Elections and Voting

Black voter suppression in North Carolina: statewide numbers vs. local reality   |   July 7, 2014
Hearings began today in an action by civil rights groups to block North Carolina's restrictive new voting law from being enforced in the November election while its...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The Mississippi freedom struggle at 50   |   June 27, 2014
Number of people who gathered this week at Mississippi's Tougaloo College for a conference marking the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, a watershed moment in the U.S. civil...

 

As Moral Mondays resume, leaders seek to block NC voter suppression law for upcoming election   |   May 20, 2014
The Moral Monday protests that led to the arrests of more than 900 people last year for engaging in civil disobedience have returned to the North Carolina legislature, with...

 

Are four NC lawmakers really committing voter fraud?   |   May 12, 2014
Four North Carolina state lawmakers could be targets of criminal investigations for voter fraud based on controversial standards embraced by some of their own colleagues. Today...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A primary drenched in outside money   |   May 9, 2014
Total amount of outside spending -- expenditures independent of candidates and parties -- reported to date on state-level races in the May 6 North Carolina primary: $2,470,050...

 

Meet North Carolina's revolutionary register of deeds   |   May 8, 2014
The county register of deeds is not the sort of elected office usually associated with radical political stances, given that its holder is charged with the low-profile job of...

 

NC primary takeaway: 'You're going to see all records shattered' on spending this year   |   May 7, 2014
Institute for Southern Studies/Facing South Executive Director Chris Kromm appeared on the Democracy Now news show today to talk about yesterday's closely watched North...

 

Wisconsin voter ID ruling a 'blueprint' for similar challenges in NC, TX   |   May 5, 2014
In a major victory for voting rights, a federal judge struck down Wisconsin's voter identification law last week, ruling that requiring voters to show a state-issued photo ID...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Outside corporate interests spend big on NC high court race   |   May 2, 2014
Amount the NC Chamber IE, a conservative-leaning super PAC operated by the NC Chamber of Commerce, has reported spending so far this year on TV ads supporting two conservatives...

 

NC joined controversial voter cross-check program as other states were leaving   |   April 14, 2014
On April 2, 2014, leaders of North Carolina's state election board announced they had participated in a national program to verify voters run by Kansas' controversial...

 

After initial hysteria, back-pedaling over NC voter fraud claims   |   April 11, 2014
Last week, top staff of the N.C. State Board of Elections made a presentation to legislators about the state of voter registration in North Carolina. Out of the board's 58-...

 

Who's driving North Carolina's latest voter fraud hysteria?   |   April 4, 2014
This week, officials at the North Carolina State Board of Elections announced they had discovered possible evidence of widespread voter fraud in the battleground state. By cross-...

 

Federal court orders NC lawmakers to release records related to 'monster' election law   |   March 28, 2014
Civil rights groups suing North Carolina over its voter suppression law scored a victory in federal court this week with a ruling that state lawmakers must release some e-mails...

 

Move to slash early voting defeated in Georgia   |   March 21, 2014
It's been a major conflict in the voting wars: Across the South and country, Republican-led states have moved to shrink the early voting period before Election Day. But this...

 

Election 2014: Does climate change stand a chance against the oil boom?   |   March 10, 2014
By Greg Harman, The Daily Climate SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Work boots towered above Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott as he moved down rows of shelving at Justin Boots'...

 

Voting rights advocates try to put oversight back on the map   |   March 5, 2014
By Kara Brandeisky, ProPublica When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act last June, justices left it to Congress to decide how to fix the law....

 

More evidence of racial discrimination in NC 'monster' election law   |   February 18, 2014
Following last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Shelby County v. Holder that blocked a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, North Carolina's Republican supermajority...

 

States shift from voter suppression to voter expansion   |   February 10, 2014
Before the 2012 election, there were numerous efforts in the states to restrict voting. But now the pendulum appears to be swinging in the other direction, giving voting-rights...

 

Jumpstarting the vote in North Carolina   |   February 7, 2014
In North Carolina, it's called the "Monster Law" -- the 56-page bill passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory (R) last year that ushered in some...

 

NC NAACP threatens legal action to speed special congressional election   |   January 14, 2014
At a time Congress is expected to consider the fate of the Voting Rights Act following a Supreme Court decision gutting it, the residents of a heavily minority North Carolina...

 

Big voting changes coming to the South in 2014   |   December 23, 2013
Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin blogged in The New Yorker recently that voting rights cases will be one of the top seven legal stories of 2014. "After the Supreme Court gutted...

 

NC backslides on voting rights by disqualifying 'right church, wrong pew' ballots   |   December 20, 2013
Among the many controversial elements of North Carolina’s new Voter Information Verification Act (VIVA), which requires a photo ID to vote, is the disqualification of...

 

True the Vote denied entry into Texas voter ID trial   |   December 18, 2013
Months before the conservative vote-monitoring group Judicial Watch filed to intervene in the U.S. Justice Department's lawsuit against North Carolina's restrictive new...

 

Judicial Watch joins legal fray to defend restrictive NC voting law   |   December 13, 2013
A conservative group that has previously sued states to get them to purge their voting rolls has joined in the legal fight over North Carolina's restrictive new voting law,...

 

Fighting for poor people's access to democracy in Louisiana   |   December 6, 2013
What is a state's proper role in expanding access to voter registration for its low-income citizens? That's the question at the heart of Scott v. Schedler, a Louisiana...