officially Cleared of All Ethics Charges

Rep. Maxine Waters Officially Cleared of All Ethics Charges

by Jorge Rivas on September 25 2012, 12:11PM

The House Ethics Committee on Tuesday officially cleared Rep. Maxine Waters of all ethics charges after nearly three years of investigating the California Democrat.

Topics: /NOW, Politics