Voting Rights

Mike Lindell adjusts his hair while looking into a handheld mirror

Mike Lindell’s conspiracy-fueled pillow company fights to survive his election obsession 

BY: - November 28, 2023

Pillow mogul Mike Lindell calls up former Michigan state senator Patrick Colbeck, who works for something Lindell made up called the Election Crime Bureau, to talk about press strategy. Lindell tells Colbeck a press release needs to mention his “offense fund,” to which people can give donations so Lindell can keep funding his election fraud […]


Redistricting: Cracked and packed

BY: - November 27, 2023

Satana Deberry

Deberry: NC needs an attorney general who ‘believes in democracy’

BY: - November 21, 2023

In a virtual forum Tuesday, Satana Deberry said North Carolinians need an attorney general who “believes in democracy” and is willing to fight for it in court — values that are especially pertinent as the state faces lawsuits over Senate redistricting and a voter ID law passed by the legislature earlier this year. “The law […]

Democracy, casting a ballot

State, local elections offer good news for democracy

BY: - November 11, 2023

The big news out of Tuesday’s elections was wins for Democrats and for reproductive rights in Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky and Pennsylvania. But small “d” democracy also had a good night: Virginians elected pro-voting majorities in both chambers, stymieing efforts to pass restrictive new voting laws. Ohioans turned out in large numbers to pass two popular […]

thousands of American flags with the U.S. Capitol Building in the background

One year out: how a free and fair 2024 presidential election could be under threat

BY: - November 6, 2023

The last time America elected a president, it led to a deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol and a failed coup that gravely damaged the political system and marred the peaceful transfer of power for the first time in U.S. history. A year from now, the nation’s voters will decide another presidential contest — likely […]


A Dickens of a gerrymander

BY: - October 30, 2023

Zachary Roth

States Newsroom national reporter Zachary Roth discusses threats to democracy

BY: - October 23, 2023

  Even though Donald Trump has been out of office now for well over two and a half years, some of his conservative allies – particularly at the state legislative level – continue to advance new laws that threaten democracy by making voting more difficult and exclusive and handing the oversight of elections to partisan […]

the North Carolina Legislative Building

NC legislators about to put an exclamation mark on one of the worst sessions in state history

BY: - October 17, 2023

The 2023 session of the North Carolina General Assembly could be rightfully categorized as one of the worst in modern state history based merely upon what lawmakers failed (or chose not) to accomplish. Topping any list of such failures would be the destructive and blatantly lawless decision to ignore the state constitution and a state […]

Hilary Harris Klein - Southern Coalition for Social Justice

Attorney Hilary Harris Klein on NC’s new and restrictive voting and election laws

BY: - October 16, 2023

  As NC Newsline has reported at length in recent weeks, North Carolina Republican lawmakers maintain large and gerrymandered veto-proof majorities at the state Legislative Building and are using them to further extend their control over state government. Indeed, the 2023 legislative session has seen the advancement of several new laws designed to make voting […]

Democracy, casting a ballot

North Carolina fought for centuries to become a democracy. We can’t go numb now.

BY: - October 12, 2023

Cynicism is a poor facsimile of a skeptical mind. Perhaps unwittingly, North Carolina political insiders have vacated their sense of shock at the authoritarian machinations that have become a central hallmark of Republican rule in our state. NC Newsline editor Rob Schofield succinctly characterized this learned helplessness as a body politic gone “numb.” In the […]