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Voter Suppression

8/17/2018

article Court Backs Navajo Candidate, Blasts Utah County
(Utah) -- The United States District Court for Utah has issued a powerfully worded order in favor of restoring Willie Grayeyes’s right to vote in San Juan County,...

8/12/2018

article Voting Rights Advocates Used to Have an Ally in the Government. That’s Changing.
(Washington D.C.) -- A new voter ID law could shut out many Native Americans from the polls in North Dakota. A strict rule on the collection of absentee ballots in...
article Willie Grayeyes: Lee and Trump administration continue their attack on Native American tribes
(Utah) -- Sen. Mike Lee’s legislation misleadingly titled “Protecting Utah’s Rural Economy Act” (PURE Act) demonstrates his continued attack on...
article Green Party candidate was on state GOP payroll
(Montana) -- A man who registered as a Green Party candidate for Montana’s U.S. Senate race was on the state Republican Party’s payroll and heads a newly...

8/11/2018

article Judge: Clerk falsified complaint against Navajo candidate
(Utah) -- A judge who ordered a Utah county to put a Navajo man back on the ballot has determined the county clerk violated state law by improperly dating the residency...

8/3/2018

article ‘The most bizarre thing I’ve ever been a part of’: Trump panel found no voter fraud, ex-member says
(Washington D.C.) -- Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, one of the 11 members of the commission formed by President Trump to investigate supposed voter fraud,...

7/29/2018

article Hackers break into voting machines within 2 hours at Defcon
(Las Vegas) -- Hackers from around the world had the rare opportunity to crack election-style voting machines this weekend in Las Vegas -- and they didn't disappoint...

7/25/2018

article New Emails Show Michigan Republicans Plotting to Gerrymander Maps
(Michigan) -- Newly disclosed emails show Michigan Republicans angling to give their party a dominant position through gerrymandered maps and celebrating the plight of...

7/3/2018

article Judge sides with Utah county in Navajo voting rights case
(Utah) -- A federal judge is declaring that Utah's San Juan County has made appropriate reforms after finding its previous political boundaries racially...

6/22/2018

article VIDEO: Utah's Navajo residents hope redistricting brings needed resources
(Utah) -- There is a heated battle in one Utah county over voting district lines and the effect on Native American representation. Last year, a federal judge ruled that...

6/19/2018

article Navajo plaintiffs accuse San Juan County of doing little to implement court-ordered redistricting that benefits American Indian voters
(Utah) -- Corri Benally says she got a ballot that included a county commission race outside of her district. Stephanie Holly says she and her husband were sorted into...

6/11/2018

article Supreme Court, in 5–4 Decision, Allows States to Purge Voters for Their Failure to Vote
(Washington D.C.) -- In a 5–4 decision handed down Monday morning, the Supreme Court ruled that states may purge voters from the rolls due to their failure to cast...

5/30/2018

article North Dakota, tribes fail to reach settlement over voter ID
(North Dakota) -- Talks between the state of North Dakota a group of Native Americans failed to reach agreement over ways that tribal members can prove their identity in...

5/20/2018

article Commentary: Voter ID issue deserves something better than Democratic rhetoric
(North Dakota) -- Recently, incumbent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp accused North Dakota lawmakers of working to suppress the votes of college students and Native American citizens

5/17/2018

article Aquinnah Officially Turns 20, But Gay Head Name Endures
(Massachusetts) -- Just over 20 years ago this week, the Island’s smallest town voted to rebrand itself. By a three-vote margin at the annual town meeting, Gay...

5/9/2018

article North Dakota agrees to settlement talks over voter ID laws
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota agreed to hold settlement negotiations with a group of American Indians who sued over expanded voter ID laws after a federal judge...

5/8/2018

article North Dakota agrees to settlement talks over voter ID laws
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota agreed to hold settlement negotiations with a group of American Indians who sued over expanded voter ID laws after a federal judge...

5/2/2018

article After Stunning Democratic Win, North Dakota Republicans Suppressed the Native American Vote
(North Dakota) -- Richard Brakebill voted in nearly every election of his adult life, a point of pride that began with his return from the Navy more than three decades...
article Federal judge won't delay ND voter ID ruling
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge won't delay part of a ruling that found problems with how North Dakota's voter identification laws affect Native Americans, despite the...
article Revamp of Arizona panel that guards against gerrymandering is one step from ballot
(Arizona) -- Republicans in the Arizona House on Wednesday pushed through a proposal to revamp the commission that draws the state's political boundaries. The House...

5/1/2018

article Federal judge won't delay North Dakota voter ID ruling
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge won't delay part of a ruling that found problems with how North Dakota's voter identification laws affect Native Americans,...
article Rolly: Southern Utah county’s targeting of Navajo candidate revives shades of Jim Crow
(Utah) -- My last column tied a malicious felony prosecution of a conservation advocate and her husband to an anti-environmentalist culture in San Juan County. Another...

4/8/2018

article ‘We’ve been disenfranchised’: Republicans in San Juan County say redrawn voter districts unfairly favor Navajos
(Utah) -- In this rural redrock town where buttes form the boundaries and windmills stand like a picket fence on the horizon, the largely Republican – and...

4/2/2018

article Tom Shortbull: Suppressing the Indian vote is a long tradition in America
(South Dakota) -- Indian people like other minorities in this country have been victimized by states seeking to suppress the impact of the minority vote.

