Pam Fessler

Pam Fessler appears in the following:

Trump Cited My Work In His Speech — But He Missed The Point

Friday, July 22, 2016

Donald Trump talked about how "the system is rigged against our citizens, just like it was rigged against Bernie Sanders — he never had a chance."


Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law

Thursday, July 21, 2016

One of the country's strictest voter ID laws violates the Voting Rights Act, according to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. It says the Texas law discriminates against the state's minority voters.


Appeals Court Demands Changes To Texas Voter ID Law

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered changes to a Texas voter ID law on Wednesday finding a part of the law discriminates against minority voters.


In Virginia, A Battle To Give Former Felons The Right To Vote

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe restored voting rights to more than 200,000 ex-offenders. Now, the state's Republicans are suing the governor, who they say overstepped his authority.


A Guide To The Big Photo ID, Early Voting And Other Voting Law Cases

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Ahead of November, a number of important voting law cases are still up in the air nationwide. Here's a breakdown of where some of the big cases stand.


For Low-Income Victims, Nuisance Laws Force Ultimatum: Silence Or Eviction

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Many communities have enacted nuisance laws to make sure renters aren't disturbing their neighbors. Trouble is, victims — especially of domestic abuse — often end up penalized for calling the police.


Appeals Court Considers North Carolina Voting Law

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A federal appeals court will hear arguments in a case challenging North Carolina's 2013 voting law that eliminated a week of early voting and made other changes that opponents say discriminate against African-American voters in violation of the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act. It's part of a broader national fight over voting rights.


Many Voters Frustrated With Their Party's Nominating Process

Saturday, June 18, 2016

In a recent poll, both Democrats and Republicans expressed low levels of trust in their party's nominating process for presidential candidates. We hear from voters around the country.


Amid Long Voting Lines And Claims Of A 'Rigged System,' Does My Vote Matter?

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

This year's primaries have been filled with complaints about the voting process. The controversies raise questions about how confident Americans are that their votes will count in November.


Researchers Find Surprising Results After Testing A New Way To Measure Poverty

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The study takes into account the hardship and deprivation faced by an individual or family: How often do they have trouble getting food, paying bills or getting help for a serious medical problem?


Election Commission Advisory Board Disagrees With Director Over Citizenship Rule

Thursday, May 05, 2016

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission's advisory board has shown dissatisfaction with the director's decision to allow three states to require proof of citizenship when registering to vote.


Federal District Judge Upholds North Carolina's Sweeping Voter ID Law

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A federal district judge upheld North Carolina's new voting law, including requirements that voters show a government-issued photo ID at the polls and only vote in the correct precinct. Opponents of the law say they will appeal, but the decision could be in effect for the November elections, which voter advocates say might mean some voters, especially minorities, will be disenfranchised. The judge said that did not appear to be the case.


In Baltimore, Hopes Of Turning Abandoned Properties Into Affordable Homes

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The city has long suffered a dearth of decent housing. The recent collapse of vacant buildings — which in one case killed a man — has increased the urgency of finding a solution.


Why Voters Could Be Removed From The Rolls

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

There might very well be a legitimate explanation for why some of those names were removed in Brooklyn ahead of New York's Democratic primary.


What Keeps Election Officials Up At Night? Fear Of Long Lines At The Polls

Thursday, April 07, 2016

After voters at some sites in Arizona and Wisconsin had to wait hours to participate in their state primaries, officials around the U.S. are beefing up resources to ensure voting goes more smoothly.


In A High-Rent World, Affordable And Safe Housing Is Hard To Come By

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Most low-income tenants who end up in court are extremely poor; many of them are women with children. With a lack of housing aid and limited legal help, they often lose their cases and face eviction.


Low-Income Renters Squeezed Between Too-High Rents And Subpar Housing

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Tenants often stop paying rent to force the repair of poor conditions in the only housing they can afford. But landlords say can't fix the problems until they get the rent. It's a vicious cycle.


Living From Rent To Rent: Tenants On The Edge Of Eviction

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Most people who end up facing eviction simply can't afford to pay their rent. Many low-income tenants work, but their rent outpaces their wages. An unexpected bill or a lost job can mean homelessness.


Welcome To Rent Court, Where Tenants Can Face A Tenuous Fate

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Landlord and Tenant Branch of Superior Court for the District of Columbia is where you can end up if you're poor, black and on the verge of being evicted.


Remembering Former First Lady Nancy Reagan

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Nancy Reagan has died at age 94. NPR's Pam Fessler has this remembrance of the former first lady.