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DIG INTO COLORLINES' INVESTIGATIONS CHANNEL FOR IN-DEPTH REPORTING ON THE 2012 ASSAULT ON VOTING RIGHTS.

James O'Keefe Scams Voter Fraud and Voter ID Laws Into Existence

James O’Keefe Scams Voter Fraud and Voter ID Laws Into Existence

by Brentin Mock on May 31 2012, 8:59AM

The influence of scam artist James O’Keefe on pro-voter ID legislators lately has been jarring.

Topics: Voting Rights

What Does D'Angelo Have to Do With Voting Rights? Hint: Check His ID

What Does D’Angelo Have to Do With Voting Rights? Hint: Check His ID

by Brentin Mock on May 25 2012, 9:52AM

You can’t, because D’Angelo is one of millions of African Americans across America who rightly or wrongly have had their licenses revoked or suspended due to interactions with the law.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

The Growing Debate Over the Voting Rights Act

The Growing Debate Over the Voting Rights Act

by Brentin Mock on May 24 2012, 9:38AM

Section 5 is the ankle bracelet for certain jurisdictions on house arrest for repeated voting rights violations. Those areas now want courts to take the ankle bracelet off.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Rep. Clyburn: 'Voter ID is Not a Problem' ... Really?

Rep. Clyburn: ‘Voter ID is Not a Problem’ … Really?

by Brentin Mock on May 22 2012, 4:00PM

Is the civil rights icon Rep. Jim Clyburn throwing in the towel in the battle over photo voter ID laws?

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Congress Speaks on Voting Rights--and Mississippi Hollers Back

Congress Speaks on Voting Rights—and Mississippi Hollers Back

by Brentin Mock on May 18 2012, 9:56AM

The intersection between what congressional Democrats and state Republicans are attempting around voting shows a tragic collision in which democracy, citizens of color, and many living in poverty will be the casualties.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Is Black and Latino Voter Registration Threatened or Not?

Is Black and Latino Voter Registration Threatened or Not?

by Brentin Mock on May 11 2012, 10:31AM

There may be some disagreement on the numbers but we should agree on one thing: While voter registration numbers may not be as bad as reported, that doesn’t mean it’s time to rejoice.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Tea Party Confab Plans Voter Intimidation at the Polls [Audio]

by Rebekah Spicuglia on May 11 2012, 10:30AM

A Tea Party group who gained notoriety in recent elections for harassing and intimidating Houston voters has spun off into an organization called “True the Vote.” It plans to swarm polling stations nationwide on election day, with claims to be…

Topics: Voting Rights, Colorlines Press

Voter Suppression Groups Plot a Million-Person Army to Swarm Polls

Voter Suppression Groups Plot a Million-Person Army to Swarm Polls

by Brentin Mock on May 10 2012, 9:07AM

The campaign’s leader described how voters should feel while under the gaze of its observers: “Like driving and seeing the police following you.” The right casts this as the real civil rights battle of our time.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

A View From Inside the Tea Party's Voter Suppression Confab

A View From Inside the Tea Party’s Voter Suppression Confab

by Brentin Mock on May 1 2012, 10:17AM

The cabal of rightwing activists and elected officials who have worked so hard to create the myth of voter fraud gather in Texas to redouble their efforts.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

People of Color Less Likely to Vote Due to Super PAC Influence

People of Color Less Likely to Vote Due to Super PAC Influence

by Brentin Mock on April 26 2012, 9:20AM

Unjust Voter ID laws won’t solve the problem of a broken democracy, especially when fat-cat Super PAC donors aren’t subject to the same identification regimens.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

ALEC Scraps Voter ID and 'Kill at Will' Task Force

ALEC Scraps Voter ID and ‘Kill at Will’ Task Force

by Brentin Mock on April 17 2012, 1:06AM

ALEC finally cuts loose its task force responsible for popularizing legislation that obstructs voting rights and allows gun owners to kill at will.

Topics: ALEC, Voting Rights, Politics

How Gender Identity May Determine the Right to Vote in 2012

How Gender Identity May Determine the Right to Vote in 2012

by Brentin Mock on April 16 2012, 9:06AM

Thanks to strict, new voter ID laws that have swept through states, transgender citizens and others whose gender identities don’t match the state’s declaration of it may not be ale to vote in November.

Topics: Voting Rights, Gender & Sexuality, Politics

The War on Women Voting

The War on Women Voting

by Brentin Mock on April 12 2012, 3:40PM

Photo voter ID laws will have a disproportionate impact on women voters, who are more likely to have name and address changes.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

AG Eric Holder Will Do 'Whatever Is Necessary' to Defend Voting Rights Act

AG Eric Holder Will Do ‘Whatever Is Necessary’ to Defend Voting Rights Act

by Brentin Mock on April 11 2012, 11:05AM

Attorney General Eric Holder gives unequivocal defense of voting rights at Sharpton’s National Action Network 14th annual convention.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Coke, Pepsi and Kraft Have Pulled Out of ALEC--Is That Enough?

Coke, Pepsi and Kraft Have Pulled Out of ALEC—Is That Enough?

by Brentin Mock on April 6 2012, 12:06PM

Coke and Pepsi said they were only in ALEC for the work around discriminatory food and beverage taxes. It would have been nice if they cited the discriminatory impact of voter ID laws.

Topics: ALEC, Voting Rights, Politics

Latinos Accused of Voter Fraud Feeling the Willie Horton Ill Effect

Latinos Accused of Voter Fraud Feeling the Willie Horton Ill Effect

by Brentin Mock on April 6 2012, 9:30AM

What we can see so far is that Republicans are ramming photo voter ID laws down states’ throats by drumming up fake scares about “voter fraud” caused by “illegal aliens” who are terrorizing the polls by voting and cancelling out the votes of legitimate voters. It’s all bunkum, but plenty of campign mileage miles are racking up off this racket by Republicans

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Quite a Few Snags in Wisconsin Primary Despite ‘No Problems’ Reports

by Brentin Mock on April 4 2012, 12:13PM

Wisconsin local news outlets are saying there were “no issues” with yesterday’s primary elections. That’s not what we heard.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

DOJ Hovers Over Today’s Wisconsin Primary to Protect Civil Rights

by Brentin Mock on April 3 2012, 10:58AM

There is far too much confusion going on in Wisconsin today spread between new redistricting laws, the on-or-off photo voter ID laws, and the lack of diligence in making sure military members and Spanish-speaking residents are able to vote.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Organized Confusion: Votes Killed, Destroyed, Stressed

Organized Confusion: Votes Killed, Destroyed, Stressed

by Brentin Mock on March 30 2012, 2:11PM

Voter ID suppoters rely on tricky language. Missouri didn’t fall for it.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Texas Has to Chill With War on Voting Rights Act

Texas Has to Chill With War on Voting Rights Act

by Brentin Mock on March 28 2012, 11:41AM

The same “chill effect” that Texas attorney general Greg Abbot is concerned about is the same chill that protectors of voting rights are concerned about when it comes to photo voter ID law, especially in Texas.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics