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voting rights



  • It Takes a Long Time to Vote

    by Jonathan Coopersmith

    No federal law governs wait times. Nearly two-thirds of voters in 2012 and three-quarters in 2018 waited less than 10 minutes. But long wait times are a chronic problem primarily for Latino and Black voters in “precincts with high minority populations, high population, and low incomes.”



  • A 1960s Lawsuit Against the KKK Can Help Protect Elections in 2020

    The precedent means that election authorities have a positive obligation to alleviate conditions that could make voters afraid to cast a ballot. In the 1960s, that meant the Klan. Under COVID, it could mean crowded polls, long lines, or the lack of means to vote by mail. 



  • ‘We Were Always Men’

    by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    One hundred and fifty years ago, Frederick Douglass understood the link between voting rights and manhood for African-Americans.



  • Letters From An American, April 4, 2020

    by Heather Cox Richardson

    Manipulating the vote has a long and shameful history in America, but modern media and computer modeling has enabled today’s Republican Party to carve out its voters with surgical precision.



  • Odds of a Contested November Election Are on the Rise

    Now that state-run electoral systems are in chaos in the midst of a pandemic, with no assurances the conditions for normal voting behavior will return by November, the odds of a contested general election (not just by Trump, but by elements of both parties) have gone up.



  • 15th Turns 150!

    The presence of new citizens in the form of formerly enslaved people forced Congress to consider what citizenship and voting actually meant. 



  • On the Trail of America’s First Women to Vote

    From 1776 to 1807, women in New Jersey had equal voting rights. Newly surfaced documents illuminate how that happened — and the origins of the messy, imperfect democracy we have today.



  • Historian Carol Anderson On Voter Suppression

    “This kind of silent, quiet bureaucratic violence, where policies are wiping out the voting rights of millions of Americans, that's the piece that is absolutely stunning for my students,” she explained.