Elections and Voting

NC local elections find students fired up to fight rights rollbacks   |   October 10, 2013
If the local elections that took place across North Carolina this week are any indication, the Republican effort to roll back voting rights in the state and enact other regressive...

 

McCutcheon and the two-pronged attack on voting rights   |   October 9, 2013
Rev. William J. Barber, the most visible civil rights leader in North Carolina today, stood in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. this week as the court...

 

Government shutdown delays Texas voter ID challenge   |   October 4, 2013
A legal challenge to Texas's voter ID law was placed on pause this afternoon at the Justice Department's request, meaning the fight to protect hundreds of thousands of...

 

What the feds' voting rights lawsuit could mean for North Carolina   |   October 1, 2013
Yesterday U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder formally announced his plans to sue the the state of North Carolina for passing what many civil rights advocates have called the worst...

 

DOJ reportedly will sue NC over voter ID law   |   September 30, 2013
It sounds like U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will answer Sen. Kay Hagan's call to protect voting rights in North Carolina. Late last night word leaked to the Associated...

 

Why the 2014 election matters for voting rights   |   September 25, 2013
Last month, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) sent a letter to the Department of Justice practically begging them to review her state's new voter ID law, which elections experts...

 

Lawsuits pile up over Texas voter ID law   |   September 19, 2013
This week the NAACP Texas State Conference and the Mexican American Legislative Caucus of Texas state lawmakers filed a legal challenge to the state's photo voter ID law....

 

Art Pope think tank pulled into lawsuit over NC voter suppression bill   |   September 11, 2013
A conservative think tank that was founded by Republican mega-donor Art Pope and that receives most of its funding from him has been pulled into a lawsuit targeting North Carolina...

 

Latest Florida voter purge scheme threatens immigrants' voting rights   |   September 11, 2013
It seems Florida just can't resist the urge to purge. Last year, Gov. Rick Scott (R) went toe to toe with the federal government and civil rights groups for the power to...

 

NC students organize against voter suppression   |   September 5, 2013
The "vote truthers" trolling for fraud in North Carolina -- groups like the N.C. Voter Integrity Project that watch and challenge voters -- may now themselves become the...

 

In a victory for voting rights, NC elections board OKs student bid for local office   |   September 3, 2013
The Republican-controlled North Carolina State Board of Elections voted unanimously Tuesday to overturn a county election board's ruling barring a student at a historically...

 

SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: How Art Pope helped turn back the clock on voting rights in North Carolina   |   August 29, 2013
By Sue Sturgis, with research by Marion T. Johnson When Montravias King, a senior at North Carolina's historically black Elizabeth City State University, showed up at a...

 

Defending the voting rights of black students in Texas and North Carolina   |   August 28, 2013
With events underway to commemorate a historic march for voting rights, legal battles are unfolding in Texas and North Carolina to defend students' right to vote and run for...

 

The growing fight against voting restrictions in the South   |   August 23, 2013
This week, former Secretary of State Colin Powell -- a Republican who served under President George W. Bush -- called out North Carolina on its voter ID law while speaking at the...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Will the NC GOP's attack on student voting backfire?   |   August 23, 2013
Date on which North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed into law a Republican-backed bill that imposes some of the nation's most restrictive voting rules, including a ban on...

 

Progressive NC lawmaker resigns over restrictive voting law   |   August 20, 2013
North Carolina Sen. Ellie Kinnaird announced this week that she was stepping down from the legislature after nine terms -- and the Orange County Democrat and outspoken progressive...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Running the numbers on NC's discriminatory voting law   |   August 15, 2013
Date North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed into law HB 589, the Voter Information Verification Act or VIVA, which makes sweeping changes to the state's election laws: 8/...

 

Meet the 92-year-old plaintiff challenging restrictive NC voting law   |   August 14, 2013
After North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) quietly signed into law one of the most restrictive voting bills in the nation, civil rights groups filed lawsuits challenging its...

 

In denial about its racism, Texas fights preclearance under the Voting Rights Act   |   August 9, 2013
The now-neutralized "preclearance" provision of the Voting Rights Act that allowed the federal government to review proposed election changes in jurisdictions with...

 

The racist history of voter challenge provisions in NC 'monster' election bill   |   August 8, 2013
There is a lot to be concerned about in North Carolina's omnibus elections bill, which voting rights advocates have dubbed a "Monster Law." Indeed, HB 589 -- which...

 

Five reasons for optimism on the Voting Rights Act's 48th anniversary   |   August 6, 2013
By Brentin Mock, Colorlines Today marks the 48th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, after months of civil rights...

 

Baton Rouge redistricting case will test the future of the Voting Rights Act   |   August 1, 2013
A federal trial is about to get underway in Louisiana that promises to be a case study into what happens in jurisdictions previously covered by the Voting Rights Act's Section...

 

Southern elected officials take stands against voter ID   |   July 31, 2013
In Arkansas, Chris Burks, an attorney from Little Rock who was just elected to the Pulaski County Election Commission, has opened his tenure by publicly criticizing the state'...

 

NAACP appealing North Carolina redistricting ruling   |   July 30, 2013
After a three-judge panel in North Carolina upheld a Republican-drawn redistricting plan earlier this month that civil rights groups call an illegal gerrymander, the NAACP has...

 

DOJ to sue Texas under Voting Rights Act 'bail-in' provision   |   July 26, 2013
By Brentin Mock, Colorlines As we reported shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act's Section Five, Texas could still face "preclearance...