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2012-06-01 14:21:38

WASHINGTON, June 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following are statements from Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (The National Coalition) and convener, Black Women's Roundtable and Salandra Benton, director of The Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Florida Black Women's Roundtable regarding the recent court decision on Florida voting law (H.B. 1355). Melanie L. Campbell said, "The National Coalition on...

2012-05-15 14:23:22

RALEIGH, N.C., May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- During the state constitutional amendment referendum last week, election staff offered the chance to vote to what appeared to be a non-U.S. citizen. Poll workers declined suggestions by a Project Veritas Investigator that he retrieve his passport, making clear that he would be allowed to vote without any ID whatsoever. Project Veritas investigated individuals who appeared on jury duty rolls as being exempted for not being U.S. citizens,...

2012-05-04 06:22:04

NEW ORLEANS, May 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Yesterday, voting rights advocates won an important legal victory that will ensure that Louisiana's public assistance agency clients--the state's poorest and most marginalized residents--will be offered an opportunity to register to vote. In a forceful decision, a federal judge ruled in favor of the Louisiana State Conference of the NAACP that Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) requires that all...

2012-05-02 02:25:25

NEW ORLEANS, May 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A panel of election experts at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's grantee conference for America Healing outlined the most significant organized efforts to suppress voting rights for Latinos and African Americans over the last 100 years. At the same time, Native Americans have enjoyed a civic engagement success story in New Mexico. In the last two years, the nation has seen "the most wide-scale, most significant attacks on voting rights that we...

2012-03-30 02:22:49

COLUMBIA, S.C., March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP and individual Black college students moved to join a lawsuit to prevent the implementation of South Carolina's discriminatory voting law. In the lawsuit, South Carolina v. United States, South Carolina asks a federal court in Washington, D.C. to approve, under the Section 5 preclearance provision of the Voting Rights Act, a restrictive government-issued photo identification...

2012-03-29 06:23:47

SAN FRANCISCO, March 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- craigslist founder Craig Newmark has issued an infographic that illustrates the impact of voting restriction laws on U.S. citizens. The infographic was published today on Newmark's craigconnects website. It explores the extensive actions taken by states to limit the opportunities for Americans to vote in general elections. "What I learned in high school civics class is that an attack on voting rights is virtually the same as an attack on the...

2012-03-14 17:46:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today signed into law House Bill 934, also known as the Photo Voter ID bill, which will require Pennsylvanians to produce photo identification when they vote. "I am signing this bill because it protects a sacred principle, one shared by every citizen of this nation. That principle is: one person, one vote,'' Corbett said. "It sets a simple and clear standard to protect the integrity of our elections.''...

2012-03-12 21:26:14

An article released by Social Forces indicates that voter identification requirements have a substantially negative impact on the voting of all groups except for Asians. Particularly strong negative effects are seen for Blacks and Hispanics: a decrease in voting by 18 percent and 22 percent respectively. Even Whites show dampened turnout associated with voter ID policies. Yet for Asians, strikingly, voter ID has the opposite effect, boosting turnout by nearly 30 percent. This is an intriguing...

2012-03-12 12:47:00

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Justice today sent a letter rejecting Texas' voter identification law saying Hispanic voters in the state are as much as 120 percent more likely than non-Hispanic voters to lack a driver's license or personal state-issued photo ID. "The announcement by the Department of Justice this morning in opposition to Texas' voter ID law is a prime example of a government agency putting partisan politics above reality and the law....

2012-02-29 16:16:00

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Minnesota Voters Alliance (MVA) announced today it has filed a federal lawsuit asking the court to order the State of Minnesota to enforce the Minnesota Constitution's voter eligibility requirements. The State currently allows persons who register to vote on election day to have their ballots counted prior to the state confirming their eligibility to vote. That failure of the State to do its constitutional duty to determine who is...