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Swinging the Swing State: Working Class Whites Now Less Than 50% of Voters in Ohio

Swinging the Swing State: Working Class Whites Now Less Than 50% of Voters in Ohio
For the first time, working-class whites make up less than half of Ohio's eligible voters, part of a demographic shift in a key Midwestern swing state that is pushing political parties to widen their appeal beyond the once-dominant bloc. Nationwide, working-class whites are more likely to be socially conservative, less optimistic about their futures and skeptical of big government. But in Ohio, the group has been much more politically divided: encompassing deeply religious, GOP-leaning conservatives in rural areas as well as unionized blue-collar Democrats in cities.
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Comic Book Supervillain/Alabama AG Luther Strange Calls for Guns at Polling Booth

Comic Book Supervillain/Alabama AG Luther Strange Calls for Guns at Polling Booth
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (a name fit for Superman's nemesis) decided that the polls would be a great place to bring your handgun. Can you say, "intimidation"?
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Study Links Voter ID Laws (and Lawmakers) to Bias Against Latinos

Study Links Voter ID Laws (and Lawmakers) to Bias Against Latinos
A new study by researchers at the University of Southern California argues that bias among state legislators against Latino voters is an important factor in the passage of tough voter ID laws across the country. The laws ostensibly are designed to prevent voter fraud, but the researchers said there’s almost no evidence that such fraud is a problem in U.S. elections
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GOP Renew Push to Limit Voting in Swing States

GOP Renew Push to Limit Voting in Swing States
With mid-term elections fast approaching and the next presidential bid seemingly around the corner, Republican lawmakers around the country have ramped up efforts to restrict voting rules and regulations in ways that favor GOP voters and discriminate against those who traditionally vote democrat, a report in the New York Times highlights.
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Alabama Now Offering Free Voter ID Cards

Alabama Now Offering Free Voter ID Cards
Alabama's voter ID law gets its first test when primary voters go to the polls on June 3rd. Every voter will be required to present one form of state-mandated photo ID, so the effort is on to make sure every would-be voter has the proper identification. Residents are eligible to get a free non-driver's ID from the Department of Public safety or a free photo voter ID card from the state.
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How CO Beat Back a Restrictive Voter ID Law

How CO Beat Back a Restrictive Voter ID Law
Once again, there was an effort this week to make voting more difficult in Colorado. Known as the “Reduce Voter Identity Theft Act,” the bill proposed to get rid of several permissible IDs that can now be used to vote: a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the elector. This can lead to disenfranchisement and was fortunately voted down and suspended indefinitely. So how did Colorado do it?
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Rock the Voters: A Cautionary Tale from NC's War on Voting Rights

Rock the Voters: A Cautionary Tale from NC's War on Voting Rights
Elections have consequences, so many in fact that it's impossible to list them all. During the past week, we have before us the stark realization that the near-psychotic TeaPublicans are holding the nation hostage. They are even trying to chip away, and in some cases take a sledge hammer to, the right to vote.
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There's Hope Yet: Hispanics Could Deliver Congress to Democrats in 2014

There's Hope Yet: Hispanics Could Deliver Congress to Democrats in 2014
New analysis by Latino Decisions shows Hispanics in 44 battleground congressional districts held by Republicans are poised to make a difference next November. The study comes on the heels of a June 6th vote in which every house Republican voted to defund President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
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Take the Test: Would You Have Been Able to Vote in Louisiana Prior to the Voting Rights Act?

Take the Test: Would You Have Been Able to Vote in Louisiana Prior to the Voting Rights Act?
Here is an example of a "literacy" test used in Louisiana in 1964. On its face, the test is "unbiased." However, the test is clearly designed so that no one can truly succeed.
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15 Examples of Virginia Voter Protection Now Impossible After Voting Rights Act's Weakening

15 Examples of Virginia Voter Protection Now Impossible After Voting Rights Act's Weakening
The executive director of the ACLU of Virginia called the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the Voting Rights Act could be a potential "death blow" for the 1965 law's Section 5, which prevented voter disenfranchisement mostly due to unfair redistricting. As late as 2003, the VRA stopped Republican efforts to "pack" African-American voters into a fewer districts or "dilute" the power of black voters in majority-white districts in Virginia.
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