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Brentin Mock

Brentin Mock
Political Correspondent
Washington, D.C.

Brentin Mock covers national politics for Colorlines. He previously served as lead reporter for Voting Rights Watch 2012, covering the challenges presented by new voter ID laws, suppression of voter registration drives, and other attempts to limit electoral power of people of color.

Brentin is also a contributor for Demos’ blog PolicyShop, where he covers voting rights and civil rights; and also a blogger for Grist.org, where he writes about environmental justice. You can read some of his other work at Next American City, Facing South, The Root, In These Times, American Prospect and The Washington Post.

Follow Brentin on Twitter at @brentinmock.

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

BP Agrees to Pay $4 Billion Settlement for Gulf Coast Disaster

BP Agrees to Pay $4 Billion Settlement for Gulf Coast Disaster

by Brentin Mock on November 15 2012, 12:32PM

They’re really, really sorry. But did they get off too easily?

Topics: /NOW

Why the Voting Rights Act Likely Won't Survive Supreme Court Review

Why the Voting Rights Act Likely Won’t Survive Supreme Court Review

by Brentin Mock on November 14 2012, 9:54AM

The Voting Rights Act is, in some ways, living on borrowed time.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

Undeterred by the Long, Slow Line Toward Democracy

Undeterred by the Long, Slow Line Toward Democracy

by Brentin Mock on November 7 2012, 10:54AM

Those long, snaking lines were about more than a vote. The people most battered and excluded from the nation’s politics and economy are refusing to be ignored.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

More Floridians Votes Challenged by Tea Party, This Time Miami

More Floridians Votes Challenged by Tea Party, This Time Miami

by Brentin Mock on November 6 2012, 4:57PM

The state is still challenging the voting rights of people at the polls.

Topics: Voting Rights

Tea Party Group Blocks Florida Voters, Stops Water Handouts at Polls

Tea Party Group Blocks Florida Voters, Stops Water Handouts at Polls

by Brentin Mock on November 5 2012, 11:36AM

A Tampa group has filed dozens of last-minute voter challenges, in a troubling indication of ramped up suppression efforts. Meanwhile, as record turnout forced long lines, poll watchers have cried foul over bottled water.

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

Conservative Christian Leader Compares Non-Romney Vote to Vote for Hitler

by Brentin Mock on October 31 2012, 12:24PM

Robert Jeffress is no stranger to incendiary, extremist, if not partisan views, particularly as they pertain to President Barack Obama

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Florida Early Voters Show Up in Huge Numbers Despite Suppression Effort

Florida Early Voters Show Up in Huge Numbers Despite Suppression Effort

by Brentin Mock on October 30 2012, 10:07AM

For two years, Florida’s tea party Republicans have been working to undo the huge turnout of black voters on the Sunday before Election Day. It didn’t work.

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

In Virginia, 350K Would-Be Voters Wait for Democracy's Slow Return

In Virginia, 350K Would-Be Voters Wait for Democracy’s Slow Return

by Brentin Mock on October 24 2012, 9:28AM

Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell is restoring the voting rights of more formerly incarcerated residents than any previous administration. And it’s still a drop in the bucket.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, Politics

DOJ Monitoring Early Voting in True the Vote’s Homebase

by Brentin Mock on October 19 2012, 12:09PM

DOJ coming to True the Vote’s crib to monitor elections.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

A True Army Responds to True the Vote Threats

by Brentin Mock on October 18 2012, 5:00PM

Civil Rights attorneys and researchers strike back against True the Vote and their phantom voter fraud menace.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Is True the Vote Shaking Down States With Nuisance Lawsuits?

Is True the Vote Shaking Down States With Nuisance Lawsuits?

by Brentin Mock on October 17 2012, 10:42AM

The battered group’s poll watching “army” is on the retreat, but is it now trying to cash in through harassing state election officials?

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

Ohio Appealing to US Supreme Court To Block Weekend Early Voting

Ohio Appealing to US Supreme Court To Block Weekend Early Voting

by Brentin Mock on October 9 2012, 12:39PM

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted must really dislike black church’s “souls to the polls” GOTV campaigns.

Topics: /NOW, 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

Rep. Elijah Cummings Launches True the Vote Investigation

Rep. Elijah Cummings Launches True the Vote Investigation

by Brentin Mock on October 5 2012, 4:03PM

True the Vote will have difficult time harassing voters with Congress watching them at the polls.

Topics: /NOW, 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

Pa. Voters Won’t Have to Show ID, but Poll Workers Can Still Ask For It

by Brentin Mock on October 2 2012, 10:52AM

The situation’s still complicated in Pennsylvania.

Topics: /NOW, 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