Ari Berman

The Nation

Ari Berman is a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute. His first book, Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics, was published in October 2010 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. He is now working on a history of voting rights since 1965. Tweet him @AriBerman.

ALL POSTS BY Ari Berman

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., addresses supporters and volunteers at his runoff election victory party Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at the Mississippi Children's Museum in Jackson, Miss
June 26, 2014 | Perspectives

Since Barack Obama’s election, GOP-controlled states have embarked on the most significant effort to restrict access to the ballot since Reconstruction. Continue reading

Voting Rights -- Shelby County, Ala., v. Holder
June 25, 2014 | Perspectives

Voting restrictions motivated by partisanship and race continue to be in place half a century after the Freedom Summer and one year after the Shelby decision. Continue reading

Republican Convention
May 13, 2014 | News & Notes

Senator Rand Paul has broken away from Republicans on voter ID laws in the latest about face on the issue. Continue reading

Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn
April 15, 2014 | Blog

Democrats are making voting rights a key issue. Republicans used to do the same. Continue reading

President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Martin Luther King, Jr. on Aug. 6, 1965 upon signing the Voting Rights Act. Credit: Yoichi R. Okamoto, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
April 3, 2014 | Blog

The same people who favor unlimited secret money in US elections are the ones funding the effort to make it harder for people to vote. Continue reading

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March 7, 2014 | Blog

Twenty-six years after the infamous Willie Horton ad, race-based politics blocked Debo Adegbile’s passage to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights division. Continue reading

The stage at the inaugural 2014 Moral Mondays protest in Raleigh, North Carolina. Photo by Ari Berman.
February 10, 2014 | Activism

Activists hold the largest civil rights rally in the South since the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965. Continue reading

In Butler, Pa. people pass the signs telling of the requirement for voters to show an acceptable photo ID to vote as they head into the the Penndot Drivers License Center. September 2012. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
January 21, 2014 | Blog

A Pennsylvania judged ruled that the state’s voter ID law infringes on the right to vote and exposed the problems with the law. Continue reading

Scotty Macom, right, walks with his wife, Kellie, center, and his son, Koal, 2, after he voted in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/The Press of Atlantic City, Vernon Ogrodnek)
January 17, 2014 | Blog
The legislation represents the first attempt by a bipartisan group in Congress to reinstate the vital protections of the VRA that the Supreme Court took away.
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December 5, 2013 | Blog

Last month the GOP-controlled Ohio Senate voted to cut early voting by a week, eliminating the “Golden Week” when Ohioans can register and vote on the same day during the early voting period. Continue reading

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