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  • Dec. 31, 2012, 10:57 a.m.
  • Why we can't forget about voter ID, a state by state look
  • The ColorOfChange community worked tirelessly to offset discriminatory voter ID laws this election cycle and people of color turned out in record numbers to cast their ballots on Election Day — but there's still more work to be done. We're keeping a close eye on states that have tried to pass discriminatory voter restrictions in the past, and the states that are now taking up the cause. Here's your state-by-state rundown:

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 10:29 a.m.
  • Florida GOP officials admit to discriminatory voter suppression
  • This past election season, H.B. 1355 resricted the voting rights of thousands of Floridians. The law, which curtailed voter registration, cutback early voting, and complicated the electoral process for newly moved voters, disproportionately affected communitites of color. Recently, several Republican consultants and officials confirmed what we have known for while; the discriminatory impact of H.B. 1355 was not an inadvertent side effect but actually the law's intended purpose.The Palm Beach Post has the details:

  • Dec. 6, 2012, 9:55 a.m.
  • Romney's "gifts" comment foreshadows right-wing approach to austerity negotiatio
  • Even after Americans voted against Mitt Romney's backwards economic and social policies, the former presidential candidate still doesn't seem to get it. Echoing his previous statement that 47% of Americans don't take personal responisibility for their lives, Romney attributed Obama's win to voters of color desiring "gifts." So what exactly are these "gifts?" The NY Times coverage of the event revealed that Romney's definition of "gifts" is just a rundown of critical social programs: “With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest, was a big gift,” he said. “Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women. And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents’ plan, and that was a big gift to young people. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008.” It's the same divisive language we saw throughout his campaign — striving to delegitimize and dehumanize people of color, while simultaneously attacking crucial government programs.

  • Dec. 4, 2012, 3:27 p.m.
  • Husted continues campaign of voter suppression with help from 6th Circuit
  • Will Ohio Secretary of State, Jon Husted, ever hault his campaign to disenfranchise the most vulnerable among us? This time he set out to illegally invalidate provisional ballots filed with applications containing poll worker errors. That's right: poll worker errors. Even after a U.S. District Court issued a strong ruling blocking Husted's last minute voter suppression directive, the highly conservative Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals determined that Husted’s appeal of that order was likely to succeed. As a result, Husted's directive went into effect discounting thousands of ballots in the interim.

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 4:03 p.m.
  • Black America's answer to GOP voter ID? Record turnouts.
  • This election, right-wing attempts to limit the voting power of Black folks, elderly folks, and low-income communities was ruthless. From last-minute voting restrictions in Ohio, to misinformation and intimidation campaigns in Wisconsin — our right to vote was challenged at almost every turn. In addition to GOP suppression efforts, the tragic events of Hurricane Sandy left many wondering what election turnout would be this year. On November 6, 2012 that question was answered as voter turnout in our communities hit record highs, again.

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 3:58 p.m.
  • Supreme Court agrees to hear Voting Rights Act challenges
  • Last week, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) confirmed that it will rule on a case which threatens the core of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The case, brought forth by Shelby County, AL, specifically questions section 5 of the law and the constitutionality of Congress' 2006 decision to renew the legislation for an additional 25 years.

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 3:54 p.m.
  • Paul Ryan attributes Obama win to turnout in "urban areas"
  • In his first post-Election Day interview, Congressman Paul Ryan offered a troubling explanation of President Obama's re-election when he stated, "the surprise was some of the turnout, some of the turnout especially in urban areas, which gave President Obama the big margin to win this race.”

  • Nov. 9, 2012, 1:38 p.m.
  • WATCH: Bill O'Reilly laments, "The White Establishment is Now the Minority"
  • Bill O'Reilley spoke on Fox News Tuesday night, mourning America's changing demographics and apparent shift in political power. In this brief clip, O'Reilly expresses a familiar paranoid frustration that we've seen throughout the election season. While his motives may be suspect, his point is not entirely wrong. People— indeed, all people— are "entitled to things."

