November 28, 2012 The coalition of Hispanic lawmakers say new legislation should require illegal immigrants to register with the federal government, undergo a criminal background check, learn English and pay taxes as conditions for obtaining legal status and eventual citizenship.
November 25, 2012 Key Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner, say it's time to find common ground in revising the nation's immigration laws, but conservatives in the House could be a firewall against a bipartisan deal.
October 19, 2012 The presidential campaigns are trying to rally support from a voting bloc that could make a major difference in several battleground states.
October 18, 2012 The GOP could pick up as many as five governorships in next month's election, bringing the party's total to 34, the most since 1922.
October 12, 2012 More jurisdictions are turning to gambling to plug budget holes, but some say the economic benefits are exaggerated.
October 4, 2012 Despite President Obama's celebrated gift for oratory, the Obama supporters least surprised by his underwhelming performance against Mitt Romney may have been two of his top advisers.
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 5, 2012 State officials express confidence that a federal immigration database will expose more ineligible voters, but critics say the effort harms eligible minorities.
September 2, 2012 Occupy Wall Street says it will protest at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., next week as a run-up to mass demonstrations planned for its Sept. 17 anniversary.
August 28, 2012 The presidential campaigns and other groups are scrambling to find evicted voters in battleground states hit hard by the mortgage crisis.
August 23, 2012 The agents say Obama's new immigration policy makes them break federal laws.
August 15, 2012 While the state's highest court could make a ruling before Election Day, new voter ID laws also are in court or under Justice Department review in several other key states.
August 11, 2012 A former enforcer of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, J. Gerald Hebert now helps local governments that have overcome histories of election bias win release from federal oversight of their elections.
August 2, 2012 Alabama, Florida and Texas are among five jurisdictions challenging the constitutionality of a key provision of the civil rights law that requires governments with a history of discrimination to get federal permission to change election procedures.
July 25, 2012 State officials begin their defense of the new voter identification law in court Wednesday. Residents suing to overturn it say it creates unlawful barriers to voting. In a court filing, the state said it has never investigated claims of in-person voter fraud and so won't argue that such fraud has occurred in the past.