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:More »
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.More »
Tuesday, an article by ThinkProgress revealed the right-wing voter suppression group, True the Vote, may have committed a 5th degree felony by submitting unauthorized signatures in Franklin County, Ohio. Volunteers from the group were attempting to sign up as poll watchers in predominately African-American precincts. The article on ThinkProgress today explains:
Volunteers with True the Vote, a Tea Party group that claims it is trying to fight voter fraud by challenging the right of voters to vote, may have committed fraud themselves. Plunderbund, an Ohio-based political blog, reported Monday that members of the group attempted to sign up as poll observers in African American-heavy precincts in central Ohio, but may have forged signatures to do so.
Read the full article here. And don't forget to check the ColorOfChange blog for more Election Day news.More »
Despite a recent court ruling confirming that Pennsylvania voters will not have to show ID this election, advertisements continue to promote misleading information. As recent as October 26, a Pittsburgh radio station ran a deceptive ad which states, "You’re not going to be allowed to vote unless you present an acceptable photo identification." With the election less than a week away, false advertising across PA could discourage thousands of voters from going to the polls.More »
This election season, ColorOfChange partnered with the Advancement Project to increase our impact and ensure that equal voting rights remain a reality for all. The Advancement Project is a next-generation civil rights organization that uses a variety of strategies to address issues of democracy and race. Through important campaigns, reports, and programs they attained major victories that make this year's electoral process all the more just.More »
Remember Hans von Spakovsky? The Republican lawyer served in the Bush Administration and has made a career out of suppressing the votes of people of color and low income folks.
We remember him well. In May 2008, 30,000 ColorOfChange members spoke out against von Spakovsky's candidacy for the Federal Elections Committee. Under this pressure, he requested that the Bush administration withdraw his nomination to the post. But it seems like he is still in the business of suppressing voting rights. Von Spakovsky has served as chief counsel to voter suppression groups like True the Vote and the Tea Party.More »
On Tuesday, a Pennsylvania judge halted enforcement of the state's voter ID requirement. In doing so, the judge dealt a blow to the right-wing crusade to disenfranchise millions of voters, most of them people of color, low-income folks, and the elderly. The judge ordered that IDs are not required to cast a ballot this year, but did nothing to block a voter education advertising campaign that presents conflicting information.
In a press statement released today, ColorOfChange Executive Director Rashad Robinson applauded the ruling, calling it a partial victory against a modern day poll tax.
Check out the full statement from Rashad after the jump, and learn more about voter ID at vote.colorofchange.org.More »
In light of the recent onslaught of right-wing voter suppression laws cropping up across the country, a new report released by the National Urban League entitled "The Hidden Swing Voters: Impact of African Americans in 2012," analyzing the impact of the African American vote in both the 2004 and 2008 elections, brings much-appreciated hope and motivation.
As we mentioned in the first blog post of this series, voting and other forms of political action have deep roots in the Black community. The League's report shows that the Black vote remains crucial in deciding who will be the next president of the United States. The report emphasizes the impact that this demographic shift played in electing the first African-American President. National Urban League Executive Director Marc Morial called the report a "clarion call to reawaken the hidden swing voters in the state of Black America...once is not enough."
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled last week that the legality of the state's notorious voter ID law must be determined by a lower court— the same court that ruled in August not to block the law from being implemented. The hearings began on September 13, during which the ruling judge directly challenged the constitutionality of the law and its effects. The Court ruled in a 4-2 decision that Commonwealth Judge Robert Simpson must revist the case and determine whether or not the law, which is supposed to provide all qualified voters with easy access to the required ID, is actually doing so.More »
New Hampshire has just joined the ranks of the over thirty states whose voter ID laws have passed legal muster. Earlier this month, a federal court found that New Hampshire's voter ID law does not violate Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.
The law is considered less "strict" in its requirements than those in other states such as Texas, whose legislation was recently shot down in court. If voters do not arrive at the polls with the proper ID they will not be forced to cast a provisional ballot. Instead you they will be able to sign a"challenged voter affidavit" declaring their identity and eligibility to vote before casting an official ballot.More »