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For the Supreme Court, New Term Means Renewed Attacks on Civil Rights Legislation

For the Supreme Court, New Term Means Renewed Attacks on Civil Rights Legislation

by Julianne Hing on October 13 2014, 7:00AM

Brace yourself.

Topics: Politics, Voting Rights Act

What's Good--and Bad--About the New Voting Rights Act

What’s Good—and Bad—About the New Voting Rights Act

by Brentin Mock on February 13 2014, 7:00AM

The new amendment to the Voting Rights Act explained

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics, Politics, Voting Rights Act

Why I'd Rather Hear Eric Holder Deliver the State of the Union Tonight

Why I’d Rather Hear Eric Holder Deliver the State of the Union Tonight

by Brentin Mock on January 28 2014, 1:46PM

What issue has Obama been addressing inadequately that Holder has confronted more forcefully?

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics, State of the Union, Voting Rights Act

What Would It Take To Pass a Voting Rights Amendment? [INFOGRAPHIC] Infographic

What Would It Take To Pass a Voting Rights Amendment? [INFOGRAPHIC]

by Erin Zipper, Brentin Mock on August 28 2013, 7:00AM

Mapping out a constitutional solution to the Supreme Court’s devastating ruling this summer.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics, Voting Rights Act

Reasons to Hope on the Voting Rights Act's 48th Anniversary

Reasons to Hope on the Voting Rights Act’s 48th Anniversary

by Brentin Mock on August 6 2013, 12:25PM

Today marks the 48th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, after months of civil rights organizing, sit-ins, bloodshed and deaths compelled the federal government to intervene in the struggle against…

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Voting Rights Act

DOJ To Sue Texas Under Voting Rights Act 'Bail-In' Provision

DOJ To Sue Texas Under Voting Rights Act ‘Bail-In’ Provision

by Brentin Mock on July 25 2013, 9:52AM

As we reported shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act’s Section Five, Texas could still face “preclearance” — federal review of election changes to ensure disenfranchisement won’t result — under the Section Three “bail-in” provision. Both…

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Voting Rights Act

South Carolina's Voting Walking Dead Story Proven Fluke

South Carolina’s Voting Walking Dead Story Proven Fluke

by Brentin Mock on July 12 2013, 2:25PM

South Carolina lawmakers claimed zombies have been voting. An investigation by the state’s law enforcement division proved this wrong.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics, Voting Rights Act

NAACP LDF President Gives Blueprint for Voting Rights in Post-Shelby Nation

NAACP LDF President Gives Blueprint for Voting Rights in Post-Shelby Nation

by Brentin Mock on July 9 2013, 8:59AM

Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund talks about the future of the Voting Rights Act.

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Voting Rights Act

Is a Constitutional Right to Vote Attainable?

Is a Constitutional Right to Vote Attainable?

by Brentin Mock on July 5 2013, 9:02AM

If we really want our voting rights protected, say advocates, we need the right enshrined into the Constitution

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics, Voting Rights Act

Environment, Immigration and Gay Groups Pledge Fight for Civil Rights

Environment, Immigration and Gay Groups Pledge Fight for Civil Rights

by Brentin Mock on July 2 2013, 10:17AM

Environmentalists, marriage equality advocates and immigration law reformists pledge to work together for voting rights.

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Voting Rights Act

SCOTUS Voting Rights Act Decision Might Not Apply to Texas

SCOTUS Voting Rights Act Decision Might Not Apply to Texas

by Brentin Mock on June 27 2013, 8:38PM

Texas was one of the first to run wild after the SCOTUS decision on the Voting Rights Act. A racist redistricting plan may lasso it back in.

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Voting Rights Act

Black Louisiana Senator 'Excited' That Voting Rights Act Was Gutted

Black Louisiana Senator ‘Excited’ That Voting Rights Act Was Gutted

by Brentin Mock on June 26 2013, 2:59PM

State Sen. Elbert Lee Guillory, an African American legislator for Louisiana, was elated yesterday that the Supreme Court neutralized the Section Five provision of the Voting Rights Act. In a message sent last evening from his Facebook account, Sen. Guillory…

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Voting Rights Act

State Attorney Generals Vow Immediate Voter ID Implementation

State Attorney Generals Vow Immediate Voter ID Implementation

by Brentin Mock on June 25 2013, 4:39PM

States that had holding back on voter ID laws are now moving forward full throttle after the Shelby decision.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics, Voting Rights Act

Justice Ginsburg Quotes King and Shakespeare in Shelby Dissent

Justice Ginsburg Quotes King and Shakespeare in Shelby Dissent

by Brentin Mock on June 25 2013, 3:50PM

Justice Ginsburg rips apart the majority’s opinion which hollowed the Voting Rights Act.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Politics, Voting Rights Act

Does the SCOTUS Arizona Ruling Impact the Voting Rights Act Case?

Does the SCOTUS Arizona Ruling Impact the Voting Rights Act Case?

by Brentin Mock on June 20 2013, 12:45PM

What does this week’s SCOTUS decision on proof-of-citizenship laws have to do with their upcoming decision on the Voting Rights Act?

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Voting Rights Act

Are States Delaying Voter ID Enactment to Duck Federal Racial Review?

Are States Delaying Voter ID Enactment to Duck Federal Racial Review?

by Brentin Mock on June 12 2013, 10:04AM

Some states may be hedging on a Supreme Court decision that might strike the Voting Rights Act’s Section Five clause.

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Voting Rights Act

At 'Shelby v. Holder' Hearing, Debate Over Southern Racism and Congressional Power

At ‘Shelby v. Holder’ Hearing, Debate Over Southern Racism and Congressional Power

by Brentin Mock on February 28 2013, 11:30AM

Yesterday’s Supreme Court hearing about Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act revealed a lot about how some of us deal with race in America. Here, five major takeaways straight from the courthouse.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics, Voting Rights Act

North Carolina: A Case for the Voting Rights Act's Modern Relevance

North Carolina: A Case for the Voting Rights Act’s Modern Relevance

by Brentin Mock on February 27 2013, 8:59AM

As the Supreme Court weighs whether the feds should maintain oversight in Southern election law, North Carolina proves why the answer is obviously yes.

Topics: Voting Rights, Politics, Voting Rights Act

What Is Alabama's Problem With the Voting Rights Act?

What Is Alabama’s Problem With the Voting Rights Act?

by Brentin Mock on February 26 2013, 8:46AM

The Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in a case that could deeply gut the historic law. To understand where this is going, it’s crucial to know how we got here.

Topics: Voting Rights, History, Politics, Voting Rights Act

From Selma to the Roberts Court: Reflections on Voting Rights History Photo

From Selma to the Roberts Court: Reflections on Voting Rights History

by Brentin Mock on February 21 2013, 9:36AM

Diane Nash, Dorie Ladner and others who led and joined the March 1965 demonstrations that created the Voting Rights Act speak with Colorlines about their work then—and now.

Topics: Voting Rights, History, Voting Rights Act