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No black judge has ever been elected in this district. Here's why.

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund has filed papers in a Louisiana case that argues that the judicial selection mechanism violates the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution, according to an LDF Press Release. In the 32nd Judicial District Court, judges are elected at-large, rather than by district. Show More Summary

Amelia Boynton Robinson, a Pivotal Figure at the Selma March, Dies at 104

3 days agoNews : NYTimes: News

Images of Mrs. Boynton Robinson being left for dead by the police during the march in 1965 were seen worldwide and played a part in winning popular support for the Voting Rights Act.

Voting Rights Activist Amelia Boynton Robinson Dies at 104

Amelia Boynton Robinson, a civil rights activist and organizer who helped secure the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, died Wednesday. She was 104. Read more...

Jeffrey Rosen NYT Book Review of Berman Voting Rights Book

It concludes with a note on race and party: In 2014, the first election since 1965 without the preclearance protections of the Voting Rights Act, voters in 14 states faced new voting restrictions adopted by mostly Republican legislatures, including a … Continue reading ?

‘Give Us the Ballot,’ by Ari Berman

A narrative history of the continuing efforts to weaken the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Amicus: Sock the Vote

Listen to Episode 24 of Slate’s Amicus: Subscribe in iTunes ? RSS feed ? Download ? Play in another tab This month marks the 50 th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. It was signed on Aug. 6, 1965, in the wake of several failed attempts...Show More Summary

All Votes Matter: When Will Discrimination at the Ballot Box End?

last weekNews : Truthdig

It would have been lovely if Ari Berman’s new book, “Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America,” could simply have celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. Instead, it is even more useful as a guide to what still needs to be done.

“Texas lost when it thought it had won. The cost: $1 million”

Lyle Denniston: The state of Texas, one of the most energetic opponents of a key part of the federal Voting Rights Act, has turned what it was sure was a Supreme Court victory against that law into a legal defeat … Continue reading ...

The GOP Wants to End Birthright Citizenship

Remember when Republicans just wanted to undo the 20th Century? "Reform" Social Security out of existence, roll back women's rights, undo the Voting Rights Act, restrict access to contraception, destroy the unions, shove gays and lesbians back in the closet? Now they want to undo the 19th Century too. Show More Summary

How 'Equality' Was Used to Dismantle Voting Rights

The Voting Rights Act was signed into law 50 years ago to rectify a "clear and simple wrong." Throughout the Jim Crow South, African Americans were systematically denied their right to vote through tactics like literacy tests and poll taxes. Show More Summary

National Archives marks 50th anniversary of Selma March and Voting Rights Act

last weekArts : Artdaily

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1964, the National Archives presents two special records displays featuring the original Voting Rights Act and original statements from the 1965 Selma March for Voting Rights, also termed ?Bloody Sunday.? These displays are free and open to the public at the National Archives Museum. Show More Summary

“Election Law Federalism”

Justin Weinstein-Tull has posted this draft on SSRN (forthcoming, Michigan Law Review). Here is the abstract: This Article provides the first comprehensive account of non-Voting Rights Act federal voting laws. Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act — long the … Continue reading ?

Very Interesting Amicus Brief in Evenwel Case from City of Yakima, WA

You can read the brief here. The brief shows the complex interaction of the one person, one vote rule and the requirements to redistrict under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act when there is a large non-citizen population. … Continue reading ?

In Photos: Voting Rights in North Carolina

last weekNews : Vice News

In the weeks leading-up to 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act this month, civil rights activists in North Carolina were in the thick of a landmark trial challenging a state law that rolled back a key part of that Act. Plaintiffs in NAACP vs. Show More Summary

Sen. Jon Tester's Native American Voting Rights Act would help cut suppression of Indian vote

Sen. Jon Tester As I've noted on many previous occasions, ever since every American Indian was supposedly given citizenship and the right to vote in 1924, state and local authorities have sought to find ways to suppress that vote. Gerrymandering,...Show More Summary

Native American Voting Rights Act seeks to close 17 percent turnout gap

The Voting Rights Act of 1964 doesn't fully apply to Native Americans. This bill would change that.

Protecting Democracy in an Era of Voter Suppression

Lessons from an ACLU lawyer fighting North Carolina’s attacks on voting. This piece was originally posted on ACSblog. Just days before the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, we completed a three-week trial challenging North Carolina’s sweeping anti-voter law.  In 2013, soon after the U.S. Show More Summary

President Obama to Congress: Restore the Voting Rights Act

The historic civil rights law has helped ensure that minority voters across the country are able to participate equally in the electoral process by prohibiting discriminatory voting practices and removing barriers to voting.

Obama Calls on Congress to Restore Voting Rights Act

2 weeks agoNews : Vice News

President Barack Obama has penned an open letter in The New York Times Magazine calling on federal lawmakers to restore the Voting Rights Act amid a "concentrated effort to undermine this historic law and turn back the clock on its progress."...Show More Summary

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