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INSTITUTE INDEX: Voter suppression on trial

July 24, 2015 - This week during the federal trial over North Carolina's restrictive voting law, the state elections chief testified that more than 96,000 citizens would have been blocked from voting in 2012 if the law had been in place then. Meanwhile, another expert testified that there had been a total of two cases of voter fraud in the state from 2000 to 2014.

'This is our Selma': Prayers, marches, teach-ins planned as NC voting restrictions go on trial

July 12, 2015 - A federal trial starts this week over a restrictive voting law North Carolina lawmakers passed two years ago after the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. People from across North Carolina and beyond will gather outside the courthouse in Winston-Salem to pray, educate and march for voting rights at a moment organizers liken to the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches.

INSTITUTE INDEX: The fight to restore the Voting Rights Act

March 20, 2015 - Passed after the infamous "Bloody Sunday" attack on civil rights protesters in Alabama in 1965, the Voting Rights Act successfully blocked hundreds of potentially discriminatory election changes -- until the Supreme Court struck down a key provision in 2013. There's an effort underway in Congress to fix the hobbled law, but what are its chances of passing?

INSTITUTE INDEX: Voting problems reported around the South on Election Day

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.

Midterm voter turnout drops in the South

November 6, 2014 - Despite reports of strong early voting numbers in several Southern battleground states, preliminary data indicate that overall voter turnout this fall didn't increase significantly compared to past midterm elections.