Voting Rights

Wisconsin Democrats Sue to Force Scott Walker to Hold Constitutionally Required Elections

February 26, 2018 11:50 pm

By Ari Berman for MotherJones In January, Democrat Patty Schachtner won a shocking upset, winning a special election for a Wisconsin State Senate seat by 11 points. The district had been in Republican hands since 2000, and was carried by…

Episode Two: Voting Rights & Russia Fights

February 26, 2018 10:15 pm

How the GOP Rigs Elections

February 7, 2018 11:23 pm

By Ari Berman for RollingStone Magazine On a quiet, tree-lined street in Racine, Wisconsin, in a neighborhood known as the Danish Village for its Scandinavian ancestry, sits a two-story white house with a large American flag hanging from the porch…

Judge strikes down Florida’s system for denying felons’ voting rights

February 2, 2018 9:52 pm

By Steve Bousquet for Tampa Bay Times TALLAHASSEE — The state of Florida routinely violates the constitutional rights of its citizens by permanently revoking the “fundamental right” to vote for anyone convicted of a felony, a federal judge ruled Thursday.…

How Voters With Disabilities Are Blocked From the Ballot Box

February 2, 2018 9:47 pm

By Matt Vasilogambros For decades, Kathy Hoell has struggled to vote. Poll workers have told the 62-year-old Nebraskan, who uses a powered wheelchair and has a brain injury that causes her to speak in a strained and raspy voice, that…

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Scott Walker Is Literally Preventing Wisconsinites From Voting

January 27, 2018 8:57 pm

By John Nichols for The Nation Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his Republican allies have never been enthusiastic about democracy. After grabbing power in the “Republican-wave” election of 2010—with a massive boost from heavy spending by the Koch brothers and…

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The Surprising Ways Voter Suppression Particularly Hurts Women

January 16, 2018 7:44 pm

Women face more obstacles to voting than men do. By Mandy Velez / AlterNet Trump got one thing right. The voting system is “rigged”—though not in the way he thinks—and it has serious consequences for women. Every election, poor folks,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…