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
Rosanell Eaton outsmarted literacy tests and defied cross-burnings to vote in the Jim Crow South. But she may have met her match in North Carolina's restrictive new voting measure, a lawsuit claims. read more
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
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
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
Voting-rights advocates hope the Supreme Court won't rule against Section 5, a key piece of the Voting Rights Act. But while they wait for the decision to be handed down, they’re already strategizing for a post-Section 5 world. read more
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.
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
The Associated Press reported Sunday that in 2012, for the first time ever, blacks voted at a higher rate than whites. That's an eye-catching headline, and it's reverberated across the Internet. But a closer look suggests a little more skepticism may be warranted. read more