March 24, 2017 -
Though death sentences and executions have decreased nationally in recent years, the South continues to execute people at a disproportionate rate — but the movement to end the death penalty is picking up momentum there.
December 9, 2016 -
This week the U.S. Supreme Court took up cases involving potentially racially gerrymandered voting districts in North Carolina and Virginia. The rulings are expected to define for the first time what constitutes excessive reliance on race when drawing district lines.
November 30, 2016 -
Gregg Phillips of Texas, a former Republican Party official turned conservative activist, sits on the board of True the Vote, a tea party-connected poll monitoring group that peddles exaggerated claims of voter fraud while pressing for restrictive voting laws.
September 23, 2016 -
The predominantly poor, African-American community in Alabama that became the dumping ground for coal ash spilled in the 2008 TVA disaster in Tennessee is embroiled in an ongoing fight for environmental justice — and there's now an opening for the public to weigh in.
September 8, 2016 -
While Virginia's Democratic governor battles Republican lawmakers over restoring voting rights for ex-felons who've completed their sentences, almost 200,000 of the state's residents — almost half of them African-American — remain disenfranchised, mostly for nonviolent crimes.
September 2, 2016 -
A Rolling Stone investigation into the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program documented flawed methods that put eligible citizens — disproportionately African-American, Latino and Asian-American — at risk of being blocked from voting. Why are so many states still using it when there's a better alternative?
August 26, 2016 -
Citing a weakened Voting Rights Act and Donald Trump's calls for supporters to act as "election observers," the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights has asked an international watchdog to dispatch additional monitors to oversee this year's presidential election.
August 12, 2016 -
With recent court rulings finding that voter discrimination is a real and present danger, voting rights advocates are pressing the case for hearings on legislation to restore the preclearance provision of the Voting Rights Act.