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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

File Photo: Voters cast their ballots at the Herbert Young Community Center polling place in Cary, N.C.. on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, the first day of early voting in North Carolina. (Photo by Shawn Rocco/The News & Observer/AP Photo, File)

Demographer casts doubt on historic black voter turnout finding

04/29/13 01:24PM

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

Melissa McBrien and son Tyler, 11 months, exit a polling precinct after voting at the Wake County Firearms Education and Training Center on Election Day in Apex, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

GOP voting crackdown in NC threatens minorities

04/05/13 01:15PM

National Republicans have been talking a good game lately about reaching out to minorities, but the GOP is pursuing a very different strategy on the state level. Republicans around the country are pushing a fresh wave of voting restrictions that figure to keep blacks, Hispanics and other Democratic leaning groups from the polls--and North... read more

File Photo: Graduating students listen to President Obama speak at the University of Michigan commencement ceremony, May 1, 2010. (Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters/Files)

Latest voter suppression target: college students

02/11/13 02:06PM

Many of the recent Republican efforts to make voting harder, like requiring an ID, have appeared to target minorities and the poor.  But those are hardly the only vulnerable Democratic-leaning constituencies. And in overwhelmingly white Montana, the GOP has found another group to go after. read more

Myrna Peralta, left, and other voters react after the elections office in Miami-Dade County reopened its doors to voters who waited in long lines for an absentee ballot in Doral, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 4. The doors were closed after election officials were...

GOP's electoral vote scheme likely illegal in Virginia

01/25/13 12:43PM

A scheme under consideration in Virginia to rig the Electoral College in Republicans' favor could well violate a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, experts on the law say. But that very provision is itself under challenge by the GOP, and could be struck down by the Supreme Court later this year. read more

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