May 20, 2012

Congress Speaks on Voting Rights—and Mississippi Hollers Back

Posted in Voting Rights tagged at 6:01 PM by minoritybrief

Democrats in Congress unveiled the Voter Empowerment Act of 2012, legislation aimed at strengthening election procedures for voters. On the same day, Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed into law a bill mandating voters show photo ID before hitting the polls, a law that was passed by ballot referendum by 62 percent of voters.

While Mississippi Democrats were invited to join the governor’s signing ceremony, none joined. Similarly, no Republicans were present for the congressional Democrats’ introduction of their voter bill. Both pieces of legislation will face challenges coming online. The intersection between what Democrats are attempting in Congress and what Republicans are attempting at the state level—in Mississippi and beyond—around voting shows a tragic collision from which democracy, citizens of color, and many without wealth and resources will be the casualties.

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June 20, 2011

How states are rigging the 2012 election

Posted in Voting Rights at 6:07 PM by minoritybrief

By E.J. Dionne Jr

An attack on the right to vote is underway across the country through laws designed to make it more difficult to cast a ballot. If this were happening in an emerging democracy, we’d condemn it as election-rigging. But it’s happening here, so there’s barely a whimper.

The laws are being passed in the name of preventing “voter fraud.” But study after study has shown that fraud by voters is not a major problem — and is less of a problem than how hard many states make it for people to vote in the first place. Some of the new laws, notably those limiting the number of days for early voting, have little plausible connection to battling fraud.

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June 19, 2011

Plots to Disenfranchise Voters Underway

Posted in Voting Rights at 10:27 PM by minoritybrief

By: Jackie Jones, BlackAmericaWeb.com

A coalition of civil rights organizations are taking aim at political and legislative voter suppression efforts which, they say, create a recipe for massive disenfranchisement of minorities and youth in the 2012 election.

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June 5, 2011

Battle Brewing Over Florida Voting Law

Posted in Voting Rights tagged at 9:00 AM by minoritybrief

By: F. Finley McRae, Special to BlackAmericaWeb.com

Another bitter voting rights battle is brewing in Florida, this time over the new law passed inthe Republican-dominated state legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Scott last week.

Black and Latino civic and civil rights activists and good government advocates say the new law, which hasn’t yet been implemented, would hinder and intimidate people of color who attempt to register and vote. The law, the leaders contend, is designed to impede and discourage their participation in the political process.

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