Voter Intimidation

ALBANY—Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced new legislation to restore accountability and ensure access to the ballot box by eliminating baseless and intimidating challenges to voter eligibility at the polls on Election Day. Under current law, voters who are challenged at the polls...
02/14/2014
Press Release
In early October, billboards began appearing -- 85 in the Milwaukee area and 30 each in Cleveland and Columbus -- saying "Voter Fraud is a Felony!" punishable by up to 3 1/2 years in prison and fines of $10,000. The billboards only appeared in low-income, minority areas. After Demos and...
11/22/2012
Blog
The right to vote is just that – a fundamental right which is the cornerstone of American democracy. In the 2012 election, that sacred value was challenged in a way we have not seen in a couple of generations, perhaps since the civil and voting rights movements of the 1960s. Some powerful people...
11/15/2012
Publication
At a minimum, we can expect “poll-watchers” to come up with enough “documented” examples of “voter fraud” to support a general post-election effort to de-legitimize the results. Demos and Common Cause have published a report analyzing the threat of chaos and outlining steps to combat it....
09/29/2012
News/Resource
The historic elections taking place this November will not just decide what candidates win or lose, or even "just" what policy directions our states and country will take. They will also be a test for democracy itself. I served as Secretary of the State in Connecticut during the 1990s, and we had...
09/28/2012
Blog
09/25/2012
Data Byte
North Carolina, a key battleground state in the forthcoming presidential election, is likely to continue to be in the media spotlight over the coming weeks, says a prominent professor at the University of North Carolina (UNC). It is hard to see Romney win the election without a victory in...
09/25/2012
News/Resource
This is how voter intimidation worked in 1966: White teenagers in Americus, Ga., harassed black citizens in line to vote, and the police refused to intervene. Black plantation workers in Mississippi had to vote in plantation stores, overseen by their bosses. Black voters in Choctaw County...
09/21/2012
News/Resource
Is there a “state of emergency” over voting rights in America? That was the declaration of a coalition of civil rights, faith-based and social justice organizations and groups representing communities of color in a conference call on Wednesday, just in time for National Voter Registration...
09/20/2012
News/Resource
The afternoon before early voting began in the 2010 midterm elections, a crowd of people gathered in the offices of a Houston Tea Party group called the King Street Patriots. They soon formed a line that snaked out the door of the Patriots’ crumbling storefront and down the block, past the...
09/20/2012
News/Resource
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