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Opinion: Supreme Court Takes on Controversial AZ Voter ID Law

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The justices are considering whether the state can require proof of citizenship when people register to vote.

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Opinion: Voter ID Laws Saw a Setback this Week, But the War Rages On

Friday, October 05, 2012

Pennsylvania just bought itself some time to fully litigate the effects of this law without the pressure of a national election hanging in the balance.

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Backstory: Voter ID Laws and the 2012 Election

Thursday, September 20, 2012

On Tuesday, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court vacated a ruling earlier this summer that had upheld the state’s Voter ID law. On this week’s Backstory, Richard Hasen, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California Irvine School of Law, talks about how Pennsylvania is just the latest state where Voter ID laws are being challenged or struck down. And we’ll find out what that means for the election in November.

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How Voter ID Laws Could Affect the 2012 Elections

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Today the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will hear a controversial case that's been winding its way through the state's courts throughout the summer. The case will determine the constitutionality of Pennsylvania's voter ID law, but Pennsylvania is in good company: over a dozen state legislatures have enacted voter identification requirements over the past year.

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Opinion: The Democratic Party Finally Grew Some Stones

Monday, September 10, 2012

Marriage equality. The Dream Act. Reproductive rights. Voter access. These Democrats were bold and certain. They were progressive and passionate.

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Obama Campaign Recruiting Voting Law Watchdogs

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Just before former President Bill Clinton left the stage in Charlotte, he made sure to add voting rights protection to his list of reasons to reelect President Obama.

“If you want every American to vote and you think it's wrong to change voting procedures just to reduce the turnout of younger, poorer, minority and disabled voters, you should support Barack Obama,” Clinton said as he wrapped up his speech.

It's not just Clinton. In the final hours of the Democratic convention, the Obama campaign is making voting rights enforcement a key part of the closing pitch to activists before they scatter from Charlotte.

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Opinion: From Early Voting to Welfare, the Little Things Will Decide 2012

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

From the three extra voting days to food stamps, the Romney and Obama campaigns have made clear that the little things matter.

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Opinion: Crying Wolf on 'Voter Fraud' and Other Dirty GOP Tricks

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

I don’t believe that Maryland Republicans are racist. I truly don’t. They’re just practical. If black voters had a tendency to vote in a manner that pleased the Maryland Republican Party, they would help them get to the polls.

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Opinion: Past the Spin, Why Voter ID Laws Make Sense

Monday, July 16, 2012

In reality, polling data shows widespread support for Voter ID laws. Are they all that bad?

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Opinion: Voter ID Laws are the New Poll Tax

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Every defender of democratic rights should call Texas' Voter ID law what it is: a poll tax.

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Opinion: Florida's Shady History of Denying Justice

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

When Florida starts "purging" its voter rolls, there is reason to worry.

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Opinion: ALEC Explained - Why the Conservative Group isn't Going Away

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Not many people knew about ALEC -- the American Legislative Exchange Council -- before this uproar, and most people probably imagine they won't hear much more. The truth is, though, that ALEC isn't small, the campaign to pressure it wasn't quick and the story isn't just a ripple.

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Photo ID Law Comes to Swing State of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Monday was the deadline to register to vote in the presidential primary in Pennsylvania on April 24. These primary voters will be greeted by a coming change in Pennsylvania election law. They’ll be asked to show photo ID before they cast their vote. 

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Opinion: Voting in America is a Privilege, Not a Right

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

You need to show ID when you go to the bar. Why not when you go to the polls?

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Opinion: Remembering Selma From Super Tuesday to Bloody Sunday

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

As every year, the 2012 Selma march follows the route John Lewis took with Dr. King and other pioneers of the civil rights movement. Instead of watching the horse race of election cycles, perhaps March 7 would be better spent reflecting on our collective conscience.

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Two Views on Voter ID Laws

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

More than a dozen states have passed new laws that civil rights advocates say will discourage minority turnout at the polls in next year's elections. The laws range from laws requiring voters to present a photo ID before casting their ballot, to restrictions on early voting and new rules that make it harder for former felons to vote. A study by NYU's Brennan Center for Justice estimates the law will impact more than five million voters and could well alter the turnout of a close election.

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Holder: US DOJ to Review State Voter ID Laws

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was in Austin, Texas Tuesday night where he promised the Justice Department's civil rights division will aggressively review new voter ID laws that civil rights advocates say will have a discriminatory impact. This puts the Justice Department smack in the middle of a growing partisan debate over civil rights and minorities' access to the ballot. Several states, including Texas, have passed new requirements requiring voters to present photo ID before casting their vote. 

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A Guide to 2012 Issues on 2011 State Ballots

Thursday, November 03, 2011

It's a bit of a sleeper election this November, with just two states electing governors, but there are a number of major political victories up for grabs lower down on the ballot. In Ohio and Mississippi in particular, voters will weigh in directly on issues that could frame debate — and decisively shape turnout — for the presidential elections come 2012. 

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The Process is Political: Transparency and Obama Supporters' Lobbying Ties

Monday, October 31, 2011

Obama "Transparent" About Bundlers: After the New York Times reported last week that donors with clear ties to lobbying are among President Obama campaign donation bundlers — in violation of the spirit of the president's pledge not to take money from lobbyists — Obama campaign strategist argued that ...

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The Process is Political: Voting on Changing Voting Laws

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Changes to voting laws are up to voters in Mississippi, Washington, and Maine on November 8. Big Democratic donors appear to be snubbing Super PACs so far. And John Edwards argues the criminal charges against him will cause campaign finance chaos.

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