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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.

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

Judge Allows Pennsylvania Voter ID Law to Move Forward

Judge Allows Pennsylvania Voter ID Law to Move Forward

by Brentin Mock on August 15 2012, 11:09AM

Civil rights groups vow appeal, arguing that hundreds of thousands may be disenfranchised in November.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

I Have Photo ID, Therefore I Am

I Have Photo ID, Therefore I Am

by Brentin Mock on August 2 2012, 10:27AM

Ten Pennsylvania residents have spent the past week explaining in court that they do, in fact, exist and ought to be able to vote.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

Why the Voter ID Faceoff in Pennsylvania Is Crucial

Why the Voter ID Faceoff in Pennsylvania Is Crucial

by Brentin Mock on July 25 2012, 9:52AM

Ten voters will attempt to show in court that the law has clear and racially biased impact on Pennsylvanians’ right to vote.

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

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

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

Federal Judge Denies US Request to Stop Florida Voter Purge

by Brentin Mock on June 27 2012, 5:30PM

A federal judge denied the U.S. Department of Justice’s request for an emergency restraining order to halt Florida’s non-citizen voter purge.

Topics: /NOW, 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

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

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