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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.

North Carolina: A Case for the Voting Rights Act's Modern Relevance

North Carolina: A Case for the Voting Rights Act’s Modern Relevance

by Brentin Mock on February 27 2013, 8:59AM

As the Supreme Court weighs whether the feds should maintain oversight in Southern election law, North Carolina proves why the answer is obviously yes.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics, Voting Rights Act

What Is Alabama's Problem With the Voting Rights Act?

What Is Alabama’s Problem With the Voting Rights Act?

by Brentin Mock on February 26 2013, 8:46AM

The Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in a case that could deeply gut the historic law. To understand where this is going, it’s crucial to know how we got here.

Topics: Voting Rights, History, Politics, Voting Rights Act

Virginia Legislators Approve Voter ID Law, May Kill Chances for Federal Bailout

by Brentin Mock on February 22 2013, 1:42PM

Will Virginia be the latest case for proving why the Voting Rights Act is still needed?

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW

From Selma to the Roberts Court: Reflections on Voting Rights History Photo

From Selma to the Roberts Court: Reflections on Voting Rights History

by Brentin Mock on February 21 2013, 9:36AM

Diane Nash, Dorie Ladner and others who led and joined the March 1965 demonstrations that created the Voting Rights Act speak with Colorlines about their work then—and now.

Topics: Voting Rights, History, Voting Rights Act

Despite Longest Lines in the Nation, Florida State Sec. Calls Elections 'Fair'

Despite Longest Lines in the Nation, Florida State Sec. Calls Elections ‘Fair’

by Brentin Mock on February 5 2013, 5:19PM

Florida blames all its elections problems on its counties while missing major problems in its elections improvement report.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Voter Registration Has an Ugly History, and Some Want to Revive It

Voter Registration Has an Ugly History, and Some Want to Revive It

by Brentin Mock on February 4 2013, 9:29AM

Right wing machinations around voting haven’t stopped just because the election’s over. Now up: rebuilding the walls around registration.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Virginia Republicans' Bizarre Notion of 'Fair' Voting

Virginia Republicans’ Bizarre Notion of ‘Fair’ Voting

by Brentin Mock on January 30 2013, 9:07AM

If the state GOP’s effort to reconfigure electoral college tallying would have been law last year, hundreds of thousands of black voters would have waited hours in line for nothing.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Florida Gov. Rick Scott Joins the GOP Retreat on Voting Rights

Florida Gov. Rick Scott Joins the GOP Retreat on Voting Rights

by Brentin Mock on January 18 2013, 2:16PM

What a difference a hellish election can make. The governor who helped create Florida’s notoriously long voting lines now supports expanded early voting.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Why Were There Long Voting Lines in 2012? Virginia Holds Answers

Why Were There Long Voting Lines in 2012? Virginia Holds Answers

by Brentin Mock on January 15 2013, 9:42AM

A congressional hearing seeks to find out what caused so much turmoil on Election Day.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

True the Vote is Reloaded, Still Firing Blanks on Voter Fraud

by Brentin Mock on January 11 2013, 1:17PM

True the Vote appears to be expanding, but their impact is contracting.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Virginia Governor Says Restore Voting Rights for Nonviolent Felon Offenders

Virginia Governor Says Restore Voting Rights for Nonviolent Felon Offenders

by Brentin Mock on January 10 2013, 11:38AM

Gov. Bob McDonnell throws support behind two GOP-sponsored bills to automatically restore some felons’ rights.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

NAACP Checks Iowa on Felony Disenfranchisement Credit Check Rule

by Brentin Mock on January 3 2013, 2:15PM

NAACP scores voting rights victory, but Iowa stands its ground on refusing automatic voting rights restoration for ex-felons.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics

Senate Hearing Recounts the Many Election Season Mishaps of 2012

Senate Hearing Recounts the Many Election Season Mishaps of 2012

by Brentin Mock on December 20 2012, 10:50AM

Elections administrators gathered for “The State of the Right to Vote After the 2012 Election” hearing before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary to unpack some of the shenanigans from last month.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

Michelle Obama: Don't Sleep on Voting Rights

Michelle Obama: Don’t Sleep on Voting Rights

by Brentin Mock on December 18 2012, 1:45PM

We hate to keep beating y’all in the head about the voting rights war not being over, but seriously, it’s not over.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW

A Constitutional Case Against Felony Disenfranchisement Laws

A Constitutional Case Against Felony Disenfranchisement Laws

by Brentin Mock on December 14 2012, 10:12AM

Obama’s recent court victory on early voting may have carved a legal path for fighting down felony disenfranchisement laws.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

Voter ID Plunges Forward in Pennsylvania, Mississippi and Alaska

by Brentin Mock on December 13 2012, 2:40PM

Just a month from Election Day states are already pining for restrictions in the next election.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW

Culture of Sexual Abuse in New Orleans Prison Addressed with Consent Decree

by Brentin Mock on December 11 2012, 12:23PM

Agreement between New Orleans sheriff and DOJ includes new safeguards to stop prisoner rape.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW

Voting Rights Icon Lawrence Guyot's Death Animates Fight Over Future

Voting Rights Icon Lawrence Guyot’s Death Animates Fight Over Future

by Brentin Mock on December 6 2012, 10:54AM

Guyot’s memorials prompted a Wall Street Journal op-ed writer to insist that the civil rights past is irrelevant to the Voting Rights Act’s future.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics

Tea Party Crowd's Answer for Why Romney Lost? Voter Fraud!

Tea Party Crowd’s Answer for Why Romney Lost? Voter Fraud!

by Brentin Mock on November 27 2012, 10:25AM

An idea is spreading on the right that Republicans are unfairly constrained by a court ruling that bars the party from targeting “ballot security” measures at communities of color.

Topics: 2012 Election, Voting Rights, Politics

Might Rep. Allen West Allege Voter Fraud to Avoid Conceding?

by Brentin Mock on November 19 2012, 4:41PM

Seems like he’s desperate enough to do it.

Topics: /NOW, Politics