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.
October 29, 2014 -
Across the South, state laws and local election boards are creating new barriers for young people to vote -- and youth of color are disproportionately affected.
October 16, 2014 -
Part of a new wave of organizations committed to registering minority and young voters in the South, the New Georgia Project and its partner organizations say they have registered over 120,000 Georgians to vote while fighting Republican charges of fraud and foot-dragging by the state over processing as many as 52,000 of these new registrations.
October 3, 2014 -
The Fourth Circuit Court's decision blocking two provisions of the state's restrictive 2013 voting law ahead of the November election is an important victory for voting rights advocates. But North Carolina is now appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has already proven reluctant to allow changes to voting laws so close to the election.