Categories & Tags: Elections and Voting

A pay-to-play pick for the Democratic Party platform committee   |   May 27, 2016
In a rare move, both remaining contenders for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination will pick some of the party's platform drafting committee members, while the...

 

As anti-immigrant rhetoric rises, Asian Americans turn to the Democratic Party   |   May 26, 2016
Asian-American voters, who represent the fastest-growing part of the Southern electorate, have been unique in their lack of allegiance to either political party. Although they...

 

The sweet taste of voting rights in North Carolina   |   May 18, 2016
May 17 is a historic day. In 1954, it was the day when the Supreme Court of the United States issued its ruling in the Brown v. Board of Education case, declaring segregation in...

 

Outside money wins big in West Virginia Supreme Court election   |   May 13, 2016
In 2004, West Virginia coal baron Don Blankenship put $3 million into a state Supreme Court election, funding an outside-money group that helped put his preferred candidate on the...

 

Trump rhetoric motivates new Latino voters in Arkansas   |   May 12, 2016
Latinos in Arkansas haven't traditionally been a large voting bloc. Their numbers, though growing, are small. Their voting rates tend to lag behind other groups.  ...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The backlash against expanded voting rights in Virginia   |   May 6, 2016
Date on which Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe issued an executive order to restore voting rights to people who've completed their felony prison, probation and parole sentences:...

 

Amid hostility, immigrant organizers engage Alabama's growing Latino electorate   |   April 29, 2016
Voting in this year's election is personal for Vivianna Rodriguez, a senior at the University of South Alabama. Although there are many reasons why, one issue stands out for...

 

After years of rollbacks, democracy movement making gains in the states   |   April 22, 2016
More than 1,400 people were arrested during protests in Washington, D.C., over the past week as part of Democracy Awakening and Democracy Spring, a grassroots movement calling for...

 

Southerners flock to Washington for Democracy Spring protests   |   April 14, 2016
When Philip Hesslup heard that Republican senators blocked legislation providing medical care for 9/11 first responders last year, that was the last straw. Hesslup, a 29-year-old...

 

Supreme Court affirms 'one person, one vote' in Texas case but leaves opening for states to change that   |   April 6, 2016
This week, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Texas in a voting rights case with major implications for legislative representation and the balance of political power in Southern...

 

Outside money wins in North Carolina's legislative primaries   |   March 24, 2016
The 2016 presidential race has seen an explosion of spending by groups independent of campaigns or parties, with these outside organizations investing more than $270 million so...

 

Despite voting confusion, Democrats see primary turnout bump in N.C.   |   March 18, 2016
In the South's two presidential primaries held on March 15 — Florida and North Carolina — a greater share of Democrats turned out to vote than in any other...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The partisan enthusiasm gap in Southern primaries   |   March 11, 2016
Year in which the South became a bigger player in presidential primary politics because of the decision to move up primary dates in a number of the region's states: 2016 Of...

 

Business groups spend heavily on N.C. legislative primaries   |   March 11, 2016
With the North Carolina primary election coming up on March 15 and numerous legislative seats up for grabs because of resignations and retirements, outside political groups...

 

Young Latinos a growing political force in North Carolina, but will they vote?   |   March 11, 2016
To say Rubén Suárez is civically engaged is an understatement. Suárez, 20, is a member of the Youth Council at El Pueblo, a nonprofit based in Raleigh, N.C....

 

Asian Americans now the fastest-growing demographic group in North Carolina   |   March 9, 2016
Amid the demographic shifts transforming North Carolina and its electorate, one has been widely overlooked — the rise of Asian Americans. The Asian-American population...

 

2016 Elections: GOP turnout soars, Democratic turnout plummets in Southern primaries   |   March 4, 2016
As expected, the South has provided a major boost to Democrat Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential bid. Clinton has swept all seven of the Southern states that have held...

 

Conservatives jockey to tighten grip on state supreme courts across the South   |   March 4, 2016
As the nation focuses on the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia's death, the future of many state supreme courts is in flux as conservatives try a...

 

Young Latino voters a growing force in Southern 'Super Tuesday' states   |   March 1, 2016
As Southerners go to the polls this week to cast their ballots for this year's presidential nominees, an important voter demographic is emerging in these "Super Tuesday...

 

The major presidential candidates on voting rights   |   February 25, 2016
Next week, the seven remaining Democratic and Republican presidential candidates will face off in their respective party primaries and caucuses on Super Tuesday. Of all days...

 

Honoring voting rights heroes, blocking voting rights restoration   |   February 25, 2016
Republican congressional leaders joined with their Democratic colleagues this week in a rare show of bipartisan unity to present the Congressional Gold Medal — the nation...

 

ISS REPORT: Young Latino voters rising in the South   |   February 19, 2016
As Southern states prepare for a string of 2016 presidential primaries, a new Institute for Southern Studies report finds that young Latino voters are a growing demographic in the...

 

Massive civil disobedience planned at U.S. Capitol to press case for fair elections   |   February 19, 2016
On April 2, hundreds of Americans will gather at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to begin a 10-day march south to the nation's capital to engage in mass civil disobedience...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Can a diversifying electorate reshape Southern politics?   |   February 19, 2016
Rank of this year's U.S. electorate among the most diverse ever: 1 Percent of voters on Election Day who will be Hispanic, black, Asian or another racial or ethnic minority:...

 

Where do the presidential candidates stand on Atlantic oil and gas drilling?   |   February 18, 2016
The first-in-the-South presidential primary will take place this Saturday, Feb. 20 in South Carolina, when the state's Republicans will head to the polls to make their choice...