Voting Rights

President Obama’s State of the Union Address included an important call to fix the long lines and other problems that plagued voters in 2012.  The President was near the end of his speech when he brought up the waiting times that stretched as long as six hours in some places and led an...
02/13/2013
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President Obama’s State of the Union Address included an important call to fix the long lines and other problems that plagued voters in 2012.  The President was near the end of his speech when he brought up the waiting times that stretched as long as six hours in some places and led an...
02/13/2013
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President Obama raised eyebrows during his inaugural address last month when he put the fight against long election-day lines in the context of the nation’s movement toward “tolerance and opportunity, human dignity and justice.” Now the New York Times says Congress is preparing...
02/08/2013
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In the two months since the 2012 presidential election, a fuller picture has emerged of the changing face of the American electorate. However, it is essential that this diversity be more than simply cosmetic, but rather is reflected in public policies that are similarly more broadbased and...
01/08/2013
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Attorney General Eric Holder was in Boston yesterday, speaking at the Kennedy Library about voting issues. His speech covered a number of topics, but one part that jumped out to us was Holder's embrace of shifting the responsibility to register voters away from individuals and to government through...
12/12/2012
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An organization called True the Vote (TTV), which grew out of a Texas tea party group, claimed in the months leading to the election that it wanted to recruit one million citizen activists to challenge peoples’ right to vote at the polling place on Election Day. Early signs...
11/26/2012
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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
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Partisan election administrators and the group True the Vote (TTV) and its affiliates attempted to purge thousands of voters from the rolls before the election, claiming they were not citizens or had died. For example, right before the election a group calling itself The Voter Integrity Project in...
11/21/2012
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Alabama, Kansas, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin all passed new strict photo ID laws in their 2011 or 2012 legislative sessions. As has been repeatedly demonstrated, requiring people to show government issued photo identification in order to vote is ...
11/20/2012
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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...
11/19/2012
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