Racial Minority Disenfranchisement
Although voting discrimination based on race has been illegal since the passage of the 15th amendment over 135 years ago, and those efforts were bolstered in 1965 with the historic Voting Rights Act, today’s racial minorities still face discrimination. 

Members of racial minority groups are more likely to cast ballots with outdated voting machines, deal with overly complicated registration procedures, or face complicated ballots. Every election, some minority neighborhoods are plastered with fliers and leaflets that include misinformation about Election Day and outright lies about election policies. Fliers have told voters that Republicans vote on one day, while Democrats vote on another. Others remind voters to pay all outstanding parking tickets and child support, with the implication that failing to do so could result in being thrown in jail or not being allowed to vote. The sole purpose of such efforts is to intimidate voters and suppress turnout.

Voter intimidation may be impossible to eradicate, but by establishing clear and uniform electoral policies and guidelines, much can be done to limit the effectiveness of any voter suppression effort.

The NAACP and the People For the American Way (PFAW) compiled a study demonstrating the continuation of race-based voter intimidation.

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund put out the following report regarding Asian American voter disenfranchisement.

Articles on Minority Voting
November 2nd 2007
No ID? Votes cast can become castoffs
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution takes a look at the potential impact of Georgia's new voter ID law.

September 20th 2007
Voting Rights Advocates Challenge Florida Registration Law in Federal Court
The Brennan Center for Justice

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law reports that Florida's new "no match, no vote" law could disenfranchise tens of thousands of eligible citizens from registering and voting in the 2008 elections.

September 17th 2007
D.C. Voting Rights
The Washington Post

The Washington Post calls attempts to block legislation allowing the District a vote in the U.S. House "inexcusable."

October 13th 2004
Pushing to be Counted in Florida
Washington Post

October 12th 2004
Political Prisoners
The Village Voice