Voting Rights

Last month, in Pennsylvania, a state judge allowed Pennsylvania’s strict voter identification law even though the state has stipulated that “there have been no investigations or prosecutions of in-person voter fraud in Pennsylvania; and the parties do not have direct personal...
08/30/2012
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On Friday, the Census Bureau lost its director when Robert Groves stepped down to be Provost of Georgetown University. Director Groves was appointed to run the Census Bureau in 2009, with the 2010 Census rapidly approaching. Director Groves quickly put his stamp on the agency, working to cut costs...
08/30/2012
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Yesterday, California came one step closer to adopting a proven innovation that helps increase voter participation –Same Day (or Election Day) Registration. SDR allows eligible voters to update or add their information to the rolls on Election Day and/or during the Early Voting period, which...
08/24/2012
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Voter ID isn’t the only law unjustly limiting citizen's voting rights. In an excellent piece for Salon, Erik Nielson illuminates the widespread disenfranchisement of convicted felons. Although state laws vary in severity, all but two have some sort of restrictions preventing convicted felons from...
08/17/2012
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Pennsylvania state court judge Robert Simpson refused to issue a preliminary injunction against the state’s controversial voter ID legislation today, despite allegations that the law was discriminatory and passed for partisan gain. Unless reversed on appeal, this ruling means that...
08/15/2012
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Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a civil rights law protecting people with disabilities from discrimination in public spaces and work places, among others. In 2010, nearly 1 in 5, or 56.7 million, Americans had a disability, according to a report released by...
07/26/2012
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Celebrating Pennsylvania’s recent passage of a restrictive piece of voter ID legislation, Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R) stated, “Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done." This statement, shocking only for its honesty,...
07/06/2012
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Despite no health care ruling—tune in on Thursday for that—it was a big day at the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition to the Arizona immigration case, there were two very significant rulings for our democracy. First, the Court continued down its recent path of manipulating the rules for...
06/25/2012
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There’s been a lot of fighting the last several months about new restrictions on the right to vote. We learn that these laws, including voter ID, rules around registration, and limits on early voting disproportionately impact African Americans, Latinos, youth and other groups, many of which...
06/18/2012
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Nearly 5 million young Americans will graduate from high school or college this spring and take the exciting next step of their life. The new worlds they enter, however, will involve either increasingly expensive tuition and (more) student debt, or few jobs with decent pay or benefits. And things...
06/15/2012
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