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Elections and Voting

Do ballot initiatives impact elections?

August 9, 2006 - One of the bits of conventional wisdom from Election 2004 is that President Bush benefited in many states from conservative ballot initiatives -- especially those opposing gay marriage -- which whipped up passion and turnout among the conservative base.

Voting Rights Hall of Shame

By R. Neal
July 20, 2006 - On its way to being passed in the House, the Voting Rights Act renewal was almost gutted by a coalition of Southern legislators. It survived intact and is now on its way to the Senate for approval. Bush indicates he will sign it.

Georgia voter ID update

By R. Neal
July 12, 2006 - The Georgia Supreme Court has denied the State of Georgia's request that they be allowed to enforce Georgia's new voter ID law in the upcoming elections:

Georgia voter ID law faces new court challenge

By R. Neal
July 6, 2006 - Last year, Georgia passed legislation requiring state voters who did not have a driver's license or other official photo ID to purchase a special photo ID. The law was later ruled unconstitutional because it basically amounted to a poll tax.