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 2:17 p.m.
  • President Obama: "By the way, we need to fix that"
  • The re-election of President Obama is a major victory, one that could not have been won without the strong organizing, relentless dedication, and record-breaking turnout of people of color. These efforts powerfully pushed back againgst months and months of voter suppression tactics. In spite of this success, Election Day did not go without problems at the polls. Problems that President Obama noted must be fixed during his acceptance speech. Our friends at Video the Vote put together a must-see info graphicsynthesizing voting problems that were reported to their call center from across the country.

  • Nov. 7, 2012, 1:33 p.m.
  • Our work continues at ColorOfChange, join us.
  • I'd like to congratulate President Barack Obama on his re-election to our country's highest office. Throughout the election, the choice couldn't have been more clear. President Obama's commitment to fight for everyday people during his next term, stood in stark contrast to the failed economic and social policies of the other party.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 10:14 p.m.
  • ELECTION DAY: True the Vote banned from election "monitoring"
  • Right-wing voter suppression group, True the Vote, was banned from "monitoring" election stations in Ohio. Controversy surrounding the group escalated today as the organizations faces allegations of forging signatures, as HuffPost explains:

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 2:15 p.m.
  • ELECTION DAY: Watch, Ohio voter finds no record of her name
  • A women in Cuyahoga County, Ohio goes to vote at her regular voting station only to find that there is no record of her name. Watch the #VideoTheVote above and share.

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 2:12 p.m.
  • ELECTION DAY: Philadelphia voters forced to vote with provisional ballots
  • Registered voters in west and north Philadelphia are arriving at the polls to find their names absent from the rolls. As a result, voters are left with the option of voting provisionally or not voting at all, with a number of folks leaving in frustration. Provisional ballots can remain uncounted for as long as seven days after Election Day. The independent weekly news source CityPaper has the details: "We think it's a real concern," said a staffer at The Committee of Seventy, which monitors elections in Philadelphia. Voter ID, he says, is "not the central problem in Philadelphia today: [it's] the messy administration of this election. The phones are just ringing off the hook. We're fielding calls about people who are not in the polling books."

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 1 p.m.
  • ELECTION DAY: Voter suppression groups forged signatures in Ohio
  • Tuesday, an article by ThinkProgress revealed the right-wing voter suppression group, True the Vote, may have committed a 5th degree felony by submitting unauthorized signatures in Franklin County, Ohio. Volunteers from the group were attempting to sign up as poll watchers in predominately African-American precincts. The article on ThinkProgress today explains:

  • Nov. 6, 2012, 12:50 p.m.
  • ELECTION DAY: Watch PA machine change Obama vote to Romney
  • UPDATE: The machine is now back in use after being recalibrated. It is now functioning properly.

    An electronic voting machine has been removed after a video tape showed the machine registering a vote for Obama as a vote for Romney. Watch the video above.

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 7:12 p.m.
  • When you #GoVote, be ready to #VideoTheVote
  • It's just days before the election and while some of us have spent months preparing for this moment, we still don't know exactly how November 6th will play out. That's why we need you to tell us. Long lines? Poll challengers? Great experience? Sign up for Video the Vote and join the thousands of people filming their experience on Election Day. Then, share it with the world.

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 6:19 p.m.
  • GOP, employers working together to coerce workers' votes
  • High-profile Republican politicians and business owners have launched a coordinated effort to deliver votes to the GOP — by threatening workers' jobs. Major companies such as Murray Energy, Rite-Hite, Wynn Resorts, the Koch Brothers' Georgia-Pacific, and others, are leveraging intense pressure on their employees to vote against President Obama, or else. In the words of Westgate Resorts CEO David Siegel: "The economy doesn’t currently pose a threat to your job. What does threaten your job however, is another 4 years of the same Presidential administration."

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 6:02 p.m.
  • Romney wants poll watchers to deceive voters in key states
  • This week, a ThinkProgress investigation revealed the Romney campaign is intentionally training poll watchers to deceive voters in critical battleground states. Internal Romney campaign documents, obtained by ThinkProgress, reveal the Romney campaign has been encouraging poll watchers in Iowa and Wisconsin to deceive election workers and the public. Training materials distributed by the Romney campaign contain false election information that could mislead voters. Clearly, the agenda here is to decrease turnout by complicating the process.

