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A Case Study in How Kris Kobach's Cabal Aims to Remake Election Law

A Case Study in How Kris Kobach’s Cabal Aims to Remake Election Law

by Brentin Mock on July 5 2012, 10:20AM

The battle unfolding in Michigan this week illustrates how a 15-state consortium of rightwing elections officials—who are willing to say anything to advance the voter fraud meme—plan to dismantle voting rights.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

How Many Lawyers Does it Take to Screw an Election?

How Many Lawyers Does it Take to Screw an Election?

by Aura Bogado on July 2 2012, 9:58AM

Minnesota lawmakers claim ignorance over violating ethics in the voter ID suit that stands to discriminate against voters of color.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Democrats Walk Out to Protest House Contempt Vote Against Holder

Democrats Walk Out to Protest House Contempt Vote Against Holder

by Jorge Rivas on June 29 2012, 10:58AM

As the Republican-led House voted to hold Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt on Thursday, Democrats led by the Congressional Black Caucus walked out in protest.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Florida to People of Color: Don't Vote Here

Florida to People of Color: Don’t Vote Here

by Brentin Mock on June 29 2012, 9:38AM

What a difference an election makes. Since the 2010 Tea Party wins in Florida, the voting rights landscape has changed dramatically. What was once a discussion of expanding the vote is now all about shutting it down.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Early Voting, Politics

Federal Judge Denies US Request to Stop Florida Voter Purge

by Brentin Mock on June 27 2012, 5:30PM

A federal judge denied the U.S. Department of Justice’s request for an emergency restraining order to halt Florida’s non-citizen voter purge.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Three Interesting Facts About Communities of Color in Utah Before Republican Primary

by Jorge Rivas on June 26 2012, 5:08PM

A look at the State’s emerging communities of color before the Republican Primary.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Eric Holder's New Role as Right Wing Boogeyman

Eric Holder’s New Role as Right Wing Boogeyman

by Aura Bogado on June 26 2012, 4:36PM

What does Holder’s defense of voting rights have to do with a House committee move to hold him in contempt? Everything.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Pa. House Majority Leader Says State Voter ID Law Will Allow Romney to Win State

Pa. House Majority Leader Says State Voter ID Law Will Allow Romney to Win State

by Jorge Rivas on June 25 2012, 5:02PM

House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) told the Republican State Committee that Pennsylvania’s Voter ID law will allow Romney to win PA.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Voter ID Standoff Threatens New Hampshire's Proud Turnout Record

Voter ID Standoff Threatens New Hampshire’s Proud Turnout Record

by Aura Bogado on June 22 2012, 2:25PM

After a year of standing ground, the governor warms up to voter ID—but still vetoes bill that would have affected the voting rights of eligible students and African Americans.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

One Voter Suppression Law Isn't Good Enough in Michigan

One Voter Suppression Law Isn’t Good Enough in Michigan

by Aura Bogado on June 19 2012, 2:00PM

In a state with an existing voter ID law, three bills target voters of color, youth, the elderly and non-English speakers.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Spanish Talk Shows Biggest Name Cristina Saralegui Endorses Barack Obama

Spanish Talk Shows Biggest Name Cristina Saralegui Endorses Barack Obama

by Jorge Rivas on June 19 2012, 1:50PM

This is the first time that Cristina Saralegui has endorsed a President or actively participated in a presidential campaign.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Civil Rights Groups Sue Florida Over Voter Purging Lists

Civil Rights Groups Sue Florida Over Voter Purging Lists

by Brentin Mock on June 19 2012, 11:58AM

Civil rights groups are suing Florida over the state’s voter purging initiative. The Advancement Project’s co-director Penda Hair explains why this lawsuit is necessary.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Arkansas Tea Party Rally Kicked Off With Racist Icebreaker Joke

Arkansas Tea Party Rally Kicked Off With Racist Icebreaker Joke

by Jorge Rivas on June 19 2012, 10:07AM

Not only was an Arkansas Tea Party rally kicked off with a racist joke but then a Senator went ahead a tweeted the speaker did a great job.

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Fannie Lou Who? Why Voting Rights Still Matter

Fannie Lou Who? Why Voting Rights Still Matter

by Aura Bogado on June 15 2012, 2:20PM

What does reporting on voting rights mean at a time when a person’s race, class and gender still determines if they’ll be targeted for voter suppression?

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics, Voting Rights Watch

Jon Stewart Takes on Rick Scott's Voter Suppression in Florida [Video]

Jon Stewart Takes on Rick Scott’s Voter Suppression in Florida [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on June 14 2012, 1:14PM

Check out the ‘Florida’ tag page to get the latest on voter suppression in Florida.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Places Expiration Date on Democracy

Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Places Expiration Date on Democracy

by Brentin Mock on June 14 2012, 10:00AM

Even in offering Pennsylvanians free voter ID cards, it’s still a measure that places the right to vote in a plastic card rather than in the citizen.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Johnson & Johnson Becomes 19th Company to Withdraw Support From ALEC

by Jorge Rivas on June 13 2012, 1:28PM

Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson announced Tuesday that it would no longer fund the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

DOJ Adds to Pile of Lawsuits Over Florida's Voter Purge

DOJ Adds to Pile of Lawsuits Over Florida’s Voter Purge

by Aura Bogado on June 12 2012, 2:32PM

The Sunshine State’s controversial scheme to scrub voter rolls of supposed non-citizen voters has now drawn more than ire; it’s headed to court.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Jorge Ramos Upset Obama Used His Image in Spanish Campaign Ad

Jorge Ramos Upset Obama Used His Image in Spanish Campaign Ad

by Jorge Rivas on June 8 2012, 5:56PM

On Thursday, Univision’s Jorge Ramos took to the air to denounce the use of his image in an Obama re-election campaign ad.

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The Bizarre and Confusing Standoff Between Florida and DOJ over Voter Purging

The Bizarre and Confusing Standoff Between Florida and DOJ over Voter Purging

by Brentin Mock on June 7 2012, 10:49AM

The standoff has been all heat and no light around a poorly designed and poorly timed voter purging scheme.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics