Categories & Tags: voter suppression

'I question America': Remembering Fannie Lou Hamer's challenge to white supremacy   |   August 21, 2014
This week marks 50 years since Fannie Lou Hamer, a leader of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), delivered a historic speech to the credentials committee of the...

 

After loss in court, NC voting rights activists turn attention to mobilizing in the streets   |   August 12, 2014
Following a federal judge's decision last week to deny a request by the U.S. Department of Justice and civil rights groups to block North Carolina's restrictive new 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...

 

Black voters and the future of Southern politics   |   June 20, 2014
This month marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, the massive organizing project that brought more than 1,000 volunteers to Mississippi and drew national attention to the...

 

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...

 

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...

 

NC Election Day drug bust violated policing best practices   |   December 5, 2013
A month after 100 police, sheriff's deputies and special agents swooped in on the small North Carolina town of Mount Gilead the morning of Election Day and made dozens of drug...

 

Was Election Day drug bust an attempt to intimidate black voters in NC?   |   November 13, 2013
Residents of Mount Gilead, a town of about 1,100 people in central North Carolina, are reeling from a police sting operation that netted 59 arrests the morning of Election Day....

 

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...

 

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-...

 

Is True the Vote telling the truth when it claims to be nonpartisan?   |   June 17, 2013
With controversy raging over allegations that the Internal Revenue Service improperly denied charitable nonprofit status to conservative groups, True the Vote -- a Texas-based...

 

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...

 

Tennessee reveals shortfalls in efforts to remove barriers created by voter ID laws   |   March 15, 2013
As Republican lawmakers have pushed through voter ID bills across the South and country, one of the strongest objections has come from voting rights groups that argue many people...

 

New battle over voter ID in the South   |   March 6, 2013
It's like 2011 all over again. It was two years ago that, after Republicans claimed big gains in state legislatures across the South and country in the 2010 mid-terms,...

 

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....

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Jim Crow goes to the polls   |   November 9, 2012
Number of states where Republican lawmakers passed new voting restrictions in the run-up to this year's election that critics said would suppress the youth, African-American...

 

Could Florida's new voting laws really change the election?   |   November 2, 2012
Florida is the purest of swing states: According to poll-watching websites like FiveThirtyEight, President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney are deadlocked, separated by a...

 

Impact of voter suppression efforts less than feared   |   October 31, 2012
Voting rights advocates have successfully pushed back against a national effort to restrict Americans' ability to cast a ballot, with far fewer people disenfranchised than...

 

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...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Disenfranchising Latino voters   |   September 26, 2012
Number of states that have enacted voting restrictions, which a new report from the Advancement Project finds will have a disproportionate effect on Latino voters: 23 Estimated...

 

Stronger state protections needed to prevent voter intimidation   |   September 12, 2012
With Tea Party-affiliated groups planning a massive effort to challenge voters in targeted communities on and before Election Day, a new report from voting-rights watchdogs...