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 11:46 a.m.
  • Rashad Robinson on voter intimidation and our obligation to fight back
  • On the heels of a victory in getting billboards removed in Ohio and Wisconsin that dangerously discouraged members of our community from voting, ColorOfChange Executive Director Rashad Robinson tells BET.com about the importance of voting and our obligation to fight back against voter intimidation:

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 12:52 p.m.
  • This is the march of our time...
  • We're making a strong push to mobilize Black voters in the last 6 days leading up to Election Day on November 6. We need people across the country to hear this message, and need your help to do it.

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 9:28 a.m.
  • Where will you be on Election Day? We'll show you.
  • Election Day is six days away and ColorOfChange wants you to be prepared. In order to do that, you need to make a plan for November 6. Start here!

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 10:37 a.m.
  • PA ads incorrectly depict ID as voting requirement
  • Despite a recent court ruling confirming that Pennsylvania voters will not have to show ID this election, advertisements continue to promote misleading information. As recent as October 26, a Pittsburgh radio station ran a deceptive ad which states, "You’re not going to be allowed to vote unless you present an acceptable photo identification." With the election less than a week away, false advertising across PA could discourage thousands of voters from going to the polls.

  • Oct. 30, 2012, 1:40 p.m.
  • Exposed: The big GOP funders behind the voter suppression billboards
  • Last week, media mega-corporation Clear Channel, and Norton Outdoor, were forced to remove misleading billboards designed to scare people of color away from the polls. More than 130,000 people including more than 66,000 ColorOfChange members signed a petition to Clear Channel demanding that the billboards be removed, and days later billboards in Ohio and Wisconsin were taken down. Now, Truthout is reporting that the individual behind these billboards is a major GOP supporter, and venture capital fund manager from Wisconsin.

  • Oct. 30, 2012, 9:28 a.m.
  • Be prepared at the polls with the ColorOfChange Voter Resource Guide
  • Just days before the election, voter suppression tactics are escalating. To counter that rising tide, we put together a guide of reports, factsheets, tools, news articles and organizations that we should all know about before November 6th. It's about knowing your rights, but also being prepared for the obstacles you might encounter at the polls. You can view the guide by visiting vote.colorofchange.org/resource. And when you do, be sure to share it with your friends and family.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 12:01 p.m.
  • Hans von Spakovsky: A familiar face behind voter suppression
  • Remember Hans von Spakovsky? The Republican lawyer served in the Bush Administration and has made a career out of suppressing the votes of people of color and low income folks. We remember him well. In May 2008, 30,000 ColorOfChange members spoke out against von Spakovsky's candidacy for the Federal Elections Committee. Under this pressure, he requested that the Bush administration withdraw his nomination to the post. But it seems like he is still in the business of suppressing voting rights. Von Spakovsky has served as chief counsel to voter suppression groups like True the Vote and the Tea Party.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 1:07 p.m.
  • Donald Trump's "bombshell announcement"
  • Earlier this week, Donald Trump teased the hosts of Fox & Friends about a potential "bombshell announcement" that he was planning to release this week regarding President Barack Obama. Today, the video was released. In "From the Desk of Donald Trump: Major Announcement," Trump issues an ultimatum to the president demanding he release his college transcripts and passport application records in exchange for a charitable donation of $5 million to the organization of the president's choosing.

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 2:04 p.m.
  • JOIN: October 25th Twitter town hall #yVote
  • This Thursday, October 25th, ColorOfChange is participating in a Twitter town hall sponsored by the Advancement Project. With Election Day swiftly approaching, we are preparing our community with all the tools necessary to vote. We want to hear from you about why voting matters, any voting questions you need answered, and what you think is needed to Get Out The Vote. Join the conversation using #yVote and help build the movement for empowered and collective voting!

