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Voters at a polling station

A five-decade bipartisan consensus on this key piece of civil rights legislation has collapsed—right when we need its protections more than ever before.

The good news is that things have gotten so bad, almost everyone agrees we need to make big changes.

Voting in California

It didn’t work for Republicans in this election—but their war on voting is far from dead.

Voting

From Senate races to state and city referendums, Americans made clear they wanted to limit the corrupting power of corporate money.

Barack Obama

In the next four years—and beyond—progressives must create the political space for the president to represent the majority of Americans.

It will be resisting not only voter-suppression laws in key swing states but also harassment from the Tea Party group True the Vote.

Polling station

A former voter ID supporter realizes the real racial motive behind supposedly “common sense” reforms. 

An important court decision stayed the GOP’s voter-suppression scheme in Pennsylvania. But that battle, and others like it across the nation, is only just beginning.

Artur Davis

The former black congressman became a star among tea partiers after coming out in support of Voter ID laws.

Highlights from the Voting Rights Watch 2012 blog, from Brentin Mock, Aura Bogado and Maegan E. Ortiz

Blogs

The RNC adopted rules to prevent early primaries from swiftly settling on a presidential nominee. 

January 16, 2012

Iowa and New Hampshire voters are supposedly better informed because they get to meet the presidential candidates in person. They aren’t. 

January 2, 2012

DOJ denied pre-clearance to a requirement that South Carolina voters show photo ID. But it doesn’t have the same power over every state. 

December 25, 2011

After Obama cited Roosevelt in his Kansas speech, Fox News has decided that TR peddled “socialistic nationalism.”

December 7, 2011

An interview with Rock the Vote president Heather Smith on the new restrictive voter ID laws. 

July 21, 2011

 When it comes down to it, the easiest way to make elections competitive is to give candidates more money.

June 20, 2011

Reed Richardson on the GOP's campaign finance dodge and Eric takes the mail.

March 31, 2011

I don’t begrudge Wendy Kaminer her determination to defend Citizens United. But I do wish that she would come up with her own arguments for why she thinks the justices were right to allow unlimited contributions from corporate treasuries to flood the electoral landscape.

February 10, 2011

On one-year anniversary of Citizens United ruling, in dozens of communities across the country, Americans rally to demand a renewal of democracy. Updated with reports from marches, rallies and forums; C-SPAN links.

January 21, 2011

The United States still has an unstable and unequal election system that is ripe for gaming by political insiders.

December 13, 2010