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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

A voter casts a ballot. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Reuters)

Supreme Court strikes down Arizona voting law

06/17/13 11:04AM

In a big win for voting rights, the Supreme Court has struck down an Arizona law requiring people to show proof of citizenship when registering to vote. The vote was 7-2, with only Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito voting to uphold the law, known as Proposition 200. You can read the opinions here. read more

Left to Right: Twin sisters, Nicole and Victoria Rodriguez, pose for a portrait on the campus of where they attend school at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas on May 14, 2013. (Photo by Erin Trieb for msnbc)

How Section 5 stopped a modern day 'poll tax'

06/07/13 12:00AM

Update 6/25/2013: The Supreme Court Tuesday ruled that the coverage formula used to determine which areas are covered under Section 5 is unconstitutional. The decision effectively ends Section 5 unless Congress comes up with a new formula.   read more

Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer (TX) claps and cheers next to his wife, Elizabeth Provencio, Right (short black hair) at the Mexican American Legislative Caucus's 40th Anniversary, which drew a crowd of thousands with dancing and music by the famous Latino...

How Section 5 blocked a GOP power grab in Texas

06/06/13 12:00AM

Update 6/25/2013: The Supreme Court Tuesday ruled that the coverage formula used to determine which areas are covered under Section 5 is unconstitutional. The decision effectively ends Section 5 unless Congress comes up with a new formula. read more

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