Legislation expanding the 2012 U.S. Magnitsky human rights act from Russian citizens to cover abusers in any country passed the U.S. Senate on Thursday as part of an annual defense policy bill, leaving the landmark measure on the verge of becoming law. The legislation was included in the must-pass...
Release: On December 5, 2016, the Director of the U.S. Census Bureau issued a notice of determination identifying the jurisdictions subject to the language assistance provisions of Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act, which are available at 81 Federal … Continue reading ?
The 2016 election cycle might be over, but that doesn't mean voting rights issues are resolved. The first general election since the Supreme Court gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act was replete with voter access issues, voter registration...Show More Summary
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Dana Milbank, Washington Post: Millions of would-be voters didn't participate because of obstacles designed to discourage them. The hurdles were, thanks to a 2013 Supreme Court ruling invalidating key parts of the Voting Rights Act, largely legal. Show More Summary
Changes to Rule 41, which would significantly expand FBI's hacking powers, will go into effect on December 1 if the Senate doesn't vote for the Stop Mass Hacking Act. Civil rights groups urge everyone to call their senators to vote yes on the bill.
President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general opposed oversight of South.
To Silkie Carlo, the sweeping surveillance powers British legislators have voted to grant intelligence agencies and police make no sense in a democracy. Carlo and other civil liberty and human rights advocates oppose new rules that essentially allow authorities to spy and hack into communications...
The Voting Rights Act once enjoyed bipartisan support, but that consensus has collapsed. Recent elections illustrate that when more people vote, Democrats tend to do better, which is why Republicans want to restrict access to the ballot. After this year, the party that claimed the election was rigged will be the one doing the real rigging.
Ari Berman NYT oped: Mr. Trump’s Justice Department will also present a severe threat to voting rights. It could choose not to vigorously enforce the Voting Rights Act, instead pressing states to take more aggressive action to combat alleged voter … Continue reading ?
Here’s how Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general responded to the Supreme Court’s gutting of the Voting Rights Act in 2013. Jeff Sessions said, basically, sure, voting rights oversight was needed in the past, but the decision “ was...Show More Summary
The first presidential election after parts of the Voting Rights Act were struck down in 2013 left analysts to wonder whether a different process might have changed the outcome of the race.
Election live updates: White House race remains too close to call Nov. 8, 2016, 10:07 p.m. The U.S. will elect its 45th president today. Here's what we're watching now: See all of our maps: State-by-state results and the California races and propositionsThe race to 270: We've projected Hillary...
Tuesday’s election is the first since the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act three years ago in Shelby County v. Holder, and according to a study published Friday, 868 polling places that served mostly people of color have been closed in that time. ‘The Great Poll Closure,” (pdf) a study published by The […]
Julie Fernandes, advocacy director for voting rights and democracy at the Open Society Foundations, said that under different circumstances, the racially charged rhetoric during the 2016 presidential election would have led the Department...Show More Summary
The Justice Department announced in July that due to the Supreme Court's 2013 decision gutting several sections of the Voting Rights Act, it had to slash its number of election day poll monitors to just a handful of observers in five states. Show More Summary
When the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, it meant that the 2016 presidential race would be the first one in 50 years without the fundamental protections the act promised, as a check against racist voter suppression. (mor...
More than 800 polling places across the South closed since the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in 2013. Check it out.
Some of the lawsuits challenge restrictions enacted after the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 gutted the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder. The post The Lawsuits That Could Majorly Affect Voting Rights Around the Country This Election Day appeared first on Rewire.
This follows a Supreme Court decision that limits federal oversight of elections. It’s a terrifying fact. The Voting Rights Act targeted policies that purposely kept black voters from the polls. But the US Supreme Court struck down part of the law in 2013, limiting the federal government’s oversight of states with long histories of suppressing [...]