3/28/2018

article Even on second look, Supreme Court seems stumped on gerrymandering issue
(Washington D.C.) -- The Supreme Court has never struck down a state redistricting plan because of extreme partisan gerrymandering, and the justices’ deliberations...

3/23/2018

article Roberts: Arizona's redistricting bill a sneak attack on minority voters?
(Arizona) -- Sneak alert: The Arizona Legislature is at it again. This time, Republicans are pushing a plan aimed at reducing the influence of minority voters in Arizona...

3/19/2018

article Revealed: Trump’s election consultants filmed saying they use bribes and sex workers to entrap politicians
(UK) -- An undercover investigation by Channel 4 News reveals how Cambridge Analytica secretly campaigns in elections across the world. Bosses were filmed talking about...

3/11/2018

article Notorious Von Spakovsky Email On Voter Fraud Commission Entered As Evidence
(Kansas) -- In order to impeach the testimony of Hans von Spakovsky, a witness called to defend Kansas’ proof-of-citizenship requirement, ACLU lawyer Dale Ho...

3/9/2018

article Judge Calls Out Von Spakovsky For Hypocritical Voter Fraud Definition
(Kansas) -- Before the ACLU had a chance to cross-examine Hans von Spakovsky, a witness for Kris Kobach in his voter proof-of-citizenship case, Judge Julie Robinson...

3/6/2018

article Kobach, representing himself, to face ACLU over whether thousands in Kansas can vote
(Kansas) -- A federal trial that starts Tuesday in Kansas City, Kan., will determine whether thousands of potential Kansas voters can cast ballots this November when the...

3/4/2018

article Kansas voting rights trial has national implications
(Kansas) -- A conservative Republican who has supported President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claim that millions of illegal votes cost Trump the popular vote in...

1/6/2018

article Trump’s voter commission is dead, but critics worry its mission may live on
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump may have killed his panel probing allegations of widespread voter fraud, but the controversy surrounding its mission appears...

12/29/2017

article Attorney contends North Dakota voter law still unconstitutional
(North Dakota) -- Several members of an American Indian tribe in North Dakota have filed an amended lawsuit challenging the state's voter identification laws....

12/28/2017

article Members of Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa file amended lawsuit over voter ID laws
(North Dakota) -- Several members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa have filed an amended lawsuit challenging North Dakota's voter identification laws. Gov....

10/22/2017

article Trump voting commission criticized for lack of transparency
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump's advisory commission on election integrity has integrity questions of its own — with some of its own members...

9/29/2017

article Republicans expand redistricting strategy for 2020
(Washington D.C.) -- Republicans are launching a new redistricting group with plans to fight more Democratic-drawn political maps in court, part of an expanded strategy...

9/16/2017

article Trump’s voter fraud commission proves a magnet for controversy
(Washington D.C.) -- As President Trump’s voter fraud commission prepared to convene in New Hampshire this week, it already faced questions about its seriousness...

9/14/2017

article Suit over vote-by-mail procedures in San Juan County is headed to trial
(New Mexico) -- After recent rulings by a federal judge, a lawsuit that alleges San Juan County does not provide effective language assistance and equal voting...

9/12/2017

article Over liberals’ objections, Supreme Court says Texas need not draw new districts now
(Washington D.C.) -- Over the objections of four liberal justices, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday night that Texas does not immediately have to redraw electoral...

9/10/2017

article Trump’s Voter Fraud Panel, No Stranger to Controversy, Creates Another One
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump’s commission on voter fraud, which has ricocheted between controversies since its creation in May, is scheduled to hold its...

9/1/2017

article Trump voter fraud panel head confirms he's a paid Breitbart columnist
(Kansas) -- Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the head of President Trump's Commission on Election Integrity, is a paid columnist at the conservative Breitbart...

8/30/2017

article Trump voting panel apologizes after judge calls failure to disclose information ‘incredible’
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal judge on Wednesday tore into President Trump’s voter commission for reneging on a promise to fully disclose public documents before...

8/15/2017

article 2 Texas Congressional Districts Are Unconstitutional, Court Rules
(Texas) -- A federal court invalidated two of Texas’ congressional districts on Tuesday, concluding that they violated the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act...

8/8/2017

article Justice Department reverses position to support Ohio purging inactive voters in high-profile case
(Washington D.C.) -- The Justice Department has reversed itself in a high-profile voting case in Ohio to side with the state and allow the purging of voters from the...

8/7/2017

article Voter fraud allegations roil Montana elections officials
(Montana) -- Secretary of State Corey Stapleton's allegations of voter fraud in Montana has widened a rift with elections officers across the state, some of whom...

7/27/2017

article Kris Kobach says Trump's voter fraud panel will keep voter data secure. Some states aren't buying it
(Washington D.C.) -- After weeks of legal battles and bipartisan pushback from top election officials nationwide, President Trump’s voter fraud commission has...
article US conservatism expands to final frontier: City Hall
(Colorado) -- For decades, a well-funded conservative group has helped state lawmakers across the U.S. write legislation to rein in unions, expand charter schools and...
article Judge upholds $1,000 fine against Kobach for 'misleading' claims
(Kansas) -- A U.S. district judge in Kansas has upheld a $1,000 fine on Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach for intentionally misleading the court during a protracted...

