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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.

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

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

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

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

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

Why You Should Be Very Afraid of This Year's Ballot Bullies

Why You Should Be Very Afraid of This Year’s Ballot Bullies

by Brentin Mock on September 10 2012, 2:59PM

The scrutinization of True the Vote, and their voter-stalking Tea Party co-signers across the nation, is growing. Today, Common Cause and Demos released a report called “Bullies at the Ballot Box” that raises awareness about groups who determined to challenge…

Topics: /NOW

The Racial Politics Behind the Right Wing's Poll-Watching

The Racial Politics Behind the Right Wing’s Poll-Watching

by Brentin Mock on September 5 2012, 9:58AM

A new report from the Brennan Center for Justice spells out the hyper-partisan and racially charged impact of efforts to police the polls in November.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Republicans Boast About Voter Suppression in Tampa, but the Ground Is Shifting

by Brentin Mock on August 30 2012, 12:20PM

Republicans aren’t running from their record of voter suppression.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Ohio's Jon Husted, the New Bad Boy on the Voting Rights Block

Ohio’s Jon Husted, the New Bad Boy on the Voting Rights Block

by Brentin Mock on August 29 2012, 9:36AM

In a state already plagued by voting problems, the secretary of state is working hard to close, rather than open access to the polls.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

How the Tea Party's Building a 'Poll Watcher' Network for November

How the Tea Party’s Building a ‘Poll Watcher’ Network for November

by Brentin Mock on August 23 2012, 9:43AM

True the Vote began as a small outfit in Houston three years ago. Now, its agenda for intimidating voters reaches all across the country.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

What's Ahead in the 'Voting Wars'? Certainly Not Peace.

What’s Ahead in the ‘Voting Wars’? Certainly Not Peace.

by Brentin Mock on August 17 2012, 10:00AM

A conversation with election law expert Richard Hasen on the true scope of voter fraud, the power of the ACORN myth and John Roberts’ scary interest in the Voting Rights Act.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics