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
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
We’re still more than five months from this fall’s midterms, but already Republican voting restrictions are causing chaos in states across the south, and in some cases, blocking access to the ballot. read more
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
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