“Amid voting rights criticism, Alabama partially backs off controversial plan to close driver license offices”

WaPo: The governor of Alabama has partially reversed a decision to close more than 30 government offices that issue driver licenses and photo IDs, following weeks of criticism by civil rights advocates and Democratic lawmakers who say the action would make it harder for … Continue reading

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“State wants federal judge to rule on Voter ID before March primaries”

Winston-Salem Journal: State attorneys want a federal judge to dismiss the legal challenge to North Carolina’s voter-identification law before the March 2016 presidential primary, according to court documents filed Wednesday. And though the plaintiffs, including the North Carolina chapter of … Continue reading

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“Texas Two-Steps All Over Voting Rights; It says it can make voting as difficult as it wants to, and any law that says otherwise is unconstitutional.”

I have written this piece for Slate.  It begins: In 1965, Congress passed the Voting Rights Act, one of the most important pieces of legislation in U.S. history. It contained key protections for minority voters, especially blacks, who had been effectively … Continue reading

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Breaking and Analysis: 5th Circuit Affirms Texas Voter ID Violates Section 2, Remands on Question of Discriminatory Purpose

[bumping to top] A unanimous panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has issued an opinion which is a great (but not complete) victory for those challenging Texas’s strict voter id law. The court affirms … Continue reading

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“Short Film About Victim of Texas Voter ID Law Shows Why We Need to Pass The Voting Rights Advancement Act Being Introduced Today”

Release: Today, as Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) introduce the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA) on the eve of the second anniversary of Shelby County v. Holder, the Campaign Legal Center is releasing a short film … Continue reading

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