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Laughlin McDonald
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Laughlin McDonald has been director of the Atlanta-based Voting Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union since 1972. Prior to that he was in private practice and taught at the University of North Carolina Law School. He has represented racial and language minorities in numerous discrimination cases and specialized in the area of voting rights. He has argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, testified frequently before Congress, and written for scholarly and popular publications on civil liberties issues. His most recent books are A Voting Rights Odyssey: Black Enfranchisement in Georgia, and American Indians and the Fight for Equal Voting Rights. He is a South Carolina native, received a B.A. from Columbia University in 1960, and a LL.B from the University of Virginia in 1965.

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Why the Voting Rights Act Matters

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 12:24 PM

During the signing ceremony of the Voting Rights Act, President Lyndon B. Johnson characterized the law as "one of the most monumental laws in the entire history of American freedom." Since that day, this landmark civil rights law has steadily and surely defeated and deterred countless discriminatory and varied...

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Voting in Florida: From Bad to Worse

(71) Comments | Posted March 7, 2011 | 5:33 PM

Wilbertine Berkley is one of hundreds of thousands of Floridians with past felony convictions whose voting rights are in peril. After struggling with substance abuse, Wilbertine has served her time, enrolled in college and become a volunteer with a homelessness organization in her community. She's overcome more obstacles than...

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