Voting Rights Groups Sue States for Failing to Register Low-Income Residents

Cross-posted at Project Vote's Voting Matters Blog

By Erin Ferns

Enfranchising America's least represented citizens is as simple as following the law: that's the message Project Vote and a coalition of voting rights groups sent today as they filed lawsuits against Indiana and New Mexico for failing to comply with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).

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A right wingnut interpretation of Missouri's "Adopt a Highway" program

I don't think the Missouri Department of Transportation had this in mind as an acceptable manifestation of their Adopt a Highway program. On Missouri Highway 13, approximately two and a half miles north of the intersection of U.S. Highway 50, the following text is painted in three foot high letters (readable as you drive south):

OBAMA
IS
AMERICA'S
HITLER!

GOOD BYE
FREEDOM

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Settlement in Missouri Lawsuit a Victory for Low-Income Voters

Cross-posted at Project Vote's Voting Matters Blog

In a major victory for voting rights, low-income voters in the state of Missouri will finally have better access to voter registration opportunities, thanks to a lawsuit settlement announced today by Project Vote, Demos, and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

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MO-Sen: Democrat Robin Carnahan Looking Strong

We have already seen Republican polling out of the race to succeed Missouri's retiring GOP Senator Kit Bond showing Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan leading either Congressman Roy Blunt or former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman, both Republicans. Now new Democratic polling shows the same thing.

The closest state during the 2008 presidential election, Missouri shows early signs of opportunity for Democrats to pick up the senate seat currently held by Republican Kit Bond. A new Democracy Corps survey by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research shows Secretary of State Robin Carnahan leading Republican Congressman Roy Blunt 53 to 44 percent and leading former Treasurer Sarah Steelman 54 to 42 percent.

The polling also finds that not only is Barack Obama relatively popular in Missouri -- to the tune of a 56 percent approval rating -- but voters in the state would prefer their next Senator to be mostly supportive of the President's agenda than mostly in opposition by a 49 percent to 40 percent margin.

This all isn't to say that picking up this Senate seat will be easy for the Democrats, because few statewide elections in Missouri outside of last year's gubernatorial contest are decided by more than a handful of percentage points in either direction. Nevertheless, with now two polls -- including one from the Democrats and one from the Republicans -- showing Carnahan in the lead, it's hard to see how this race doesn't lean at least a bit towards the Democrats.

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Voter Fraud Myth Used to Push Voting Policies that Harken Back to the Jim Crow Era

Cross posted at Project Vote's Voting Matters Blog

By Erin Ferns

Recent studies show that a more diverse electorate turned out last November, including historically underrepresented young and minority voters. Since the election, Republican operatives have continued to use the specter of voter fraud to loosen regulations on voter suppression activities while pushing policies to make voting more difficult for the crop of new voters.

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