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Shelby County One Year Later: Good for Voting Rights?

Franita Tolson | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Franita Tolson

Hopefully, favorable progress will continue, and on subsequent anniversaries, voting rights advocates will be able to look back on Shelby County as an example of losing the battle, but winning the war.

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.

Note to Politicians: Think It's Open Season on Voters? Think Again!

Penda D. Hair | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Penda D. Hair

As we keep working to expose, prevent and dismantle voter suppression across the country, we are collectively letting politicians know that the Supreme Court's Shelby ruling does not mean that it's open season on voters.

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 ...

Voting Rights Act Still Critical in 2013: Why Congress Must Restore It

Ian Vandewalker | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Ian Vandewalker

Painful as it may be to admit, minorities still need the federal government's assistance in securing the most elemental right in a democracy: the right to vote.

From Disappointment to Triumph, in Two Short Days

Hector Villagra | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Hector Villagra

This week is a reminder that, while our country has made incredible progress since 1996 -- when Congress passed DOMA, we must also safeguard those gains we have made since 1965 -- when Congress passed the Voting Rights Act.

WATCH: Civil Rights Lawyer: SCOTUS Ruling Marks Rise Of 'Neo-Confederacy'

Posted 06.25.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Many say today's Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act put this country back 100 years. Jacob Soboroff discusses with Elisabeth Macnamara, t...

Ryan J. Reilly

The Last Voting Rights Act Bailout Ever

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

WASHINGTON -- On Monday afternoon, the Department of Justice announced it had reached an agreement with Hanover County, Va., that meant changes to the...

Texas Voter ID Law Takes Effect After Voting Rights Act Ruling

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Texas will "immediately" implement a voter ID law that a panel of federal judges ruled last year would impose “strict, unforgiving bur...

Study Finds South Is More Racist Than The North

Mother Jones | Posted 08.25.2013 | Politics

"Is it the government's submission that the citizens of the South are more racist than the citizens of the North?" John Roberts, the Chief Justice of ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Key Provision Of Voting Rights Act Struck Down By Supreme Court

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

The Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, the provision of the landmark civil rights law that designates which part...

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...

Hear Ye Hear Ye, Justice Scalia: Voting Is a Right

Marc H. Morial | Posted 05.29.2013 | Black Voices
Marc H. Morial

The 2012 elections may long be over, but the conversations -- and actions -- that encouraged and enabled voter suppression measures across the country linger. But this time, the discourse isn't coming from partisan legislators. This time, it is coming from our highest court -- and it is indeed troubling.

Ryan J. Reilly

Voting Section Report Tries, Fails To Equate Obama, Bush Politicization

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Justice Department officials are pushing back on a report released last week that they say falsely equates the Bush administratio...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Had 2009 Game Plan For Voting Rights Act Being Struck Down

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If the Obama administration needs a plan to deal with the likely death of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, it may be able to du...

Ryan J. Reilly

Senator Plotting Legislative Response If Voting Rights Act Is Gutted

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

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...

Ryan J. Reilly

Court: Conservative Had No Standing To Challenge New Hampshire Voting Rights Act Bailout

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A New Hampshire Republican who tried to prevent the Justice Department from allowing the state of New Hampshire to make changes to its v...

Eric Holder Says Voting Rights Act Still Necessary

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 03.03.2013 | Politics

With the Supreme Court having heard oral arguments on the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act last week, the Obama administration weighed in ag...

Shelby County, Alabama and the Supreme Court

J. Gerald Hebert | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
J. Gerald Hebert

As the Supreme Court takes on the awesome responsibility of considering whether a law of Congress is constitutional or not, it is best to be guided by the facts we know about the record with Section 5 in place, rather than what the record might or might not be without it.

Ryan J. Reilly

7 Justice Kennedy Quotes That Have Progressives Worried About The Voting Rights Act

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

Voting Rights Act, Full Circle

Jotaka L. Eaddy | Posted 04.29.2013 | Black Voices
Jotaka L. Eaddy

While voter suppression has come full circle, our efforts must do the same. One-hundred years from now we hope that all citizens are guaranteed unfettered access to the ballot and full participation in our democracy, but until then these protections must remain.

Ryan J. Reilly

In Voting Rights Act Case, Scalia Condemns 'Perpetuation Of Racial Entitlement'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Conservative justices on the Supreme Court expressed skepticism Wednesday about whether the federal government should still be requiring...