Reading Time: 9 minutes With so much energy expended — and money spent — to restrict access to the ballot box, what’s it like to have to fight for one of the pillars of democracy?
Reading Time: 2 minutes Amid political gridlock, and against the backdrop of gerrymandering and voter suppression, citizen-led efforts to boost voting rights through ballot initiatives are under way in a handful of states.One such effort concerns “Question 2” — whether to allow voters to either register or update their registration on the same day as the election. Maryland is Read More
Reading Time: 2 minutes On Friday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) acknowledged that voter suppression efforts by Republicans are significant enough to swing key Senate races in Arizona and North Dakota. In Arizona, where Democrat Kyrsten Sinema is virtually tied with Republican Martha McSally, outdated voter databases which do not automatically update new home addresses could mean up Read More
Reading Time: 3 minutes A bipartisan federal government commission has weighed in on the state of minority voter discrimination. Its conclusions are not pretty.
Reading Time: 17 minutes A look at how voting laws are being subverted to suppress minority participation, and at the resultant degradation of democracy.
Reading Time: 4 minutes If you live in Alabama and have a felony record, you’ll probably need a lawyer to help you figure out what “moral turpitude” means — otherwise you may not be allowed to vote. But a new digital tool is helping to clarify the voting rights restoration process for voters with past felony convictions — just in time for the midterm elections.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Many of the 1.6 million disenfranchised felons in Florida may be one step closer to being able to vote thanks to a ruling from a federal judge. Earlier this week, US District Judge Mark Walker ordered Gov. Rick Scott (R) to devise a new system to restore convicted felons’ right to vote by April 26.The Read More
Reading Time: 2 minutes There are so many threats to democracy that it is hard to keep track of them all. That is why WhoWhatWhy is launching an Election Integrity News feed that provides an overview of all developments in this crucial area.
Reading Time: 2 minutes The US Constitution is a treasured document to many, but it is not perfect. Whereas other countries explicitly lay out the right to vote in their constitutions, it is conspicuously absent from the US version. Unfortunately Americans are still living with the results today.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Like so many important subjects, the future battle over improving our election system is about technical issues. Don’t let the geek factor throw you off: whether we emphasize accessibility for the disabled or a reliable paper trail is a very big deal for us all. The question is: Can we have it all?