Features related to fight to vote

screenshot from YouTube video of Capitol Hill Briefing: Bipartisan Panel on Restoring Voting Rights
July 25, 2014 | Blog

Millions of Americans have lost the right to vote and their political voice, because of a criminal conviction in their past. Bipartisan momentum is forming on Capitol Hill to change that. Continue reading

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
July 12, 2014 | Blog

On the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, advocates continue to push a bill to restore a key Voting Rights Act protection. Their latest target is Thad Cochran. Continue reading

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

Ed 'Buster' Moore, a plaintiff in the voting-rights lawsuit Wandering Medicine v. McCulloch, stands before the southern portion of Fort Belknap, near where he lives. (Photo: Terri Long Fox/In These Times)
June 11, 2014 | Blog

Nearly 50 years after the Voting Rights Act, American Indians still don’t have equal access to the ballot box. Continue reading

People gather at the state capitol building in Columbus, Ohio following a 2004 march sponsored by the Ohio Voter Protection Coalition. October 2004. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch)
May 23, 2014 | Blog

A bill to restore many of the VRA’s key protections remains stalled in Congress. The House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte is yet to hold a hearing on the measure. 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

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

A tour group walks past a memorial wreath displayed next to the bronze memorial bust, by Robert Berks, of President John F. Kennedy in the grand foyer of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, on the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's death. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
November 22, 2013 | Blog

The great passion of Kennedy’s last year was a struggle to enact an amendment ending the poll tax and removing other barriers to voting. Continue reading

Voter ID Students
November 8, 2013 | Blog

Shortly after passing the country’s worst voter suppression law, North Carolina Republicans targeted student voting. Continue reading

Texas Votes
October 23, 2013 | Blog

The law seems more focused on stopping the state’s changing demographics from affecting election outcomes than it is on stopping voter fraud. Continue reading

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is proof-of-citizenship laws and the new two-tiered voting scheme in his state.
October 16, 2013 | Blog

Why the voter registration strategy being implemented in Arizona and Kansas will disenfranchise thousands of voters. Continue reading

October 15, 2013 | Blog

The federal judge who ruled on the constitutionality of a voter ID law in Indiana, which has served as justification for tougher laws, says he was wrong. Continue reading

A student registers to vote in Davidson, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
September 30, 2013 | Blog

The DOJ case comes on the heels of three lawsuits filed by civil rights groups in August challenging North Carolina’s extreme voting restrictions. Continue reading

Allie Santiago of Houston, left, Brenda Reid of Bronx, N.Y., second from left, Caril Howard of North Chesterville, Va., and Jo Ann White Thompson of Goldsboro, N.C., listen to a musical performance during the March on Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. President Barack Obama will speak later Wednesday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
August 28, 2013 | Activism

Protecting the right to vote was front and center at this week’s March on Washington 50th anniversary commemoration events. Continue reading

Attorney General Eric Holder, left, attends a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in observance of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
August 22, 2013 | Blog

The Department of Justice announced today that it is objecting to Texas’ voter ID law and will also seek to join a similar lawsuit against the state’s redistricting maps. Continue reading

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