2016 Election News Roundup: Week of November 16

Posted by Joan Hanna on November 20, 2015 in Blog

AAI compiles a weekly roundup of election news tracking key races across the country as well as legislation that will impact voting rights ahead of the 2016 elections. For AAI’s coverage of presidential candidates and races, make sure to check out our profiles over at #YallaVote’s Election Central. And for more state specific information, head over to our election map and click on your state. You can read previous editions of our 2016 Election News Roundup right here at its headquarters. Governor Snyder First in Wave of Anti Refugee Sentiments Governor Rick Snyder...

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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 33: Tough Week

Posted on October 08, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: Responding to mass shootings, back to the Palestinians, Russia in Syria, voting rights in AL, and more
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AAI Congressional Briefing: Protecting Voting Rights and the Minority Voice

Posted by Nisreen Eadeh on October 06, 2015 in Blog
“The history of this country has always been about… expanding the ballot. It has only been in recent history that our country has become one in which forces have worked to make it harder for people to actually register to vote and indeed vote,” says Nicole Austin-Hillery of the Brennan Center for Justice at AAI’s briefing on Protecting Voting Rights last week. Speaking with her was attorney Jasmyn Richardson from the Advancement Project’s Voter Protection Program who explained how the elimination of Section IV of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 has caused a flood of voter suppression bills to pass across the country since the Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional in 2013.
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2016 Election News Roundup: Week of September 21st

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on September 25, 2015 in Blog

AAI compiles a weekly roundup of election news tracking key races across the country as well as legislation that will impact voting rights ahead of the 2016 elections. For AAI’s coverage of presidential candidates and races, make sure to check out our profiles over at #YallaVote’s Election Central. And for more state specific information, head over to our election map and click on your state. You can read previous editions of our 2016 Election News Roundup right here at its headquarters.

It’s National Voter Registration Day – but Where are the Young Voters?

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National Voter Registration Day 2015

Posted by Yasmin Hussein on September 22, 2015 in Blog
September 22nd, marks National Voter Registration Day. Hundreds of thousands of people across the country are taking to the streets, their community centers, places of worship, and college campuses, encouraging fellow citizens to register to vote. On National Voter Registration Day Americans celebrate the efforts of many over the decades on behalf of so many that had to fight for their right to vote. We at AAI have been working with students and young professionals across the country to set up booths and tables on this exciting day.
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2016 Election News Roundup: Week of August 31st

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on September 08, 2015 in Blog
This week on the Yalla Vote election news round up: problems with voting machines in Ohio, accusations of voter fraud in Texas, Michigan is luring 2016 hopefuls, and how to get involved with AAI and the 2016 elections!
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2016 Election News Roundup: Week of August 24th

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on August 28, 2015 in Blog
In this week's Yalla Vote election news roundup: expanded voting rights in California, races to watch in New York, decommissioned voting machines in Virginia, and all the drama around DNC and RNC debates.
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2016 Election News Roundup: Week of August 17th

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on August 21, 2015 in Blog
Ohio considers redistricting law, Texas rules on voting rights, Florida redraws key districts for 2016, Massachusetts sets early primary date, Pennsylvania now considered a 2016 Toss-Up state.
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2016 Election News Roundup: Week of August 3rd

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on August 07, 2015 in Blog

AAI compiles a weekly roundup of election news tracking key races across the country as well as legislation that will impact voting rights ahead of the 2016 elections. For AAI’s coverage of presidential candidates and races, make sure to check out our profiles over at#YallaVote’s Election Central. And for more state specific information, head over to our election map and click on your state.

Illinois Senate Race Is One to Watch

Republican Senator Mark Kirk is up for reelection next November and the race is an important one in the much-hyped Democratic...

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Restoring the Voting Rights Act

Posted by Nadia Aziz on July 30, 2015 in Blog
Fifty years ago, on August 6th, 1965, the Voting Rights Act (VRA) was signed into law by President Johnson. The VRA required certain states and counties with a history of discrimination to seek pre-approval from the federal government before changing their voting laws. This landmark legislation served as a safeguard to ensure equal access to the right to vote for all people. In the 1940s, black voter registration across the south was an abysmal 3%. By 1964, the percentage climbed in Georgia and South Carolina and rose to 27% and 37% respectively. After the VRA was signed in to law in 1965, black voter registration across the south had increased to 62% by 1968. This laid the groundwork for the 2008 election, which had the highest level of Black and Hispanic voter turnout in presidential elections since the Census Bureau began measuring voter statistics.
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