Voting Rights

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."
On 25 March 1965, Martin Luther King led thousands of nonviolent demonstrators to the steps of the capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, after a 5-day, 54-mile march from Selma, Alabama, where local African Americans, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) had been campaigning for voting rights.
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2014 Elections Had the Lowest Voter Turnout Since...World War II

2014 Elections Had the Lowest Voter Turnout Since...World War II
The 2014 Midterm election had the lowest turnout in 70 years, and at least then World War II was an actual excuse for the low voter turnout. Hopefully World War III doesn't break out before the polls open up again in two years.
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Matt Binder
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Group Seeks Justice for Disabled Denied Voting Rights

Group Seeks Justice for Disabled Denied Voting Rights
At a time when election officials are struggling to convince more Americans to vote, advocates for the disabled say thousands of people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities have been systematically denied that basic right in the nation's largest county – LA County.
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Youth in Revolt: NC College Students Join Fight Against Inane Voter ID Laws

Youth in Revolt: NC College Students Join Fight Against Inane Voter ID Laws
The subject of Voter ID usually revolves around race. Laws have been struck down in states such as Wisconsin and Pennsylvania due to their disproportional effect on minorities and the elderly, but other segments of the population are up in arms as well. Namely, college students.
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Chaz Bolte
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On Campaign, GOP Congressman Suggested Only Property Owners Should Be Able to Vote

On Campaign, GOP Congressman Suggested Only Property Owners Should Be Able to Vote
Recently unearthed footage of Rep. Ted Yoho speaking at Berean Baptist Church in Ocala, Florida, during his candidacy for Congress in the 2012 election cycle shows the Republican politician suggesting that only property owners should have the right to vote.
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Examining the Conservative Id of Voter ID Laws

Examining the Conservative Id of Voter ID Laws
The Nation's Ari Berman explains why a Wisconsin judge's ruling against voter ID laws is so important and sweeping — and not just because the state is an important battleground state. Similar voter ID laws are quite the fad among conservative Americans, but what really motivates their proposal? New cases are popping up in North Carolina and Texas, but the history goes back to the Bush administration.
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Kansas Sec. of State Mocks Disenfranchised Voters as 'Procrastinators'

 Kansas Sec. of State Mocks Disenfranchised Voters as 'Procrastinators'
Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach and Arizona attorney general Tom Horne scored a big victory in federal court when a Kansas district court judge ruled that federal voter registration forms in both states must require voters to show proof of citizenship.
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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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Once Overlooked, Secretaries of State Now Seen as Crucial in Voting Rights Battle

Once Overlooked, Secretaries of State Now Seen as Crucial in Voting Rights Battle
Long seen as a downticket position, Secretary of State campaigns are garnering widespread attention as voting rights issues heat up in a number of states. The position has outsized influence on how elections are overseen, especially in battleground areas.
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CO Official Spends $238K of Taxpayer Funds Fighting Own Ethics Complaint, Says Voter Rights Sucking Budget Dry

CO Official Spends $238K of Taxpayer Funds Fighting Own Ethics Complaint, Says Voter Rights Sucking Budget Dry
Secretary of State Gessler has blown his budget, and he is lying about the cause. There are several reasons for the projected $5.1 million budget deficit, some of which are Gesssler’s choices, some of which are beyond his control, but implementation of House Bill 13-303, otherwise known as the “Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act” is not one of the factors leading to the projected deficit.
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