September 13, 2018 -
In 1868, Southern states held constitutional conventions in which recently freed black men helped eliminate vestiges of the Confederacy and draft progressive blueprints for state government. While some of the provisions survived Jim Crow, conservative politicians today are chipping away at Reconstruction's radical legacy.
September 6, 2018 -
Students across the South are working to more easily exercise their right to vote, starting with raising awareness about the inequity in voter ID laws across the region.
July 20, 2018 -
With President Trump nominating a judge with a record of hostility to voting rights to the U.S. Supreme Court, state courts and constitutions are likely to play an increasingly critical role in protecting those rights — but those institutions are under political assault by conservatives.
June 29, 2018 -
In the final days of its 2018 session, the General Assembly approved a series of constitutional amendments for the November ballot that if passed would restrict voting and expand the legislature's power over the courts and the executive branch.
January 26, 2018 -
A proposed constitutional amendment would give the state legislature control over choosing judges — a power it has not had since the Civil War.
October 5, 2017 -
Recent efforts to limit voting in Alabama could play a critical role in what's shaping up to be a closer-than-expected race between far-right Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones to fill the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
May 17, 2017 -
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has long exaggerated the minuscule threat of voter fraud while promoting policies that make it harder to vote — and his efforts have already had an impact on elections in Southern states.