Tag: Voting Rights Act

Arizona’s Polling Places Could Use Spring Training

This Tuesday (technically Wednesday morning) in Arizona, Aracely Calderon did not get to cast her ballot until 12:12 am. At first that sounds cool, like the Grand Canyon state instituted a voting version of midnight disco bowling. But that wasn’t the case. Ms. Calderon got in line before the polls closed at 7pm and had…

My Mother: The Voting Rights Crusader

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA). The VRA is federal legislation that prevents states from discriminating against minority voters. President Johnson announced the bill after the tragedies in Selma, AL and congress pushed it through in relatively short time to respond to the immediate needs of a changing…

Posted in Interviews, Human Rights, Voting Rights

SCOTUS takes on racially defined redistricting

This spring the United States Supreme Court has stepped in to address racial gerrymanders in Alabama and North Carolina. Each state has been asked to reconsider existing judicial decisions on districts drawn following the 2010 census. Additional states are expected to follow.

50 Years After Freedom Summer, Voting Rights Still Center Stage

50 years ago, Freedom Summer laid the groundwork for the Voting Rights Act. One year ago, the VRA was weakened. Now, a new act looks to restore its power.

Posted in Voting Rights, Voter Education Links

Can the Voting Rights Act be Saved? A New Bipartisan Bill Might do Just That.

The Voting Rights Act, designed to protect Americans from discrimination at the polls, was hobbled by a Supreme Court ruling last year. But now, a bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced a bill that could give it new life.

Voting in the Post-Preclearance Era

There’s more than one way to win an election.

Voting Rights Fight Heating Up

New battles over voting rights are flaring up in TX and NC.

Posted in Election and Voter Registration Reform

Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Anti-Discrimination Law

Does the election of a black president and high turnout among minority voters mean that discrimination at the polls is a thing of the past? The Supreme Court seems to think so.