Laughlin McDonald

Laughlin McDonald is the director of ACLU's Voting Rights Project and the author of A Voting Rights Odyssey: Black Enfranchisement in Georgia.

Recent Articles

The New Poll Tax

One of the recurring scandals in American politics since passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is the discriminatory use of so-called "ballot security" programs. These programs are invariably presented as good government measures necessary to prevent voter fraud, but far too often they are actually designed to suppress minority voting -- and for nakedly partisan purposes. Take, for example, the last election.