voting rights

Why I joined Moral Monday

June 7, 2013 - North Carolina leaders are dismissing demonstrations that have brought thousands to Raleigh and resulted in more than 300 arrests for peaceful civil disobedience. But the concerns that are fueling the Moral Monday movement won't go away anytime soon.

The end of the Solid South?

June 6, 2013 - The new issue of The American Prospect looks at changes unfolding in Southern politics, including a piece by Institute writers on the turbulent state of North Carolina.

A historic win for voting rights in Virginia

May 31, 2013 - Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell unveiled a plan this week to automatically restore voting rights to nonviolent felons in a state where one in five African-American adults is disenfranchised due to an unusually harsh law. Civil rights advocates praised the move, but some say the governor should go further.

The right to (not wait to) vote

April 12, 2013 - Lawmakers in North Carolina and Texas are attempting to cut early voting hours. But after Florida's 2012 election fiasco -- and mounting evidence of the racial disparities in who such laws affect -- it could be a tough sell.