US Atty Firings Latest Administration Move to Undermine Voting Rights

By Brian Mellor, Project Vote's Senior Counsel

The improper firing of eight U.S. Attorneys by the Administration is only the latest in a series of actions by political appointees at the Department of Justice to suppress minority voter turnout, minimize minority representation and control the electoral process through legal threats and restrictive laws.

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Weekly Election Reform and Voting Rights News Update

By Erin Ferns

This an entry in a series of blogs to keep people informed on current election reform and voting rights issues in the news.

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Voter Turnout Among the Young Still Lags - Associated Press

More than half of American citizens ages 18 to 24 do not vote on Election Day, according to a recent Associated Press story. Their  parents and grandparents, in comparison, vote at a rate of about 70 percent. This story considers why young people do not vote, despite flashy efforts to mobilize them, and considers what can be done to change the situation.

The story proposes two reasons why young people don't vote at high rates: their transient lifestyles (many prospective young voters are either students or starting careers) and their inability to relate to current political issues.

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"Voter Fraud" Often Exaggerated for Political Ends, According to New Report

By Michael Slater

Widespread "voter fraud" is a myth promulgated to suppress voter participation, according to a new Project Vote report released today. "The Politics of Voter Fraud" (PDF link) finds that fraudulent voting, or the intentional corruption of the voting process by voters, is extremely rare. Yet, false or exaggerated claims of fraudulent voting are commonly made in close electoral contests, and later cited by proponents of laws that restrict voting.

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Weekly Election Reform and Voting Rights News Update

This is the first in a series of blogs to keep people informed on current election reform and voting rights issues in the news.

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Make it easier, not harder, to cast ballot - The Kansas City Star: Opinion

Voter fraud is a hot topic for people who care about participating in American elections. In a Feb. 26 column, Kansas City Star writer Laura Scott points out the glaring election protection issues that are overshadowed by the voter ID debate. MO Secretary of State Robin Carnahan released a report on election problems, showing that voter fraud - intentional corruption of the electoral process - does not exist.

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FOX News Promotes Myth of Voter Fraud

By Michael Slater and Nathan Henderson-James

A Sunday Feb 25 story on Fox 25 in Boston did its viewers a massive disservice by exaggerating problems in the Boston elections department and promoting them as evidence of voter fraud, evidence their own story debunks.

The Sunday story, which is critiqued point by point below, tries to make the case that dead people are voting in Boston elections based on the evidence that one woman had her vote recorded as coming from her dead mother. In reality, the story itself shows that this was purely a clerical error. But that didn't stop Fox from airing what can only be described and a breathless and histrionic attempt to breath life into the increasingly discredits myth that American elections are pervaded by widespread fraud.

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