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Voting signs are posted during the presidential election in Selma, Alabama.

93-year-old black man disenfranchised by Alabama voter ID law

06/03/14 02:14PM

With Alabama’s voter ID law debuting today, state Republicans are offering a big cash reward to anyone who helps them dig up some voter fraud. But finding voters disenfranchised by the law isn’t hard, even without financial incentives.Willie Mims, 93, showed up to vote at his polling place in Escambia County Tuesday morning. read more

People wait as others vote at the United Auto Workers Local 1250 Hall during election day November 6, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio.

New campaign for voter ID in Ohio

06/02/14 12:52PM

Ohio Republicans have already imposed a slew of voting restrictions in the nation’s most pivotal swing state. But now, they may be gearing up for a push on the most contentious tactic of all: voter ID. read more

Trey Petrus of Carlisle, Ark., leaves an early voting poling place in Lonoke, Ark., May 5, 2014.

Arkansas voter ID law causes chaos and confusion

05/22/14 11:55AM

Arkansas’s voter ID law—declared unconstitutional by a judge but still in effect for now—created chaos and confusion in its first real test during Tuesday’s primaries. Just as troubling, the state’s election administrators are reacting with a collective shrug. read more

Justice Department sues to block Texas voter ID law

08/22/13 01:29PM

The U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday afternoon that it will file suit against Texas's strict over ID law, under the Voting Rights Act. “Today’s action marks another step forward in the Justice Department’s continuing effort to protect the voting rights of all eligible Americans,” said Attorney General Eric Holder in a statement. Holder last year denounced the law as a "poll tax." read more

Karen Garcia (L) takes down Ruth Inalien's information as she signs her up to vote during a voter registration drive by members of the Florida Immigrant Coalition on October 4, 2012 in Pompano Beach, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Conservatives prepare to finish off Voting Rights Act

07/19/13 12:15PM

In 1981, a young lawyer in President Ronald Reagan’s Justice Department wrote a memo to his boss. Congress was working on reauthorizing the Voting Rights Act, and was considering strengthening a key provision, known as Section 2, to make clear that it barred not only intentional racial discrimination in voting, but also actions with clear discriminatory results—that is, that disproportionately hurt racial minorities. read more

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That was quick: Texas moves ahead with discriminatory voting laws

06/25/13 04:15PM

If it hadn’t been for Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, Victoria and Nicole Rodriguez likely would have been unable to vote last year in their first election since turning 18. And State Senator Wendy Davis would have been torn away from the black and Hispanic voters to whom she gave a voice. Now that the Supreme Court has essentially invalidated Section 5, those dangers have re-emerged. read more