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The Voting Rights Act Is 50 Years Old Today. So Why Do Things Still Seem So Bad?

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.04.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the summer of 1962, 20-year-old Dorie Ladner accompanied a busload of black Mississippi residents to the county seat in Indianola, wh...

One Year After Shelby Decision, States Have Moved to Restrict Voter Access

Penda D. Hair | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Penda D. Hair

Immediately after North Carolina passed the worst voter-suppression law in the country, Advancement Project brought a suit in federal court challenging the law on behalf of the North Carolina NAACP. In light of the avalanche of provisions designed to restrict voting, we had to fight back.

The Top 5 Voting Rights Moments of 2013

Penda D. Hair | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics
Penda D. Hair

Texas waited just two hours after the ruling to announce that the state would begin enforcing its voter ID law. The U.S. Department of Justice hit back with lawsuits against both measures, showing the Supreme Court's ruling does not mean that it's open season on voters.

North Carolina Speeds Up to Run Election Red Light?

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

Republicans are at it again, making it harder to vote. It is no coincidence that these major voting changes are being considered a week after the Supreme Court struck down the coverage formula in Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act.

Free From Voting Rights Act, State Republicans Go Straight For Voter ID, Law Changes

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

Republicans in North Carolina are wasting no time moving on a controversial slate of voting laws that just a week ago would have first required approv...

It's Time for the Freedom to Vote

Rashad Robinson | Posted 08.31.2013 | Impact
Rashad Robinson

Last week, the United States Supreme Court attacked a signature achievement of the Civil Rights Movement. The decision in Shelby v. Holder, to strike ...

Scalia Signals He Will Decide Voting Rights Case Under German Jurisprudence

Paul Abrams | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

In cases involving an act of Congress, such as the Voting Rights Act, the Court pays great deference to findings of facts by Congress. Congress is, after all, the peoples' elected representatives; and, it can be changed.

The Civil Rights Success of Attorney General Holder

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Judith Browne Dianis

The path of a trailblazer always holds resistance. To pioneer meaningful change, one must be prepared to defend themself against the inevitable opposing force. One man who has come to know this all too well lately is U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Scalia: Voting Rights Act Is An 'Embedded' Form Of 'Racial Preferment'

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Monday that the Voting Rights Act is an "embedded" form of "racial preferment," according to a report in The...

Supremely Fallacious

Jim Worth | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Jim Worth

While the entire nation fights to retain their democratic rights the Supreme Court wastes time hearing a plea from Alabama, a state that has spent years trying to subvert the vote and supplant democracy.

Roberts, Scalia and Voters

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

The only suspense is in waiting to find out if Massachusetts continues to be used to justify the ruling and whether the Court applies the Scalia Cowardly Congress theory to justify its ruling. One thing seems certain: Scalia and Roberts will be the winners. The voters will be the losers.

Ryan J. Reilly

Senator Plotting Legislative Response If Voting Rights Act Is Gutted | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) is hoping the Supreme Court doesn't strike down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, but he'll be prepare...

Ryan Grim

GOP Open To Gutting Voting Rights Act | Ryan Grim | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia argued last week that the court may need to reject the key element of the Voting Rights Act because...

Ryan J. Reilly

7 Justice Kennedy Quotes That Have Progressives Worried About The Voting Rights Act | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Justice Anthony Kennedy is likely the only hope that voting rights advocates and the Obama administration have for the Supreme Court to ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Justice Department Official Says Anti-Discrimination Voting Law Still Necessary | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If the Supreme Court decides to strike down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the strongest weapon the federal government has to preve...

Voting Discrimination: Still an Obstacle to Democracy

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi | Posted 04.28.2013 | Black Voices
Minister Leslie Watson Malachi

Despite the commitment of those who devoted their lives to voter protections, the right to vote remains fragile for many Americans. From voter ID laws to restrictions on early voting, as a country we cannot allow anyone to say "this isn't a problem anymore."

The Need for Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act in 2013 and Beyond

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson | Posted 04.24.2013 | Black Voices
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson

This month, The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Shelby County v. Holder, a case that challenges the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

Is the Right to Vote Really Worth Fighting For?

Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry

One line, in particular, haunted me from the New York Times piece: "Chief Justice Roberts seemed skeptical about the continued need for Section 5. 'Things have changed in the South,' he said."

Ryan J. Reilly

Conservative Group Wants To Sabotage New Hampshire's Bailout From Voting Rights Act | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The state of New Hampshire and the Justice Department agree that the state shouldn't have to seek permission from the federal government...

Voting Rights Under Fire: Why We Still Need Section 5

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

This nation still has a way to go before state disfranchisement is truly a thing of the past. Gutting the most important provision of this landmark law is not just unwarranted but harmful to the government's ability to eradicate voter suppression.

Amanda Terkel

Justice Department Looking At Ways To Making Voting Easier | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Justice is already exploring ways to "fix" the long lines and confusion voters faced when going to the polls this year...

Janell Ross

Court Blocks Texas Voter ID Law, Several Other Cases Still Pending | Janell Ross | Posted 08.31.2012 | Latino Voices

A federal court struck down a Texas voter ID law Tuesday, in a major blow to Republican legislatures and governors around the country that are pursuin...

Gene Demby

GOP Officials: Strike Down Voting Rights Act | Gene Demby | Posted 08.24.2012 | Black Voices

Several Republican state attorneys general called a key provision of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional and asked the Supreme Court to strike it d...