Voting Rights Act

Sen. Bennet Sponsors Colorado Bill to Strengthen Voter Protections

Sen. Bennet Sponsors Colorado Bill to Strengthen Voter Protections
In 2013, the Supreme Court gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act — a Civil Rights Era law that ensured minorities would not face discrimination at the ballot box. The court’s decision ushered in a slew of new measures that voting rights advocates say unfairly impact minorities, students and working people — like stringent voter ID requirements, politically strategic redistricting, reduced early voting and limited availability of multilingual ballots. And without the oversight authority it has had since the 60s, the federal government can’t do anything about it.
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Rep Coffman to Minority Language Voters: 'Pull Out a Dictionary'

Rep Coffman to Minority Language Voters: 'Pull Out a Dictionary'
​Rep. Mike Coffman has spent a great deal of time in recent months "reaching out" to the many ethnic groups in the new Sixth Congressional District, working hard to burnish his credentials with Asian and African immigrants in addition to his now-famous reversals on immigration policy – all directly intended to appease the large percentage of immigrant and ethnic minority voters in his district. His tune was a little different just three years ago.
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VIDEO: President Obama Speaks at the Civil Rights Summit

VIDEO: President Obama Speaks at the Civil Rights Summit
President Barack Obama spoke at the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ School of Public Affairs here in Austin. His speech addressed voting rights, the necessity of safety net programs, and the work we still must do to move ahead. Video and full transcript after the flip.
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New Bill Reinstates Parts of Voting Rights Act Struck Down by Supreme Court

New Bill Reinstates Parts of Voting Rights Act Struck Down by Supreme Court
Legislation passed the House of Representatives that would again put under scrutiny four states with a history of voting rights violations: Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The states would have to gain approval from the Justice Department before making any changes to their voting laws.
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TX City's Redistricting Proposal Proves Voting Rights Act Section 4 Is Sorely Missed

TX City's Redistricting Proposal Proves Voting Rights Act Section 4 Is Sorely Missed
The mayor of Pasadena, Texas, has proposed replacing two of the city's eight single-member districts with two at-large districts, a move some consider an effort to decrease Hispanic voters' ability to elect candidates of their choice. Once a passable microcosm for the demographic changes in Texas, Pasadena is also now poised to become a potential test for redistricting in the post-Section 4 era.
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Hillary Clinton Calls on Country to Combat 'Assault on Voting Rights'

Hillary Clinton Calls on Country to Combat 'Assault on Voting Rights'
Potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton kicked off a series of speeches on Monday with a call to combat what she called an "assault on voting rights." She assailed a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down a significant part of the Voting Rights Act and discussing what she sees as "deep flaws in our electoral system" as it relates to racial discrimination at the polls.
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Justice Department Combats Flawed Supreme Court Voting Rights Decision

Justice Department Combats Flawed Supreme Court Voting Rights Decision
Attorney General Eric Holder combats the Supreme Courts decision to undermine the Voting Rights Act. Using a Texas federal court, Holder aims to prevent the state from putting voting restrictions into law by requiring "pre-approval".
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Is Racism History? Not Nearly

Is Racism History? Not Nearly
The Supreme Court’s faulty logic in gutting the Voting Rights Act.
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North Carolina's Reigning GOP Targets Black Voters

North Carolina's Reigning GOP Targets Black Voters
NBC News' online tipsheet blared this breathless announcement yesterday: "The best - and most important - political story that no one has probably heard about is taking place in North Carolina." But if you read me regularly, you already know all about North Carolina, the erstwhile progressive state where reigning right-wing Republicans have been busy turning back the clock to circa 1950.
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15 Examples of Virginia Voter Protection Now Impossible After Voting Rights Act's Weakening

15 Examples of Virginia Voter Protection Now Impossible After Voting Rights Act's Weakening
The executive director of the ACLU of Virginia called the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the Voting Rights Act could be a potential "death blow" for the 1965 law's Section 5, which prevented voter disenfranchisement mostly due to unfair redistricting. As late as 2003, the VRA stopped Republican efforts to "pack" African-American voters into a fewer districts or "dilute" the power of black voters in majority-white districts in Virginia.
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