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 1:27 p.m.
  • BREAKING: Clear Channel billboards down, Norton Outdoor follows
  • Since ColorOfChange launched our campaign last week, more than 130,000 members and allies demanded that Clear Channel remove outrageous voter suppression billboards, shamelessly placed in Black and Latino neighborhoods. It's clear that they heard your voices. On Monday, Clear Channel announced that they're taking their billboards down.This morning, Norton Outdoor announced that they would also be removing similar billboards in Cincinnati. It's a victory in the fight against voter suppression this election, and a good stand to take against those who hope to push this type of suppression into the status quo.

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 9:48 a.m.
  • New Tea Party Ad Exploits Racial Fears
  • Conservative media outlets have been up in arms since the release of a video, in late September, that features a Black woman in Ohio enthusiastically declaring her support for President Obama. The woman is supportive of the President because of an FCC program that helps to provide phones to low-income individuals. After being featured on the right-wing site, The Drudge Report, the hashtag #ObamaPhone became very popular and filled with hateful tweets. Going one step further, the far-right group Tea Party Victory Fund has released this ad, using the same clip to exploit racial fears. The ad is a clear example of race-baiting. And the most effective way to defeat the influence of race-baiting is to do it together. ColorOfChange.org is dedicated to empowering the over 800,000 members of our organization, as well as our friends and family members to do exactly that.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 11:48 a.m.
  • TONIGHT: Second Presidential debate kicks off
  • Tonight's presidential debate will take place at 9:00 EST at New York's Hofstra University, with live streaming at the YouTube Politics channel. Moderated by CNN Anchor Candy Crowley, the debate will be in a town hall format, a structure which has been highly successful in past debates, producing memorable moments. With the election moments away, polls getting close, and the unsatisfactory first presidential debate, millions of eyes will be watching to see how President Obama will fare, to see whether tonight's moderator will be proactive in asking poignant questions, and if previously avoided topics such as poverty, immigration, women's reproductive health, the economy, and criminal justice issues, will finally be raised.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 5:43 p.m.
  • Have you seen these billboards? We launched a campaign
  • Just weeks before election day, voter intimidation billboards have popped up in Black and Latino neighborhoods in Ohio and Wisconsin. The billboards threaten voters with lengthy prison time and enormous fines if they commit "voter fraud." It's a clear tactic to frighten people of color and keep us away from the polls. This past weekend, ColorOfChange launched a campaign calling on Clear Channel, the hosts of the billboard, to take down the signs immediately. Read the email we sent to our members after the jump and be sure to take action here.

  • Oct. 12, 2012, 9:16 a.m.
  • Newt Gingrich on President Obama: "He is not a real President"
  • At the end of September, Newt Ginrich appeared on Fox News to discuss President Obama's role at the UN General Assembly. During the interview, when asked about his opinion on the Presiden't decision not to meet with world leaders, Ginrich stated, "there's some rhythm to Barack Obama that the rest of us don't understand. Whether he needs large amounts of rest, whether he needs to go play basketball for a while or watch ESPN." Gingrich continued saying,"the President is not a real president, he doesn't do anything that presidents do, he doesn't worry about any of the things that presidents do."

  • Oct. 10, 2012, 4:18 p.m.
  • Supreme Court hears arguments on affirmative action case
  • Today, the Supreme Court of the United States heard arguments in the second challenge to affirmative action this decade. In the case of Fisher vs. Univ. of Texas, the constitutionality of racial preferences in admissions decisions by public universities will be decided. The plaintiff in the case, Abigail Fisher, is a 22 year-old, white female who was denied admission to the University of Texas and later sued the university, claiming her race was held against her. Only nine years-ago, the Court ruled in Grutter v. Bollinger, that race could be considered in admissions, but only as a portion of a "holistic review" that helped the university advance its academic and social mission. This morning, university attorneys cited similar arguments asserting that the admittance of minority students with a range of backgrounds, benefits the intellectual life of all students. But the primary architect of Gurtter v. Bollinger, Justice Sandra Day O'Conner, retired from the bench in 2006, and her replacement, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr, seems more doubtful of race-conscious remedies.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 2:08 p.m.
  • Ohio "Voter Fraud" Billboard Targets African American Community
  • A private family foundation is trying to scare Black voters away from the polls in Cleveland's Ward 5 community. Several graphic billboards placed around the ward threaten voters that "Voter Fraud is a a felony. Up to 3 1/2 years and a $10,000 fine."  The ads were placed on billboards owned by Clear Channel Outdoors, an international media company.

