Tag Archives: Voter Suppression


As of Tuesday, 1.4 Million Ex-Felons in Florida Can Vote

1.4 million

“Tuesday is a historic day in Florida. Under an amendment passed by the voters in November, as many as 1.4 million former felons are regaining the right to vote. The referendum overturned a 150-year-old law that permanently disenfranchised people with felony convictions,” NPR reports.


Georgia Governor Candidate Keeping 53,000 from Voting


“The Georgia NAACP is preparing to sue Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the Republican nominee for governor, in response to a report that Kemp’s office has put on hold tens of thousands of voter registration applications, most of them from African-Americans, ahead of the election,” Politico reports. “The injunction would seek to reopen voter registration in Georgia to ensure that 53,000 registrants on hold in Kemp’s office… would be allowed to register for the upcoming election.”


Trump: You Need an ID to Buy Groceries

“If you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card, you need ID. You go out and you want to buy anything, you need ID and you need your picture.”

— In an attempt to defend voter ID laws, President Trump “wrongly claimed that shoppers need to show photo identification to buy groceries,” the AP reports.


Scott Refuses to Extend Voter Registration in Florida After Hurricane

Everybody has had a lot of time to register.

— Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), the chairman of the super PAC backing Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, refusing to extend the Tuesday deadline for voter registration as requested by Hillary Clinton’s campaign due to Hurricane Matthew, Politico reports.


North Carolina Law Might Suppress Presidential Votes


Number of votes that “might not be counted in this year’s Nov. 8 presidential election if a federal appeals court upholds the 2013 law,” a Reuters review of Republican-backed changes to North Carolina’s voting rules finds. “Besides banning voters from voting outside their assigned precinct on Election Day, the law also prevents them from registering the same day they vote during the early voting period.”


Lawmaker Asserts Voter ID Law Will Help GOP in Prez Race

Well I think Hillary Clinton is about the weakest candidate the Democrats have ever put up. And now we have photo ID, and I think photo ID is going to make a little bit of a difference as well.

— Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI), telling WTMJ that his state’s new voter ID laws were a key reason the Republican presidential candidate will be competitive there in the general election.

News & Comment

Early Voting Trends Suggest Democrats Are Resisting GOP Voter Suppression Tactics in North Carolina and Florida


Early voting is underway in North Carolina, ground zero for the worst of the tea-party GOP’s voter suppression tactics, and early reports suggest that Democratic voters are coming out in force:

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Missouri GOP Leader Denounces Voter Registration Efforts in Ferguson

If that’s not fanning the political flames, I don’t know what is.

— Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Matt Wills,quoted by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, denouncing voter registration efforts amid continued protests in Ferguson, Mo., calling it “disgusting.”


Biden: Attempts to Limit Voter Rights are ‘Pure Politics’

These moves to limit the right to vote are nothing more than pure politics, masquerading as attempts to combat corruption where there is none.

— Vice President Joe Biden, quoted by The Hill, on voter ID laws and other efforts to restrict voting.


We’ve Entered a New Era of Voter Suppression

It is becoming increasingly obvious that the Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which eviscerated the Voting Rights Act, is leading to a new era of voter suppression that parallels the pre-1960s era–this time affecting not just African-Americans but also Hispanic-Americans, women, and students, among others.

— Norm Ornstein, writing in the National Journal.