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Brennan-Center-site
On the heels of a tumultuous 2016 election — in which Americans in 14 states faced new voting restrictions for the first time in a presidential election — most eyes remain fixed on Washington, D.C. But in many state capitals, changes to voting laws may be again poised to play a major role in state legislative agendas...
Voter Suppression Works Too Well
The Republicans’ quest for a permanent political majority culminated in mammoth voter suppression in 2016. The 2018 midterm election promises both to embolden these efforts and energize resistance...
Dear President-elect Trump...
We are writing to you as participants in The Census Project (www.thecensusproject.org), a broad, nonpartisan coalition of stakeholders who rely on accurate, timely, and comprehensive Census Bureau data for decision-making and resource allocation across all sectors. Our efforts focus on ensuring an accurate 2020 Census, as the U.S. Constitution requires, and comprehensive American Community Survey (ACS), which updates the census throughout the decade...
Republicans, ‘voter fraud’ a weapon
On Nov. 8, North Carolinians went to the polls and chose a new governor: Democrat Roy Cooper. Cooper defeated incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory by more than 10,000 votes. It’s a clean win that should bar a recount.

Despite this, McCrory and other Republican Party officials are engaging in an effort to subvert the election results by tainting them with unfounded allegations of widespread voter fraud and elections officials’ misconduct. Doing so is not only dangerous, but it also creates the perception
Research Finds Election Protests...
A new analysis reveals that nearly half of the people that the Pat McCrory campaign and its allies have accused of illegally voting as felons are not serving a felony sentence.

“It’s incredibly irresponsible for Gov. McCrory to allow these poorly researched accusations against voters to continue,” said Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy North Carolina. “He and his allies are exposing themselves to charges of slandering voters.”

Claims of widespread fraud are being repeated over...
The South Carolina Progressive Netwo
The South Carolina Progressive Network is working to build a movement for a more democratic, just and equitable state. We believe that when citizens are not engaged in the political process, their govern- ment is not responsive to their needs. Toward that end, the Network started the Missing Voter Project in 2004 to teach groups and individuals how to use state-of-the-art tools and strategies to maximize their voter registration and mobilization drives. The MVP is a nonpartisan campaign that see
KINDLING...NC Ignite!
On Tuesday September 20th in Charlotte, NC, Keith Lamont Scott a father of seven was shot and killed by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Brentley Vinson around 4 pm that day. Reports from CMPD (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department)
state that Scott had a gun, but family members said that he was
reading a book waiting to pick up one of his children from school. To police just the mere fact of having a book, a set of keys, a loose cigarette, or just existing in space is enough to take...
Building “Political Power”...
This article is the fifth of a series of conversations with contributors to the demands of the Movement for Black Lives.

This election, citizens in 14 states face restrictions on voting that weren’t in place almost four years ago. Due to the the Supreme Court’s ruling in Shelby County v. Holder—which in 2013 removed the requirement that certain states get federal approval for changes to election law—this election will be the first in 50 years that does not have full protections under the...
Right to Vote Amendment
Voting is an American principle and a basic democratic right that should be protected, promoted, and practiced, which is why many people are surprised to learn that the U.S. Constitution provides no explicit right to vote. This leaves voting rights vulnerable to the whims of politicians, and some citizens with fewer rights than others.
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