  • Oct. 5, 2012, 11:58 a.m.
  • VIDEO: Rally to restore Ohio weekend voting
  • Last month, Columbus-area ColorOfChange members held a rally outside the office of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted and joined allied groups to deliver 80,000 petition signatures. Their demand? Restore weekend voting during the October early vote period. More recently, our members nationwide have been flooding Husted's office with phone calls to to push back against his voter suppression efforts. The Columbus rally kicked off with powerful words from ColorOfChange Executive Director Rashad Robinson. He was followed by everyday Ohioans fighting for equal access to the polls. Read more about the rally and check out the video after the jump.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 11:43 a.m.
  • #WatchTheRace Presidential Debate Twitter Party hosted by @ColorOfChange
  • The presidential candidates will be coming together for the first presidential debate on October 3, 2012 and ColorOfChange will be watching. This debate offers us a chance to compare the candidates' positions on the domestic issues facing our country. We are striving to amplify the political voice of Black America and raise awareness in our communities about the importance of voting, and we need all the voices we can get. Join us as we meet up and tweet up to #WatchTheRace!

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 10:30 a.m.
  • What they should've said...
  • Last night, ColorOfChange tuned in along with millions of other Americans to watch President Obama and Governor Romney face off in the first presidential debate of 2012 at the University of Denver in Denver, CO. The debate focused on domestic policy but seemed to get stuck primarily on healthcare and the economy (specifically as it relates to taxes).With a national platform and an hour and a half of discussion time, what issues would you have asked the future president of the United States?

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 11:56 a.m.
  • VIDEO: ColorOfChange makes voter registration easy
  • Election Day is around the corner, early voting is open in some states and the countdown to get registered to vote is on. Need to get registered? Not sure if you already are? ColorOfChange's online registration tool is a one-stop shop for all your voter information. Check it out here. If you're already registered to vote, then make sure to share this link with friends and family. Wondering how the tool works or how much time it takes to register? Watch this one-minute video to learn all you need to make sure your voice is heard this election season.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 5:42 p.m.
  • Voter Registration Series: So just how much political power are we talking about
  • In light of the recent onslaught of right-wing voter suppression laws cropping up across the country, a new report released by the National Urban League entitled "The Hidden Swing Voters: Impact of African Americans in 2012," analyzing the impact of the African American vote in both the 2004 and 2008 elections, brings much-appreciated hope and motivation. As we mentioned in the first blog post of this series, voting and other forms of political action have deep roots in the Black community. The League's report shows that the Black vote remains crucial in deciding who will be the next president of the United States. The report emphasizes the impact that this demographic shift played in electing the first African-American President. National Urban League Executive Director Marc Morial called the report a "clarion call to reawaken the hidden swing voters in the state of Black America...once is not enough.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 6:09 p.m.
  • PA Supreme Court calls on lower courts to re-evaluate voter ID
  • The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled last week that the legality of the state's notorious voter ID law must be determined by a lower court— the same court that ruled in August not to block the law from being implemented. The hearings began on September 13, during which the ruling judge directly challenged the constitutionality of the law and its effects. The Court ruled in a 4-2 decision that Commonwealth Judge Robert Simpson must revist the case and determine whether or not the law, which is supposed to provide all qualified voters with easy access to the required ID, is actually doing so.

  • Sept. 13, 2012, 10:12 a.m.
  • Romney appoints Allen West to Black Leadership Council
  • In a politically telling move the Mitt Romney campaign has placed controversial Florida Representative Allen West at the head of a newly created Black Leadership Council. Tea Party conservatives adore West and he is known as the "movement's political avatar." For much of the rest of the country he is infamous for his outrageously offensive racial politics and shockingly bold language. West once described President Obama supporters as "threats to the gene pool."

