Categories & Tags: voting rights

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...

 

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...

 

50 years since LBJ's historic voting rights speech   |   March 19, 2015
Two weeks ago, tens of thousands of people came to Selma, Alabama to honor the 50th anniversary of the first Selma to Montgomery March. This week, on March 15, marks 50 years...

 

From Selma to sorrow   |   March 9, 2015
By Mary Stanton, Southern Exposure, Fall 1999 "This is not a monument to suffering. It is a memorial to hope," says Maya Linn, designer of the Civil Rights Memorial in...

 

When will Southern states become majority-minority?   |   March 6, 2015
Texas was the first state in the South with a majority-minority population, and for a decade now it has been the only one. But in 2025, another Southern state is expected to hit...

 

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...

 

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" --...

 

4 maps that show why Democrats shouldn't dump the South   |   December 18, 2014
The Democratic Party's dismal showing in the 2014 elections caused progressives and the party faithful to look for answers, or at least for someone to blame. A handful of...

 

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...

 

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: 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...

 

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...

 

Americans for Prosperity's trail of voter misinformation goes far beyond NC   |   October 3, 2014
The North Carolina State Board of Elections announced this week that it is investigating a controversial mailer the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) sent...

 

Voting rights advocates win key battle in ongoing war over North Carolina election restrictions   |   October 3, 2014
Voting rights advocates are celebrating a partial victory in North Carolina this week after a federal appeals court issued a preliminary injunction blocking two provisions of the...

 

3 issues to watch in the South on National Voter Registration Day   |   September 23, 2014
With Election Day 2014 seven weeks away, a network of more than 2,000 groups kicked off National Voter Registration Day this week. The national campaign comes with voter...

 

Waiting at the polls: Long lines and the right to vote   |   September 17, 2014
Every big election year, horror stories surface around the South and the rest of the country of voters having to wait for hours to cast their ballots. In 2008, reports came out of...

 

NC 'monster' election law disenfranchised more than 450 primary voters, report finds   |   September 11, 2014
More than 450 North Carolina citizens whose votes would have counted in the 2012 election had their ballots rejected during this year's primary due to election law changes...

 

Art Pope vs. cooperative economics: Who will save Raleigh's food desert?   |   September 5, 2014
Art Pope, a prominent donor to conservative causes and close ally to the influential Koch brothers, steps down as North Carolina's budget director this week, a move that frees...

 

Students step up efforts to protect youth vote   |   August 29, 2014
Across the South and country, young voters -- including students -- are a key voting bloc: In 2012, voters under the age of 30 cast 20 million votes [pdf], according to the U.S....

 

Moral Monday: 'Take it to the states'   |   August 22, 2014
In his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. told those participating in the March on Washington that it was "the greatest demonstration...

 

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...

 

Despite budget squeeze, NC lawmakers poised to step up anti-voter fraud spending   |   August 1, 2014
This week, North Carolina state lawmakers put forward a budget plan that calls for tens of millions of dollars in program cuts -- sacrifices that Republican leaders say are...