2012 Election

Young Black Women Led 2012 Youth Voter Turnout

Youth voter turnout was down in 2012, but young black women led the charge of those who did turn out to the polls.

Black Voters Made History By Beating Whites to Polls Last November

African Americans turned out to vote at a higher rate than white voters last November

Why This Round of Immigration Reform Is Different

Because the immigrant rights movement is ready, says Pramila Jayapal. We’ve deepened, grown–and built strength out of previous losses.

The Lesson of 2012? It Was Never About Obama, It Was About Us

Manuel Pastor and Gihan Perera consider a year in which the racial justice movement surged.

Nevada Led the Country in Expanding the Vote. Now, It's Eyeing Voter ID

A Democratic secretary of state made registration easier and supported early voting, leading to dramatic turnout. So why is he now proposing a plan that could disenfranchise voters?

Rinku Sen: We Are the Majority and We Demand Justice

Sen’s opening speech at Colorlines’ gathering of 1,400 racial justice change makers set the tone for a conversation that stirred so strongly it became a trending topic on Twitter.

Why the Voting Rights Act Likely Won't Survive Supreme Court Review

The Voting Rights Act is, in some ways, living on borrowed time.

Beyond Ballots: When Communities Are the Real Candidates

Having voted and elected a leader, we have to ask ourselves, “Now what?” What will we as a community gain from the frenzied efforts to get us to vote?

Dust Off Those Old Immigration Reform Deals? Not So Fast

Democratic and Republican leaders want to return to their 2010 blueprint. But immigration reformers say first, stop the deportations.

Is This the End of the Southern Strategy, or Its Entrenchment?

Riling up fears of a black and brown nation can’t win the White House anymore. But it certainly has locked in the Republican Party’s power Down South.

Arizona Groups Demand DOJ Intervene as 631,000 Uncounted Ballots Pile Up

Those uncounted ballots may hold the answer for heated state and local races, including the fate of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

So, What Now? Five Racial Justice Thinkers Make Sense of the Election

Essays from William Jelani Cobb, Joan Morgan, Luis Rodriguez, Zahra Billoo and Rob “Biko” Baker on the Obama victory and the coming second term.

Redistricting Protects the 2010 Republican Surge in State Legislatures

And the ugly, bruising battles they launched around immigration, health reform and reproductive rights are certain to continue.

Watch Colorado Poll Watcher Report 'High Concentration of People of Color'

A Republican poll watcher complains that too many people of color were voting in Aurora, Colorado on Election Day.

Arpaio Gets Another Four Years to Harass Latinos In An Unchanged Arizona

Latinos in Phoenix went to bed last night with the news that they’ll face another four years of harassment from Joe Arpaio and his deputies. The 80-year-old sheriff told supporters at his victory party that he looks forward to another term “just enforcing the law,” by which he tends to mean racial profiling and prisoner abuse.

Obama Wins Re-Election, But Mixed Results on Ballot Initiatives

Here’s a quick rundown of the results in key ballot measures.

Undeterred by the Long, Slow Line Toward Democracy

Those long, snaking lines were about more than a vote. The people most battered and excluded from the nation’s politics and economy are refusing to be ignored.

Five Race and Gender Justice Lessons Learned from This Marathon Election Cycle

It’s a cliche to say that the work doesn’t end after Election Day. But people keep saying it because it’s true! Herewith, some takeaways from the past four years and next steps.

A People of Color Majority Alters Politics. Movements Change the World

Politicians, and everyday Americans too, do great things when movements make it impossible to do anything else.

'You Have Made Me a Better President' -- Live Blog Recap

Settle in with the Colorlines.com team for breaking news and analysis on the 2012 election.