2012 Election

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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.

Three Key Graphs From New Census Report on Voting Rates by Race

Census finally released a report on how people voted by racial categories. Here’s what you need to know.

From Arizona to Montana, Native Voters Struggle for Democracy

Natives have proven crucial to Democrats’ success across the West, but their struggle for democracy remains one of the least acknowledged, ugly realities of every election.

Asian-American Voters Really, Really Loved Barack Obama in Election 2012

New exit poll numbers show just how much Asian Americans supported Obama, and also how diverse the community is

Senate Hearing Recounts the Many Election Season Mishaps of 2012

Elections administrators gathered for “The State of the Right to Vote After the 2012 Election” hearing before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary to unpack some of the shenanigans from last month.

A Constitutional Case Against Felony Disenfranchisement Laws

Obama’s recent court victory on early voting may have carved a legal path for fighting down felony disenfranchisement laws.

The Election Is Over, but the Voting Rights Fight Is in Full Swing

The biggest challenge voting rights advocates face right now is keeping people engaged without the spotlight of a presidential election.

Tea Party Crowd's Answer for Why Romney Lost? Voter Fraud!

An idea is spreading on the right that Republicans are unfairly constrained by a court ruling that bars the party from targeting “ballot security” measures at communities of color.

What Took So Long? Explaining Arizona's Ballot Count Fiasco

Arizona is still counting ballots cast more than two weeks ago–but why did it issue so many provisional ballots to begin with?

Voting Rights Haven't Gotten Such Attention Since 1965. What Did We Learn?

From early voting to poll watching, felony disenfranchisement to redistricting, 10 lessons from an election season in which voting itself was hotly debated.

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

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

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.

Latino Voters' Election Day Statement: 'Give My Parents Papers'

It’s now conventional wisdom that the president won a second term with Latino voters, particularly Latina women. It’s just as clear that they were voting for immigration reform.

What Are Your Hopes For The Next Four Years? [Reader Forum]

Colorlines readers discuss voter suppression in Florida, and their hopes for the next four years.

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.

Election Night Sadness: White People Mourning Mitt Romney [Photos]

Sad face.

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.