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...]

More Voter Fraud Hysteria at the NRO

John Fund of the Wall Street Journal has a post at the National Review Online pushing the absurd idea that voter fraud is a serious problem that requires making it far more difficult for people -- well, minorities and the poor -- to vote. He writes: … [Read more...]

The Power of Gerrymandering

With demographic realities making Republican wins at the polls less and less likely, their electoral strategy has been a two-pronged one: 1) voter suppression tactics to keep as many Democratic voters from the polls as possible, and 2) gerrymandering congressional districts to isolate Democratic voters and create safe Republican seats. The first part didn't work out all that well in 2012, but the gerrymandering has been a huge success, as Sam Wang of the Princeton Election Consortium documents. … [Read more...]

Nevada Republican Pleads Guilty to Voter Fraud

A Republican from Las Vegas who tried to vote twice in the November election has reached a plea deal to pay a pretty big fine. She claims she was just trying to illustrate how easy it was to commit voter fraud, but the fact that she was denied a ballot the second time kind of proves otherwise, don't you think? … [Read more...]

Bolger Open to Election Rigging Scheme

Rep. Jase Bolger is the speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives and he is about equal parts ruthlessly partisan and unethical. And while some other Republican legislators have spoken out against an election rigging scheme being considered in several states, including Michigan, he's making terrible arguments in its favor: … [Read more...]