Voting Rights Act
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…
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…
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.
by Brentin Mock on July 2 2013, 10:17AM
Environmentalists, marriage equality advocates and immigration law reformists pledge to work together for voting rights.
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.
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…
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.