Voting

When many think of 21st century voter suppression, the first thing that might come to mind is the network of unnecessary voter ID laws that disproportionately affect the young, the elderly and voters of color. There is, however, a minefield of other voter suppression tactics at work, many of which...
10/30/2014
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The Supreme Court said Saturday that, for the first time, it is allowing a voting law to be used for an election even though a federal judge, after conducting a trial, found the law is racially discriminatory in both its intent and its impact, and is an unconstitutional poll tax. It is not only not...
10/19/2014
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Patrick Flavin is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Baylor University. He is also doing pioneering work in the area of policy representation at the state level. You can find a discussion of his work here. I talked with him about his studies and what they tell us about...
06/18/2014
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On Monday, the Massachusetts General Assembly announced election bill H.4072, an omnibus voting package that has been reconciled from 2013 companion bills H.3788 and S. 1975. The final bill, which will take effect beginning in 2016, makes important inroads towards modernizing Massachusetts’...
05/15/2014
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Gracia Hillman, Demos’ newest fellow, is contributing to the organization’s efforts to expand the freedom to vote for all of America’s citizens. Hillman’s areas of expertise include voter engagement, voting rights, election administration, as well as the interests and rights of women, racial...
05/01/2014
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Voting rights are under attack in the Buckeye State, again. The Ohio General Assembly, similar to a number of state legislatures that have been buoyed by the Supreme Court Shelby decision, has already or is very likely to pass a quartet of voter restriction measures—Senate Bills 238, 216, 205 and...
02/19/2014
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If you need an illustration of why the redistricting process matters, North Carolina is instructional. Over the weekend, thousands descended upon Raleigh, North Carolina for the “Moral March” led by the multi-racial, intergenerational Forward Together movement, which bands together over 150...
02/10/2014
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Talk about your sore losers. After the Supreme Court struck down its attempt to make voter registration harder, Arizona is now attempting to implement a two-tier voting system that would require proof of citizenship in order to vote in state and local elections. Eligible voters who do not show...
10/18/2013
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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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Thomas Edsell has a column in Sunday's New York Times -- "What's Wrong With Pennsylvania?" -- that explores how various factors have conspired to make the state uncompetitive for Mitt Romney. One of the people Mr. Edsell interviews about the state's leftward trend...
09/26/2012
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