Articles tagged: voter suppression

A sign directs residents in Texas to an early voting polling location for the 2020 Presidential election. by

The Latino Vote And Its Legacy

For Latinos, casting a ballot means overcoming a history of struggle against exclusion and voter suppression.

This story was originally published by palabra. Editor’s Note: At the start of 2020, palabra. posted a landmark essay by Michelle García that explored the st...Read More

FILE - IN this Tuesday, June 20, 2020 file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a news conference at city hall in Dallas. Just days before George Floyd's funeral in his native Houston, a flurry of racist and conspiratorial posts by GOP leaders in Texas are overshadowing Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's efforts to heal divisions and assure protesters and black leaders of their commitment to confronting racial injustice. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File) by

The Long Tail of Voter Suppression

As the growing number of Black and Latinx voters threaten the GOP’s stranglehold on power, attempts to limit safe voting options during the pandemic reveal a deeper sickness in Texas politics.

This article was published in partnership with The Nation. Founded by abolitionists in 1865, The Nation has chronicled the breadth and depth of political and cu...Read More

The line to vote at 9:25 p.m. at Texas Southern University. by

An ‘Election Meltdown’ in Texas

How voter suppression, poor planning, incendiary rhetoric, and fear of coronavirus could erode public confidence in elections.

Primary voters in some parts of Texas waited in punishingly long lines to cast a ballot last Tuesday. A surge in Democratic voter turnout overwhelmed many polli...Read More

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Texas Leads in Polling Place Closures Since 2013

750 polling places in Texas have been shuttered since Shelby v. Holder, the Supreme Court decision that released the state from federal oversight in changing its voter laws and practices.

If you’ve been on the voting rights tour bus in Texas, what a ride it’s been—especially since 2013. Prior to then, the state was beholden to the Voting Ri...Read More

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The Casualties of Texas’ War on Voter Fraud

Crystal Mason’s vote didn’t count. Will her prosecution scare away others whose votes would?

In early February 2017, Crystal Mason’s probation officer asked her to come to the federal building in downtown Fort Worth. The meeting was unusual—maybe a ...Read More

Protesters gather outside the federal court house, Monday, July 10, 2017, in San Antonio, where a redistricting trial is taking place. Federal courts earlier this year found that Texas passed election laws to purposefully discriminate against Hispanic and black voters and the trial starting today could redraw Texas voting maps before 2018 and bolster Democratic efforts to reclaim Congress. by

Republicans Come to Texas to Prepare for the 2021 Redistricting Battle

The right has an audacious plan to, once again, use the redistricting process to maintain power. At ALEC’s annual conference in Austin, Republican state legislators learned how to navigate the legal and political challenges that will likely arise.

Last week, more than 200 conservative state lawmakers from around the country packed into a hotel conference room in Austin for a panel session entitled “How ...Read More

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