Why the Virginia Governor’s Race Matters Across the Entire U.S.

Americans are slowly realizing the governor’s race in Virginia is the election with the most significant national ramifications above any other ballot cast this year. The special elections for Congress in 2017 have been exciting and closer than some Republicans care to admit, but even if Democrats had prevailed in those contests the outcome would […]

Rural States Lead in Opposing Administration’s Bid to Get Our Private Data and Voting Records Amid Fears It Could End Up in Wrong Hands

It’s completely understandable that Rural States have taken the lead in opposing the Trump administration’s inquisition to try to prove widespread voter fraud exists in America. The whole effort reeks of politics, like a dark quixotic quest to prove an absurd accusation of widespread election chicanery, or a poorly disguised attempt to wage a wholesale […]

We Can’t Give Up Democracy to the Russians, or Anyone Else

Nothing is more coveted in western democracy more than an individual’s right to vote for the candidate or issue of their choice. While a privilege for all Americans, the rural voter who may have to travel many miles to get to a ballot box to cast a vote understands the value and meaning of democracy […]

Who Gets To Vote?

Two hundred thirty-eight years ago today America was born. Under the shadow of the American Revolution a nation of promise and hope was created. Then it happened: the Second Continental Congress restricted the right to vote to white, free, male landowners, over the age of 21. That was the start of our nation’s still bumpy […]

One judge issues death penalty to Arkansas Voter ID Law, Arkansas Supreme Court stays the execution…

This story says it all when it comes to relying on the courts to upend voter ID laws. RuralVotes has teamed up with South Forward to launch a new Voter ID Project. First stop, North Carolina. From the early suffragists, to the repeal of the Poll Tax and Jim Crow laws, it took generations of […]

Stomping on Martin’s Dream

Writing to overturn key provisions of the Voting Rights Act, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts declared, “Nearly 50 years later, things have changed dramatically. Largely because of the Voting Rights Act ‘[v]oter turnout and registration rates’ in covered jurisdictions ‘now approach parity. Blatantly discriminatory evasions of federal decrees are rare.’…The tests and devices that […]

ACORN says, “Not this time.”

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson ACORN, the organization dedicated to advocacy for low- and moderate-income people, is fighting back against the McCain Campaign and Republican Party’s attempt to brand them as a danger to American democracy., by charging them with voter fraud. Granted, a few bad apples have tried to pad their paychecks by filing voter […]