WHAT'S HAPPENING

As we gear up to take back the House in 2018, read some of the latest news and blog posts that demand our attention and action.

Disabled Americans Lost Voting Rights Under Trump Election Fraud Commissioner’s Law

December 11, 2017 5:03 pm

By Jessica Kwong from Newsweek The head of President Donald Trump’s election fraud commission drafted a law as a Kansas official that led to 23 disabled people not having their votes counted in a recent local election. The disenfranchisement occurred…

Inside John Roberts’ Decades-Long Crusade Against the Voting Rights Act

December 11, 2017 3:47 am

AWP revisits some of the history behind the dismantling of the Voting Rights Act with this article by ARI BERMAN from Politico on August 10, 2015 John Glover Roberts, a 25-year-old graduate of Harvard Law School, arrived in Washington in…

Federal court order ends in RNC voter-intimidation case

December 5, 2017 7:14 pm

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY The Associated Press A long-standing court order prohibiting the Republican National Committee from engaging in voter verification and other “ballot security” measures expired Friday, although a federal judge left open the possibility it could be extended…

Vote Suppressors Unleashed

November 30, 2017 8:25 pm

By Richard L. Hasen for Slate This could be a very bad week for voting rights in the United States. On Friday, a federal consent decree to stop potential voter suppression by the Republican National Committee—in place since 1982—is set…

Culling Voter Rolls: Battling Over Who Even Gets to Go to the Polls

November 26, 2017 6:02 am

By MICHAEL WINES for the NYTimes WASHINGTON — On its face, the notice sent to 248 county election officials asked only that they do what Congress has ordered: Prune their rolls of voters who have died, moved or lost their…

Rigged: How Voter Suppression Threw Wisconsin to Trump

November 25, 2017 3:46 am

by Ari Berman for MotherJones You can’t say Andrea Anthony didn’t try. A 37-year-old African American woman with an infectious smile, Anthony had voted in every major election since she was 18. On November 8, 2016, she went to the…

Trump Is Rapidly Reshaping the Judiciary. Here’s How.

November 12, 2017 11:32 pm

By CHARLIE SAVAGE for NYTimes WASHINGTON — In the weeks before Donald J. Trump took office, lawyers joining his administration gathered at a law firm near the Capitol, where Donald F. McGahn II, the soon-to-be White House counsel, filled a…

New York Voters Reject a Constitutional Convention

November 10, 2017 10:02 pm

By JESSE McKINLEY ALBANY — New York voters gave a resounding thumbs down to a constitutional convention on Tuesday, once again rejecting an opportunity to open the state’s founding document to a full-scale overhaul after opponents stoked fears that such…

Let the People Pick the President

November 10, 2017 9:12 pm

By New York Times Editoral Board The winners of Tuesday’s elections — Republican or Democrat, for governor, mayor or dogcatcher — all have one thing in common: They received more votes than their opponent. That seems like a pretty fair…

Trump Election Commission Leader Sought a Radical Change to a Key Voting Law

October 6, 2017 4:22 pm

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the vice chair of President Donald Trump’s election integrity commission, urged the Trump administration to weaken a key federal voting law, according to documents released by a federal court on Thursday. Kobach called for…

A Strong Nominee. A Divisive Opponent. But Can Democrats Win in Alabama?

October 2, 2017 6:50 pm

The Republican primary victory last week by Roy S. Moore initially delighted Democrats who saw the inflammatory Alabamian’s humiliation of the Republican establishment as prime evidence that the Trump era had intensified the right’s unremitting internecine wars. But now Democrats…

Get Involved With the Fight to Restore America’s Voting Rights

September 29, 2017 4:20 pm

After President Obama’s election in 2008, some state legislatures responded to the increased turnout among young people and people of color by attempting to curb voting rights. The wave of voter suppression measures accelerated after the 2010 elections, with politicians…