Follow the reasoning of Jon Husted, the secretary of state, and his fellow Republicans in charge at the Statehouse are practically bending over backward to make it easier to vote. By requiring all those who register to vote in the state to acquire an Ohio driver’s license and vehicle registration within 30 days, voters would have an additional form of acceptable identification to present at the polls.

African Americans have come a long way politically over the past half-century, but disparities remain.

In the five decades since the passage of the Voting Rights Act, blacks have made significant strides in registering and turning out to vote, according to a new study. Yet, the policies enacted tend to better represent the interests of white Americans and blacks continue to be underrepresented in elected office.

More than 3,000 Ferguson residents have registered since August 9. In a new development that many activists believe could spark a political shift, voter registration in St. Louis County has soared since August 9, the day that unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot to death by Officer Darren Wilson, an election official said on Thursday.