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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.

A View From Inside the Tea Party's Voter Suppression Confab

A View From Inside the Tea Party’s Voter Suppression Confab

by Brentin Mock on May 1 2012, 10:17AM

The cabal of rightwing activists and elected officials who have worked so hard to create the myth of voter fraud gather in Texas to redouble their efforts.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

People of Color Less Likely to Vote Due to Super PAC Influence

People of Color Less Likely to Vote Due to Super PAC Influence

by Brentin Mock on April 26 2012, 9:20AM

Unjust Voter ID laws won’t solve the problem of a broken democracy, especially when fat-cat Super PAC donors aren’t subject to the same identification regimens.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

ALEC Scraps Voter ID and 'Kill at Will' Task Force

ALEC Scraps Voter ID and ‘Kill at Will’ Task Force

by Brentin Mock on April 17 2012, 1:06AM

ALEC finally cuts loose its task force responsible for popularizing legislation that obstructs voting rights and allows gun owners to kill at will.

Topics: ALEC, Voting Rights, Politics

How Gender Identity May Determine the Right to Vote in 2012

How Gender Identity May Determine the Right to Vote in 2012

by Brentin Mock on April 16 2012, 9:06AM

Thanks to strict, new voter ID laws that have swept through states, transgender citizens and others whose gender identities don’t match the state’s declaration of it may not be ale to vote in November.

Topics: Voting Rights, Gender & Sexuality, Politics

The War on Women Voting

The War on Women Voting

by Brentin Mock on April 12 2012, 3:40PM

Photo voter ID laws will have a disproportionate impact on women voters, who are more likely to have name and address changes.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

AG Eric Holder Will Do 'Whatever Is Necessary' to Defend Voting Rights Act

AG Eric Holder Will Do ‘Whatever Is Necessary’ to Defend Voting Rights Act

by Brentin Mock on April 11 2012, 11:05AM

Attorney General Eric Holder gives unequivocal defense of voting rights at Sharpton’s National Action Network 14th annual convention.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Coke, Pepsi and Kraft Have Pulled Out of ALEC--Is That Enough?

Coke, Pepsi and Kraft Have Pulled Out of ALEC—Is That Enough?

by Brentin Mock on April 6 2012, 12:06PM

Coke and Pepsi said they were only in ALEC for the work around discriminatory food and beverage taxes. It would have been nice if they cited the discriminatory impact of voter ID laws.

Topics: ALEC, Voting Rights, Politics

Latinos Accused of Voter Fraud Feeling the Willie Horton Ill Effect

Latinos Accused of Voter Fraud Feeling the Willie Horton Ill Effect

by Brentin Mock on April 6 2012, 9:30AM

What we can see so far is that Republicans are ramming photo voter ID laws down states’ throats by drumming up fake scares about “voter fraud” caused by “illegal aliens” who are terrorizing the polls by voting and cancelling out the votes of legitimate voters. It’s all bunkum, but plenty of campign mileage miles are racking up off this racket by Republicans

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Quite a Few Snags in Wisconsin Primary Despite ‘No Problems’ Reports

by Brentin Mock on April 4 2012, 12:13PM

Wisconsin local news outlets are saying there were “no issues” with yesterday’s primary elections. That’s not what we heard.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

DOJ Hovers Over Today’s Wisconsin Primary to Protect Civil Rights

by Brentin Mock on April 3 2012, 10:58AM

There is far too much confusion going on in Wisconsin today spread between new redistricting laws, the on-or-off photo voter ID laws, and the lack of diligence in making sure military members and Spanish-speaking residents are able to vote.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Organized Confusion: Votes Killed, Destroyed, Stressed

Organized Confusion: Votes Killed, Destroyed, Stressed

by Brentin Mock on March 30 2012, 2:11PM

Voter ID suppoters rely on tricky language. Missouri didn’t fall for it.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Texas Has to Chill With War on Voting Rights Act

Texas Has to Chill With War on Voting Rights Act

by Brentin Mock on March 28 2012, 11:41AM

The same “chill effect” that Texas attorney general Greg Abbot is concerned about is the same chill that protectors of voting rights are concerned about when it comes to photo voter ID law, especially in Texas.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Are Voter ID Laws the New Jim Crow?

Are Voter ID Laws the New Jim Crow?

by Brentin Mock on March 27 2012, 9:53AM

Photo voter ID laws are bad policies, and they have serious potential to suppress voter turnout for millions of people, mostly people of color, low-income citizens, elderly populations and college students. But this is not the equivalent of Jim Crow.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Hans Von Spakovsky's False Conclusions About Georgia's Voter ID Impacts

Hans Von Spakovsky’s False Conclusions About Georgia’s Voter ID Impacts

by Brentin Mock on March 23 2012, 1:42PM

Increase in Georgia’s minority voter turnout was due to large increases in voter registration and the excitement around the Obama campaign, *despite *the voter ID law, but not because of it.

Topics: Politics

Latino Support v Latino Access to ID For Voting Purposes

Latino Support v Latino Access to ID For Voting Purposes

by Brentin Mock on March 21 2012, 5:00PM

Discriminatory impacts rely more on whether people of color can access something and almost not at all about whether they support it.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Kris Kobach and the Connection Between Restrictive Voting and Immigration Laws

Kris Kobach and the Connection Between Restrictive Voting and Immigration Laws

by Brentin Mock on March 21 2012, 12:53PM

An avowed leader of the anti-immigrant agenda is skipping his job—educating his state’s voters about new voting procedures—to work with groups around the country who want to make obtaining an ID an even thornier process for immigrants.

Topics: ALEC, Voting Rights, Politics

47 Years Ago, Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson Called for Voting Rights

47 Years Ago, Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson Called for Voting Rights

by Brentin Mock on March 15 2012, 4:25PM

States like Texas and South Carolina have blamed the federal government for imposing on their state’s sovereignty, but President Johnson, emboldened by the heroic efforts of African Americans, had an answer for that. Watch his 1965 speech.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Pennsylvania Photo Voter ID Bill is Now Law, HBCUs in the Crosshairs

Pennsylvania Photo Voter ID Bill is Now Law, HBCUs in the Crosshairs

by Brentin Mock on March 15 2012, 9:14AM

College students have had a hard time voting in Pennsylvania, especially black college students. Things just got a lot harder for them thanks to the voter ID laws sweeping the nation.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

DOJ Texas Voter ID Ruling Is No Surprise Given State's Faulty 'Colorblind' Policies

DOJ Texas Voter ID Ruling Is No Surprise Given State’s Faulty ‘Colorblind’ Policies

by Brentin Mock on March 13 2012, 10:11AM

Yesterday’s DOJ ruling was not a surprise to Texas. They sued the federal government last year in anticipation of it. Nonetheless, Texas Republicans were appalled yesterday. Sen. John Cornyn said it “reeks of politics,” which is, at best, dishonest.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Swing State Strategy? Pennsylvania May Be Next to Restrict Voting Rights

Swing State Strategy? Pennsylvania May Be Next to Restrict Voting Rights

by Brentin Mock on March 12 2012, 9:58AM

A glance at other legislation pushed by the bill’s sponsor this session reveals a flock of efforts to curtail rights of minorities: an “illegal immigration” bill, a “right to work” anti-union bill, a “14th Amendment Misapplication” bill, and more.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics