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Supreme Court Voting Rights Act

Alabama Punishes All Voters And Drivers By Closing DMV Offices

John A. Tures | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

The first phase in Alabama was passing a strict voter ID law. The second phase was to close down more than 90 percent of DMV offices. The third phase may involve restricting voting to just four spots, unless the trend is reversed. And your state may be the next one to emulate Alabama.

The Original Voter Suppression Data: The Numbers Behind the 1965 Voting Rights Act

Jon Sherman | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Jon Sherman

As we commemorate this singular achievement of the Civil Rights Movement and think about the inspiring stories of the people who worked to pass this legislation, the Fair Elections Legal Network (FELN) sought to revisit the numbers behind the VRA's most innovative and transformative provision.

W. E. B. Du Bois to Malcolm X: The Untold History of the Movement to Ban the Bomb

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 07.30.2015 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

The scarring of war and poverty and racism that Malcolm X spoke of continues. It's time that students learn about the long history of activism that has challenged these deadly triplets.

Until We Renew the VRA, the Confederate Flag, Still Symbolic, Flies Over the Nation

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Rep. Hank Johnson

The Confederate Battle flag -- an emblem of hate, bigotry and racism -- was lowered in South Carolina earlier this month. While taking down this banner of oppression is a good step, it's really nothing more than a symbolic gesture.

Vetting Voters?

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 07.25.2015 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

The flag goes down and the bars go up. There's a nice synchronicity to it. Of course it was nothing more than a coincidence. The efforts to raise the bar have been going on at least as long as the efforts to lower the Confederate flag.

Samantha Lachman

As Hillary Pitches Voting Rights On The Trail, Her Counsel Looks To Fight For Them In Court | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The general counsel for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign is heading up three high-profile lawsuits against R...

Samantha Lachman

Attempts To Limit Voting Rights Stunted As Efforts To Enhance Voting Access Prevail | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A number of state legislatures are adjourning, and supporters of expanded access to the ballot box may be sighing in relief as they see ...

Jennifer Bendery

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