7/24/2017

article ALEC Is Talking About Changing the Way Senators Are Elected and Taking Away Your Vote
(Washington D.C.) -- The United States Senate is an undemocratic institution. Just do the math: Progressive California Senator Kamala Harris was elected in 2016 with 7,...
article Federal judge allows Trump commission’s nationwide voter data request to go forward
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal judge on Monday allowed President Trump’s voting commission to go forward with seeking voter data from 50 states and the District,...

7/20/2017

article Judge: Utah county election maps must be redrawn again
(Utah) -- The boundaries of election districts in a southeastern Utah county are unconstitutional and violate the rights of American Indians who make up roughly half the...

7/19/2017

article Trump Election Commission, Already Under Fire, Holds First Meeting
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump’s commission investigating voter fraud held its first meeting Wednesday amid a swirl of partisan acrimony and questions about...

7/18/2017

article Trump’s voter commission hasn’t even met — and it’s already off to a rough start
(Washington D.C.) -- A commission set to convene Wednesday to advise President Trump on “election integrity” includes the publisher of “Alien Invasion...
article Trump’s voter commission is now facing at least 7 federal lawsuits
(Washington D.C.) -- The NAACP Legal Defense Fund on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that President Trump's voting commission “was formed...

7/17/2017

article Stapleton's call for voting changes worries election officials
(Montana) -- Secretary of State Corey Stapleton has called for more thorough reviews of rejected ballots to identify cases of voter fraud, sparking an email feud with...
article Vice chair of Trump’s voter fraud commission wants to change federal law to add new requirements for voting, email shows
(Washington D.C.) -- The day after Donald Trump was elected president, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, now the vice-chair of Donald Trump's commission on...

7/10/2017

article AP finds gerrymandering in all 3 rez states
(USA) -- Last year, the Navajo Nation won its five-year lawsuit against San Juan County, Utah, which claimed the county had egregiously gerrymandered its county...

7/4/2017

article What Is Kris Kobach Up To?
(Washington D.C.) -- When President Donald Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which is chaired by Vice President Mike Pence, sent a...

7/3/2017

article Trump’s Voter Suppression Efforts Have Begun
(Washington D.C.) -- Last Wednesday, Kris Kobach, the secretary of state of Kansas and the vice chairman of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity,...

7/1/2017

article The Trump Administration Is Planning an Unprecedented Attack on Voting Rights
(Washington D.C.) -- Four things happened yesterday that pose a grave danger to voting rights. 1. The House Appropriations Committee voted to defund the Election...

6/30/2017

article Opinion: Why we should be very afraid of Trump’s vote suppression commission
(Washington D.C.) -- Most presidential commissions don’t accomplish very much — they meet a few times, do some research and produce a report, which then gets...

6/19/2017

article Justices to Hear Major Challenge to Partisan Gerrymandering
(Washington D.C.) -- The Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would consider whether partisan gerrymandering violates the Constitution, potentially setting the...

5/30/2017

article THE NATION: The Supreme Court Could Make It Easier for States to Purge Voters
(Washington D.C.) --  In 2015, Larry Harmon, a 59-year-old software engineer and Navy vet, went to the polls in his hometown of Kent, Ohio, to vote on a state ballot...

5/16/2017

article In Wisconsin, voter ID law left many outside looking in
(Wisconsin) -- State Sen. Mary Lazich was adamant: The bill Republicans were about to push through the Wisconsin state Senate, requiring that voters present...

5/12/2017

article NARF: President Announces Commission to Investigate American Voters
(Colorado) -- Yesterday, the President announced the creation of the “Presidential Commission on Election Integrity,” a new body intended to investigate...
article Native American Rights Fund slams President Trump for commission on 'voter suppression'
(Washington D.C.) -- The nation's oldest Indian legal advocacy group is speaking out against a new commission that President Donald Trump said will investigate voter...

5/11/2017

article Trump to Order Inquiry Into Voter Fraud and Suppression
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump plans on Thursday to create a long-promised commission to investigate voter fraud and voter suppression in the United States,...
article Trump’s new ‘voter fraud’ commission: A tool to help GOP win elections
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, President Trump signed an executive order creating a “presidential advisory commission on election integrity.” But no one should...

5/10/2017

article Wisconsin Voter ID Law Suppressed 200,000 Votes, Study Shows
(Wisconsin) -- When legislators introduced Wisconsin’s voter ID Law, residents were told the bill would do no harm. “Not a single voter in this state will be...

5/9/2017

article U.S. Census director resigns amid turmoil over funding of 2020 count
(Washington D.C.) -- The director of the U.S. Census Bureau is resigning, leaving the agency leaderless at a time when it faces a crisis over funding for the 2020...

4/24/2017

article Burgum signs voter ID bill amid lawsuit
(North Dakota) -- Gov. Doug Burgum signed legislation amending the state’s voter identification laws Monday, despite warnings it doesn’t comply with a...

3/29/2017

article Republicans kill mail ballot bill for special election
(Montana) -- Republicans on a Montana House panel voted Wednesday to kill a bill allowing counties to choose to use only mail ballots in the May 25 special congressional...

3/2/2017

article Voter photo ID heads toward showdown
(Nebraska) -- The latest effort to require voters to present a photo ID in order to participate in Nebraska elections attracted strong opposition Thursday at a...

2/27/2017

article Justice Department changes its position in high-profile Texas voter-ID case
(Washington D.C.) -- The Justice Department on Monday dropped its long-standing position that Texas intended to discriminate when it passed a strict voter-ID law, a...

2/22/2017

article GOP chairman says mail elections hurt Republicans, is accused of voter suppression
(Montana) -- Montana’s Republican Party chairman has sounded the alarm against efforts to the conduct an all-mail ballot election to replace Congressman Ryan Zinke...

2/15/2017

article Do voter identification laws suppress minority voting? Yes. We did the research.
(Washington D.C.) -- The Justice Department just got a new boss: Jeff Sessions. He is raising alarms in the civil rights community. The Leadership Conference on Civil...

1/26/2017

article Trump’s imaginary ‘voter fraud’ claims will make it harder for minorities to vote
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump has claimed repeatedly and falsely that voter fraud, rather than voter preference, robbed him of the popular vote last fall. And...

12/1/2016

article Stricter voter ID laws on fast track to pass in Legislature
(Michigan) -- Just two days after the bills were introduced, controversial and stricter voter identification laws moved quickly out of a House of Representatives...

11/29/2016

article MILBANK: The election really was rigged
(Washington D.C.) -- A voting scandal of epic proportion tilted this election. The scam involved millions of people. No, I’m not talking about the recount the...

11/21/2016

article Judges Find Wisconsin Redistricting Unfairly Favored Republicans
(Wisconsin) -- A panel of three federal judges said on Monday that the Wisconsin Legislature’s 2011 redrawing of State Assembly districts to favor Republicans was...

11/20/2016

article OP/ED: Voting Rights in the Age of Trump
(Washington D.C.) -- In June 2013, the Supreme Court ruled in Shelby County v. Holder that states with a long history of racial discrimination no longer needed to...

11/7/2016

article Five Ways Republicans Are Threatening Voting Rights
(USA) -- Donald Trump has been claiming for months now that Tuesday’s election will be “rigged.” But the only ones threatening the democratic process...

10/12/2016

article The War on Voter ID Hurts Minority Communities Most
(North Carolina) -- The Alinskyite attacks on North Carolina Republicans focus on (a) a seemingly-sensible practice of maintaining separate bathrooms and locker rooms by...

9/30/2016

article Federal judge orders investigation into Wisconsin’s voter ID system
(Wisconsin) -- A federal judge on Friday ordered Wisconsin officials to investigate whether DMV workers are giving prospective voters correct information about a system...

9/21/2016

article Court date set for Native American voter disenfranchisement suit
(Nevada) -- A federal judge has set a hearing date over the lawsuit between two Native American tribes in Northern Nevada and the state over polling places and voter...

9/20/2016

article Texas officials keep ignoring the courts on voter ID, and a federal judge is really hacked off now
(Texas) -- Texas leaders apparently figured they could get away with ignoring federal court rulings about their voting procedures. Ignoring as in violating. For a couple...

9/19/2016

article How Texas' voter ID law landed it in federal court — again
(Texas) -- Texas once again defended one of the nation's strictest voter ID laws in federal court — this time against charges that the state is violating its...

9/7/2016

article Court Filing Accuses Texas of Misleading Voters Without IDs
(Texas) -- Last week, voting rights advocates accused North Carolina Republicans of mounting a procedural end run around a panel of federal appeals court judges, which...

9/2/2016

article Inside the Republican creation of the North Carolina voting bill dubbed the ‘monster’ law
(North Carolina) -- The emails to the North Carolina election board seemed routine at the time. “Is there any way to get a breakdown of the 2008 voter turnout, by...

8/31/2016

article Supreme Court Blocks North Carolina From Restoring Strict Voting Law
(Washington D.C.) -- A deadlocked Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to revive parts of a restrictive North Carolina voting law that a federal appeals court had struck...

8/20/2016

article Tribe asks state to force more office voting hours
(Montana) -- The head of the Blackfeet Tribal Council has asked the secretary of state to order Pondera County to have a satellite voting office in Heart Butte on the...

8/17/2016

article NC Republican Party seeks ‘party line changes’ to limit early voting hours
(North Carolina) -- The N.C. Republican Party encouraged GOP appointees to county elections boards to “make party line changes to early voting” by limiting...

8/16/2016

article Judge Dismisses Challenge to State’s Voter ID Law
(Oklahoma) -- A more than four-year legal challenge to overturn Oklahoma’s voter identification law was rejected again in state district court, with the judge...

8/12/2016

article Native American leaders concerned about Voter ID laws
(Washington D.C.) -- A series of recent court decisions could change the rules about how Americans will be casting votes in November, including in North Dakota.

8/8/2016

article Letter: ND voter ID law was aimed at blocking Native American voters
(North Dakota) -- Let's be honest what this is about. North Dakota's restrictive voter identification law, recently struck down by a federal judge, was to keep...

8/4/2016

article Huge Victory for Tribes: Federal Courts Overturn Voter ID Laws
(USA) -- On August 1, U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland struck down a North Dakota law requiring photo IDs in order to vote, ruling that the law unfairly burdens the...

8/2/2016

article Federal Judge Blocks North Dakota Voter ID Law, Calling Voter Fraud “Virtually Non-Existent”
(North Dakota) -- On Monday, United States District Judge Daniel Hovland blocked North Dakota’s strict 2013 voter ID law from taking effect, holding that the...
article Federal judge rules in favor of tribal members, blocks N.D. voter ID law
(North Dakota) -- Recent changes to North Dakota’s voter identification laws have placed an “undue burden” on Native Americans and other voters, a...
article Judge blocks North Dakota's voter identification law
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge on Monday blocked North Dakota's voter identification law after a group of American Indians said it unfairly burdens them —...
article North Dakota’s Voter ID Law Is Latest to Be Overturned
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge has ruled against North Dakota’s voter ID law, the fifth time in the last two weeks that a state has been forced to abandon...

8/1/2016

article Federal Judge Bars North Dakota From Enforcing Restrictive Voter ID Law
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge on Monday barred North Dakota from enforcing the state’s strict voter identification-card law, adding to several recent federal...
article Federal judge blocks N. Dakota’s voter-ID law, calling it unfair to Native Americans
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge on Monday called North Dakota’s strict voter-ID law unfair to Native Americans and blocked its use in the coming election,...
article Federal judge blocks N.D. voter ID law, requires state to use 2012 requirements
(North Dakota) -- The federal judge overseeing a lawsuit filed by Native Americans who claim recent changes to North Dakota's voter identification laws are...
article Federal judge blocks North Dakota voter identification law
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota on Monday became the latest state to have its voter identification law blocked by a federal court, adding to a string of recent rulings...
article In voter ID case, GOP leader says ‘Daily Show’ source a ‘pain in the ...’
(Washington D.C.) -- A formal federal court ruling’s unusual reference to “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” has left North Carolina Republicans again...

7/30/2016

article Court: North Carolina Voter ID Law Targeted Black Voters
(North Carolina) -- A federal appeals court panel struck down North Carolina’s voter ID law on Friday, overturning what’s considered the broadest piece of...
article Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down North Carolina Voter ID Requirement
(North Carolina) -- A federal appeals court decisively struck down North Carolina’s voter identification law on Friday, saying its provisions deliberately “...

7/21/2016

article Attorney for Native Americans challenging N.D. voter ID law says Texas ruling ‘enhances our case’
(North Dakota) -- An attorney for Native Americans fighting recent changes to North Dakota’s voter identification laws said Thursday a federal appeals court ruling...

7/19/2016

article Federal judge: Voters without ID may vote in November by signing affidavit
(Wisconsin) -- People without photo identification will be able to vote in November’s general election by signing an affidavit stating they could not obtain...

6/13/2016

article How a Utah county silenced Native American voters — and how Navajos are fighting back
(Utah) -- To understand why Wilfred Jones wanted an ambulance, you have to understand where he lives. San Juan County, in southeastern Utah, is nearly as big as New...

6/7/2016

article Groups to ask judge allow some people without IDs to vote
(Wisconsin) -- Groups advocating for voting rights said they will soon ask a federal judge to allow people to vote in Wisconsin’s August primary election if they...

5/18/2016

article Ex-GOP staffer says senators were 'giddy' over voter ID law
(Wisconsin) -- A trial over Wisconsin's voting laws kicked off Monday with a former aide to a Republican state senator testifying that GOP senators were "giddy...

5/16/2016

article Stevens says Supreme Court decision on voter ID was correct, but maybe not right
(Washington D.C.) -- In the rapid expansion of states with voter-identification laws and the backlash of litigation that always follows, there is one constant from...

5/2/2016

article Stricter Rules for Voter IDs Reshape Races
(Texas) -- In a state where everything is big, the 23rd Congressional District that hugs the border with Mexico is a monster: eight and a half hours by car across a...

4/18/2016

article Utah county defends mail-in voting against Navajo lawsuit
(Utah) -- A Utah county is crying foul over a lawsuit filed by members of the Navajo Nation who say a move to hold elections only by mail disenfranchises people who live...

4/8/2016

article Fort Belknap Challenging Montana for Voting Rights
(Montana) -- The Fort Belknap Indian Community in Montana is considering taking legal action against Blaine County and the Secretary of State of Montana for failing to...

4/7/2016

article Judge Declines To Throw Out Challenge To Voter ID Law
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge refuses to throw out a lawsuit alleging that North Dakota's voter ID laws are unconstitutional. Seven members of the Turtle...

4/6/2016

article Judge declines to throw out North Dakota voter ID lawsuit
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge has refused to throw out a lawsuit alleging that North Dakota's voter identification laws are unfair and unconstitutional. The...

4/4/2016

article Supreme Court rejects conservative challenge to ‘one person, one vote’
(Washington D.C.) -- The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that states may satisfy “one person, one vote” rules by drawing election districts based on...
article Why the ‘one person, one vote’ case was so important
(Washington D.C.) -- The Supreme Court issued a decision Monday on the widely anticipated “one person, one vote” case, unanimously ruling that states can...
article District Fight May Persist in Texas After Supreme Court Ruling
(Texas) -- With a long-running legal struggle raging over one of the nation’s strictest voter identification laws, Texas was already a prime battleground in a war...
article Justice Department to investigate Maricopa County in election fiasco
(Arizona) -- The Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice informed the Maricopa County Recorder's Office on Friday that it was investigating how the...

4/2/2016

article HILTZIK: A conservative judge's devastating take on why voter ID laws are evil
(Wisconsin) -- In a rational world, the debate over voter ID laws would be ended by the eloquent, incisive and angry opinion issued late last week by U.S. Circuit Judge...

3/28/2016

article DIONNE: Arizona’s voting outrage is a warning to the nation
(Arizona) -- It’s bad enough that an outrage was perpetrated last week against the voters of Maricopa County, Ariz. It would be far worse if we ignore the warning...

3/24/2016

article Angry Arizona Voters Demand: Why Such Long Lines at Polling Sites?
(Arizona) -- Cynthia Perez, a lawyer, stopped by a polling site on her way to work here on Tuesday, thinking she could vote early and get on with her day. She changed...

2/26/2016

article San Juan County sued for violating Voting Rights Act
(Utah) -- During the last election, Peggy Phillips would have had to drive four hours, round-trip, from her home on the Navajo reservation to the predominantly white...

1/25/2016

article North Carolina voter-ID case could have ramifications across U.S.
(North Carolina) -- The requirement to present photo identification to cast a ballot went on trial Monday in a closely watched case that will have legal ramifications...

1/22/2016

article Native Voters Turned Away at Polls Sue North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- Tribal elder Dorothy Herman voted in North Dakota for more than 40 years. Until 2014, that is, when a new state law meant she couldn’t obtain...

1/21/2016

article North Dakota tribal members sue state over voter ID
(North Dakota) -- Seven members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa are suing North Dakota's chief elections officer, alleging the state's voter...

12/18/2015

article Arizona's homeless face barriers to vote, disenchanted by politics
(Arizona) -- Hidden behind the government district in downtown Phoenix sits a cluster of homeless shelters, food banks and clinics. Run by both religious groups and the...

11/11/2015

article Ruling clears Oglala Lakota County residents for jury duty
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota’s Supreme Court has tossed out a judicial order that for years excluded residents of Oglala Lakota County from serving on juries....
article South Dakota court rebukes judge at center of ICWA dispute
(South Dakota) -- A controversial judge who is at the center of a landmark Indian Child Welfare Act lawsuit has once again been rebuked by the South Dakota Supreme Court...

11/10/2015

article Court rejects ruling that excluded Oglala Lakota County residents from jury duty
(South Dakota) -- A judicial order that for several years has excluded all Oglala Lakota County residents from serving on juries has been thrown out by the South Dakota...

10/15/2015

article Kansas Voter ID Law Sets Off a New Battle Over Registration
(Kansas) -- Amelia Flores, a high school senior with plans to become an electrical engineer, eagerly filled out a form to register to vote for the first time at the...

8/25/2015

article Why Doesn’t Jackson County Want Natives to Vote?
(South Dakota) -- An investigative piece in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader has people talking in South Dakota. Commentary has ranged from snide to furious about the South...

8/16/2015

article Voting rights case enters costly phase
(South Dakota) -- Depositions were under way last week in a voting rights case that could indirectly cost taxpayers in Sioux Falls and other South Dakota communities...

8/5/2015

article Texas ID Law Called Breach of Voting Rights Act
(Texas) -- A federal appeals panel ruled Wednesday that a strict voter identification law in Texas discriminated against blacks and Hispanics and violated the Voting...

7/30/2015

article Outcome of trial on N.C. election law changes will have national effect
(North Carolina) -- “Our country has changed,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote in 2013, when the Supreme Court freed Southern states from the...

7/29/2015

article A Dream Undone / Inside the 50-year campaign to roll back the Voting Rights Act.
(Washington D.C.) -- On the morning of his wedding, in 1956, Henry Frye realized that he had a few hours to spare before the afternoon ceremony. He was staying at his...

4/3/2015

article Report: Thousands of Votes Rejected in November
(Arizona) -- A recently released study breaks down the reasons why thousands of ballots statewide were rejected in last November’s general election. As Arizona...

3/25/2015

article Supreme Court rules against Alabama redistricting plan
(Alabama) -- The Supreme Court sided with black challengers Wednesday and told a lower court to reconsider whether a redistricting plan drawn by Alabama’s...

3/13/2015

article House committee votes to advance voter ID legislation
(New Mexico) -- A panel with a Republican majority split along party lines on Friday to approve a bill requiring voters to present photo identification before casting...

3/9/2015

article Morning Plum: Why Congress won’t fix the Voting Rights Act anytime soon
(Washington D.C.) -- Speaking over the weekend at the 50th anniversary of civil rights clashes at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, President Obama called on...

2/24/2015

article Experts say GOP-fueled voter ID bill wouldn’t curb election fraud
(Nevada) -- Election experts in Nevada and elsewhere say proposed voter ID laws would do nothing to prevent the casting of illegal ballots.

2/18/2015

article Legislator wants NM to consider thumbprints, eye scans for voter ID
(New Mexico) -- State Senate Minority Whip Bill Payne, R. Albuquerque, can envision a future where New Mexicans use their fingerprints to prove their identity in order...

1/28/2015

article Duran says she hasn't ruled out support for less stringent voter ID bill
(New Mexico) -- Secretary of State Dianna Duran said Wednesday that just because a memo from her office said she prefers a more restrictive "full Voter ID"...

1/26/2015

article Secretary of State Duran withholds support for voter ID bill that doesn't require photos
(New Mexico) -- Secretary of State Dianna Duran, who was re-elected in November after stressing her support for a photo identification requirement at polling places, is...

1/3/2015

article Department Of Justice asks judge to not dismiss voting rights suit
(South Dakota) -- The U.S. Department of Justice is asking a federal judge in South Dakota to not dismiss a lawsuit that tribal members filed against Jackson County in...

