This year, a record number of Americans voted in the midterm elections, marking it the highest turnout rate for a midterm election since 1966. Still, there is more to be done to better ensure higher participation from the electorate. Democrats have announced that the first bill
The ability to vote has been a crucial tenet of American democracy, and one that has unfortunately been denied to too many in our history. This draconian practice of permanently stripping individuals of their ability to access the ballot will only further ostracize those who
In Florida, the end of your incarceration can be the beginning of a life-long sentence. That’s because Florida is one of four states that does not automatically restore civil rights (most prominently, voting rights) to people who were convicted of felonies but have fulfilled every
Fidel Castro Passes Away
Fidel Castro, who ruled Cuba for half a century, passed away last Friday at the age of 90.
After toppling the authoritarian government of President Fulgencio Batista in 1959, Castro turned his Revolution into a one-party Communist government that continues to govern Cuba
Last year, I wrote about discussing race with white people. Around that time, I harbored the suspicion that I was The Black Friend  whose presence and friendship validated lazy allies.
This election proved me right. Visible minorities in these white and/or elite spaces are symbols obscuring
Election Day is TOMORROW!
The 2016 Presidential Election is tomorrow – Tuesday, November 8 – and it is crucial for citizens to know where and how to vote. There are a number of resources– including Google’s homepage – available to help voters make sure they have
Earlier this year the Criminal Justice Policy Coalition (CJPC) launched Disillusioned for Disenfranchised, an initiative that paired incarcerated Massachusetts residents with volunteers from their home county to vote jointly in this year’s general election. The details were open-ended, but CJPC recommended partners start with a
Federal Judge Extends Voter Registration Deadline Due to Hurricane Matthew
A federal judge ordered the voter registration deadline to be extended contrary to the Governor's wishes due to the impact of the hurricane on Florida citizens. District Court Judge Mark Walker stated that "This case is
Evenwel v. Abbott: 1 person, 1 vote
Last Monday, the Supreme Court held that states are allowed to count all residents, regardless of voting eligibility, when drawing election districts. The decision clarifies the meaning within the principle of “one person one vote.”
Voting fight not over:
Voting has long been considered both a civil right and a civic duty. However, that principle has not prevented the disenfranchisement of millions of Americans throughout our history, and this disenfranchisement tends to disproportionately affect minorities. Even after the passage of the 15th Amendment, many