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Despite Longest Lines in the Nation, Florida State Sec. Calls Elections 'Fair'

Despite Longest Lines in the Nation, Florida State Sec. Calls Elections ‘Fair’

by Brentin Mock on February 5 2013, 5:19PM

Florida blames all its elections problems on its counties while missing major problems in its elections improvement report.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Voter Registration Has an Ugly History, and Some Want to Revive It

Voter Registration Has an Ugly History, and Some Want to Revive It

by Brentin Mock on February 4 2013, 9:29AM

Right wing machinations around voting haven’t stopped just because the election’s over. Now up: rebuilding the walls around registration.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Virginia Republicans' Bizarre Notion of 'Fair' Voting

Virginia Republicans’ Bizarre Notion of ‘Fair’ Voting

by Brentin Mock on January 30 2013, 9:07AM

If the state GOP’s effort to reconfigure electoral college tallying would have been law last year, hundreds of thousands of black voters would have waited hours in line for nothing.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

From Arizona to Montana, Native Voters Struggle for Democracy

From Arizona to Montana, Native Voters Struggle for Democracy

by Aura Bogado on January 28 2013, 9:39AM

Natives have proven crucial to Democrats’ success across the West, but their struggle for democracy remains one of the least acknowledged, ugly realities of every election.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

Florida Gov. Rick Scott Joins the GOP Retreat on Voting Rights

Florida Gov. Rick Scott Joins the GOP Retreat on Voting Rights

by Brentin Mock on January 18 2013, 2:16PM

What a difference a hellish election can make. The governor who helped create Florida’s notoriously long voting lines now supports expanded early voting.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Why Were There Long Voting Lines in 2012? Virginia Holds Answers

Why Were There Long Voting Lines in 2012? Virginia Holds Answers

by Brentin Mock on January 15 2013, 9:42AM

A congressional hearing seeks to find out what caused so much turmoil on Election Day.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

True the Vote is Reloaded, Still Firing Blanks on Voter Fraud

by Brentin Mock on January 11 2013, 1:17PM

True the Vote appears to be expanding, but their impact is contracting.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Virginia Governor Says Restore Voting Rights for Nonviolent Felon Offenders

Virginia Governor Says Restore Voting Rights for Nonviolent Felon Offenders

by Brentin Mock on January 10 2013, 11:38AM

Gov. Bob McDonnell throws support behind two GOP-sponsored bills to automatically restore some felons’ rights.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

NAACP Checks Iowa on Felony Disenfranchisement Credit Check Rule

by Brentin Mock on January 3 2013, 2:15PM

NAACP scores voting rights victory, but Iowa stands its ground on refusing automatic voting rights restoration for ex-felons.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Senate Hearing Recounts the Many Election Season Mishaps of 2012

Senate Hearing Recounts the Many Election Season Mishaps of 2012

by Brentin Mock on December 20 2012, 10:50AM

Elections administrators gathered for “The State of the Right to Vote After the 2012 Election” hearing before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary to unpack some of the shenanigans from last month.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

Michelle Obama: Don't Sleep on Voting Rights

Michelle Obama: Don’t Sleep on Voting Rights

by Brentin Mock on December 18 2012, 1:45PM

We hate to keep beating y’all in the head about the voting rights war not being over, but seriously, it’s not over.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW

A Constitutional Case Against Felony Disenfranchisement Laws

A Constitutional Case Against Felony Disenfranchisement Laws

by Brentin Mock on December 14 2012, 10:12AM

Obama’s recent court victory on early voting may have carved a legal path for fighting down felony disenfranchisement laws.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

Voter ID Plunges Forward in Pennsylvania, Mississippi and Alaska

by Brentin Mock on December 13 2012, 2:40PM

Just a month from Election Day states are already pining for restrictions in the next election.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW

Culture of Sexual Abuse in New Orleans Prison Addressed with Consent Decree

by Brentin Mock on December 11 2012, 12:23PM

Agreement between New Orleans sheriff and DOJ includes new safeguards to stop prisoner rape.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW

The Election Is Over, but the Voting Rights Fight Is in Full Swing

The Election Is Over, but the Voting Rights Fight Is in Full Swing

by Aura Bogado on December 10 2012, 9:44AM

The biggest challenge voting rights advocates face right now is keeping people engaged without the spotlight of a presidential election.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

Voting Rights Icon Lawrence Guyot's Death Animates Fight Over Future

Voting Rights Icon Lawrence Guyot’s Death Animates Fight Over Future

by Brentin Mock on December 6 2012, 10:54AM

Guyot’s memorials prompted a Wall Street Journal op-ed writer to insist that the civil rights past is irrelevant to the Voting Rights Act’s future.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Nevada Led the Country in Expanding the Vote. Now, It's Eyeing Voter ID

Nevada Led the Country in Expanding the Vote. Now, It’s Eyeing Voter ID

by Aura Bogado on December 3 2012, 9:09AM

A Democratic secretary of state made registration easier and supported early voting, leading to dramatic turnout. So why is he now proposing a plan that could disenfranchise voters?

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Tea Party Crowd's Answer for Why Romney Lost? Voter Fraud!

Tea Party Crowd’s Answer for Why Romney Lost? Voter Fraud!

by Brentin Mock on November 27 2012, 10:25AM

An idea is spreading on the right that Republicans are unfairly constrained by a court ruling that bars the party from targeting “ballot security” measures at communities of color.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

What Took So Long? Explaining Arizona's Ballot Count Fiasco

What Took So Long? Explaining Arizona’s Ballot Count Fiasco

by Aura Bogado on November 21 2012, 10:45AM

Arizona is still counting ballots cast more than two weeks ago—but why did it issue so many provisional ballots to begin with?

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

Voting Rights Haven't Gotten Such Attention Since 1965. What Did We Learn?

Voting Rights Haven’t Gotten Such Attention Since 1965. What Did We Learn?

by Brentin Mock on November 16 2012, 7:33AM

From early voting to poll watching, felony disenfranchisement to redistricting, 10 lessons from an election season in which voting itself was hotly debated.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics