Voting Rights

I attended yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court oral argument in the Arizona voter registration case.  The argument went well generally, but Justice Alito suggested the Justices would create a “crazy” double standard by requiring that Arizona election officials accept the federal...
03/19/2013
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When it comes to Election Day, Minnesota and Montana are very different animals. Despite its size, most of Minnesota’s increasingly diverse population resides in the state’s major cities, while three-quarters of Montana voters live in a county with fewer than 100,000 residents. And...
03/18/2013
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With public attention focused on the Voting Rights Act, many have overlooked a second critical voting case that will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.    The latest case involves the simple question of whether Arizona can refuse to accept a federal voter...
03/17/2013
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When Barack Obama won a second term in the White House in November 2012, many observers concluded that new voting ID laws hadn't had much effect on turnout. After all, the election had swung in Democrats’ favor, and young and minority voters comprised a larger share of the electorate than...
03/15/2013
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More data from the 2012 election is in, and it’s tough to deny that the health of democracy and safety of your voting rights vary widely depending on where you live. That finding comes through clearly in a new report from Nonprofit VOTE, a nonpartisan group that encourages nonprofits to...
03/14/2013
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I attended the oral argument in the Voting Rights Act case before the U.S. Supreme Court, and I came away even more convinced that the Court should uphold the contested parts of the law. Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act requires that covered states "preclear" their proposed election law changes...
02/28/2013
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Yesterday the Supreme Court heard arguments about the constitutionality of a key part of the Voting Rights Act.  This landmark piece of civil rights legislation transformed what had been for some Americans an empty promise of a right to vote into the beginning of an ability to exercise that...
02/28/2013
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Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler has come out swinging against a proposal to allow voters in his state to register on Election Day. Coloradans currently must register at least 29 days ahead of time, and Gessler is dusting the cobwebs off a well-worn bogeyman in an attempt to keep it that...
02/28/2013
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President Obama and some members of Congress have made waves recently with calls for voting reform. But your access to the ballot probably depends more on what’s going on at the nearest statehouse. With state legislative sessions well underway, lawmakers across the country have unleashed a...
02/27/2013
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A new report from a Wisconsin state agency makes clear that Same Day Registration is not just a low-cost way to make voting more accessible. It can even be a budget-saver. The report from the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board dealt a blow to advocates of repealing the state’s Same Day...
02/25/2013
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