  • Sept. 11, 2012, 11:07 a.m.
  • Voter Registration Blog Series: Working the Black vote and beyond
  • We've grown accustomed to seeing historical images of voting lines stretching entire city blocks from the Civil Rights Era. But these images don't live in the past. Unfortunately, they still exist today. In 2008, lines like the one pictured here, dense with people of color, could be seen in Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and in many other places across the country where Black voters turned out in record numbers to participate. This photo was taken on Election Day in 2008 at a polling place in Norfolk, VA where some Black folks waited in line for hours to cast their ballot in a powerful reminder of the deep value Black political participation has in our communities.

  • Sept. 10, 2012, 7:02 p.m.
  • New Hampshire Voter ID law approved
  • New Hampshire has just joined the ranks of the over thirty states whose voter ID laws have passed legal muster. Earlier this month, a federal court found that New Hampshire's voter ID law does not violate Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. The law is considered less "strict" in its requirements than those in other states such as Texas, whose legislation was recently shot down in court. If voters do not arrive at the polls with the proper ID they will not be forced to cast a provisional ballot. Instead you they will be able to sign a "challenged voter affidavit" declaring their identity and eligibility to vote before casting an official ballot.

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 10:22 a.m.
  • Announcing the first ColorOfChange Voter Registration Series, written by you
  • Today, a slew of attacks on early voting, same day registration, and voter ID laws remind us that voter suppression is alive and well. Yet so are the millions of individuals, institutions and organizations who refuse to relinquish strides made by the Voting Rights Act. In order to remind folks of all the voices out there working to protect our right to vote, we need you to participate.This month we will be bringing you the first ever ColorOfChange Voter Registration Blog Series. You'll get all the information you need to register, get your friends and family registered to vote, keep up with any information related to the election and (most importantly) share your stories with the ColorOfChange community. Every week we will be calling on you to upload photos, stories, memories, pictures, videos, anything related to your right to vote. So stay tuned. And visit vote.colorofchange.org to register and click here to start sharing now.

  • Sept. 1, 2012, 10:42 a.m.
  • Rashad Robinson on the GOP's Voter Suppression Platform Plank
  • As Republicans gathered in Tampa, FL for their national convention, the country once again turned its eyes to a state that has become synonymous with voter suppression efforts which include discriminatory voter purges, strict voter ID laws which create undue burdens on voters, ex-felon disenfranchisement, and a calculated curtailing of the rights of third parties to register new voters in the state.

  • Aug. 31, 2012, 1:35 p.m.
  • Victory! Federal judges block extreme Texas voter ID law
  • Yesterday, a panel of three federal judges overturned a strict Texas voter ID law that threatened to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of Texans, the majority of whom are Black, Latino, and low-income voters. In what they referred to as a "narrow ruling," judges decided in the State of Texas v. Eric Holder that SB 14 effectively “imposes strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor” and “a disproportionately high percentage of African Americans and Hispanics in Texas live in poverty.” The ruling joins the ranks of other recent court decisions that stand in favor of voting rights and racial equality, and reject right-wing efforts to limit access to the polls.

