TX Tea Party Leader Doesn’t Want Blacks to Vote

Republican leaders in Texas held a conference last weekend to talk about how to prevent that state from going Democratic in the next few years as demographic shifts suggest that's entirely possible. And one Tea Party leader, probably thinking he was safe in a room full of allies, blurted out the truth: … [Read more...]

Florida Reverses Voter Suppression Laws

In a rare case of apparently doing the right thing, Gov. Rick Scott of Florida has signed into law a bill that reverses most of the changes made after he came into office that made it more difficult to register and vote in that state, causing long lines and chaos on election day. … [Read more...]

Barton, Blackwell, Voting Rights and Tribalism

Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell went on the Wallbuilders radio show with David Barton and Rick Green and they made quite possibly the dumbest argument imaginable on the subject of the many Republican plans to pass out presidential electoral votes by congressional district. … [Read more...]

More Voter Suppression in Ohio

Republicans continue their utterly shameless campaign to make voting as difficult as possible for anyone who isn't likely to vote for them. In Ohio, they're trying to pass a bill that would punish schools that help students register and vote at the university rather than where they come from. … [Read more...]

NC Tries to Suppress the Student Vote

The latest example of Republican voter suppression may be the worst bill yet. The North Carolina Senate now has a bill that would make it far more difficult for college students to vote in a number of ways, while also reducing early voting days and hours. … [Read more...]

A Strong Argument for Keeping Section 5

As the Supreme Court considers whether to declare Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional, Alan Abramowitz offers a very compelling argument for why the preclearance requirement is still necessary even if racism is not the primary reason that motivates illegal voting restrictions. … [Read more...]

The GOP’s Own ACORN Problem

Florida has convicted two former employees of Strategic Allied Consulting, one of the many sockpuppet companies owned by Nathan Sproul, the Republican voter registration guru who has gotten in all kinds of hot water around the country, for voter registration fraud. … [Read more...]

GOP Senators Won’t Commit to Constitutionality of Law They All Voted For

As the Supreme Court prepares to possibly overturn a key section of the Voting Rights Act, many of the Republican senators who voted for reauthorization of that bill -- it passed on a 98-0 vote -- are refusing to say whether they think it's constitutional. … [Read more...]

Oral Argument on the Voting Rights Act Challenge

The Supreme Court on Wednesday hear oral argument in Shelby County v Holder, the case challenging Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires that states and counties with a history of suppressing the vote on racial grounds get permission from the DOJ or a panel of federal judges before making any changes to their voting laws that affect racial minorities. And it looks as though that law is in serious trouble now, with four clear votes to strike it down and Kennedy seeming to lean that … [Read more...]

Michigan Republicans Overwhelmingly Support Vote-Rigging Scheme

The Republican and Democratic parties in Michigan held their state conventions this past weekend. The Democrats wisely got rid of their chairman, Mark Brewer (covering him for most of the last few years was highly annoying; he was the king of the outrageous and badly reasoned press release). And the Republicans showed overwhelming support for a proposed scheme to hand out the state's electoral votes by electoral district rather than by popular vote. … [Read more...]

National Review Writer: Repeal Women’s Suffrage

Joining Vox Day and Jesse Lee Patterson, Michael Walsh at the National Review Online thinks we should take the right to vote away from women. Mario Loyola wrote a column calling that referred to alcohol prohibition, but mistakenly said that was the 19th amendment (it was the 18th, repealed by the 21st). But Walsh says we should repeal the 19th, which gave women the right to vote, as well: … [Read more...]

Schlafly’s Terrible Arguments Against Early Voting

Phyllis Schlafly has a blog post and audio message about why early voting is a terrible, horrible, no good idea. The headline -- Early Voting is Unfair to Voters -- should tip you off that she's about to spew some really, really bad arguments on the subject. … [Read more...]