Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge to Voting Rights Act

By: Friday November 9, 2012 2:30 pm

Part of the success in beating back efforts to limit election participation in a number of Republican-led states came from the work of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, which used its pre-clearance authority under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act to block measures that could have disenfranchised minorities, like district-level maps [...]

Federal Court Blocks Texas Voter ID Law

By: Thursday August 30, 2012 10:33 am

The latest in a string of rulings limiting the GOP’s war on voting has come down. A federal court has unanimously stopped Texas from instituting a voter ID law. While this would seem contradictory to the Supreme Court’s upholding of voter ID for Indiana in 2009, this case is different because it follows the Justice [...]

South Carolina Voter ID Case Going Poorly for the State

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 10:21 am

Another court case is taking a run at the Voting Rights Act’s Section 5, which gives the Justice Department pre-clearance authority over any voting law changes in states with a history of racial discrimination. We already saw Section 5 upheld when a federal court struck down the Texas redistricting maps because of their discriminatory and [...]

Texas Redistricting Map Thrown Out by Federal Court for Minority Discrimination

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 1:06 pm

A federal court has thrown out Texas’ redistricting plan, charging that it was discriminatory to minority voters. DC Circuit Judge Thomas Griffith ruled that the court would not pre-clear Texas’ map under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. “We conclude that Texas has failed to show that any of the redistricting plans merits preclearance,” [...]

Voting Rights News: Win for Ohio, Pennsylvania Photo IDs Released

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 6:57 am

In voter suppression news, a big ruling in Ohio paves the way for thousands of wrong-precinct provisional ballots to be counted. A federal judge ruled Monday that Ohio must count improperly cast ballots this fall if the mistake is caused by an election worker rather than the voter, a small but potentially significant issue in [...]

Corbett Administration Rebukes DoJ Document Request in Pennsylvania Voter ID Case

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 8:55 am

The Administration of Tom Corbett in Pennsylvania is stamping its feets about Justice Department requests for documents on the state’s new voter ID law. They don’t want to turn over the data on how many voters could be disenfranchised the law, for fear that the DoJ would… find out, I guess. In a letter dated [...]

Federal Court Blocks Florida Early Voting Restrictions

By: Friday August 17, 2012 8:55 am

A quick dispatch from the war on voting: a federal judge in Florida has overturned state limits on early voting saying that the law would violate the civil rights of minorities in several counties. Several counties in Florida are covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires certain areas with a history [...]

Texas Challenges Voting Rights Act Pre-clearance Rules

By: Tuesday July 10, 2012 12:18 pm

An important case opened yesterday in Washington, where Texas is challenging the pre-clearance provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act in an effort to institute a voter ID law in the state. The DC Circuit Court of Appeals is holding a remarkable five days of hearings on the case. The Justice Department blocked Texas’ voter [...]

Florida Elections Supervisors Shut Down Rick Scott’s Voter Purge

By: Saturday June 2, 2012 11:49 am

According to the Palm Beach Post, all 67 elections supervisors in Florida’s 67 counties have suspended the voter purge planned by the Governor, Rick Scott, and the Secretary of State’s office. The general counsel for the elections supervisors recommended a suspension after an order from the Justice Department to halt the voter purge, citing violations [...]

Justice Department Demands End to Florida Voter Purge

By: Friday June 1, 2012 4:00 am

Late Thursday night, the Justice Department fired off a letter to the Secretary of State of Florida, Ken Detzner, asking that he put a stop to the purging of voter rolls that could leave hundreds if not thousands of legal US citizens stripped of their right to vote. The Justice Department sent a letter to [...]

Texas Invokes Constitutionality of Voting Rights Act in Support of Its Voter ID Law

By: Thursday March 15, 2012 10:58 am

Many cheered when the Obama Administration intervened and refused to pre-clear Texas’ draconian voter ID legislation. And given the risk to disenfranchisement of particularly minority voters, it was the right thing to do. But a pernicious by-product of this has now been realized: Texas, in its response, will seek to invalidate Section 5 of the [...]

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