If you’ve read Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness — and you really should, it’s an incredibly important book — you know how our criminal justice system has, intentionally or not, reestablished the reality of the Jim Crow south. Our obsessive focus on drugs and the obsessive …
Category Archive: Voting Rights
Aug 05 2013
Jul 11 2013
Two of the most prominent conservative legal scholars in the country, including one who has long been on a short list of potential Supreme Court nominees for Republican presidents, slammed the court’s ruling in the Voting Rights Act case in interviews with Nina Totenberg.
Jul 11 2013
Every election we hear from some Republican politician — always a Republican — that there was rampant voter fraud. They will often point to some numerical discrepancy that sounds compelling but they always fall apart on examination. The latest example is from South Carolina:
Jun 25 2013
This morning, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Shelby County v Holder, which challenged two sections of the Voting Rights Act, first passed in 1966 but reauthorized several times, most recently in 2006 by a nearly unanimous vote of Congress. There’s some good news and some bad news in that ruling, which can be …
Jun 24 2013
Remember during last year’s election when Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry didn’t get on the ballot for the Republican primary in Virginia? It turns out that’s because the petitions their campaign turned in to get on the ballot were full of fake signatures. And one of them has now pleaded guilty to election fraud.
Jun 07 2013
Republican leaders in Texas held a conference last weekend to talk about how to prevent that state from going Democratic in the next few years as demographic shifts suggest that’s entirely possible. And one Tea Party leader, probably thinking he was safe in a room full of allies, blurted out the truth:
May 28 2013
In a rare case of apparently doing the right thing, Gov. Rick Scott of Florida has signed into law a bill that reverses most of the changes made after he came into office that made it more difficult to register and vote in that state, causing long lines and chaos on election day.
May 07 2013
Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell went on the Wallbuilders radio show with David Barton and Rick Green and they made quite possibly the dumbest argument imaginable on the subject of the many Republican plans to pass out presidential electoral votes by congressional district.
May 05 2013
Republicans continue their utterly shameless campaign to make voting as difficult as possible for anyone who isn’t likely to vote for them. In Ohio, they’re trying to pass a bill that would punish schools that help students register and vote at the university rather than where they come from.
Apr 08 2013
The latest example of Republican voter suppression may be the worst bill yet. The North Carolina Senate now has a bill that would make it far more difficult for college students to vote in a number of ways, while also reducing early voting days and hours.
Mar 12 2013
As the Supreme Court considers whether to declare Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional, Alan Abramowitz offers a very compelling argument for why the preclearance requirement is still necessary even if racism is not the primary reason that motivates illegal voting restrictions.
Mar 11 2013
Florida has convicted two former employees of Strategic Allied Consulting, one of the many sockpuppet companies owned by Nathan Sproul, the Republican voter registration guru who has gotten in all kinds of hot water around the country, for voter registration fraud.
Mar 08 2013
As the Supreme Court prepares to possibly overturn a key section of the Voting Rights Act, many of the Republican senators who voted for reauthorization of that bill — it passed on a 98-0 vote — are refusing to say whether they think it’s constitutional.
Mar 04 2013
The Supreme Court on Wednesday hear oral argument in Shelby County v Holder, the case challenging Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires that states and counties with a history of suppressing the vote on racial grounds get permission from the DOJ or a panel of federal judges before making any changes to …
Feb 28 2013
The Republican and Democratic parties in Michigan held their state conventions this past weekend. The Democrats wisely got rid of their chairman, Mark Brewer (covering him for most of the last few years was highly annoying; he was the king of the outrageous and badly reasoned press release). And the Republicans showed overwhelming support for …