Want to make sure you don’t miss the month’s best opinion pieces, deep dives, and analysis? Here’s your monthly roundup of must-read articles on voting rights from around the web:
1. A dozen people on probation or parole, who are disqualified from voting in North Carolina under its felon disenfranchisement laws, have been charged with voting illegally in that state. The defendants say that they did not understand the felony disenfranchisement laws, and “[a]ctivists are now worried that the fear of prosecution may suppress black turnout in the midterm elections.”
- Several New York Times readers wrote in to register their dissent regarding felony disenfranchisement as well as individual prosecutions as a means of enforcing that disenfranchisement.
- Felon disenfranchisement is rooted in racist laws. The Franchise Project describes how it has been used as a voter suppression tool.
2. Ahead of midterms, US officials are trying to address threats of Russian election interference. “Intelligence and law enforcement officials are…looking out for voter suppression efforts, illegal campaign financing, hacks targeting elected officials and voting infrastructure.”
- Trump officials say that the threat of Russian election meddling is real and discuss actions to protect US elections.