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Benjamin Barber

Researcher/Writer

Benjamin Barber is the democracy program coordinator at the Institute for Southern Studies, a contributing writer for Facing South, and a graduate of the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a bachelor's degree in history from Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina. Benjamin previously interned with the Equal Justice Initiative in Alabama and with Facing South, and he served as the historian for the North Carolina NAACP Youth and College Division. His research focuses on voting rights, democracy, and Southern history.

 
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Articles by Benjamin Barber

N.C. election debacle reveals the real fraud threat

December 13, 2018 - While shocking reports emerged from Bladen and Robeson counties about years of absentee ballot fraud, the North Carolina legislature rushed to pass a voter ID bill — which would do nothing to address the problem that's cast doubt on the outcome of a congressional race. That absentee ballots were vulnerable to fraud should have come as no surprise to lawmakers.

Southern midterms marred by voting problems

November 15, 2018 - Voters in states across the South faced difficulties including long lines, closed polling places, malfunctioning machines, and voter intimidation. There were also registration issues that forced some voters to cast provisional ballots, which aren't necessarily counted.