July 21, 2016 -
Half a million eligible voters have moved to North Carolina in the past five years. They are bringing new views to the state while at the same time grappling with its complicated new voting requirements.
November 30, 2015 -
In 2016, the U.S. will hold the first presidential election in 50 years without the full protections of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965. Facing South sat down with investigative journalist Ari Berman to discuss his new book "Give Us the Ballot" to discuss the 50-year history of the VRA and lessons we can learn for the modern voting rights struggle.
September 22, 2015 -
On National Voter Registration Day, election reform and voting rights advocates are highlighting needed changes to the U.S. registration system to ensure citizens have unfettered access to the ballot box.
July 17, 2015 -
A new report examines the well-being of state democracies and finds that seven of the nation's 10 least healthy are in the South. We take a look at barriers to voting across the region.
July 12, 2015 -
A federal trial starts this week over a restrictive voting law North Carolina lawmakers passed two years ago after the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. People from across North Carolina and beyond will gather outside the courthouse in Winston-Salem to pray, educate and march for voting rights at a moment organizers liken to the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches.
June 19, 2015 -
A new study from the watchdog group Democracy North Carolina estimates that tens of thousands of would-be voters were prevented from casting ballots or having them count in last year's elections due to a restrictive voting law passed in 2013. The law is being challenged in federal court, with arguments set to begin next month.
April 7, 2015 -
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation has launched a "Southern Voices" oral history project to capture the stories of Southern leaders working for social and economic justice. This installment focuses on voting rights.
November 7, 2014 -
A national hotline for voting problems reported that call volume was up significantly during this election, the first in 50 years held without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. In several Southern states, the number of voters affected by new voting restrictions exceeded the margin of victory in close races for U.S. Senate and governor.
October 31, 2014 -
Despite cuts to early voting periods and a tendency for lower turnout rates in midterm elections, voters are turning out early in droves this year in Southern battleground states with key U.S. Senate races.