voter suppression

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 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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: North Carolina turns back the clock on voting rights   |   July 26, 2013
Date on which North Carolina's Republican-controlled legislature gave final approval to House Bill 589, a broad package of election changes that critics called a "full-...

 

Will North Carolina strike illegal voter literacy test from its constitution?   |   March 26, 2013
With the rise of white-supremacist power in the late 19th century South came efforts by the region's legislatures to block the African-American vote, and one of the most...

 

VOICES: Yes, voter suppression is controversial   |   December 14, 2012
By Chris Fitzsimon, NC Policy Watch It's a telling commentary on the current political dynamics in North Carolina that not only is voter suppression legislation expected to...

 

Should Congress name a Southern post office after a segregationist, vote-suppressing senator?   |   December 5, 2012
U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) has introduced a bill to name the historic Century Post Office in Raleigh, N.C. after one of the capital city's political legends, U.S. Sen....

 

Nonpartisan? True the Vote gave $5,000 to Republican State Leadership Committee   |   October 10, 2012
In recent weeks, Texas-based True the Vote has been subjected to growing scrutiny for its efforts to mobilize poll watchdogs across the nation this November. While the group says...

 

Facing South director discusses region's changing demographics, politics on Democracy Now   |   September 6, 2012
Chris Kromm, executive director of the Institute for Southern Studies and publisher of Facing South, appeared on Democracy Now! from the Democratic Convention in Charlotte, N.C....

 

Five ways courts say Texas discriminated against black and Latino voters   |   September 5, 2012
By Lois Beckett and Suevon Lee, ProPublica How does Texas discriminate against minority voters? Federal judges counted the ways. Last Tuesday, a panel of federal court judges...

 

Voting Rights Act key to rolling back new voting restrictions in the South   |   August 31, 2012
Over the last two weeks, voting rights advocates have scored a string of victories in Florida and Texas -- and may soon in South Carolina. The key to their success: a provision in...

 

Advocates draw voting wars to a stalemate in key Southern states   |   July 5, 2012
The war over who gets to vote, and how -- an ever-brewing battle, escalated in recent years -- continues to rage across the South. But after a year of looking like a win for those...

 

Is Florida's voter purge breaking the law?   |   May 31, 2012
In recent weeks, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has faced staunch criticism over plans to purge 182,000 people from the state's voter rolls on the grounds that they're supposedly...

 

NC voter suppression, past and present (video)   |   May 23, 2012
Following the 2008 election that saw record turnout of minorities and youth, North Carolina and other states witnessed an onslaught of Republican-sponsored laws aimed at...

 

Latino, black political clout grows in Florida and North Carolina   |   May 17, 2012
The face of the Southern electorate is changing, and perhaps nowhere is the shift clearer than Florida and North Carolina. In the two critical battleground states, the share of...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The push to block voter registration   |   April 5, 2012
Under a new elections law passed by Florida late last year, number of hours groups registering voters have to turn in completed forms or risk fines: 48 Penalty for each voter...

 

Art Pope bankrolls dubious 'voter fraud' crusade   |   October 28, 2010
June 5, 2007. It was poised to be a big day in North Carolina political history: State senators were about to vote on H 91, a historic election reform bill bill that would allow...

 

States Heighten Obstacles to Voting   |   April 27, 2005
Last week, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue (R) signed into law a measure requiring voters to show photo identification before voting. The move was part of a growing trend; lawmakers...