Posts Tagged ‘Voter ID’

Oct
2015
2

Alabama Just Closed Driver’s License Offices in Every County with a 75% Black Population

Alabama Just Closed Driver's License Offices in Every County with a 75% Black Population
  Obscured by evidence that Voter ID would disproportionately affect the black community.  During the legal challenge to the law the ACLU explained that 62 percent of black Alabama residents relied on public transportation, compared to 34 percent of white residents.  To boot, ALEA raised the fee for driver’s license renewal from…
Aug
2015
27

“The Most Racist Politician in America” Embroiled in Latest Voting Machine SNAFU

  Campaign speeches, millions of ad dollars, and tens of thousands of volunteers are fundamental to winning elections.  So is illegally suppressing voters that oppose your party.  Or hacking the electronic voting machines that people vote on. In Kansas, the top election official in the state has asked a Sedgwick County judge to block the…
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Jul
2015
15

NC’s Archaic Voting Rights Rollback Goes on Closely Watched Trial

NC's Archaic Voting Rights Rollback Goes on Closely Watched Trial
  On Monday, trial began in a Winston-Salem, North Carolina federal courtroom to determine the fate of what one expert labeled “the worst voter suppression law since the 1960’s.”  The case, North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory, claims that a series of changes to the state’s election laws known as the North Carolina Voter Information and…
Oct
2014
15

One Of Their Own: Conservative Judge Admits Voter ID Is “Aimed at Limiting Voting by Minorities”

One Of Their Own: Conservative Judge Admits Voter ID Is
  In his 30-page opinion conservative Judge Richard A. Posner last week dismantled the Republican argument for Voter ID laws after hearing the Wisconsin Voter ID law case as part of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. The law was eventually shot down by the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2007 Posner, a Reagan appointee, wrote [&hellip…;
Sep
2014
12

Court Action Keeps Dream of Early Voting Alive in Ohio, Despite Unrelenting GOP

Court Action Keeps Dream of Early Voting Alive in Ohio, Despite Unrelenting GOP
  A federal court has issued a preliminary injunction against cuts to the early voting period in the state of Ohio. The changes violate both the equal protection clause of the fourteenth amendment and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), according to the decision.  The state must now restore the so-called “golden week” [&hellip…;
Jul
2014
9

NC College Students Fighting Voter ID Laws on Grounds of Age Discrimination

NC College Students Fighting Voter ID Laws on Grounds of Age Discrimination
  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.   In North Carolina, lawyers for seven college [&hellip…;
Apr
2014
14

Quoting LBJ, Obama Slams GOP-Led Voter Suppression Efforts

Quoting LBJ, Obama Slams GOP-Led Voter Suppression Efforts
  On Friday, President Obama wrapped up a week of commemorating progress made by the civil rights movement with a fiery speech in which he lashed out at Republicans who seek to restrict voting rights through unnecessary legislation.   Aided by the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down aspects of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, [&hellip…;
Mar
2014
19

WI Newspaper: Walker Request for Voter ID Special Session “Ridiculous,” Voter Fraud “Not a Problem”

WI Newspaper: Walker Request for Voter ID Special Session
  An editorial from the Appleton Post-Crescent attempts to clarify the issue of Voter ID in Wisconsin, slamming Gov. Scott Walker for calling a special session of the legislature in order to change the law while more pressing matters, like disastrous job numbers, face the state.   Interestingly, the board originally supported the Voter ID…
Oct
2013
25

GRAPHIC: States With Conservative Leadership Leading Suppressive Voter ID Charge

GRAPHIC: States With Conservative Leadership Leading Suppressive Voter ID Charge
  A new infographic from the Advancement Project shows the toll being taken on voting rights due to suppression efforts in state legislatures around the country.  Using the states of Texas, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Wisconsin as examples, the infographic shows how these laws are directly aimed at creating barriers to entry for…
Aug
2013
12

Florida Oranges? How About Sour Grapes? Gov. Scott Tries Again to Purge Voters from the Rolls

  In the lead up to the 2012 election, Florida Governor Rick Scott made news by attempting to purge 182,000 voters from the voting rolls. This was part of a voter suppression plan that included ending early voting, cracking down on voter registration drives, and creating long lines in precincts in poor and minority neighborhoods. [&hellip…;
Dec
2011
24

Indiana Sec. of State Found Guilty of Voter Fraud In State With Nation’s Worst Voter ID Law

Indiana Sec. of State Found Guilty of Voter Fraud In State With Nation’s Worst Voter ID Law
Indiana’s Secretary of State is being removed from office on charges that he was not eligible for the office he was elected to. From Political Animal: It hasn’t been a good month for the GOP and election fraud. Two weeks ago, a Maryland jury convicted a Republican official who oversaw illegal voter-suppression tactics in the [&hellip…;
Nov
2011
9

ELECTION NIGHT BUZZKILL: Mississippi Passed a Voter ID Measure Last Night

On a night of electoral victories for progressives from state to state, Mississippi gave Democrats one of their few defeats. After rejecting a fairly radical anti-abortion initiative, voters in the Magnolia state voted in favor of a voter ID law that forces potential voters to show a photo ID in order to cast their ballot. [&hellip…;