July 25, 2013 In the war over the right to vote in the U.S., the Justice Department's choice of Texas as the battleground for its first legal action following the Supreme Court's weakening of the Voting Rights Act has a feeling of inevitability.
February 23, 2013 To those who closely follow the voter ID wars, Hans von Spakovsky is a household name, one of the nation's leading and controversial crusaders against voter fraud. So it was news that the Republican lawyer failed to get a second term on the electoral board of Virginia's largest county.
October 2, 2012 Judges in these cases have declined to rule on the constitutionality of the laws. Instead, they have signaled the laws would withstand scrutiny if states can ensure that the vast majority of voters have easier access to free IDs. Legal scholars agree that many of these measures could be enacted after Election Day.
September 18, 2012 Pennsylvania's highest court is returning the state's controversial voter ID law to a lower court judge who must decide whether it will disenfranchise some voters. The deadline for that decision is three weeks away.
July 3, 2012 Rick Snyder once again breaks ranks with other top Republicans by vetoing bills that opponents said were meant to suppress voter turnout.
April 5, 2012 The anti-voter ID law infographic by Craigslist founder Craig Newmark is just the latest broadside in the war between those who believe the voter ID laws are aimed at suppressing the votes of people more likely to vote for Democrats and those who believe that voting fraud is a real and present threat to American democracy.
March 12, 2012 The Justice Department says the state failed to show that the law would not deny or limit minorities' right to vote. It's the second state voter ID law the department has blocked.
March 9, 2012 The NAACP hopes to apply international pressure to states with strict new voter ID laws.
February 23, 2012 Allegations of "dead" people voting have fueled arguments that a photo ID is needed to stop fraud at the polls.
February 6, 2012 Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White was accused of lying about his home address on voter registration forms in order to continue receiving a stipend for serving on his town's council.
December 13, 2011 Voting-rights groups are launching what could be the opening round in a lengthy legal challenge to new state laws requiring voters to show photo ID. The ACLU — along with the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty — filed suit in federal court claiming Wisconsin's new voter ID law is unconstitutional, the equivalent of a poll tax.
October 11, 2011 Wherever Republican legislators and governors institute voter ID laws, Democrats and civil libertarians always warn that those requirements will make it harder for some citizens, especially the elderly and poor to exercise the franchise. An example that made headlines recently is that of Dorothy Cooper, a 96-year old in Chattanooga, Tenn.
May 24, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the debate over voter ID laws, and what happens when you're sentenced to John School. In the second hour the role of political spouses and your emails and web comments.