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“From Selma to Ferguson: The Voting Rights Act as a Blueprint for Police Reform”

Jason Mazzone and Stephen Rushin have posted this draft on SSRN.  Here is the abstract: The Voting Rights Act of 1965 revolutionized access to the voting booth. Rather than responding to claims of voter suppression through litigation against individual states … Continue reading ?

Profiles in Courage

Paul Ryan is a real leader: Members of the Congressional Black Caucus said House Speaker Paul Ryan told them he backs a bill to restore portions of the Voting Rights Act gutted by the Supreme Court, but won’t bypass his committee chairman to bring it the floor for a vote, The Hill reported. Rep. Emanuel […]

Paul Ryan Supports A Voting Rights Act Rewrite, But It Doesn't Matter

Speaker Paul Ryan says he supports a renewed Voting Rights Act that is currently stuck in committee -- he just isn't going to do much about it. Ryan told reporters Thursday "it's no secret" he backs a VRA bill written by fellow Wisconsin Republican Jim Sensenbrenner. Show More Summary

Speaker Ryan passes the buck on Voting Rights Act restoration

He says he supports the bill, but won't step on a committee chair's toes to bring it up for a vote.

Paul Ryan (says he) supports voting rights ... just not enough to do anything about it

House Speaker Paul Ryan supports an update to the Voting Rights Act—no, really, he totally does—just not enough to get the bill a vote over the opposition of Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte. "He said it right in front of everybody — he said he supports the [Jim] Sensenbrenner bill," Rep. Show More Summary

The Strange Career of James Crow, Esquire

After the Supreme Court razed the Voting Rights Act in 2013, Jim Crow came skulking back to the South.

Speaker Ryan Can't Reauthorize Voting Rights Act

Midway through his second term, President George W. Bush proudly signed the The Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, And Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization And Amendments Act Of...

Congress must act to restore voting rights

A federal court could rule soon on challenges to North Carolina's photo ID requirement for voters, which plaintiffs claim undermines the voting rights of racial minorities under the pretext of combating fraud. A federal appeals court held last year that a similar requirement in Texas violated the...

“Marco Rubio Wants You to Wait Six Hours to Vote”

Ari Berman: Voting rights hasn’t come up in any of the eleven presidential debates so far, even though the 2016 election is the first presidential race in fifty years without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. But individual … Continue reading ?

Sean Foss: North Dakota’s Voter ID Law Is Unconstutional

Last week, a lawsuit funded by the Native American Rights Fund drew statewide headlines for alleging that North Dakota’s voter ID law was unconstitutional under the Voting Rights Act of 1965, U.S. Constitution, and North Dakota Constitution. The lawsuit claims the voter ID law places an undue burden on the Native American plaintiffs, perpetuates historical...

Shelby County Won't Be Getting $2 Million For Gutting The Voting Rights Act

2 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

This may be the end of the legal road for Shelby County, Alabama. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined a request from the county to award it $2 million in attorney fees to cover its successful challenge to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Show More Summary

Shelby County, Texas Lose Voting Fee Cases Before the Supreme Court

Today’s Supreme Court order list includes news that Shelby County, Alabama was denied fees in its voting case which got a key part of the Voting Rights Act struck down as unconstitutional. On this case, see my earlier post, Chutzpah Dep’t: … Continue reading ?

North Carolina Republicans Accused Of Intentionally Suppressing Black Votes To Preserve Their Majority

The NAACP is also arguing that the legislature intentionally waited until the Supreme Court struck down key protections in the Voting Rights Act before going forward with the ID law. The post North Carolina Republicans Accused Of Intentionally Suppressing Black Votes To Preserve Their Majority appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The unbearable whiteness of money in politics

The 2016 presidential election will be the second since the court's disastrous Citizens United decision and the first without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act in place. That means big donors will have more sway over elected officials to dictate the agenda. Show More Summary

“Native American Voters File Voting Rights Act Suit Challenging North Dakota Voter ID Requirements”

Release: On January 20, 2016, seven Native Americans from North Dakota filed suit under the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. and North Dakota Constitutions challenging North Dakota’s recently enacted voter ID law on the grounds it disproportionately burdens Native … Continue reading ?

“Black Voters in Fayette County, Georgia Win Historic Opportunity to Elect Candidates of Choice and Settle Voting Rights Act Case”

Press release: The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), and co-counsel Neil Bradley, on behalf of the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, Fayette County Branch of the NAACP, and ten Black voters, have successfully settled a transformative … Continue reading ?

It's Time to Honor Dr. King's Commitment to Voting Rights

Among the many accomplishments in his all-too-short life, perhaps none was as important to Dr. Martin Luther King as the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Dr. King understood that the single most important tool that African-Americans could use to unravel the worst elements of state-sanctioned discrimination was the ballot box. Show More Summary

50 Republicans Who Tweeted About MLK Day But Don’t Support Restoring The Voting Rights Act

King fought for the right to vote -- but these Republicans are not acting to restore his Voting Rights Act. The post 50 Republicans Who Tweeted About MLK Day But Don’t Support Restoring The Voting Rights Act appeared first on ThinkProgress.

“Board for Ferguson Schools Is Accused of Racial Bias”

John Eligon for the NYT: The legality of at-large voting systems is being challenged in other cities, including Pasadena, Tex., and Yakima, Wash. The suits contend that at-large systems violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits voting … Continue reading ?

Ed Blum Statement to ELB on Guardian Article: No Regrets about Shelby County

Yesterday I linked to an article in The Guardian in which the architect of the lawsuits to bring down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act appeared to express some second thoughts about how things have worked out since the Surpeme … Continue reading ?

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