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Protecting the Right to Vote in Lousiana

As coordinated right-wing legislative attempts to suppress voter turnout in disenfranchised communities continue in state after state, those truly concerned about protecting the right to vote are also taking action.

With Hours to Go Before Elections, Right-Wing Voter Suppression Picks Up Steam

"We are all voter fraud police now," said right-wing pundit Michelle Malkin recently. And sure enough, her right-wing compatriots have been more than happy to join call to continue hyping the conservative myth of systematic voter fraud in the final hours leading up to Election Day. 

Right Wing Voter Suppression Efforts Take Off As Election Day Nears

Suppressing the vote in historically disenfranchised areas is a time-honored tradition for the right-wing machine, and this year is no exception. With just two weeks to go until the elections, the gloves have officially come off. Here are a few of the notorious incidents that have surfaced in recent weeks:

Georgia's Draconian Voter Verification System Passes Federal Muster

Two years of courtroom battles ended on Monday as Georgia received a green light from the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to go ahead with its controversial voter verification system, a major step backward for the state.

All-Mail Voting Is One Winner of Colorado's Primary

As pundits attempt to digest what Colorado's primary on Tuesday night means for incumbents and insurgents alike, there is one thing everyone can agree on: voting by mail saved counties much-needed money while boosting turnout.

New York: One Signature Away from Ending Prison-Based Gerrymandering

Legislation to end the practice of prison-based gerrymandering in New York, included within the 2011 state budget, passed both the Senate and Assembly last week. Once Gov. Patterson approves the budget package, the bill will go into effect in time for next year's redistricting efforts.

National Popular Vote Victory in Massachusetts

National Popular Vote Victory in Massachusetts Adds Momentum to Changing Presidential Vote System

Last week, the Massachusetts Senate passed National Popular Vote (NPV) legislation by a 28-10 vote, a little more than a month after the state’s House of Representatives approved NPV by an overwhelmingly bipartisan majority.

MA: Winner-take-all bill is OK'd by state Senate

The MA state Senate approves a bill that would give all 12 of the state’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote.

Delaware Becomes 2nd State to End Prison-Based Gerrymandering

Last week, Delaware became the second state in the country to pass legislation that would adjust US Census data to count incarcerated people as residents of their home addresses for redistricting purposes.  It is currently waiting for Gov. Jack Markell’s signature.