Voter Suppression

Some 29% of eligible voters aren’t registered; many of those who are, particularly the poor, minorities, and students, have their votes “suppressed” through challenges before, and on, election day. Tova Andrea Wang, senior democracy fellow at Demos and fellow at the Century Foundation, notes that...
06/15/2012
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The ability to cast a ballot that will be counted is a fundamental freedom that protects the other essential rights that Americans hold dear. The freedom to vote is how Americans, regardless of privilege or economic status, maintain the power to hold their elected representatives accountable for...
05/17/2012
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Democracy works best when all eligible persons are able to participate and make their voices heard. This ideal is under attack because of restrictive photo identification laws passed recently in many states that will prevent hundreds of thousands of eligible persons from participating in elections...
04/16/2012
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My brother, Andrew Goodman, was murdered by the Neshoba County Ku Klux Klan during Freedom Summer 1964 because he wanted to vote and figured all other Americans wanted that right, too. Along with James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, Andy died defending democracy against the Jim Crow practices that...
03/26/2012
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Tova Andrea Wang, Senior Democracy Fellow at Demos, and Ben Adler, writer at The Nation, talk to Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about recently enacted laws in numerous states around the country that require voters to present identification at election polls. These new voter ID laws have generated...
03/26/2012
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Heather C. McGhee, Director of Demos' Washington office, spoke with Keith Olberman on "Countdown" about the battle over voter ID laws in states across America. McGhee warned that although voting rightxs advocates can be proud of accomplishments in states like Texas, there is still much work to be...
03/14/2012
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Today on Blacking It Up: We talk voter suppression with Liz Kennedy from Demos. All this and more with Team Blackness on Blacking it up.
02/23/2012
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CHARLESTON — Same-day voter registration pulls more citizens to the polls, causes no major headaches or expenses, and is almost devoid of fraud, West Virginia lawmakers were told Monday by North Carolina election authorities. While no bill actually was before Judiciary Subcommittee C, the issue...
01/10/2012
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HARLESTON, W.Va. -- Advocates of same-day voter registration say the process enfranchises thousands of voters with minimal cost, and little risk of voter fraud. "It's proven to be a very effective means to improve voter participation," Steven Carbo, senior director of the nonpartisan foundation...
01/09/2012
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The US Department of Justice took an important step in combating the epidemic of Republican vote suppression efforts on Friday. The Justice Department blocked a South Carolina law requiring voters to present photo identification, because the law would disproportionately disenfranchise minority...
12/26/2011
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