The governor of Alabama has signed into law a bill that will restore voting rights for some victims of racial discrimination. Governor Kay Ivey signed The Definition of Moral Turpitude Act to deal with the continued harm of past Alabama racism. The Huffington Post recounted the shameful history of...
Tom Arthur / Wikimedia Though certain methods of interfering with Americans’ ability to participate in the electoral process are commonly referred to as “voter suppression,” investigative reporter Greg Palast finds that term inaccurate,...Show More Summary
"It is incumbent upon those of us who enjoy the right and the privilege of a voice and a vote in Congress to take up the cause of our fellow citizens here in the District.” [ more › ]
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed a law this week to clarify language in the state constitution that many say worked to systematically prevent African-Americans from voting. During a 1901 constitutional convention openly called to establish...Show More Summary
Alabama takes a step closer to correcting its discriminatory felon disenfranchisement law. Approved in 1901, the Alabama Constitution disqualifies from voting any citizen convicted of a “crime involving moral turpitude.” That may atShow More Summary
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a law on Wednesday that could restore voting rights to thousands of felons, many of them African American, in a state where about 250,000 people are disenfranchised because of their criminal records. TheShow More Summary
The DNC is launching a new voting commission to combat voter suppression
Media Matters reports: Conservative media are using Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte’s alleged assault against a reporter to push for ending early voting, because voters who have already cast their ballots in today’s election would not be able to consider the assault charge. Show More Summary
(Paul Mirengoff) Modern voting rights cases involving redistricting can be thought of as a tale of two dilemmas — one legal, one political. The legal dilemma is this: if a state legislature takes race into account in drawing districts,...Show More Summary
Very important Chris Elmendorf post at Balkinization, with a more negative view of Cooper v. Harris: How then is a state to comply with Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which, as noted above, has long required states to create districts with … Continue reading ?
Kira Lerner for Think Progress: The law still imposes what can be considered a poll tax because former felons have to be able to afford to pay their fines and fees to restore their right to vote. “Wealth should not … Continue readin...
99 years ago today… On May 24, 1918, female Canadian citizens (not included under racial or Indigenous exclusions) aged 21 and over were awarded the right to vote in Federal elections. A hard-won victory, yes, but there was still much...Show More Summary
Council members Donna Aderhold, David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds, through their attorneys, argued that their actions were protected by their constitutional rights to free speech and that the grounds for recall are insufficient. "[...]...Show More Summary
Jim Condos, Vt. Secretary of State writes: I am deeply troubled by the announcement that the President signed an executive order establishing a commission to review alleged voter fraud in our elections. Since the 2016 election, President Trump has made … Continue reading ?
The Alaska Legislature has voted not to confirm Drew Phoenix, a woman who identifies as a man, to the state Human Rights Commission. Phoenix, who has worked for the American Civil Liberties Union, created a conundrum for many lawmakers who worried the appointment would lead to a conflict of interest. Show More Summary
On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down a North Carolina congressional map that packed African Americans into two districts and reduced their voting power elsewhere. The ruling was a decisive blow against the use of race in drawingShow More Summary
The fight to elect Jon Ossoff in next month’s special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District is also a fight that could help the state’s Democrats build for the future. More than 5,500 voters have been registered since a federal...Show More Summary
At least 5,500 additional voters will be able to cast their ballots in a closely-watched congressional special election runoff in Georgia next month after a federal judge ordered the state to extend its voter registration deadline, according...Show More Summary
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney called the vote "one of the ugliest episodes I've experienced."
I have written this oped for the Washington Post. It begins: Sometimes the most important stuff in Supreme Court opinions is hidden in the footnotes. In Monday’s Supreme Court ruling striking down two North Carolina congressional districts as unconstitutionally influenced … Continue reading ?