2016 elections

Voting Rights: How to prevent long lines at the polls

November 20, 2015 - A new report finds that where a voter lives is the single biggest factor in determining Election Day wait lines, with Southern states ranking among the worst. Another big factor is race, with African Americans on average waiting more than twice as long as whites. The report offers suggestions for how to fix the problem.

Southern workers turn out in force to Fight for $15

November 13, 2015 - Fast-food and other low-wage workers held hundreds of protests across the country on Tuesday, many in Southern cities. After racking up wins at the state and local levels, organizers are now taking their case for a higher minimum wage and union rights to the national stage in the run-up to next year's elections.

URBAN OASIS: Democrats lead South's major cities

November 13, 2015 - Republicans may dominate state politics in the South, but Democrats have managed to hold on to the mayorships of the region's biggest cities. There are limits to local control, however — and in recent years GOP state lawmakers have imposed even more.

The South's aging voting machines put election integrity at risk

September 17, 2015 - Millions of people across the South and the rest of the country will cast ballots next year using outdated voting equipment, increasing the risk of failures that could cause long lines and missed or incorrect votes. While many local election officials want to buy new machines, they say they don't know where they'd get the money.