Tag: Voting Rights

Let America Vote: New Group Fighting Voter Suppression

Yesterday Jason Kander, former Army captain, Missouri Secretary of State and U.S Senate candidate announced his next move: forming Let America Vote, a non-profit dedicated to fighting against voter suppression. This could be really cool. It might even be cooler than the time Kander assembled an AR-15 rifle blindfolded in a campaign ad. According to…

Posted in Voting Rights

Empowering our Neighbors: Whether they Have a House or Not

To those of you who have filled out a voter registration form the process may seem pretty simple. Check a box that you’re a citizen, you’re over 18, your name, and… your address. For 2% of my hometown of DC’s population, filling in a permanent address is not that simple. This 2% represents the number…

Posted in Politics and Elections, Voting Rights

The FIGHT To Vote

Last week I realized just how much I take the right to vote for granted. Not just that I’ve missed an election or two, but I always assumed that as a white man I could take a time machine to any November in American history and vote. Of course that is assuming I brought the…

Posted in Election and Voter Registration Reform

My Mother: The Voting Rights Crusader

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA). The VRA is federal legislation that prevents states from discriminating against minority voters. President Johnson announced the bill after the tragedies in Selma, AL and congress pushed it through in relatively short time to respond to the immediate needs of a changing…

Posted in Interviews, Human Rights, Voting Rights

The Facts About “Dropoff Voters”

Do you vote in the Presidential Election, but not again for another four years? You’re not alone.

Posted in HeadCount Community

50 Years After Freedom Summer, Voting Rights Still Center Stage

50 years ago, Freedom Summer laid the groundwork for the Voting Rights Act. One year ago, the VRA was weakened. Now, a new act looks to restore its power.

Posted in Voting Rights, Voter Education Links

Maya Angelou: Poet, Activist, Voter

“So don’t sit on the sidelines. Don’t hesitate. Don’t have any regrets. Vote.” -Maya Angelou

Posted in Voting Rights

Two Tiers No More: All Voters Must Prove Citizenship in AZ and KS

Two-tiered voting is out. But proof of citizenship for registration is in.

Presidential Commission Urges Voting Innovations

If these good ideas are adopted, voting will get a whole lot easier.

With Lawsuits Flying Over Voting Rights, HeadCount Steps Up

Lawsuits are flying over attempts by Kansas and Arizona to change or disallow the federal voter registration form potentially creating a two-tier system where some residents can only vote in Federal elections. HeadCount put together a petition on the issue — which has almost 35,000 signatures, and counting.