  • Aug. 24, 2012, 3:47 p.m.
  • Mitt Romney's Dog Whistle Politics
  • Earlier today at a campaign event in Commerce, Michigan, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney joked about his Michigan roots, "No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that [Ann and I] were born and raised."
  • Aug. 20, 2012, 4:43 p.m.
  • Tea Partier Allen West Calls Attack Ad Against Him Racist
  • On August 2, an ad was released attacking controversial Tea Party Congressman Allen West (R-Florida). The ad takes a different angle on West's view of himself as a "fighter" to say he's fighting against the interests of his district. It depicts West punching various groups from his constituency, including two white women and a Black family. Using racial fears to divide us is wrong but its not clear that is the intent or effect of the ad.
  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:01 p.m.
  • ACTION: Tell Jon Husted to restore Ohio's early voting hours
  • Late last week, ColorOfChange launched a campaign to protect the Black vote in Ohio. Secretary of State Jon Husted and others in Ohio are attempting to eliminate the opportunity to cast absentee ballots on weekends leading up to Election Day. It's a clear attempt to secure Ohio for the Republicans by deterring Black voters who turned out in record numbers for the 2008 election. We are demanding that Husted bring back extended early voting hours. Please read the email that we sent to our Ohio members after the jump and join us here.
  • Aug. 16, 2012, noon
  • Ohio early voting restriction remains a problem
  • Last week a Republican-controlled legislature in Ohio, under the leadership of Secretary of State Jon Husted, drastically reduced early voting days and early voting hours in urban counties that included racially diverse cities such as Akron, Cleveland, Cincinnati or Columbus. Simultaneously, early voting hours were expanded in heavily Republican counties. Under public pressure, Husted later retracted his approval and has now called for uniform voting hours across the state. His new mandate states that all election offices are to be open during business hours and evening hours are expanded during the week. Weekend voting hours remain off limits in the state, even though they were heavily utilized in the 2008 election. Opening the polls on Saturdays and Sundays in 2008 enabled Black and low-income Ohioans to vote in record numbers.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 11:55 a.m.
  • PA judge upholds ALEC voter suppression law
  • On Wednesday, Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson refused to halt implementation of Pennsylvania's discriminatory voter ID law — claiming that the state's "asserted interest in protecting public confidence in elections" is sufficient to outweigh the voting rights of 1.6 million largely Black and brown citizens who may be unconstitutionally barred from the polls this November.
  • Aug. 15, 2012, noon
  • Joe Biden says Romney's policies are "going to put y’all back in chains"
  • During a campaign speech in Danville, VA, Vice President Joe Biden raised many eyebrows when he made a racially insensitive comment while referencing Mitt Romney's banking policies. Biden exclaimed, "[Romney] said in the first 100 days, he's gonna let the big banks again write their own rules. Unchain Wall Street! They're going to put you all back in chains." In a bout of extreme hypocrisy, a Romney spokeperson stated that the Obama campaign had "reached a new low"and that Biden's words "are not acceptable in our political discourse."
  • Aug. 14, 2012, 1:09 p.m.
  • 17,604 Florida citizens remain disenfranchised
  • On August 1, the ACLU released a statement which included very shocking findings from a recently-filed public records request. Data from the Florida Parole Commission states that 17,604 letters sent to notify individuals who completed terms for felony convictions that their civil and voting rights were restored were never delivered. Instead these letters were returned to the Commission as "undeliverable." Of these, 13,517 people are currently not registered to vote, leading officials to infer that thousands of Florida citizens regained the right to vote but have no idea.
  • Aug. 9, 2012, 10:12 p.m.
  • PA voter ID hearings end with bright prospects
  • Last Thursday marked the end of a week-long trial on the constitutionality of Pennsylvania's new voter ID law which could potentially disenfranchise 1.6 million individuals. The case, Applewhite v. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, was brought by 10 citizen voters, the Advancement Project, the ACLU of PA, the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and Arnold & Porter LLP. The plaintiffs see the voter ID law as a violation of a voting rights provision in the Pennsylvania constitution. Judge Robert E. Simpson anticipates making a ruling next week. Regardless of the outcome, the case holds huge implications for the results of November's elections and ACLU lawyers are feeling confident that Judge Simpson will rule in favor of an injunction.
  • Aug. 9, 2012, 9:34 p.m.
  • Joe Walsh thinks we need to "Get a life"
  • Earlier this afternoon Talking Points Memo published Joe Walsh's flippant and dismissive response to ColorofChange Executive Director Rashad Robinson's statement decrying Mr. Walsh's infantalizing speech in which he referred to President Obama as "son." According to Walsh, "My first reaction was to laugh. I don't know who this group was and I would love to look them in the eyes and say, 'Get a life.'"
  • Aug. 8, 2012, 3:35 p.m.
  • Congressman Joe Walsh calls President Obama "son"
  • In a video from a campaign event in Illinois this past weekend, Congressman Joe Walsh (R-IL) referred to the president of the United States as "son" and said that he was never ready to do his job.
  • Aug. 7, 2012, noon
  • Rashad Robinson on the importance of fighting race baiting
  • This past weekend, The Grio featured an editorial by ColorOfChange Executive Director Rashad Robinson. Focusing on the words of Mitt Romney and Michele Bachman, Robinson highlights the prevalence of race baiting in modern-day politics and the connection between coded rhetorical racism and voter suppression. His article underscores our responsibility to hold politicians accountable when their language and policies suppress the voices of people of color.
  • Aug. 5, 2012, 4:57 p.m.
  • Obama ad highlights Romney's relationship with Donald Trump
  • On August 3, the Obama campaign released an ad that highlights Mitt Romney's position on taxes. Namely, that the very rich should pay less and those who don't make $20 million a year, more. The ad also includes a subtle but very important strike at Mitt Romney's relationship to vehement birther Donald Trump. We're glad to see a presidential advertisement that highlights Mitt Romney's problematic and continued connection to Trump, who has raised millions for Romney's presidential campaign.

