The Theft of Voting Rights in Arizona

By: Thursday November 15, 2012 12:20 pm

What’s happening in Arizona right now, relatively under the radar in the traditional media (with a few notable exceptions), approaches the kind of thing you’d expect out of a banana republic. The short version is that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio didn’t want to lose re-election, so he and his colleagues tried to make sure [...]

Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge to Voting Rights Act

By: Friday November 9, 2012 2:30 pm

Part of the success in beating back efforts to limit election participation in a number of Republican-led states came from the work of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, which used its pre-clearance authority under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act to block measures that could have disenfranchised minorities, like district-level maps [...]

In Candid Moment of Acceptance Speech, Obama Vows Voting Reform

By: Wednesday November 7, 2012 11:00 am

If you’re into that sort of thing, I thought the President gave an excellent if a bit stentorian speech last night, weaving in plenty of different themes we should look for in a second term. But the most important part of this was a throwaway line that was probably not in the prepared text, something [...]

Predictable, Predicted Problems Plaguing Pennsylvania Polling Place Participants

By: Tuesday November 6, 2012 2:19 pm

Pennsylvania was the most important state in the war on voting for a reason: they had virtually no other options for voters beyond in-person Election Day polling places (no early voting, no vote by mail or absentee voting without an excuse), and the state was the only plausible swing state where voter ID was passed [...]

Vote By Mail Clearly the Best Solution to Getting Hundreds of Millions of Americans to Vote

By: Tuesday November 6, 2012 11:24 am

So, I voted. I don’t remember the exact day, but it was sometime in early October. California allows residents to sign up for permanent vote-by-mail. They get their ballot a month in advance and can then mail it back in. You can vote with all the materials in front of you, you don’t have to [...]

New York, New Jersey Attempt to Expand Voting Options to Compensate for Hurricane Sandy’s Impact

By: Monday November 5, 2012 7:02 am

In contrast to Florida and Ohio, two states suffering from the worst effects of Hurricane Sandy are working to ensure the maximum voter turnout tomorrow. Of course, both states suppress their voters by not holding early voting options. But New York and New Jersey, concerned about Election Day just one week after Superstorm Sandy, have [...]

Voter Suppression In Action in Florida, Ohio Over the Weekend

By: Monday November 5, 2012 6:20 am

Polls predicting a narrow victory for President Obama in tomorrow’s Presidential election are only “skewed” in the sense that they don’t take into account the persistent attempts at voter suppression in key battleground states controlled by Republicans. The Obama campaign’s strategy to bank early votes and get sporadic voters out to cast their ballot only [...]

Disenfranchisement of Ex-Felons Bars 2 Million from Voting in Key Swing States Virginia and Florida

By: Friday November 2, 2012 10:00 am

The above graphic comes from the Prison Policy Initiative, and it shows the impact of summary disenfranchisement of adult-age ex-convicts in our political system, unique around the world. No other country disenfranchises ex-felons to the degree we do here in America. Prisoners pay their debt to society but their ability to have a voice in [...]

Bracing for the Impact of Hurricane Sandy on Election Day

By: Friday November 2, 2012 8:30 am

We’re four days out from an election, and four days behind a hurricane that smashed into the Northeast. Millions of homes remain without power, though it’s slowly coming back online. Minds are focused on rescue and recovery. How exactly will this region shift into an election footing next Tuesday? The first question concerns the logistical [...]

“Glitch” in Ohio Secretary of State’s Office Could Affect Thousands of Voter Registrations

By: Thursday November 1, 2012 12:14 pm

Close elections like this always expose the unseemly lack of competence in our federal elections, the main decisions of which are left up to partisan elected officials in the states. This Jon Husted guy in Ohio is starting to make past Republican Secretaries of State like Katherine Harris and Ken Blackwell look like, well, the [...]

Appeals Court Stays Ruling, Potentially Allowing Ohio to Disenfranchise Voters Because of Poll Worker Error

By: Thursday November 1, 2012 6:13 am

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted may get his wish of disenfranchisement after all. A three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday placed a stay on a lower court ruling that would allow voter disenfranchisement based on poll worker error. The panel, all appointed by either Bush 41 or Bush 43, ruled [...]

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