Posts tagged "vote"

Massachusetts Upholds a Law Protecting Transgender Residents

Massachusetts residents yesterday voted to uphold a law passed in 2016 that prohibited discrimination against gender identity in public spaces. This is the first state-wide vote to protect transgender individuals and the measure was upheld with over 67 percent of the vote. In 2016, an emergency law passed that immediately went into effect to outlaw...

Women Win Across the Country in 2018 Midterms

Women won more seats in Congress yesterday than ever before, with over 110 women elected, including the first Muslim women, first Native American women, and two women in their twenties. The women who were elected include the former Teacher of the Year, small business owners, former military helicopter pilots, activists, a former CIA officer, and...

Election Day 2018

Today is Election Day in the United States and the first nationwide election since Donald Trump was elected president in 2016. Voters heading to the polls will be able to cast their ballots for their House Representative, ballot measures, local elections and, in some states, their Senator or governor. Early voting numbers predict that the...

Major Voter Suppression Efforts Surface in Georgia

As early voting kicks off, allegations of voter suppression are rising out of Georgia as voters choose between former-state house Minority Leader Stacey Abrams and Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp in the tight race for governor. As Secretary of State, Kemp is responsible for crafting and carrying out voting policies in the state.

Voters Are Choosing Progressive Women of Color

Last week, near the end of a primary season marked by an unprecedented numbers of victories for progressive women of color, Ayanna Pressley won the Democratic primary for the 7th district of Massachusetts, unseating ten term incumbent Rep. Mike Capuano.

Today is the 53rd Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

August 6, 2018 marks the 53rd anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing into law the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965. Politicians and organizations alike are recognizing the milestone on social media, highlighting how the VRA continues to influence American elections and politics today.

Remembering the Legacy of Seneca Falls

On this day 170 years ago, a group of women gathered in Seneca Falls for the first women's rights convention in the United States.  The Convention, which propelled the long fight to pass the 19th Amendment, revealed the Declaration of Sentiments, a list of women's grievances modeled after the Declaration of Independence. In the years following...

New Hampshire Passes Voter Suppression Law

Last week, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu signed a law that would prevent most out-of-state students from voting in the state.

Reflecting on the 19th Amendment: The Right to Vote and Women’s Equality

August 26 is Women’s Equality Day, the 97th anniversary celebrating the day when the 19th Amendment went into effect mandating that the vote “shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

US District Court Strikes Down Texas’s Revised Voter ID Law

United States District Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos handed down a decision to strike down Texas’s revised voter ID law (Senate Bill 5) on the basis that it continues to discriminate against African American and Latino voters. Judge Gonzalez Ramos issued a 27 page decision on the 23rd of August stating that the voter ID law...

Illinois Legislature Unanimously Passes Automatic Voter Registration

The 2017 bill, SB 1933, would automatically register eligible individuals who have been entered into any number of state databases, such as the DMV, unless they opt out.

Supreme Court Will Not Revive North Carolina Voter Restriction Laws

Yesterday the Supreme Court deadlocked over North Carolina’s appeal to revive parts of the state’s 2013 voting laws that were recently struck down by a federal appeals court.

North Carolina is Still Trying to Suppress Voting

In the wake of July’s federal appeals court ruling overturning the majority of North Carolina’s 2013 election laws, the state’s 100 local election boards, all comprised of one Democrat and two Republicans, have had to file their own respective election rules with the state, and critics are calling them equally as egregious as the original...
31 Alabama DMVs Close, But Photo ID Still Required to Vote

31 Alabama DMVs Close, But Photo ID Still Required to Vote

Congresswoman Terri Sewell is calling the closure of DMVs in mostly poor, African-American regions of Alabama- effectively cutting off access to obtaining voter ID- "unacceptable."
Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time

Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time

Women in Saudi Arabia registered to vote over the weekend, preparing to participate for the first time in local elections this December.
North Carolina Passes Sweeping Voter Suppression Laws

North Carolina Passes Sweeping Voter Suppression Laws

On Monday, McCrory signed into law a new bill that includes a strict voter ID law, ending same-day voter registration, cutting down the length of early voting and eliminated a program that encourages high school students to register to vote before they turn 18.
The Invisible 6 Million

The Invisible 6 Million

Nearly 6 million people in the United States will not be allowed to vote in the upcoming presidential election for one reason. As the November election nears, voting rights have become an important topic of conversation. From photo ID requirements to early voting restrictions, the negative effects of barriers to voting are being foreseen, not...