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A Win for Early Voting—and Democrats—in Ohio

A judge ruled that a law eliminating a week of early voting and same-day registration violates the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act.

Federal Court Rules Ohio Voting Cutbacks Are Unconstitutional

2 days agoNews : Huffington Post

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Ohio’s cutbacks to early voting are unconstitutional and violate the Voting Rights Act because they give African-Americans “less opportunity to participate in the political process compared to other...Show More Summary

If The Senate Can Agree On One Thing, It's Basic Rights For Rape Survivors

3 days agoNews : Huffington Post

The Senate voted unanimously Monday to approve legislation enacting new rights for rape survivors. The Sexual Assault Survivors' Rights Act, sponsored by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), would provide sexual assault victims a right to be...Show More Summary

Senate GOP blocks Dems from pushing vote on Child Victims Act

3 days agoNews : NY Daily News

They could have done the right thing - but instead Senate Republicans on Monday chose to block a push to help victims of child sex abuse.

“Symposium 2015: 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.”

Alabama Law Review, Vol. 67, Issue 2: Symposium 2015: 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. Richard L. Hasen, Racial Gerrymandering’s Questionable Revival, 67 Ala. L. Rev. 365 (2016). Samuel Issacharoff, Voting Rights at 50, 67 Ala. L. Rev. 387 (2016). … Continue reading ?

Fight Over LGBT Vote On House Floor A Sign Of The Sad State Of The Union

On May 19, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 that would have protected the rights of LGBT workers on federal jobs. The vote turned into a fight as the House Republicans altered the voting procedure, twisted the arms of legislators and defeated the amendment.... Show More Summary

“Voter ID Meets the Voting Rights Act: The Next Big Voting Rights Battle”

David Gans: Two huge cases challenging new voting restrictions will soon be heard by the federal courts of appeal.  On May 24, the entire Fifth Circuit—the most conservative federal appeals court in the nation—will hear Veasey v. Abbott, Texas’s appeal … Continue reading ?

Judge Tells Kansas: 18,000 You Disenfranchised Get To Vote

Kris Kobach might not get to restrict voting rights as much as he wants to. The Kansas Secretary of State decided that the 1993 Motor Voter act (federal law) was giving certain of those people a "magic path" to voter registration. Yes, Kris, that was the point of the law. Show More Summary

What It's Like Casting a Ballot in a State That Takes Voting Seriously

In America in 2016, voting rights are under attack. The Supreme Court gutted key provisions of the Voting Rights Act in 2013. And under the guise of rooting out voter fraud, right-wing politicians in 17 states have passed onerous new restrictions for this year. Focused on voter ID requirements, curtailed...

Voting has become harder in Arizona without federal oversight — and people are angry

last weekNews : The Raw Story

Voting is hard in Arizona, and people are angry PHOENIX — When the U.S. Supreme Court threw out major provisions of the Voting Rights Act three years ago, Maricopa County in Arizona moved quickly to lower the cost of holding elections. Among its first moves was to reduce the number of polling...

Hours-long lines, goofs with ballot materials. Why can't Arizona hold elections?

When the Supreme Court threw out major elements of the Voting Rights Act three years ago, Maricopa County in Arizona moved quickly to lower the cost of holding elections. Among its first moves was to reduce the number of polling centers from 200 to 60. With fewer locations, the state allowed voters...

Here's The Estimated Number Of Latino Voters Who Could Be Affected By Voting Laws

This November, voters will cast their ballots in the first presidential election in 50 years without full protection of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. When the Supreme Court struck down Section 5 of the VRA in 2013, it dissolved theShow More Summary

“Uncovering the Voting Rights Act: The Racial Progress Argument in Shelby County”

Derrick Darby has posted this draft on SSRN (forthcoming, Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy). Here is the abstract: The coverage formula of the Voting Rights Act succumbs in Shelby County v. Holder due to the majority’s narrative of racial … Continue reading ?

A Disaster for Republicans

The Economist: “During its 160-year history, the Republican Party has abolished slavery, provided the votes in Congress to pass the Civil Rights Act and helped bring the cold war to a close. The next six months will not be so [...]

Republicans challenge new Virginia rule that gives felons the right to vote

3 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

A little more than a week after Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced he would use his executive powers to restore to felons in the state the right to vote — an act that was expected to enfranchise more than 200,000 people — the Republican-led legislature announced Monday it would...

Breaking and Analysis: Federal District Court Upholds Restrictive NC Voting Law in 485-Page Opinion

[This post is in progress.] Federal district court judge Thomas Schroeder has issued this 485-page opinion considering constitutional and Voting Rights Act challenges to North Carolina’s 2013 restrictive voting law (which I have discussed in a number of places including … Continue reading ?

“Lawsuit alleges Kern County “unlawfully discriminates” against Latino voters’

Bakersfield Now: A group of Latino residents has sued the Kern County Board of Supervisors, claiming the board violated section 2 of the U.S. Voting Rights Act of 1965. “It is clear that the Latino community has grown to the … Continue reading ?

Read the Democrats’ Complaint Against AZ for Election Administration Issues

The complaint makes a Voting Rights Act section 2 claim and raises various constitutional claims as well. … Continue reading ?

Did Bernie Sanders Just Say Sandy Hook Familes Should Have the Right to Sue a Gun Manufacturer?

Bernie Sanders has been criticized heavily in recent weeks for telling the New York Daily News editorial board that, in keeping with his 2005 vote for the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, he did not believe that the relatives...Show More Summary

Suspended Driver's Licenses Punish Poor And Minority Voters

Her's another convenient way to skirt the Voting Rights Act of 1965: force voters to present the very same photo ID that they are less likely to possess. Citizens who are from disproportionately poor and minority areas are far more likely to have suspended driver's licenses, and it's not because they have committed crimes. Show More Summary

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