voter registration

Court Rules on Voting Rights: What It Means for You

Posted on 06/25/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIn two decisions this term, the Supreme Court has changed the political landscape on voting rights. Reaction to the court’s latest decision, in Shelby County v. Holder, ranged from outrage (“Supremes Gut Voting Rights Act” at Huffington Post) to just-the-facts-ma’am (“Supreme Court voids key part of Voting Rights Act because law uses data ‘that does not reflect racial progress in U.S.’” at NYPost.com). What will these decisions mean for older voters? In our coverage of voter registration issues during the …

Should You Have to Prove Citizenship to Register to Vote?

Posted on 03/19/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIs requiring proof of citizenship for voters a way to protect the integrity of elections? Or is it an illegal tactic that will keep many older Americans and minorities away from the polls? On March 18 the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on both sides of that issue in Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona. Under the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, people can register by mail to vote in federal elections using a standard form that, among other …

Not Yet Registered to Vote? In Most States There’s Still Time, But You’d Better Hurry

Posted on 10/8/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsOne strange and sometimes troubling thing about American democracy is that a lot of us don’t participate in it. According to a 2006 Pew Research Center study, about one in five adults aren’t registered to vote, and another 23 percent are “registered but rare” voters, who hardly ever show up at the polls. It’s as if we’ve forgotten that there were was a time, not that too long ago — 1964, to be exact — when three American heroes named Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael …