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Ari Berman is a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute.
He has written extensively about American politics, foreign policy and
the intersection of money and politics. His stories have also appeared
in the New York Times, Rolling Stone and The Guardian, and he is a frequent guest and political commentator on MSNBC, C-Span and NPR. His first book, Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics,
was published in October 2010 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. He
graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern
University with a degree in journalism and political science.
North Carolina Shows Why the Voting Rights Act Is Still Needed
Voting rights groups had to sue North Carolina under Section 2 of the VRA, which applies nationwide but is much more cumbersome than Section 5. Now the burden of proof is on the plaintiffs to show evidence of discrimination and the law is in effect until the courts block it.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013(1 comments)
Ohio GOP Resurrects Voter Suppression Efforts
Ohio Republicans are once again resurrecting efforts to make it harder to vote. Last month, the GOP-controlled Ohio Senate, on a party-line vote, voted to cut early voting by a week, eliminating the "Golden Week" when Ohioans can register and vote on the same day during the early voting period. The legislation was introduced and passed in one week, with almost no time for substantive debate.
Monday, November 4, 2013
Texas Voter ID Law Ensnares Former Speaker of the House, Candidates for Governor, State Judge
The devil is in the details when it comes to voter ID. And the rollout of the new law in Texas is off to a very bad start. In this year's elections for statewide constitutional amendments in Texas, a district court judge, a state senator and both candidates for governor--Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott--had to sign affidavits to vote because their IDs didn't match their poll book names.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013(1 comments)
The New Nullification Movement
In Kansas, 17,000 voters have been blocked from registering this year--a third of all applicants--because the DMV doesn't transfer citizenship documents to election officials. Running elections under a dual registration system is costly and chaotic for election officials, as well as confusing for voters. The ACLU has vowed to sue Kansas if the state continues its noncompliance with federal law.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013(4 comments)
Separate and Unequal Voting in Arizona and Kansas
Arizona and Kansas--which passed a similar proof-of-citizenship law in 2011--are arguing that the Supreme Court's decision applies only to federal elections and that those who register using the federal form cannot vote in state and local elections. The two states have sued the Election Assistance Commission and are setting up a two-tiered system of voter registration, which could disenfranchise thousands of voters.
Friday, July 26, 2013(2 comments)
North Carolina Passes the Country's Worst Voter Suppression Law
The bill eliminates practically everything that encourages people to vote in North Carolina, replaced by unnecessary and burdensome new restrictions. At the same time, the bill expands the influence of unregulated corporate influence in state elections. Just what our democracy needs--more money and less voting!