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It’s time to start enforcing Section 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Democrats face significant obstacles in the fight to strengthen voting rights.

Early Voters

Voters in fourteen states faced new restrictions, and in several races, disenfranchised voters could have changed the outcome.

Former Chief Justice Earl Warren on the eve of his eightieth birthday, in 1971

How did “one person, one vote” become the rule for statehouses across the country?

LBJ

The fiftieth anniversary celebrations of Johnson’s Great Society agenda should not overlook the travesties of the war. 

This multiracial, multi-issue progressive coalition is not only remobilizing in North Carolina—its model of activism is now spreading all over the South.

Kris Kobach, Republican secretary of state for Kansas. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Some states are reviving disenfranchisement schemes that date back to the antebellum South.

Selma to Montgomery march, 1965. (Bruce Davidson/Magnum)

A history of the fight for voting rights and the movement to restrict them once again.

SCOTUS

The Supreme Court affirmed the rights of gay people just as it rode roughshod over the rights of African-Americans.

Blogs

Pushing this country forward takes more than a sympathetic president.

January 8, 2015

It took MLK’s activism and LBJ’s leadership to pass the Voting Rights Act.

January 8, 2015

Poet Crystal Valentine: “Maybe politics aren’t Armageddon enough for us”

December 22, 2014

DOJ’s aggressive defense of voting rights is one of the most important aspects of Holder’s tenure.

September 25, 2014

The federal government and civil rights groups want the state's anti-voting law blocked before the 2014 midterms. 

July 7, 2014

Why a forty-year-old plan for universal same-day registration makes more sense now than when reformers promoted it in the 1970s.

May 16, 2014

A presidential commission has proposed steps to make registering and voting easier. But it does not address the crisis of exceptionally low turnout.

January 22, 2014

An agenda of constitutional amendments, structural changes and referendum votes for raises and rights.

January 1, 2014

Pay attention when conservatives talk to one another: they reveal their sedulous plans.

September 26, 2013

The right to vote is under the most sustained attack since 1965, but civil rights activists are fighting back.

August 28, 2013