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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.

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

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

Florida Judge Blocks Restrictive Voter Registration Law

Florida Judge Blocks Restrictive Voter Registration Law

by Brentin Mock on May 31 2012, 4:06PM

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle’s injunction comes at a critical moment.

Topics: /NOW

James O'Keefe Scams Voter Fraud and Voter ID Laws Into Existence

James O’Keefe Scams Voter Fraud and Voter ID Laws Into Existence

by Brentin Mock on May 31 2012, 8:59AM

The influence of scam artist James O’Keefe on pro-voter ID legislators lately has been jarring.

Topics: Voting Rights

What Does D'Angelo Have to Do With Voting Rights? Hint: Check His ID

What Does D’Angelo Have to Do With Voting Rights? Hint: Check His ID

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

You can’t, because D’Angelo is one of millions of African Americans across America who rightly or wrongly have had their licenses revoked or suspended due to interactions with the law.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

The Growing Debate Over the Voting Rights Act

The Growing Debate Over the Voting Rights Act

by Brentin Mock on May 24 2012, 9:38AM

Section 5 is the ankle bracelet for certain jurisdictions on house arrest for repeated voting rights violations. Those areas now want courts to take the ankle bracelet off.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Rep. Clyburn: 'Voter ID is Not a Problem' ... Really?

Rep. Clyburn: ‘Voter ID is Not a Problem’ … Really?

by Brentin Mock on May 22 2012, 4:00PM

Is the civil rights icon Rep. Jim Clyburn throwing in the towel in the battle over photo voter ID laws?

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Congress Speaks on Voting Rights--and Mississippi Hollers Back

Congress Speaks on Voting Rights—and Mississippi Hollers Back

by Brentin Mock on May 18 2012, 9:56AM

The intersection between what congressional Democrats and state Republicans are attempting around voting shows a tragic collision in which democracy, citizens of color, and many living in poverty will be the casualties.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Is Black and Latino Voter Registration Threatened or Not?

Is Black and Latino Voter Registration Threatened or Not?

by Brentin Mock on May 11 2012, 10:31AM

There may be some disagreement on the numbers but we should agree on one thing: While voter registration numbers may not be as bad as reported, that doesn’t mean it’s time to rejoice.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics