Voting Rights

I Was Born This Way: Why I Vote in Every Election

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Today is Election Day! Once I finish writing this, then I’m going across the street to vote. I’m going to put on my ‘Why I Vote’ t-shirt and wear it for the entire day. The t-shirt has moving and memorable black and white pictures of...

Eric Holder Wants Ex-Felons to Get Their Voting Rights Back

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Attorney General Eric Holder called on a group of states Tuesday to restore voting rights to ex-felons, part of a push to fix what he sees as flaws in the criminal justice system that have a disparate impact on racial minorities. “By perpetuating the stigma...

92 Year Old Black Woman Files Lawsuit After NC Gov Signs Voter ID Law

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On the heels of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signing a voter ID measure into law,  92-year-old Rosanell Eaton  has sued the state claiming that her constitutional rights had been violated. The NAACP filed the lawsuit on behalf of Eaton, stating that she will be disenfranchised after...

Melissa Harris-Perry: Chin up! How to fight for voting rights in 4 steps

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The Grio — The Supreme Court’s decision on Tuesday in Shelby County,Alabama v. Holder, is devastating, but not definitive. This court has done significant damage to the most important piece of Civil Rights legislation in our modern history, but there is still hope to fight back and...

Virginia Governor Reinstates Voting Rights for Convicted Felons

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Virginia’s Governor Bob McDonnell has made a decision that may cost him partisan support. The Republican leader – who’s also responsible for the now-defunct vaginal ultrasound bill – has disclosed a plan to automatically restore voting rights for nonviolent felons in Virginia. Virginia is currently...