Categories & Tags: Elections and Voting

INSTITUTE INDEX: The fight to restore the Voting Rights Act   |   March 20, 2015
Date on which the landmark Voting Rights Act was introduced in Congress, a little over a week after a national television audience watched state troopers, sheriff's officers...

 

Concerns grow over voting rights for the South's language minorities   |   March 20, 2015
Amid concerns over the rollback of the Voting Rights Act and introduction of voter ID laws, election watchdogs worry about another critical voting rights issue: language barriers...

 

The lone Southern GOP cosponsor (so far) of the Voting Rights Act restoration bill   |   March 20, 2015
Fifty years ago this week, a Democrat and a Republican introduced the landmark Voting Rights Act in the U.S. Senate. The VRA, which offered protections against voting...

 

Selma and voting rights: Commemoration or legislation?   |   March 6, 2015
SELMA, Ala. -- This weekend, tens of thousands of people -- including nearly one-fifth of the U.S. Congress and President Obama -- are descending on Alabama to commemorate the...

 

The growing power of North Carolina's voters of color   |   January 23, 2015
As 2016 presidential campaigns gear up, political strategists and others are watching the impact of changing voter demographics on election outcomes, particularly in battleground...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The dark-money monster unleashed by Citizens United   |   January 16, 2015
Factor by which election spending by outside groups -- those officially unaffiliated with candidates' campaigns or parties -- has increased since the U.S. Supreme Court's...

 

From Selma to Citizens United: The contested struggle for one person, one vote   |   January 16, 2015
On Jan. 19, our country celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., half a century after his work -- chronicled in the recent Oscar-nominated movie "Selma" --...

 

Study shows how partisan politics trump representation in NC voting districts   |   December 5, 2014
A new study by researchers at Duke University shows the extent to which Republican legislators drew North Carolina's U.S. congressional districts in their party's favor in...

 

New NC election law blocked as many as 50,000 would-be voters this fall   |   November 25, 2014
New voting restrictions and poll workers' unpreparedness and confusion kept somewhere between 30,000 and 50,000 eligible North Carolinians from voting in this fall's...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Voting problems reported around the South on Election Day   |   November 7, 2014
Since the last midterm election in 2010, number of states that have adopted voting restrictions, ranging from photo ID requirements to new voter registration rules: 22 Of those...

 

Midterm voter turnout drops in the South   |   November 6, 2014
During early voting this year, Southern battleground states like North Carolina and Georgia boasted unprecedented high rates of voter turnout. But preliminary numbers following...

 

Ballot proposals across the South: The good, the bad, and the ugly   |   November 5, 2014
Voters across the South didn't vote just for politicians this week: They also weighed in on state and local ballot propositions dealing with hot-button issues including the...

 

2014 Elections Liveblog   |   November 4, 2014
Welcome! The Facing South/Institute for Southern Studies team will be blogging today about key issues and themes in the 2014 elections across the South. Visit during the day and...

 

New NC voting law already stopping would-be voters   |   November 4, 2014
After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps for 22 years, Bryan McGowan moved to the mountains of North Carolina this year. McGowan had lived in the state previously while stationed at...

 

Americans disenfranchised for crimes would be able to sway Senate races   |   November 3, 2014
Almost six million Americans cannot vote because of laws that disenfranchise people for felony convictions -- but if their voting rights were restored, they would likely be able...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Voters flock to polls early in Southern battleground states   |   October 31, 2014
Early votes reported across the U.S. so far in this election: over 14 million Early votes cast so far -- including in-person and mail-in early votes -- in the nine Southern...

 

New voters, people of color will be critical in close Georgia races   |   October 30, 2014
In the last couple weeks, polls on Georgia's races for U.S. Senate and governor have become closer and closer -- so close, in fact, that a court decision on Oct. 28 over...

 

Blocking the youth vote in the South   |   October 29, 2014
(CORRECTION: An earlier version of this piece incorrectly stated that Elizabeth City State University had its early voting place removed from campus, and it failed to include East...

 

Young people's voice needed in building an infrastructure of opportunity   |   October 23, 2014
This week the Durham, North Carolina-based nonprofit MDC released its latest State of the South report highlighting how the American dream of intergenerational upward mobility is...

 

Charlotte immigrant groups mobilize voters in emerging communities   |   October 20, 2014
This fall, two immigrant-support organizations in Charlotte are joining forces to reach out to a thousand Latino and Asian voters in North Carolina's largest city to cast...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Texas voter ID law heads to the Supreme Court   |   October 17, 2014
Hours after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act last year that Texas began enforcing one of the nation's strictest voter ID laws: 2...

 

Americans for Prosperity says NC voter misinformation came from Arkansas   |   October 16, 2014
The North Carolina State Board of Elections continues to investigate a mailer the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity sent to tens of thousands of state residents...

 

Massive voter registration drive in Georgia fights voter suppression   |   October 16, 2014
While states across the country including Georgia have passed laws imposing new requirements on voters, the nonpartisan New Georgia Project has fought back against the forces of...

 

In Supreme Control: What do justices owe voters in exchange for taking their cash?   |   October 9, 2014
By Sharon McCloskey, NC Policy Watch By all accounts, the 2014 North Carolina Supreme Court race, with four of seven seats up for grabs, is destined for the record books. Already...

 

After Supreme Court setback, NC advocates press on to protect voting rights   |   October 9, 2014
With voting in North Carolina set to begin on Oct. 23, the U.S. Supreme Court this week decided to reverse a federal appeals court ruling and implement the state's restrictive...