voting rights


Florida Is About to Find Out What Happens When Ex-Prisoners Vote

A million or more new voters could be eligible for 2020 thanks to a ballot initiative reversing Jim Crow-era policy.


That Time White People Burned and Pillaged a Black Community on Election Day

The 1920 massacre in Ocoee, Florida involved whites lynching, castrating, and removing hundreds of blacks from their land in retaliation for them trying to exercise their right to vote.


Bun B's Convention Dispatch Five: Behind the Scenes on Barack Obama's Big Night

Wednesday night was Barack Obama's shining moment—and his party was soaking it up.


Budget Cuts Are Robbing Americans of Their Voting Rights

Cuts to basic voting services are melding the right's enthusiasm for spending cuts with its more insidious support for restricting ballot access.


Alabama's New Fight for Voting Rights

Fifty-one years after "Bloody Sunday," civil rights activists in Selma fear a resurgence in voter suppression ahead of the first presidential election since the Supreme Court overturned the landmark Voting Rights Act.


Why Is It Still So Hard for Ex-Cons to Vote in Florida?

About a quarter of the ex-cons who can't vote in America live in the Sunshine State.


We're Still Marching Towards MLK's Promised Land

Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of equality in America has been deferred. It's up to us to fight to make it a reality.


Lawrence Lessig Wants to Run for President, Save America, and Then Resign

"My ideal is to be president for a day."


Civil Rights Activists in Baltimore Want More Ex-Felons in the Voting Booth in 2016

In the wake of the Freddie Gray protests that made race relations in Baltimore national news, some locals are determined to expand voting rights for former prisoners.


Hillary Clinton Thinks People Can’t Vote for Her, But Maybe They Just Don’t Want To

The Democratic candidate criticized Republicans for trying to restrict access to the ballot. But neither party is addressing the grimmer, greater truth: Most Americans who can vote don't vote.