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
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 Carolina just became ground zero for that effort. read more
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.
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