Tag Archives: Voting Rights Act


Posted 1 year ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
Justice Department Sues Texas for Voter Suppression

The U.S. Department of Justice is suing Texas, alleging that the state’s new Voter ID law illegally discriminates against minorities. The DOJ is filing under the federal Voting Rights Act, in addition to charging that the law is in violation of the 14th and 15th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, which guarantee citizens equal protection under the law and ban states from withholding the franchise because of race. The suit alleges that the law “was adopted with the purpose, and will …

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Posted 1 year ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
Lawsuits Challenge NC Voter Suppression Laws

The ACLU and the NAACP have launched dual lawsuits challenging North Carolina’s bevy of new voter suppression laws.  The state unleashed a pupu platter of restrictions this month combining many of the more insidious suppression tactics, including requiring strict government ID to cast a ballot, cutting early voting periods and prohibiting certain voter registration drives. The laws, and others like them around the nation, are aimed especially at limiting the ability of poor and minority citizens to vote. Legislators justify …

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Posted 1 year ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
Suppression Laws Flourish After Death of Voting Rights Act

Six of the nine states that previously had to apply for federal permission to make changes to their voting laws because of their history of discrimination are pushing forward with discriminatory voter suppression laws. The states were given the go-ahead to proceed by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling June 25 in Shelby County v. Holder that struck down a portion of the Voting Rights Act, finding it outdated. Texas, South Carolina, Alabama, Virginia, Arkansas and Mississippi are all moving to …

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Posted 1 year ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Betsy Kim  
Was the Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Act Decision Racist? [Poll]

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the maps that determined the states, counties and municipalities, which needed federal approval before changing election laws, under the 1965 Voting Rights Act, were outdated. The high court held these states no longer needed this federal “preclearance.” However, from 1982 to 2006, these states had more than 700 laws, which the Department of Justice blocked as discriminatory. Congress based the map on 21 hearings, multiple witnesses and 15,000 pages of testimony. The day the high …

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Posted 1 year ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
Supreme Court Guts Voting Rights Act

The U.S. Supreme Court today cut out the heart of the Voting Rights Act, removing a requirement that for states with a history of discriminatory voting policies, governments seek preclearance from the Justice Department before making any changes to their voting laws. In Shelby County v. Holder, the court in a 5-4 decision eviscerated the provisions of the Act that allowed the government to preemptively block voter suppression attempts and discriminatory gerrymandering. Nine states had been required to seek preclearance …

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