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Voting Rights Act of 1965

The Importance of Protecting Our Right to Vote: Reflecting on the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Rep. Alcee L. Hastings

For nearly half a century the Voting Rights Act has stood as a central pillar in the protection of fair voting practices. Our nation now faces the greatest threat to voting rights since Reconstruction.

Why 2014 Should Be Another Freedom Summer

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 08.16.2014 | Black Voices
Rev. Al Sharpton

After so many marched, organized, petitioned, registered voters, and risked their lives and livelihoods -- and some even died -- how do we as a country allow their victories to be stripped away before our very eyes? If there was ever a time to have a renewed Freedom Summer, that time is now, in 2014.

Persistence of Race in the Changing South

Glen Browder | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

Is race still the driver of Southern politics? A leading scholar of contemporary politics supplied his answers in a recent conference of Southern specialists.

Poverty Grinds Down LGBT Equality

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 03.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

With so many LGBT people suffering from income inequality, poverty is an LGBT concern. Marriage equality brings a landslide of privileges and economic benefits to a family -- but if the family is living on minimum wage, they probably cannot even afford a marriage license.

Ask What You Can Do For Your Country

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I hope, as we remember a young President, that we will renew our commitment to building with urgency and persistence a just America where every child is valued and enabled to achieve their God given potential regardless of the lottery of birth.

Restoring the Right to Vote

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

Today, instead of making the right to vote a rock solid commitment, we actually find ourselves as a nation debating settled principles and even settled law when it comes to protecting the franchise.

North Carolina's Voter Suppression

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

In 2008, President Barack Obama carried North Carolina by a few thousand votes. But the new law may make it harder for the Democratic presidential candidate to carry the state in 2016.

Equal Justice Under the Law

Jim Wallis | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The words above the Supreme Court read, "Equal Justice Under the Law." This week, two Supreme Court outcomes dramatically affected the reality of those words.

Jennifer Bendery

Republican Senator 'Cannot Imagine' Congress Fixing Voting Rights Act

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's up to Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court struck down one of its core provisions on Tuesday. But at l...

Politicians React To Contentious Voting Rights Ruling

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court issued its decision on a key civil rights law that provides protection against voting discrimination. In a 5-4 rulin...

Ryan J. Reilly

Holder Deplores Voting Rights Ruling

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Eric Holder is "deeply disappointed" that the Supreme Court "invalidated an essential part of the Voting Rights Act, a ...

Amanda Terkel

Voting Rights Act Now Lies In Congress' Hands

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Since 1965, the federal government has required certain states and localities to obtain permission from the Justice Department before ma...

Civil Rights Icon Weighs In On Court's Voting Rights Decision

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

Civil rights hero and longtime congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) reacted in dismay to the Supreme Court's ruling striking down Section 4 of the Voting Ri...

ACLU Slams Supreme Court Decision As 'Roadblock'

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

The American Civil Liberties Union reacted strongly to the Supreme Court's Tuesday decision to gut Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. Today #SCOTU...

Howard Fineman

Supreme Court Declares The Civil War Over Today

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court just declared that the Civil War is no longer relevant to the history and administration of racial justice in America....

High Court Rules On Voting Rights

Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

The Supreme Court ruled on the Voting Rights Act Tuesday, striking down Section 4, which designates which parts of the country must have changes to th...

Supreme Court Voting Rights Ruling Comes In

AP | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

BY MARK SHERMAN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforc...

FULL TEXT: Supreme Court Rules On Voting Rights Act Case

Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, deciding that the provision cannot be enforced until Congress creat...

Justices Rule On Voting Rights Act

Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

The Supreme Court ruled on Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder Tuesday, striking down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. The court made the ruling by...

Forget Voter ID; We Need a Voter IQ Law

Randy Turner | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics
Randy Turner

Our politicians have been able to convince the voting public that ideas that are clearly not in the public's best interest are the only things protecting them from Armageddon.

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.

Ryan Grim

GOP Open To Gutting Voting Rights Act

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Remembering the Voting Rights Act

Murray Fromson | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Murray Fromson

I find myself disgusted by the southerners and Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia who continue to nitpick at the legitimacy of the historic legislation that ensures African Americans the right to vote.

Alabama Says "Trust Us," I Say "No": Why the Voting Rights Act of 1965 Is More Necessary Than Ever

Mark Ridley-Thomas | Posted 02.27.2013 | Los Angeles
Mark Ridley-Thomas

The era of segregationist governors standing publicly against integration may be long past. But as recent court cases show, less violent and more subtle efforts to thwart the will of voters are alive and well today and constitute a fundamental threat to democracy.

The Supreme Court's War on the Twentieth Century

Bruce Ackerman | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics
Bruce Ackerman

Perhaps the Chief Justice, or one of his fellow conservatives, will execute statesmanlike swerves in upcoming cases. But if not, a runaway Roberts Court will intensify the institutional stand-offs and unnecessary crises that are undermining the confidence of ordinary Americans in their government.