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

Judicial Watch Explains Its 'Integrity' While Swing States Take Spotlight

Judicial Watch Explains Its ‘Integrity’ While Swing States Take Spotlight

by Aura Bogado on October 12 2012, 8:40AM

With the presidential election less than a month away, eligible voters in swing states are fighting to make sure that they’ll be counted on November 6.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Voting Rights Act Protects Two More States From Suppression Efforts

Voting Rights Act Protects Two More States From Suppression Efforts

by Brentin Mock on October 10 2012, 12:35PM

Voter ID laws blocked in South Carolina and Mississippi, the latter where tea party leader says women don’t deserve to vote.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Ballot and the Bible: How Voting Can Be a Sacred Act

The Ballot and the Bible: How Voting Can Be a Sacred Act

by Aura Bogado on September 25 2012, 9:48AM

People across the country are organizing their religious communities ahead of this year’s presidential election.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

How the Mayweather-Pacquiao Saga Reminds Us of the Voter ID Game

How the Mayweather-Pacquiao Saga Reminds Us of the Voter ID Game

by Brentin Mock on September 21 2012, 10:06AM

In both boxing and voting, the strategy is the same: keep the opponent away.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Wanna Protect Your Vote? There's an App for That

Wanna Protect Your Vote? There’s an App for That

by Aura Bogado on September 21 2012, 9:38AM

Looking to find out how to protect your right to register and vote? These social media apps can help.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Pa. Supreme Court Doubts State Can Comply With Its Own Voter ID Law

Pa. Supreme Court Doubts State Can Comply With Its Own Voter ID Law

by Brentin Mock on September 19 2012, 11:16AM

From the voters’ perspective, the Court’s unresolved issue is rooted in the age-old conundrum best expressed by Mos Def: “Why do I need ID to get ID? If I had ID, I wouldn’t need ID.”

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Pa. Supreme Court Leaves Voter ID Law in Limbo

by Brentin Mock on September 18 2012, 3:10PM

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court just issued a 4-2 ruling on the state’s voter ID law saying that the matter should be kicked back to the lower Commonwealth Court for further review.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Voting's Outcasts: Why One in Five Blacks in Kentucky Can't Cast a Ballot

Voting’s Outcasts: Why One in Five Blacks in Kentucky Can’t Cast a Ballot

by Aura Bogado on September 18 2012, 9:56AM

One in every five African Americans in Kentucky are barred from voting—only due to their criminal record.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

This Week's Victories in Voting Rights

This Week’s Victories in Voting Rights

by Aura Bogado on September 14 2012, 11:29AM

The push back against voter suppression has resulted in some major victories this week.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

The Racial Burdens Obscured by Voter ID Laws

The Racial Burdens Obscured by Voter ID Laws

by Brentin Mock on September 14 2012, 9:48AM

The burdens of voters of color in Pennsylvania continue to be overlooked by the state’s lawyers.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Philadelphia Groups Scramble to Help Residents Get Voter ID

Philadelphia Groups Scramble to Help Residents Get Voter ID

by Aura Bogado on September 12 2012, 9:30AM

Pennsylvania’s voter ID law is already proving to be a burden to local agencies and non-profits.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Can a Super PAC of Black Fraternity Brothers Register a Million Voters for Obama?

Can a Super PAC of Black Fraternity Brothers Register a Million Voters for Obama?

by Aura Bogado, Frank Reynolds on September 7 2012, 10:12AM

1911 United aims to get a million voters in seven battleground states to re-elect President Obama.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics