Categories & Tags: Elections and Voting

Big Money's map mischief in North Carolina   |   February 12, 2016
By Alex Kotch and Chris Kromm This week a panel of three federal judges refused to delay its order that North Carolina redraw congressional maps before the state's March 15...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: GOP racial gerrymandering throws NC's moved-up primary into chaos   |   February 12, 2016
Date on which a panel of federal judges threw out the congressional district maps North Carolina's Republican-led legislature approved in 2011, finding the 1st and 12th were...

 

The Future of Young Latino Voters in the South   |   February 12, 2016
In a new report called "The Future of Young Latino Voters in the South," the Institute for Southern Studies finds that Southern states are on track to see signficant...

 

N.C. voting rights fight moves from the courtroom to the streets   |   February 5, 2016
As the federal trial over North Carolina's restrictive voter ID law wrapped up this week in Winston-Salem, the N.C. NAACP — the lead plaintiff suing the state over its...

 

Koch brothers' super PAC rakes in millions from Southern businessmen   |   February 4, 2016
Conservative industrialists Charles and David Koch and their wealthy allies are planning to spend close to $900 million benefiting their preferred candidates in the upcoming...

 

Winning the fight against gerrymandering in the South   |   January 29, 2016
After the wave of Tea Party victories across the nation turned more state legislatures red in 2010, Republican lawmakers redistricted their states to the party's benefit. In...

 

Environmentalists will encircle Louisiana's Superdome to demand an end to new Gulf oil and gas drilling   |   January 27, 2016
This March, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will hold a sale inside the Superdome in New Orleans where it will auction off leases to more than 42 million acres of U....

 

Charleston workers bring Fight for $15 agenda to South Carolina Democratic debate   |   January 22, 2016
As the Democratic Party held its fourth presidential debate in Charleston, South Carolina this week, more than 1,000 low-wage workers shut down the city's streets demanding...

 

As Citizens United turns six, the movement to end 'legalized corruption' gains momentum   |   January 21, 2016
Six years ago this week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, allowing unfettered political spending by corporations and...

 

NC elections board called out for confusing the public on voter ID   |   January 15, 2016
"You can vote with or without a North Carolina driver's license or other photo ID." That was the refrain that Rev. Dr. William Barber, president of the North...

 

Southern state legislatures: More male, more religious, more racially diverse   |   January 14, 2016
The National Conference of State Legislatures in partnership with the Pew Charitable Trusts released a report last month that analyzed the diversity of state legislatures across...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: North Carolina sued over voter registration failings   |   December 16, 2015
Date on which an alliance of voting rights advocacy groups and individual voters sued North Carolina state government officials for noncompliance with federal voter registration...

 

How a Supreme Court case could disempower communities of color in the South   |   December 9, 2015
This week the Supreme Court heard arguments in a Texas redistricting case that has the potential to the change the balance of political representation in congressional and...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Mobilizing against voter suppression in North Carolina   |   December 4, 2015
Date on which the North Carolina NAACP, Democracy North Carolina and faith leaders held a press conference to announce the launch of a mass voter engagement campaign in advance of...

 

Ari Berman: The long assault on voting rights and fear of a changing South   |   November 30, 2015
In 2016, the U.S. will hold the first presidential election in 50 years without the full protections of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 — and thousands of voters in...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A historic victory for voting rights and racial justice in Kentucky   |   November 25, 2015
Date on which Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D), in one of his last acts in office, signed an executive order to automatically restore voting rights to certain felons who've...

 

Voting Rights: How to prevent long lines at the polls   |   November 20, 2015
Long lines and wait times at the polls are a voting rights issue. During recent presidential election years, horror stories have emerged across the South and the country about...

 

ISS Event: Ari Berman's 'Give Us the Ballot' in Durham   |   November 19, 2015
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act, a key victory of the Southern civil rights movement that has transformed the region. And as...

 

McCrory campaign cashes in on anti-refugee animus   |   November 18, 2015
Since the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris by Islamic State operatives, at least 31 governors across the U.S. have said they don't want to allow any more refugees fleeing...

 

Where are the South's women candidates?   |   November 5, 2015
On Tuesday, voters across the South went to the polls to vote for their candidates of choice among a pool of people representing various issues, platforms and ideologies. But when...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Alabama DMV closings the latest threat to voting rights in the Black Belt   |   October 9, 2015
Number of part-time driver's license offices Alabama plans to close, with most of them in the state's so-called "Black Belt" where African Americans outnumber...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The ongoing fight to restore the Voting Rights Act   |   October 2, 2015
Date on which America's Journey for Justice, a voting rights march that began in Selma, Alabama on Aug. 1, reached Washington, D.C., finishing at the steps of the Lincoln...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Bringing the South's voter registration systems into the 21st century   |   September 25, 2015
Century in which many states' voter registration systems remained mired: 19th As a consequence of inefficiencies in systems reliant on paper forms and postal mail, portion of...

 

Race, local politics and a teenage clockmaker's arrest in Texas   |   September 25, 2015
Last week, Irving, Texas high school freshman Ahmed Mohamed brought a clock he had made to school to show his engineering teacher. School administrators raised concerns that it...

 

5 ways the U.S. can boost voter registration   |   September 22, 2015
Today is National Voter Registration Day, and many civic groups — and celebrities like singer Janelle Monáe — are encouraging citizens to make sure they are...