December 28, 2012 / BY LYLA BUGARA Why we can't forget about voter ID, a state by state look

The ColorOfChange community worked tirelessly to offset discriminatory voter ID laws this election cycle and people of color turned out in record numbers to cast their ballots on Election Day — but there's still more work to be done.

We're keeping a close eye on states that have tried to pass discriminatory voter restrictions in the past, and the states that are now taking up the cause.

Read a state-by-state rundown of voter ID status' after the jump:

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December 10, 2012 / BY LYLA BUGARA Florida GOP officials admit to discriminatory voter suppression

This past election season, H.B. 1355 resricted the voting rights of thousands of Floridians. The law, which curtailed voter registration, cutback early voting, and complicated the electoral process for newly moved voters, disproportionately affected communitites of color. Recently, several Republican consultants and officials confirmed what we have known for while; the discriminatory impact of H.B. 1355 was not an inadvertent side effect but actually the law's intended purpose. 

The Palm Beach Post has the details:

[...]A GOP consultant who asked to remain anonymous out of fear of retribution said Black voters were a concern. "I know that the cutting out of the Sunday before Election Day was one of their targets only because that’s a big day when the Black churches organize themselves," he said.

To read the full story click here.

 

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December 06, 2012 / BY LYLA BUGARA Romney's "gifts" comment foreshadows right-wing approach to austerity negotiations

Even after Americans voted against Mitt Romney's backwards economic and social policies, the former presidential candidate still doesn't seem to get it. Echoing his previous statement that 47% of Americans don't take personal responisibility for their lives, Romney attributed Obama's win to voters of color desiring "gifts." 

So what exactly are these "gifts?" The NY Times coverage of the event revealed that Romney's definition of "gifts" is just a rundown of critical social programs:

“With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest, was a big gift,” he said. “Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women. And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents’ plan, and that was a big gift to young people. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008.”

It's the same divisive language we saw throughout his campaign — striving to delegitimize and dehumanize people of color, while simultaneously attacking crucial government programs.

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December 04, 2012 / BY LYLA BUGARA Husted continues campaign of voter suppression with help from 6th Circuit

Will Ohio Secretary of State, Jon Husted, ever hault his campaign to disenfranchise the most vulnerable among us?

This time he set out to illegally invalidate provisional ballots filed with applications containing poll worker errors. That's right: poll worker errors. Even after a U.S. District Court issued a strong ruling blocking Husted's last minute voter suppression directive, the highly conservative Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals determined that Husted’s appeal of that order was likely to succeed.

As a result, Husted's directive went into effect discounting thousands of ballots in the interim.

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November 14, 2012 / BY FANNA GAMAL WATCH: Melissa Harris-Perry and guests on Obama's new mandate

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Melissa Harris-Perry and her guests: Richard Kim, Executive Editor of The Nation magazine; Maya Wiley, Founder of the Center for Social Inclusion; Johnathan Cohn, Senior Editor at the New Republic Magazine; and Lizz Winstead, Co-Creator of The Daily Show  — discuss what voters were saying when they cast their ballot for Obama. What will Obama's mandate be in the next four years? In other words, what do voters want the way 'forward' to look like?

What do you think voters want from Obama in the next four years? After you watch the video, leave us a comment and tell us what you think. 

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November 13, 2012 / BY LYLA BUGARA Paul Ryan attributes Obama win to turnout in "urban areas"

In his first post-Election Day interview, Congressman Paul Ryan offered a troubling explanation of President Obama's re-election when he stated, "the surprise was some of the turnout, some of the turnout especially in urban areas, which gave President Obama the big margin to win this race.”

Although the election is over we will continue to monitor race in the political arena. Check out the Spread the Word and Watch the Race sections of vote.colorofchange.org for continued coverage.

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November 13, 2012 / BY FANNA GAMAL Black America's answer to GOP voter ID? Record turnouts.

This election, right-wing attempts to limit the voting power of Black folks, elderly folks, and low-income communities was ruthless. From last-minute voting restrictions in Ohio, to misinformation and intimidation campaigns in Wisconsin — our right to vote was challenged at almost every turn. 

In addition to GOP suppression efforts, the tragic events of Hurricane Sandy left many wondering what election turnout would be this year. On November 6, 2012 that question was answered as voter turnout in our communities hit record highs, again.

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November 09, 2012 / BY AIM√ČE CASTENELL WATCH: Bill O'Reilly laments, "The White Establishment is Now the Minority"

Bill O'Reilly spoke on Fox News Tuesday night, mourning America's changing demographics and apparent shift in political power.

In this brief clip, O'Reilly expresses a familiar paranoid frustration that we've seen throughout the election season. While his motives may be suspect, his point is not entirely wrong. People— indeed, all people— are "entitled to things."

 

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November 07, 2012 / BY LYLA BUGARA President Obama: "By the way, we need to fix that"

The re-election of President Obama was a major victory won by the tireless efforts of people of color. Strategic organizing, powerful determination, and record-breaking turnout fought back against months and months of voter suppression tactics.

In spite of these successes, Election Day did not go without problems at the polls. Problems that President Obama noted must be fixed during his acceptance speech.

Our friends at Video the Vote put together a must-see infographic synthesizing voting problems reported to their call center from across the country.

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November 07, 2012 / BY RASHAD ROBINSON Our work continues at ColorOfChange, join us.

I'd like to congratulate President Barack Obama on his re-election to our country's highest office. Throughout the election, the choice couldn't have been more clear. President Obama's commitment to fight for everyday people during his next term, stood in stark contrast to the failed economic and social policies of the other party.

Despite billions of dollars spent to keep our community away from the polls, once again, Black folks voted in record numbers to keep him in the White House.

But if we've learned anything over the last four years, it's that the things that we're fighting for—a fair economy, access to health care, less restrictions on voting, solutions to the housing crisis and criminal justice reform—won't happen without our continued pressure.

Start these next four years by joining the 800,000 folks ready to amplify Black America's political voice.

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