March 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court will struggle this week with the validity of an Arizona law that tries to keep illegal immigrants from voting by demanding all state residents show documents proving their U.S. citizenship before registering to vote in national elections. The high court will hear arguments Monday over the legality of Arizona's voter-approved requirement that prospective voters document their U.S. citizenship in order to use a registration form produced under the federal "Motor Voter" voter registration law that doesn't require such documentation.
March 4, 2013 |
SELMA, Ala. - The vice president and black leaders commemorating a famous civil-rights march on Sunday said efforts to diminish the impact of African Americans' votes haven't stopped in the years since the 1965 Voting Rights Act added millions to Southern voter rolls. More than 5,000 people followed Vice President Biden and Rep. John Lewis (D., Ga.) across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma's annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee. The event commemorates the "Bloody Sunday" beating of voting rights marchers - including a young Lewis - by state troopers as they began a march to Montgomery in March 1965.
January 28, 2013 |
The Camden County Board of Elections is searching for bilingual poll workers to help the area's growing number of Latinos cast their ballots in the June primary. But how many are needed is an informed guess, determined by surveying names of registered voters rather than querying them in advance or analyzing census data. In November, Camden County joined six other New Jersey counties required to provide Spanish-language materials at all polls rather than just in selected precincts.
December 8, 2012
Mayor Nutter appointed a fact-finding group headed by Managing Director Richard Negrin on Friday to review reports of problems during the presidential election. "On Election Day, there were reports questioning the integrity of the voter registration lists, the supply of provisional ballots, and the preparedness of some poll workers to address new state voter laws," Nutter said. He said City Commissioners Anthony Clark, Al Schmidt, and Stephanie Singer, who run city elections, had agreed to cooperate with the fact-finding.
December 6, 2012 |
Philadelphia's city commissioners moved a step closer Wednesday to understanding why voters had to cast more than twice as many provisional ballots in the 2012 presidential election as in 2008, but the initial review raised as many questions as it answered. Many of the problems occurred because of mistakes by poll workers and voters themselves, according to a preliminary report by Gregory Irving, the commissioners' acting voter registration administrator. In 2012, 27,355 voters cast provisional ballots, up from 12,733 in 2008.
November 15, 2012
IF PENNSYLVANIA'S new voter-ID law had been in effect last Tuesday, we can imagine that some people would be still in line today, waiting for their turn to vote. Fortunately, the law was not in effect. Voters did not have to produce a photo ID before they could vote, thanks to a temporary injunction against enforcement of the law issued by Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson on Oct. 2. The key word above is "temporary. " Simpson's order applied only to last week's election.
November 13, 2012
By Barbara Arnwine From the perspective of the command center at the voting-rights coalition Election Protection, last week's election was the story of a system badly in need of reform - of voters who did everything right but were turned away due to registration problems; of rights being deliberately misconstrued or obstructed; and of hours and hours of waiting. Call after call came in to our hotline - more than 89,000 on Election Day alone - from confused and concerned voters. Voting machines were jamming in Ohio, and ballots were being stored in boxes marked "provisional.
November 8, 2012 |
About 40 law students in the Voters' Rights Project at Rutgers-Camden spent Election Day shuttling among polling places in Camden and a law school conference room. All volunteers, they were monitoring the voting process and evaluating whether the polling places met Board of Elections standards. Starting before daybreak, the students by midday had examined every one of the 30 or so city polling places. First-year law students quizzed voters to compile a demographic profile of who voted; second-years checked on the ease of access to the polls.
October 14, 2012 |
GOOD-GOVERNMENT group the Committee of Seventy is concerned about a backlog of voter-registration applications in the City Commission's Office ahead of the Nov. 6 presidential election. Seventy's president, Zack Stalberg, wrote to city officials that it appears that the number of unprocessed registrations may exceed 20,000, "raising the possibility that potential voters will not be registered - or know whether they are registered - in time to vote on Election Day. " "We got calls from a number of voters who were concerned they didn't get their voter registration yet," said Ellen Kaplan, policy director for the Committee of Seventy, adding that it would like to help by either recruiting volunteers to assist commission staff or urging the Commissioners to hire temporary workers that can help tackle the backlog.