Tennessee Made It Harder to Register Voters. Activists Consider What’s Next.

Charlane Oliver didn’t expect her efforts to register thousands of black and brown Tennesseans to vote would lead to one of the most restrictive voter registration laws in the country. But less than a year after a coalition of groups, led by the nonprofit Tennessee Black Voter Project, conducted a statewide voter registration drive that accumulated 91,000 applications, activists like her face a daunting obstacle.

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Behind Trump Place, Three Civil Rights Heroes Are Honored on Freedom Place

Freedom Place, which runs from 66th to 70th Streets just west of West End Avenue, commemorates Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, and James Chaney, who on June 21, 1964 were murdered in Philadelphia, Mississippi, where they had been helping African-Americans register to vote as part of the Freedom Summer project. The three young civil rights activists had been traveling together when they were abducted by members of the Ku Klux Klan.

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Campus Early Voting Boosted Youth Turnout in Florida, but UCF Lagged

Youth turnout boomed at campus early voting locations in Florida in 2018, according to a new study, boosting overall turnout statewide after a hard-won victory by advocates against a state law that had banned casting ballots on university grounds. But at the University of Central Florida, the biggest university in the state, turnout was at the middle of the pack compared with other large schools.

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Why Aren’t 2020 Hopefuls Talking About Election Security

Maxim Thorne, managing director of the Andrew Goodman Foundation, told WhoWhatWhy that not talking about election integrity on a national stage with millions of Americans tuned in was “a serious mistake” and “a missed opportunity on so many levels...I think it emboldens the bad behavior that threatens our democracy and the 2020 election,” Thorne said.

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Youth Voter Turnout in Florida Boosted by On-Campus Early Voting Sites, Report Says

What caused a bump in voter turnout among young Floridians in 2018? An expansion of early-voting sites on college campuses is one likely factor, according to a study funded by The Andrew Goodman Foundation In Florida’s last midterm election, nearly 60,000 people cast early ballots at 12 on-campus polling places that were allowed after a July 2018 legal decision.

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