Tag: Voter Registration and Requirements

With New Voting Laws, Democrats Flex Newfound Power in New York

ALBANY — After years of lagging behind other states, New York was set to radically overhaul its system of voting and elections on Monday, taking up several bills that would allow early voting, preregistration of minors, voting by mail and sharp limits on the influence of money. The bills, which […]

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Early Voting and Other Election Reforms Coming to New York

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — For years, the ways in which voters in New York have been stymied by the state’s antiquated voting laws have stood in stark contrast to the state’s liberal reputation. During last year’s […]

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Albany: Put New York’s Needs Before Your Own

After winning a $50,000 raise and becoming the highest-paid state legislators in the country, lawmakers in New York, one might think, would turn their focus to the people’s work. Instead, the Assembly speaker, Carl Heastie, whined this week that the pay increase didn’t keep up with the increase in the […]

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Rosanell Eaton, Fierce Voting Rights Advocate, Dies at 97

Rosanell Eaton, a resolute African-American woman who was hailed by President Barack Obama as a beacon of civil rights for her role as a lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against a restrictive North Carolina voting law that reached the Supreme Court in 2016, died on Saturday in Louisburg, N.C. She […]

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North Carolina Republicans Targeted Voter Fraud. Did They Look at the Wrong Kind?

LUMBERTON, N.C. — It was a triumphant moment for North Carolina Republicans in 2013 when they enacted one of the nation’s most aggressive voter-identification laws. The measure would combat voter fraud, they argued — though, as federal courts later ruled, it would almost certainly reduce African-American Democratic turnout. At the […]

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Pelosi’s One Potential Rival Cuts Deal and Drops Speaker Challenge

WASHINGTON — And then there were none. A Democratic insurgency seeking to force Representative Nancy Pelosi to abandon her bid for speaker and install a fresh crop of leaders at the helm of their new majority suffered a setback on Tuesday, when Representative Marcia L. Fudge, the sole lawmaker to […]

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America’s Election Grid Remains a Patchwork of Vulnerabilities

County officials in Maryland miscalculated how many ballots they would need on Election Day — and quickly ran out in more than a dozen precincts. In New York City, voters were given a two-sheet ballot that jammed machines and caused delays and long lines. And in Georgia, some voters failed […]

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Let the People Vote

ImageVoters waiting in a long line to vote in the 2018 midterm general election, outside a polling station located at Robious Middle School in Midlothian, Virginia. CreditMichael Reynolds/EPA, via Shutterstock The United States finally has the pro-democracy movement that it needs. Last week, ballot initiatives to improve the functioning of democracy […]

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Parkland Activists Took On the N.R.A. Here’s How It Turned Out.

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — After the shooting massacre at a high school in Parkland, Fla., survivors found themselves taking on the National Rifle Association as they crisscrossed the country rallying young adults to register and vote against candidates opposed to gun control. On Tuesday, the Parkland students got a dose of […]

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What’s Good for Democracy Is Also Good for Democrats

Amid the political turmoil of the past few years, there have been faint rustlings of a democratic revival. States have begun to take steps to empower citizens by making voting easier and more inclusive. Since 2015, 12 states have adopted automatic voter registration; voters in Florida will decide in November on a ballot initiative to […]

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Nextdoor Is Betting a Social Network Can Still Be a Platform for Politics

When Hala Hijazi wanted her friends to meet London Breed, then a candidate for mayor of San Francisco, she invited the whole neighborhood. Ms. Hijazi, a community organizer and consultant, lives in the city’s Marina District and is a member of Nextdoor, the neighborhood social media site. She planned the meet-and-greet on the Marina’s bustling […]

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Does Brett Kavanaugh Spell the End of Voting Rights?

In late 2011, the Obama administration blocked a South Carolina law that required voters to show a photo ID before casting their ballots, finding that it could disenfranchise tens of thousands of minority voters, who were more likely than whites to lack such IDs. But when South Carolina asked a federal court in Washington to […]

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Fixes: Getting Student Power Into the Voting Booth

Of the 362 schools that have joined the Challenge to date, 161 have submitted plans for 2018. Of the 201 campuses that have voluntarily shared their voting data for 2016, 98 received a bronze seal (denoting a voting rate of 50 to 59 percent), 44 received silver (60 to 69 percent) and just one campus […]

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Op-Ed Columnist: A Counterattack on Voting Rights

The research on the turnout effects is still in the early stages. So far, though, no other reform can claim as much encouraging evidence as mail-based voting.The Utah analysis, which is being released Monday, follows a peer-reviewed study of Washington State that found voting-by-mail increased turnout by between two and four percentage points. In both […]

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Seven Ways Alabama Has Made It Harder to Vote

Five years after the Supreme Court invalidated the Voting Rights Act’s requirement that certain states get federal approval to change their election laws, there are few places where the results are clearer than in Alabama, where the lawsuit began. Alabama has enacted a slew of restrictive laws and policies, many of which disproportionately affect African-Americans, […]

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I Am Running for President in Turkey. From My Prison Cell.

EDIRNE, Turkey — Turkey will vote in presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24. I am one of six candidates running for president. I am running from my prison cell. I am writing from a maximum-security prison in Edirne, a city in northwestern Turkey, near the border with Bulgaria. I was arrested one year and […]

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A Crusader Against Voter Fraud Fails to Prove His Case

On cross-examination, Mr. Richman admitted that his determinations of “foreign” were hurried and subjective. People with the last name Lopez, for example, were counted both ways. In perhaps the trial’s most startling moment, Mr. Richman said he would have counted as foreign the name Carlos Murguia — which happened to be the name of a […]

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