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

Who's Got Their Eye on Your Right to Vote? [Reader Forum]

Who’s Got Their Eye on Your Right to Vote? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on July 16 2012, 9:18AM

Readers discuss the dirt Brentin Mock and crew have dug up in their nationwide coverage of voting rights and voter suppression. Also, a note that our site comments will be offline for maintenance this week.

Topics: Voting Rights

It's Bigger Than Texas: Voting Rights News Roundup

It’s Bigger Than Texas: Voting Rights News Roundup

by Aura Bogado on July 13 2012, 1:07PM

Voters stand up for themselves in Texas; purge-fest spreads beyond Florida; and ALEC’s exodus continues. This and more in our voting rights news roundup.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Texas' Road To Victory in Its Decades Long Fight Against Voting Rights

Texas’ Road To Victory in Its Decades Long Fight Against Voting Rights

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

In 1944, a landmark Supreme Court decision over Texas’ Jim Crow laws changed the arc of voting history. This week, the case that’s expected to change things again began its trip to the Roberts court.

Topics: Voting Rights, History, Politics

Texas vs. Voting Rights, 1944 to 2012 [Infographic] Infographic

Texas vs. Voting Rights, 1944 to 2012 [Infographic]

by Hatty Lee on July 12 2012, 10:11AM

The state’s current challenge to the Voting Rights Act isn’t new. For decades, it’s put up the nation’s most aggressive fight against federal authority to protect voters of color.

Topics: Voting Rights, History, Politics

Texas Wants to Say Adios to the Voting Rights Act's Authority

Texas Wants to Say Adios to the Voting Rights Act’s Authority

by Aura Bogado on July 10 2012, 4:10PM

200,000 Latinos will turn 18 between now and Election Day. But if they’re in Texas, their right to vote is under threat.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

How to Disenfranchise 18 Percent of Philadelphia's Electorate

How to Disenfranchise 18 Percent of Philadelphia’s Electorate

by Aura Bogado on July 6 2012, 2:45PM

Forty-four percent of Philly is African-American—and nearly 20 percent of voters there may lose their right to cast a ballot this fall.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Young and Black Voters Turn Out in Wisconsin Despite Suppression Efforts

Young and Black Voters Turn Out in Wisconsin Despite Suppression Efforts

by Brentin Mock on June 6 2012, 9:14AM

Robo-calls, residency rules and misinformation about a voter ID law stirred confusion among young voters in particular during yesterday’s recall vote of Gov. Scott Walker. But turnout remained high—if not enough to counter Walker’s well-funded campaign.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

Federal Judge Overturns Draconian Voter Registration Rules in Florida

Federal Judge Overturns Draconian Voter Registration Rules in Florida

by Brentin Mock on June 1 2012, 10:40AM

Say goodbye to Florida’s 48-hour deadline rule for groups handing in voter registration applications.

Topics: Voting Rights

DOJ Purges Florida's Voter Purging Initiative

DOJ Purges Florida’s Voter Purging Initiative

by Brentin Mock on June 1 2012, 10:38AM

The Republican Party of Florida believes its voting practices are “easy” to comply with. Civil rights organizations, the Department of Justice and a federal judge all argue otherwise.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics