Department of Justice Suing Texas over Voting Rights

Well, well, well…look here, y’all!. The Justice Department is fired up and ready to go. Breaking news is that the Justice Department has officially announced that it will file suit against the state of Texas, the Texas Secretary of State, and the Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety over the State’s strict voter photo identification law (SB 14).… [Read more]

Playing For Keeps: How the GOP Voting Endgame Seeks to Ensure Tilted Elections

By now, anyone who followed the elections heard that there were statistically insignificant occurrences of voter fraud (in terms of those casting their vote) to the point that the justification for creating laws surrounding that issue is entirely baseless. It has been reported here and elsewhere that vote tampering by way of tests, ID checks, gerrymandering, and the like is not a new phenomenon.… [Read more]

Post-Election Legal Battle Lines Already Drawn

Throughout this election season many of us have heard numerous reports about charges of voter fraud, voter suppression tactics, Tagg Romney‘s ties to a company that owns Ohio voting machines, and even CEOs who have threatened employees with termination should Mitt Romney lose the upcoming presidential election. We’ve heard about the respective candidates’ poll numbers and who is gaining/losing support among women, the impact of the economy, and the weight of endorsements.… [Read more]

The Oldest/Newest Test To Our Democracy

Voter Suppression is a rampant news headline these days, depending on the circles of news you follow. It is always a big issue leading up to the presidential election here in the U.S. because at times like these, there are tactics, such as gerrymandering, that are deployed to infuse that suppression in various ways. Gerrymandering is the act of redistricting for the benefit of one political party over the other.… [Read more]

I’ll Be Watching You

The headlines say it all: “Obama Warns Young Voters About Voter Suppression“…. “Courts Reject GOP Voter Suppression Overreach in Four States“…”Republicans’ Voter Suppression Project Grinds On“….and so on, and so on…

We’re watching you, GOP!

What does all of this mean? The GOP talks a good game about freedom and civil rights and values but, given their broad-based effort to keep citizens from exercicing their right to vote, we know that fairness, access and equality couldn’t honestly be part of their platform.… [Read more]

Instead of IDs, Let’s Focus on Voter IQs

For me, Election Day has always been akin to the Super Bowl. I always know I’ll have a team competing for the ultimate prize. As a Jets fan, this hasn’t been the case since 1970. I wasn’t eligible for personhood in 1970. But my excitement level goes into overdrive when it’s time to elect a president.… [Read more]

Selma to Montgomery Redux

I wanted so much to join Rev. Al Sharpton and thousands of others who marched from Selma, Alabama to the State Capitol in Montgomery this past week. The idea that 32 States, including the State of Tennessee, have enacted Voter ID laws and discriminatory immigration laws flies against everything gained in the 1965 Voter Rights Act and the 1964 Civil Rights Act.… [Read more]