Voting Rights

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and U.S. Representative George Miller (D-Calif.) both introduced federal legislation to address the long lines, confusion and other problems that many voters experienced at the polls on Election Day.  My colleague Tova Wang documents many of these...
11/16/2012
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Moments of calm and contention have been playing out at polling sites in Brooklyn and the rest of New York City's boroughts throughout the day. At 11:38am, @BradLander, a New York City Councilmember, sent the following tweet:   MS 51 poll-site is worst we've ever seen. Just sent @...
11/06/2012
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The 2012 election is a test and testament to our voting system. Voting lines were already a block long in my Brooklyn neighborhood at 8 AM this morning. They had doubled by the time I checked back at 9:30. Inside, the site was equally crowded, a bit chaotic, and very energetic. People stood at...
11/06/2012
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In our Bullies at the Ballot Box report we looked at the Tea Party voter inimidation group known as True The Vote. As Liz Kennedy wrote:  Organizers of True the Vote claim their goal is to train one million poll watchers to challenge and confront other Americans as they go to the polls in...
11/06/2012
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18 Million Rising (18MR), an organization promoting voter registration among the Asian American community, has launched a series of online spots worth checking out for their humor and educational value. As CNN's Moni Basu reports, the series of "Bee a Winner" videos features...
10/23/2012
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In a single sentence order the Supreme Court today rebuffed a plea by Ohio state officials to close early voting in the final three days before the election.  This is a big win for democracy in Ohio. Like we've seen around the country, it's been the courts, and for the first time the Supreme...
10/16/2012
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Could it really be that the tide is turning in favor of American voters? According to the New York Times this week, the ruling in Pennsylvania that voters will not have to present government issued photo ID to vote is “the latest and most significant in a series of legal victories for...
10/07/2012
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How would the 2012 election be different if many more young, poor and minority citizens paricipated? We would find out if we were to modernize our elections system. In most parts of the country, our elections system is stuck in the 19th century. Often intentionally, the patchwork of laws at the...
10/02/2012
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This morning saw a big victory for Pennsylvania’s voters when a judge partially enjoined Pennsylvania’s strict new voter ID law in advance of next month’s elections.  Pennsylvania’s voters will not have to show a photo ID in order to vote a regular ballot this November...
10/02/2012
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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
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