July 18, 2012 A new report finds that millions of potential voters in states that require photo ID at the polls live more than 10 miles from the office that issue IDs. Nearly half a million of these people don't have access to a car or other vehicle. With the new requirements, "it certainly looks and feels like a poll tax," says one voter advocate.
July 13, 2012 The judges are expected to make a decision by late August, and a lot of people outside Texas are interested in the outcome. A number of states have passed voter ID laws, and several await Justice Department "preclearance." If Texas loses, it will almost certainly appeal to the Supreme Court.
July 13, 2012 An Oakland, Calif., nonprofit group encourages low-income families to figure out for themselves what they need to get ahead, and then helps them achieve their goals. Its pilot program for low-income families is proving to be a promising new approach to an old problem.
July 12, 2012 A nonprofit that helps low-income families in Eugene, Ore., recycles mattresses to help bring in money. Its funding model is inspiring other nonprofits to start salvaging junk to support services for the poor.
July 11, 2012 Poverty among single mothers is an astounding 66 percent in Reading, Pa., where Jennifer Stepp is raising three children by herself. To survive, Stepp relies on a safety net of support from the government, charities, family and friends. Without help, the odds are stacked against her and her family.
July 10, 2012 Tens of millions of Americans are still struggling, despite the slow economic recovery. In Reading, Pa., the nation's poorest city, local nonprofit Opportunity House provides a lifeline for families trying to stay afloat by offering day care, housing and other assistance. But many in Reading are still left behind.
May 18, 2012 Campaigns, political parties, interest groups — they're all ramping up to register millions of potential voters. The Pew Center on the States estimates there are 51 million unregistered Americans who are eligible to vote. The belief is that even a small number of them could swing the results.
May 1, 2012 A listener shares his experience with a formerly homeless veteran featured in a recent NPR story.
April 16, 2012 Last year, the number of homeless U.S. veterans on a given night fell 12 percent from the year before. But tens of thousands were still on the streets, and more could soon join them as troops return home. President Obama has vowed to end veterans' homelessness by 2015.
March 29, 2012 Warnings about the dangers of Internet voting have been growing as the 2012 election nears, and an especially noteworthy one came Thursday from a top cybersecurity official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, who said e-voting should not yet be used for "real elections."
March 13, 2012 As part of a new campaign, dozens of citizen groups around the country are searching voter registration lists, looking for problems. Critics say the effort is part of a campaign to suppress the votes of minorities, students and others who tend to vote Democratic.