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Judges Throw Out North Carolina Congressional Maps Ahead of 2020 Elections

North Carolina’s congressional maps were likely designed as “extreme partisan gerrymanders” and must be redrawn before the 2020 election, a panel of three state judges ruled Monday. The ruling comes
This Week: Pennsylvania Eyes Voter Reforms Ahead Of 2020

This Week: Pennsylvania Eyes Voter Reforms Ahead Of 2020

New NC Partisan Gerrymandering Case To Stay In Front Of State Court: The North Carolina GOP’s bid to short circuit...

Donald Trump Compared Impeachment to a Lynching. Eric Holder Explains Why It’s “Reprehensible.”

The day after President Donald Trump ignited backlash by comparing his impeachment inquiry to a lynching, former Attorney General Eric Holder called the comment “reprehensible.” “You think about

Seattle Doles Out Public Funds to Its Residents to Use for Political Campaigns. Can It Stand Up to Citizens United?

In November, Seattle will elect a new city council. It is the second election in which the city’s democracy vouchers are in play, a first-of-its-kind financing program for taxpayers, which is either,
Want to Vote? Pay Up.

Want to Vote? Pay Up.

Betty Riddle was 17 when she was first convicted of a felony, for clubbing another woman in the face during a fight. “Assault with a deadly weapon,” she told me recently. “I was adjudicated as an
Facebook will ban ads that discourage people from voting

Facebook will ban ads that discourage people from voting

Lying in Facebook political ads is ok — as long as the lie isn't infringing on people's right to cast their vote. During a conference call Monday in which Facebook detailed its latest efforts to

A Big Legal Victory for Voting Rights in Florida, and a Rebuke Against its Republican Governor

My colleague, and MoJo’s resident Big Brain on all things voting, pointed out this major legal win in Florida on Friday: A group of 20 people with felony convictions was suing the state over a new law
Challengers To Florida ‘Poll Tax’ Law Targeting Ex-Felons Get Preliminary Win

Challengers To Florida ‘Poll Tax’ Law Targeting Ex-Felons Get Preliminary Win

Florida will not be allowed to block ex-felons who cannot afford to pay certain court fees from registering to vote...
Are the Democrats Even Worried About Voter Suppression?

Are the Democrats Even Worried About Voter Suppression?

Twelve Democrats met for the party’s fourth presidential debate on Tuesday night in Westerville, Ohio. The location’s electoral symbolism was hard to miss. “We’re standing in the great state of Ohio,
To Reconnect a Divided Country — We Must Embrace Abundance and Reject Scarcity

To Reconnect a Divided Country — We Must Embrace Abundance and Reject Scarcity

Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency has hit the front page; accordingly, President Donald Trump is hitting back. Rather than embracing cryptocurrency and blockchain, he’s sounding the Twitter alarm.
This Court Case Could Bring Chaos To The Electoral College

This Court Case Could Bring Chaos To The Electoral College

This article is part of TPM Cafe, TPM’s home for opinion and news analysis. In just the past two decades, two...
Crystal Mason, Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Unknowingly Casting an Illegal Ballot, Speaks Out on Newfound Activism

Crystal Mason, Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Unknowingly Casting an Illegal Ballot, Speaks Out on Newfound Activism

Crystal Mason never intended to become an activist. But after being sentenced to five years in prison for unknowingly casting an illegal ballot in the 2016 election, Mason committed herself to
Dump Trump, Ditch Mitch, Save America!

Dump Trump, Ditch Mitch, Save America!

Gun safety reforms. Election security. Net Neutrality. Voting rights. The House has passed all sorts of bills that the American people overwhelmingly support, yet they’re dead on arrival when they

GOP Congressman Says DC Statehood Would Make It Harder for His Staff to Park

When Congress held a hearing Thursday on the possibility of statehood for Washington, DC, Republicans came prepared with all the usual arguments for why district residents shouldn’t be represented in
This Week: Census Bureau Faces New Lawsuit Over Citizenship Data

This Week: Census Bureau Faces New Lawsuit Over Citizenship Data

A Sequel to the Census Citizenship Question Court Battle: A new legal fight over voting rights and the Census Bureau...
1,688 Polling Places Shuttered Since Supreme Court Green-Lit New State Disenfranchisement Schemes

1,688 Polling Places Shuttered Since Supreme Court Green-Lit New State Disenfranchisement Schemes

The 2013 Supreme Court decision nullifying federal "preclearance" requirements for states and local governments with a past history of discriminating against minority voters continues to have

Civil Rights Groups Challenge Trump’s “Racially Discriminatory Scheme” to Skew Redistricting

In July, the Trump administration abandoned its push to add a controversial question about US citizenship to the 2020 census after the Supreme Court blocked the move. Instead, President Donald Trump
Judge Temporarily Blocks Tennessee Law Targeting Voter Registration Drives

Judge Temporarily Blocks Tennessee Law Targeting Voter Registration Drives

A federal judge on Thursday put on hold Tennessee’s law targeting voter registration drives. U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger said...

Report: More than 1600 Polling Places Have Closed Since the Supreme Court Gutted the Voting Rights Act

In 2013, the Supreme Court gutted a core provision of the Voting Rights Act: The requirement for certain states with a history of voter discrimination to “preclear” changes in their election rules
This Week: Small Victories In Cases Challenging Voter Suppression Laws

This Week: Small Victories In Cases Challenging Voter Suppression Laws

Voting rights advocates had two important procedural victories in recent days in their efforts to challenge suppressive laws in court:...