Brentin Mock covers national politics for Colorlines. He previously served as lead reporter for Voting Rights Watch 2012, covering the challenges presented by new voter ID laws, suppression of voter registration drives and other attempts to limit electoral power of people of color.
Brentin is also a contributor for Demos’ blog PolicyShop, where he covers voting rights and civil rights; and also a blogger for Grist.org, where he writes about environmental justice. You can read some of his other work at Next American City, Facing South, The Root, In These Times, American Prospect and The Washington Post.
After a judge upheld Pennsylvania’s voter ID law, Representative Mike Turzai, who stated that the law would “allow Governor Romney to win the state,” again claimed that the state has a history of voter fraud.
Ten voters will attempt to show in court that the law has clear and racially biased impact on Pennsylvanians’ right to vote.
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.
A federal judge lets Florida’s purge initiative stand, even though it puts the voting rights of thousands of US citizens at risk.
Civil rights groups are suing Florida over the state’s voter purging initiative and The Advancement Project’s co-director Penda Hair explains why.
Even in offering Pennsylvanians free voter ID cards, it’s still a measure that places the right to vote in a plastic card rather than in the citizen.
The standoff has been all heat and no light around a poorly designed and poorly timed voter purging scheme.