voting rights

As the NAACP turns 113, look for its voice to grow louder on issues like climate change, the student debt crisis and the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic — while keeping voting rights and criminal justice reform at the forefront of its priorities.

Stacey Abrams, who built her national reputation by advocating for voting rights, is calling on Congress to take action on federal voting rules as the Democrat launches a second bid to become Georgia’s governor.

Celebrated last November for saving Democracy, Black organizers and the voters they mobilized will not rest until federal voting rights legislation is passed.

Channeling the spirit of John Lewis and his penchant for "good trouble," the recent arrests of Rep. Joyce Beatty and others harkened back to the late Georgia congressman's own legendary protests to secure fair and equal voting rights.

ATLANTA (AP) — Democrats are asking a federal judge to order Georgia election officials to take steps to prevent long lines at the polls on Election Day. A lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in Atlanta alleges that the causes of long lines that have forced Georgians to wait hours to vote during multiple elections, including […]

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge in Tallahassee ruled Sunday night that Florida law can’t stop felons from voting because they can’t pay back any legal fees and restitution they owe. In a 125-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle called the law passed by the Florida Legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Ron […]

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Betty Riddle took her place at the head of the line at a Sarasota community center early one morning in March, butterflies rising in her stomach. In and out of prison for much of her life, she never thought the day would come when she would be casting her first ballot […]

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Crystal Mason, sentenced to five years in prison for casting an illegal ballot, had her appeal denied by a Texas judge last week. The Texas Tribune reports, on Thursday, a three-judge appellate panel affirmed Mason’s conviction for casting an illegal ballot in the 2016 presidential election. Mason, who was on probation for a federal conviction […]

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ATLANTA (AP) — Lawyers for the electoral battleground state of Florida are asking a federal appeals court to set aside a ruling that allowed some felons to regain access to the ballot box despite owing fines and other legal debts. Florida Republicans, led by Gov. Ron DeSantis, argue that only felons who have completed all […]

NEW YORK (AP) — Stacey Abrams has a new book coming out next summer that will focus on her signature cause, voting rights. SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER:  Henry Holt and Company announced Tuesday that “Our Time is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America” is scheduled for June 2020. Based on […]

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The man at the center of a Mississippi case aimed at restoring the voting rights of felons said Tuesday that he is fighting on behalf of everyone like him who “made a mistake in life.” Dennis Hopkins spoke after judges at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans heard […]

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge is considering whether Florida lawmakers exceeded their authority by requiring former felons to pay fines and settle other legal debts as a condition of regaining their right to vote. The case is one of several ongoing legal battles that underscore Florida’s often-pivotal role in national politics, especially with […]