1/2/2015

article U.S. attorney scolds county on voting law
(South Dakota) -- The U.S. Department of Justice says a lawsuit over satellite voting centers on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation ought to move forward. Jackson County...

11/24/2014

article North Dakota doesn’t even have voter registration. But if you have an oudated ID, you can’t vote.
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota lawmakers are looking into allowing those with out-of-date addresses on their IDs to vote if they have other ways of proving their current...

11/8/2014

article LUGER: Turned Away From Voting With a Tribal ID: Why This Matters
(North Dakota) -- On posters, on the radio, on social media, essentially everywhere, the state of North Dakota distributed an advertisement reminding residents to get...

10/30/2014

article New Mexico begins new policy of refusing voter IDs to Navajo-speaking ‘illiterates’
(New Mexico) -- The New Mexico Motor Vehicles Division (MVD) has reportedly stopped issuing driver’s licenses or photo identification cards used for voting to so-...

10/27/2014

article How Conservatives Justify Poll Taxes
(USA) -- During the Obama era, the Republican Party has made the modern revival of the poll tax a point of party dogma. Direct poll taxes have been illegal for 50 years...

10/23/2014

article Almost half a million Texas voters may be turned away from polls
(Texas) -- In an emergency action, the Texas NAACP and other civil rights groups asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop Texas from enforcing Senate Bill 14. But the...

10/20/2014

article Ruth Bader Ginsburg destroys GOP’s lie: Why voter ID is the right’s new poll tax
(Washington D.C.) -- It’s become a cliché that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg issued a “blistering dissent” from a conservative, pro-...

10/19/2014

article ANALYSIS: High court action on Texas ID law shows mixed record on voting rights
(Texas) -- “There is no right more basic in our democracy than the right to participate in electing our political leaders,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr...

10/15/2014

article Referendum ending Election Day voter registration: Campaign non-existent, but opposition is organized
(Montana) -- Progressive groups are putting money and shoe leather into defeating a Republican-sponsored ballot measure that would end Election Day voter-registration in...

10/13/2014

article HILTZIK: A conservative judge's devastating take on why voter ID laws are evil
(California) -- In a rational world, the debate over voter ID laws would be ended by the eloquent, incisive and angry opinion issued late last week by U.S. Circuit Judge...
article NEW YORK TIMES: The Big Lie Behind Voter ID Laws
(New York) -- Election Day is three weeks off, and Republican officials and legislators around the country are battling down to the wire to preserve strict and...

10/12/2014

article Referendum would end Election Day voter registration
(Montana) -- As Montana voters head to polls this fall, they’ll decide not only on competing candidates but also on a referendum that would end the state’s...

9/26/2014

article 7th Circuit Court denies request to rehear Voter ID case
(Wisconsin) -- The full 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Friday it will not rehear its decision allowing Wisconsin's voter identification law to be implemented...

4/29/2014

article Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin's voter ID law
(Wisconsin) -- A federal judge on Tuesday struck down Wisconsin's voter ID law, saying it violated the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution.

4/28/2014

article Judge: Online voter registration system must shut down
(Minnesota) -- Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie must immediately shut down the online voter registration system he launched last year because he lacked the...

4/15/2014

article Wolf Point to redraw districts for school board
(Montana) -- Wolf Point school district has agreed to redraw its voting areas for board elections after an ACLU lawsuit argued the district favored white voters in the...

4/10/2014

article New elections law will hurt aboriginal voting: First Nations
(Ottawa) -- Gladys Christiansen had a question of her own for the Conservative government as she testified Thursday before a parliamentary committee studying...

3/20/2014

article Advocates vow appeal of latest ruling in fight over Arizona voter law
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal judge’s order backing Arizona and Kansas laws that require proof of citizenship for voter registration is “not the American...
article Registering to vote in Kansas and Arizona just got more difficult
(Kansas) -- A federal judge on Wednesday sided with two states that want to force new voters to prove they are citizens, over a federal elections commission.

3/19/2014

article Kansas, Arizona Prevail In Voter Citizen Suit
(Kansas) -- A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to help Kansas and Arizona enforce laws requiring new voters to provide proof of...

12/21/2013

article Researchers Find Factors Tied To Voting Restriction Bills Are 'Basically All Racial'
(Massachusetts) -- The debate over voting rights has gone to college. Two University of Massachusetts Boston academics -- Keith G. Bentele, an assistant professor of...
article Study confirms every bad thing you suspected about voter ID laws
(Massachusetts) -- According to new research by University of Massachusetts Boston sociologist Keith Bentele and political scientist Erin O’Brien, the states that...

11/5/2013

article Five reasons voter identification bills disproportionately impact women
(Washington D.C.) -- Voting-rights advocates are pushing a new line of attack on laws that require voters to show identification at the polls: The laws, they say,...

10/31/2013

article Judges send Indian voting case back to Montana
(Montana) -- A voting rights lawsuit involving three American Indian tribes will go back to a federal court in Montana after an appellate panel declined to intervene.
article State zeroing in on potential voter fraud, Gale says
(Nebraska) -- A 2012 Pew Center report showed voter registration systems in the United States needed improvements to maintain voter records, save money and streamline...

10/26/2013

article Voter ID Laws Have But One Intent: To Limit The Franchise
(Washington D.C.) -- Belatedly, federal Judge Richard Posner has arrived at the obvious conclusion about voter identification laws: They are enacted as a barrier to the...

10/18/2013

article Voter ID plan by Nebraska Secretary of State Gale would apply to narrow group of citizens
(Nebraska) -- Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale thinks he has a less expensive, less intrusive “Nebraska” solution to the politically charged issue of...

10/17/2013

article Native American voting rights in Montana
(Montana) -- Some Native Americans drive more than 100 miles to vote in Montana. Fed up with the situation, they’ve filed suit against county and state election...

10/12/2013

article Lawyers: Wrong standard used in Indian voting case
(Montana) -- The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will soon decide whether American Indians in rural Montana were wrongly denied on-reservation satellite voting offices...

10/9/2013

article Montana's Northern Cheyenne tribe fighting to secure voting rights
(Montana) -- Mark Wandering Medicine has sacrificed more than most for his country. He served six years in the US marines, fought through the bloodiest years of the...

10/5/2013

article 100 miles to democracy
(Montana) -- How far do you have to travel to vote? Some Native Americans in Montana have to drive as far as 120 miles round trip in order to reach early voting polling...

9/21/2013

article Federal judge denies state's request for court costs over voting rights issue
(South Dakota) -- A federal judge has rejected a request to award court costs against 25 Native Americans who sued the state, Fall River County and Shannon County over...
article Judge rules in South Dakota voting-rights lawsuit
(South Dakota) -- A federal judge has ruled that 25 Native Americans will not have to pay court costs related to their voting-rights lawsuit in South Dakota.
article Ruling sides with Native group over costs of voting-rights lawsuit
(South Dakota) -- Twenty-five Native Americans will not have to pay court costs related to their voting-rights lawsuit against the state and Fall River and Shannon...

9/17/2013

article Gant task force could address Indian voting sites
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant says he’s forming a task force to address possible changes to a state plan on spending federal money...

9/14/2013

article OP/ED: People need to know they can face a big bill when suing government
(South Dakota) -- People who sign petitions for candidates and ballot measures don’t have to worry about the other side coming after them seeking payment for the...

9/10/2013

article Native voting rights group seeks county's help
(South Dakota) -- Minnehaha County commissioners Tuesday received a second visit from a voting rights activist who wants the commission to censure the county’s...

9/9/2013

article ACLU: History Repeats Itself: Why Is South Dakota Denying American Indians an Equal Opportunity to Vote?
(South Dakota) -- Every election, South Dakota voters have 46 days when they can vote early, which makes it easier for people to take part in our democracy. But the...

9/2/2013

article ACLU Sues Montana School District for Cheating Native Voters
(Montana) -- The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the Wolf Point School District, which has a predominantly Native student population, drawn...

8/26/2013

article Indian Group Complains Costs in Voting Rights Suit
(South Dakota) -- An American Indian group is upset that two South Dakota counties named in a voting rights lawsuit are seeking court costs against 25 Oglala Sioux...

8/24/2013

article Voting rights case settled, but legal costs question isn't
(South Dakota) -- An organization that lobbies for Indian voting rights is denouncing a decision by a lawyer for Fall River and Shannon counties to seek court costs...

8/22/2013

article Julie Kitka: Engage Alaska Natives on safety and voting rights
(Alaska) -- It is time you meet with leaders of the Alaska Native community, the Alaska Congressional Delegation and the leadership of the US Senate Indian Affairs...

8/14/2013

article 'They Caved': Tribe Claims Win in SD Voting-Rights Suit
(South Dakota) -- Plaintiffs and defendants both claimed victory on August 6, when U.S. District Court Judge Karen Schreier dismissed the Native voting-rights lawsuit...

8/13/2013

article Establishing early voting sites on reservations put on hold
(South Dakota) -- The South Dakota Board of Elections had decided not to endorse the idea of using federal funds to establish voting sites in the Native American...

8/12/2013

article Early voting forces debate about access
(South Dakota) -- Want to vote early in the 2014 state and federal elections? You can mail an application to your county auditor asking for an absentee ballot to be...

8/7/2013

article Push for satellite voting centers intensifies
(South Dakota) -- Tribal-voting advocates are pressuring South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant to approve the release of federal funds for satellite voting centers...
article ACLU files lawsuit over Wolf Point voting district
(Montana) -- A federal lawsuit filed against the Wolf Point School District argues that school board districts are arranged to favor white voters in a predominantly...

8/6/2013

article Federal judge dismisses SD early voting lawsuit
(South Dakota) -- A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit that sought to ensure that residents of part of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation have the same access...
article State cited in federal election complaint
(South Dakota) -- An organization that asked Secretary of State Jason Gant and the state Board of Elections to approve three early voting satellite offices in Indian...

8/5/2013

article Native American Vote-Suppression Scandal Escalates
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota has devised an ingenious new way to curb minority voting. For decades, suppressing the Native American vote here has involved activities...

7/31/2013

article Casey weighs in on voter ID
(Pennsylvania) -- U.S. Sen. Bob Casey stepped into the fray on two of Pennsylvania's most contentious issues Tuesday, saying the state's voter identification law...

4/25/2013

article North Dakota’s Voter ID Bill Threatens to Silence Native Votes Just Eight Days After Republican Congressman Cramer Publicly Bashes Tribes and Threatens Native Leaders
(North Dakota) -- One would think that if you’re a U.S. Congressman who insulted your state’s largest minority population and threatened bodily injury to...

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