southern voting rights
November 8, 2019 -
Mildred Russell, an 89-year-old African-American woman, wasn't allowed to vote in a special election held earlier this year in Webster County, Georgia. It ended in a tie that her vote would have broken — so officials had to do the election over again this week.
July 14, 2017 -
A ballot initiative campaign in Florida and a lawsuit against Louisiana seek to restore voting rights to people convicted of felonies after they're released from prison. The efforts are parts of a broader movement to overturn felony disenfranchisement laws rooted in white-supremacist politics.
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.
August 13, 2015 -
After a stint as North Carolina's budget director, discount retail magnate and Republican kingmaker Art Pope is back to spending money on electoral politics.
August 12, 2015 -
An N.C. State University professor has restored old reel-to-reel tapes from a public library in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, proving that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. first uttered his renowned "I Have A Dream" refrain in the eastern North Carolina city in 1962, nine months before his historic speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
February 10, 2014 -
A new legislative analysis from the Brennan Center for Justice finds that after several years of efforts by states to restrict voting, the pendulum appears to be swinging toward making voting easier.
July 17, 2012 -
A new report finds that more than 4 million Southern citizens are blocked from voting by laws that deny citizenship to those with a felony on their record. In a state like Florida, it could tip the election.