It started in 2000, right after one of the narrowest presidential elections in history, and it surged again, right after President Barack Obama’s historic election in 2008: voter suppression. (Humph, wonder why.) From limited voting access, stringent ID requirements and gerrymandering to criminal disenfranchisement, voter suppression is on the rise. Why? Because one group of […]
In an election year that has been mostly depressing and full of bad news, one bright spot has been the number of judicial decisions against voter suppression by Republicans all around the county. The last blow to their antics came in Ohio yesterday: he Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals today reversed an earlier ruling that shot... Read more »
Given Wisconsin Republicans’ fanning the voter fraud flames, I would have expected even more lopsided numbers in this new Marquette poll of Wisconsin voters: Respondents were asked how many illegally cast votes by people not legally eligible they expected in November’s … Continue reading ?
The "intent to discriminate" is more than obvious: Also in Wisconsin, Todd Allbaugh, 46, a staff aide to a Republican state legislator, attributed his decision to quit his job in 2015 and leave the party to what he witnessed at a Republican caucus meeting. Show More Summary
New CAC issue brief. See also this resource page on relevant litigation. … Continue reading ?
One of the most apt descriptions of what has been happening over the past few years with regards to racial discrimination and voter suppression came from my friend and colleague Rev. William Barber II, writing for Sojourners. BarberShow More Summary
NYT editorial. … Continue reading ?
U ntil recently, Texas had some of the strictest barriers to voting in the U.S. Conservatives passed restrictions in 2011 that required certain kinds of government-issued photo identification to vote in Texas. But Democrats argued the...Show More Summary
Federal judges from Michigan to North Carolina to New Orleans have said whats obviously truevoter ID laws are voter suppression laws. And now the GOP is in overdrive.
Must-listen WNYC on the RNC consent decree and chances of Trump being caught up in it: Republicans have a long history of aggressively “watching” the polls, and Trump has more than a passing connection to the 1981 voter suppression case. His … Continue reading ?
Longtime Republican consultant Carter Wrenn, a fixture in North Carolina politics, said the GOP’s voter fraud argument is nothing more than an excuse. “Of course it’s political. Why else would you do it?” he said, explaining that Republicans, like any … Continue reading ?
The boring old Supreme Court says North Carolina has to let everybody vote. How is that even fair to Republicans who passed the state's voter suppression law?
After the 2010 census, Republican-dominated state legislatures began to enact laws that were designed to suppress Black voter turnout. Using the pretext of preventing voting fraud, legislatures adopted laws that are modern-day equivalents to poll taxes and literacy tests that prevented African Americans from voting during the Jim Crow era. Show More Summary
Michael K. Fauntroy is associate professor of political science at Howard University and the author of the book Republicans and the Black Vote. His next book, More than Just Partisanship: Conservatism and Black Voter Suppression will...Show More Summary
Most Mondays, come the close of business, I head home to my wife and two teenage sons. But two weeks ago at 5pm, I was sitting in the Roanoke, Virginia police precinct, waiting to be fingerprinted, photographed, and charged. My misdemeanor? Trespassing, in formality; civil disobedience, in practice. Show More Summary
False equivalencies and fear of conspiracy theories: For corporate media, it’s safer to stay within the comfy template of false balance: Trump and the R’s say voter fraud is rampant; the D’s say it’s not. It is an improvement that some journalists are stating the obvious fact that voter fraud is a myth. Show More Summary
Democracy is under attack on thousands of fronts: In March, the City Council of Daphne, Ala., shrank the number of polling places from five locations in white and black districts to just two polling places located in districts that are mostly white. Show More Summary
You would think North Carolina Republicans might want to be a little more subtle than they have been now that the Supreme Court will be weighing whether they can keep their voter suppression laws for this election—particularly in light...Show More Summary
William Barber and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove in The Hill: When the federal appeals court in the capital of the former Confederacy struck down America’s most discriminatory voter suppression law, the judges noted that the bill passed by North Carolina’s 2013 General … Continue reading ?