July 7, 2022 -
The U.S. Supreme Court will consider a fringe legal theory that would give state lawmakers even more leeway to gerrymander, suppress voters, and possibly overturn presidential election results. Four conservative justices agree with the theory, and the appeal out of North Carolina will reveal if the court's majority does. A proposed constitutional amendment could provide a fix.
May 7, 2021 -
While Southern states didn't grow as fast as many expected, more than half of U.S. population gains in the 2020 census were in the South, boosting the region's clout.
October 29, 2020 -
Legal experts have warned that election results could be delayed for days due to all of the mail-in ballots and litigation over voting during the COVID-19 pandemic. This could open the door to federal courts intervening — or legislators deciding who won the presidential election in their state.
February 27, 2020 -
Though recently passed by the Virginia House, a bill requiring the state's electoral votes to go to the winner of the national popular vote for president was put off until next year by a Senate committee. Had Virginia approved the measure, the U.S. would have been three-quarters of the way toward ending the possibility of a president who didn't win the popular vote.
July 3, 2019 -
Amid the current assaults on voting rights by Republican-led statehouses in the South, some Democratic presidential candidates have traveled to Southern states to release proposals for election reforms that would create new standards for combating discriminatory practices and expand voting access nationwide.
February 15, 2019 -
Southern states are projected to gain up to four congressional seats and Electoral College votes after next year's census. But some Southern states are at risk of losing representation, and census undercounts could dilute the power of African-American and Latino communities.
November 10, 2017 -
A year after Donald Trump was elected president in a campaign that appealed to bigotry, voters across the South rejected the politics of division and embraced trailblazing African-American, Asian-American, Latino and LGBT candidates.