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Jennifer Bendery

Sen. Grassley: No Need To Restore Voting Rights Act Because 'More Minorities Are Already Voting'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said Monday he doesn't expect to bring up legislation to restore the ...

How The NAACP Is Fighting Local Voter Suppression In North Carolina

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 03.10.2015 | Black Voices

Fifty years after "Bloody Sunday," the fight for voting rights continues in North Carolina. After the 2013 Supreme Court decision to strike down S...

Jennifer Bendery

As Selma Anniversary Nears, Here Are The Lawmakers Actually Trying To Strengthen Voting Rights

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's been almost 50 years since the historic civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama, and Congress is ready to celebrate the people who m...

Time for a Truce on Voting

Scott Arceneaux | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Scott Arceneaux

If playing politics with the franchise is an unfortunate part of our past, it should be abhorrent to our modern democracy. At the start of a new presidential cycle, one without an incumbent, it is time to call a truce on voting.

Samantha Lachman

These States Are Actually Considering Ways To Make Voting More Convenient

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- November's midterm election meant grappling with new voter identification requirements, cutbacks to early voting and the elimination of ...

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Gives A Push To Restoring Voting Rights Act: 'The Right To Vote Is Sacred'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama pushed Congress Tuesday night to restore a key portion of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, even though Republicans sig...

Jennifer Bendery

Top Republican: It's Not 'Necessary' To Restore Key Part Of Voting Rights Act

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans have concluded that it's not "necessary" to restore the portion of the Voting Rights Act that was struck down by the S...

Samantha Lachman

Supreme Court Asked To Hear Voter ID Case As Crucial Year For Voting Rights Commences

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A team of legal advocates for voting rights on Wednesday filed a petition to the Supreme Court asking it to hear a case concerning Wisco...

Jennifer Bendery

Wife Of Slain Civil Rights Activist Rips Congress For Failing To Fix Voting Rights Act

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was 1964 when the Ku Klux Klan killed Rita Bender's husband, Michael Schwerner, for helping to register black voters in Mississippi -...

Dana Liebelson

This Is What Happened Because Congress Didn't Fix The Voting Rights Act

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A number of voters in Texas reported problems casting their ballots on Election Day, with many of the issues stemming from a restrictive...

Supreme Court Blocks Ohio Early Voting Extension

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court granted a last-minute stay of a lower court's ruling expanding early voting days and times in Ohio. Early voting ...

Samantha Lachman

How The Fight Against Voting Rights Restrictions Could Decide This Year's Marquee Senate Race

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics

DURHAM, N.C. -- President Barack Obama won North Carolina by just 14,000 votes in 2008. Now, as Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and state House Speaker Thom T...

We Still Need the Voting Rights Act

Hector E. Sanchez | Posted 08.25.2014 | Latino Voices
Hector E. Sanchez

Anniversaries are normally a cause for celebration. But there is no joy in Latino communities across the country over this week's one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court Case case known as Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder.

One Year After Shelby Decision, the Fight Continues to Protect Equal Access to the Vote

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

The problem isn't complicated. Access to the vote is not about politics; it's about justice and equality.

If The Supreme Court Says Racism Is Pretty Much Over, Why Are So Many People Still Being So Racist?

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing & Shadee Ashtari | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in June that a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act designed to prevent racial discrimination in certain votin...

Staying Focused

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

History teaches us that negative forces will always try to smear and distort those on the side of justice, that is nothing new. But it is up to us to keep marching forward -- for victory is made up by those that remain focused and disciplined.

No Turning 'Round: Selma's Anniversary Call to Advance Voting Rights

Bennet Kelley | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

Next March will be the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday and what should have been a celebratory moment of how far we have come since those troubled days is more likely to be a bitter reminder of how far we still have to go.

More About a New Freedom Summer

Robert Kuttner | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

It is possible to have principled arguments with political conservatives on a wide array of public issues, ranging from late-term abortions to privatizing Social Security. But there is no principled debate about suppressing the right to vote. The creative use of obstacles to voting is sheer political opportunism. There are a few conservatives who will say that voting is a privilege, not a right. But they are living in the wrong country or the wrong century. In our democracy, that issue was settled a long time ago. Voting is a right.

Needed: Freedom Summer 2014

Robert Kuttner | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The impact of freedom summer was electric. It added to the pressure on Congress to pass what became the Voting Rights Act of 1965. But first, there had to be more marches, more murders, and finally, after the Selma marches and LBJ's stunning "We Shall Overcome" speech, the federal guarantee of the right to register and vote -- in the same Act whose key provision the Roberts Court has overturned. What we need is a new Freedom Summer 2014, half a century after the original. If the forces of reaction are demanding photo ID cards, let's just go door to door and make sure that every eligible voter gets one.

This #GivingTuesday, Help Strengthen Our Country and Democracy

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Elisabeth MacNamara

In celebration of #GivingTuesday, we've been sharing a look at just some of what the League has done to increase political participation and strengthen our democracy -- and our country -- in 2013.

The Fallacy of the Colorblind Narrative in Voting Rights

Sahar Aziz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sahar Aziz

Decades after passage of the historic Voting Rights Act, so much has changed. And yet, so much remains the same.

History Repeats Itself: Why Is South Dakota Denying American Indians an Equal Opportunity to Vote?

Eunice Hyon Min Rho | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics
Eunice Hyon Min Rho

Every election, South Dakota voters have 46 days when they can vote early, which makes it easier for people to take part in our democracy. But the rul...

Rand Paul: There's No 'Objective Evidence' Of Racial Discrimination In Elections

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.15.2013 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says there's no "objective evidence" of racial discrimination in elections. "The interesting thing about voting patterns now...

Perry Slams Holder, Team Obama For Casting 'Unfair Aspersions'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics

Gov. Rick Perry (R) criticized a decision by the Obama administration to pursue legal action against the Lone Star State to place Texas back under pre...

Clinton Warns Voting Law In Jeopardy

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday the future of the Voting Rights Act is in "real jeopardy" following the Supreme Court's decisio...