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The GOP's New Southern Strategy

Republicans are using the redistricting process to undermine minority voting power and ensure their party's dominance.

The electoral process has been occupied by the 1 percent—which means that what you hear in this “campaign” is largely refracted versions of their views, their needs, their fears, and their wishes.

Barack Obama

At the Project New West Summit, Democrats and progressive leaders debated electoral strategies for the pivotal Western region.

Why is one of the leading Republican candidates for president trying to stop the direct election of senators?

Barack Obama

The Democrats’ loss in New York's 9th District was an ominous rebuke to the president. Good thing he won’t be suggesting entitlement reform next week.

The Republicans’ dramatic overreach in states from Wisconsin to Maine has created openings for substantial Democratic victories in unexpected territory.

Despite the Republican strategy to recruit fake democrats to run in Wisconsin's primary elections, real Democrats won 70 percent of the vote.

So far, Bachmann has refused to acknowledge the clinics' activities, raising questions not just about the business but also about Bachmann's integrity as a candidate.

Ballot

Looking toward 2012, ALEC is peddling “Voter ID” laws to disenfranchise voters least likely to support their right-wing candidates.

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As the RNC adds support of voter ID legislation to its platform, the DOJ backs Virginia’s voter ID law and California lawmakers pass same-day voter registration legislation.

August 24, 2012

Todd Akin, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan all have me thinking of June Jordan’s great “Poem about My Rights.”

August 22, 2012

Changes to Florida’s voting rules target people of color, and not those who have done anything wrong. Our newest community journalists reports what’s happening on the ground.

August 22, 2012

Voters are turned away because of confusion in Michigan, purges take hold in New Mexico and Iowa, and Voter ID is challenged in Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

August 10, 2012

George Lujan, the latest community journalist to join Voting Rights Watch, reports from New Mexico, where the states busy frustrating registration efforts and prepping a massive voter purge. 

August 3, 2012

Ten Pennsylvania residents have spent the past week explaining in court that they do, in fact, exist and ought to be able to vote.

August 2, 2012

With the formal shift of control of the Wisconsin state Senate to Democratic control, America’s leading anti-labor governor can no longer govern at whim.

July 18, 2012

Romney’s recent strategy appears less Rove and more schoolyard whine, serving not to attack the president’s strength but to hold a mirror up to his own weaknesses. 

July 18, 2012

Voters stand up for themselves in Texas; purge-fest spreads beyond Florida; and ALEC’s exodus continues. This and more in our voting rights news roundup.

July 13, 2012

A landmark 1944 Supreme Court decision over Texas’ Jim Crow laws changed the arc of voting history. This week, a case that’s expected to change things again began its trip to the Roberts Court.

July 12, 2012