Election Day Countdown: Civil Rights leaders fight for maximum voter participation

  by Hazel Trice Edney ( – The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has filed suit against Georgia Secretary of State and Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp over the state’s “discriminatory and unlawful ‘exact match’ voter suppression scheme.” The suit alleges that Georgia’s “‘no match, no vote’ voter registration scheme violates the Voting Rights Act, the National Voter[Read More…]

Jumping Hurdles to Get to the Ballot Box:Voter ID and Registration

By Rosemary Eng BlackmansStreet.Today The easy part of voting is voting. The hard part is getting through the minefield of obstacles on the way to the ballot box. Besides having to deal with oftentimes confusing voter registration regulations, getting the right voter ID is becoming another problem as states rework ID requirements. Too often it’s African Americans and Native Americans,[Read More…]

Breaking the Ballot: A Conversation with Carol Anderson on How Voter Suppression is Damaging Our Democracy

By Rosemary Eng BlackmansStreet.Today Carol Anderson, Charles Howard Candler professor and chair of African American studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, will be speaking October 25, 2018, about her new book, One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy, New York University School of Law, 44 Charlton Street, New York City. See Professor Carol Anderson[Read More…]

VoteRiders Helps Citizens Get the Voting Identification They Need

 By Rosemary Eng BlackmansStreet.Today A non-profit, non-partisan organization called VoteRiders works to help people struggling with voter ID issues. VoteRiders leaves the legal and political battles around voting to “partners” such as the ACLU of Arkansas, Black Voters Matter and Florida’s UnidasUS.  Workers with partner groups can contact VoteRiders when they need to help people struggling with understanding and[Read More…]

Federal Judge Rules Texas Voter Law Was Enacted to Discriminate Against Blacks

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS–A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that Texas’ 2011 voter photo ID law, the nation’s strictest, was written and passed by the Texas legislature with the intention of keeping African American and Hispanic voters away from the polls in what is fast becoming a swing state instead of a Republican stronghold. The law required voters to produce[Read More…]

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