  • July 18, 2012, 4:39 p.m.
  • Michigan's Republican governor says no to discriminatory voter ID
  • Republicans haven't missed an opportunity to push voter ID restrictions into law before the November elections. So early this month when Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan, a Republican, refused to sign two measures that would have placed harsher ID requirements on the state's voters, it came as a political surprise to many.

    Snyder did sign a host of other bills aimed at election changes, but he stopped short of the measure that would require voters to present identification before obtaining an absentee ballot. He also refused to sign a bill that would have required voters to check a citizenship box before receiving a ballot. Snyder's actions stand in contrast to many in his party who have been aggressively pushing similar laws throughout the country.

  • July 13, 2012, 4:59 p.m.
  • Mitt Romney shows his true colors to the NAACP
  • On July 10th, Mitt Romney spoke at the 103rd annual NAACP convention in Houston, TX. Prior to the event, reporters speculated about Romney's intentions, arguing that he was attempting to increase his popularity amongst Black voters specifically and persuade moderates and progressives that he stands closer to the political center than he seems. Romney's 25-minute speech made no mention of voter ID laws, which are eroding the hard-earned gains of the Civil Rights movement. Instead, his speech was filled with superficial and vague references to equality with a direct statement of intent to repeal "Obamacare."

  • July 6, 2012, 1:39 a.m.
  • Top PA GOP Politician Admits Voter ID is a Partisan Move
  • At a recent Pennsylvania Republican State Committee meeting, House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) made clear the partisan motivation behind voter ID laws. In listing achievements of the Pennsylvania GOP -- some as a result of ALEC model legislation -- Turzai said, "Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania: Done.” As the video shows, his statement is met by applause from the Republican audience.

  • July 5, 2012, 8:33 p.m.
  • Tea Party icon ties immigration decision to FL voter purge
  • Last week, politicians on the far right were quick to question the Obama Administration's decision to offer relief to 800,000 undocumented youth. Rep. Allen West (R-FL) appeared on the Fox News program "American Newsroom" and asked, "Is this one of those backdoor opportunities to allow people in the next five months to get the opportunity to vote?" Gov. Rick Scott also of Florida, is trying to purge 180,000 voters, 87% of whom are people of color.

  • July 3, 2012, 12:14 a.m.
  • Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act – Demonstrates Power of Elections
  • Last week the Supreme Court upheld President Obama's health care initiative, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). This is fantastic news for the Black Americans. We are twice as likely as Whites to be uninsured, we have more than double the rate of infant mortality, we face more than twice the rate of diabetes-related deaths than Whites -- and the list goes on. The national health care plan will bring down health insurance premiums across the board as well as ban exclusions for pre-existing conditions. The law will make health care access attainable for the estimated 48 million Americans -- and 7 million Black Americans -- without health insurance.