Three years ago, the Supreme Court of the United States gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) in Shelby County v. Holder, and in five months America will vote in the first presidential election in 50 years without full Voting Rights Act protections. Show More Summary
In an election year marred by racial tension, Congress must revitalize the Voting Rights Act This piece originally appeared on Huffington Post. This year, we will hold the first presidential election in 50 years without the full protection...Show More Summary
This year, we will hold the first presidential election in 50 years without the full protection of the Voting Rights Act. Not coincidentally, 17 states will have new restrictions on voting in effect that were not in place during the last presidential election. Show More Summary
As a young civil rights activist, Congressman John Lewis was brutally beaten marching for the right to vote in Selma, Alabama. Lewis's heroism spurred the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the country's most important civil rights law. But three years ago this week, in Shelby County v. Holder,...
Three years ago, the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, a 50-year-old piece of civil rights legislation that ended the Jim Crow practices of poll taxes and other restrictions that disproportionately denied people of color and poor people the right to vote. (more…)
It’s a good piece by Ari Berman but terrible framing. Courts should strike down restrictive voting laws that make it harder to register or vote for no good reason, whether or not such laws affect election outcomes. And I have … Continue reading ?
From must-read Adam Liptak exit interview with the outgoing SG: The loss he most regrets, Mr. Verrilli said, was in 2013, in Shelby County v. Holder, which effectively struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. “There are … Continue reading ?
Michael Curtis has posted this draft on SSRN (Wake Forest Law Review). Here is the abstract: This Article focuses on new developments in the ongoing saga of North Carolina’s 2011 state legislative and congressional reapportionment and gerrymander. The earlier article … Continue reading ?
Do we have a duty to vote for the lesser evil when election choices are equally unappealing? Alternatively, do we act rightly if we vote for a third-party candidate whom we prefer on principled grounds even if he or she stands no chance of winning? Many people are seriously pondering these questions. Some voters believe that casting […]
A judge ruled that a law eliminating a week of early voting and same-day registration violates the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act.
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
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
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.
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 ?
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
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 ?
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
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 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...
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...