Voting Rights Act

State Democrats relate their experiences on the front lines of the voting-rights struggle

BY: - July 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — State Democratic legislators on Tuesday outlined their efforts to not only protect voting rights, but also expand them in their Republican-controlled state legislatures. During a panel discussion, state lawmakers from Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Florida discussed how they’ve fought against restrictive elections measures introduced and passed in their legislatures. This year alone, […]

‘The Big Lie is just that, a big lie’: In Philly, Biden calls for concerted effort to fight assaults on voting rights

BY: and - July 13, 2021

PHILADELPHIA —Returning to the state that handed him the White House, President Joe Biden made a passionate plea Tuesday for Americans to rise up and protect their voting rights from a series of restrictive measures pushed by Republicans in Washington and in state capitols nationwide. “It’s up to all of us to protect that right – […]

Anti-poverty advocates urge Congress to act on voting rights, minimum wage, filibuster

BY: - July 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Poor People’s Campaign announced on Monday the beginning of a weeks-long push for Congress to end the Senate filibuster and pass voting rights legislation. The effort, “A Season of Nonviolent Moral Direct Action,” will run each Monday until Aug. 2. Advocates are urging Congress to enact the sweeping “For the People Act,” […]

Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court upholds Arizona ‘ballot harvesting’ ban, in setback for voting rights law

BY: - July 1, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s ban on third-party ballot collections, reversing the 9th Circuit’s ruling last year that the prohibition violated the Voting Rights Act and raising the bar on future voting rights lawsuits. In a 6-3 opinion, the high court ruled on Thursday that Arizona’s 2016 law doesn’t violate Section 2 of the Voting […]

U.S. Department of Justice takes Georgia to court over its elections law

BY: - June 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Friday that the Department of Justice is suing the state of Georgia to overturn a sweeping elections law passed in March, with a legal challenge that alleges the new statute violates the federal Voting Rights Act. The federal lawsuit is the latest in a series of challenges to Senate Bill […]

Another federal lawsuit claims FL’s new election reforms attack voting rights of Black and Latino residents

BY: - May 18, 2021

Voting rights and civil rights groups including UnidosUS, Equal Ground Education Fund, and Faith in Florida filed a legal challenge Tuesday against Florida’s controversial new election reforms, which curtail access to mail-in balloting and other aid to voters. Their federal lawsuit charges that the reforms, already signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis, disproportionately restrict […]

DeSantis enacts law reforming FL elections; opponents sue, and citizens will face voting hurdles

BY: - May 6, 2021

In a sweeping voting reform law enacted Thursday by Gov. Ron DeSantis, Floridians will see far less access to vote-by-mail drop boxes, fewer people able to help voters return their mail-in ballots, and restrictions at the polls on giving food or even water to a voter, unless an election worker provides the sustenance. Those are […]

U.S. Justice Department to send staff to monitor polling places in 18 states, including FL

BY: - November 2, 2020

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Justice will have staffers on the ground in 44 counties and cities across 18 states on Election Day, monitoring for violations of federal voting-rights laws—fewer states than in 2016. The localities this year are in battlegrounds such as Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Georgia, Arizona, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. The Florida locations […]

List maintenance or voter purges: How the practice of maintaining voter lists became so polarized

BY: - October 8, 2020

In the last decade, millions of registered voters across the country have been removed from voter rolls.  In 2019, Ohio removed more than 460,000 voter registration files from its list. Georgia removed 313,000 people from its rolls in October 2019 alone, and in Michigan, from 2011 to 2018, 1.2 million voters were removed from voter […]

Supreme Court ruling on Voting Rights Act opened floodgates for new restrictions

BY: - October 7, 2020

It hadn’t even been a day since the U.S. Supreme Court dismantled one of the pillars of voting rights in America, and North Carolina lawmakers weren’t wasting any time. Republican legislators had been contemplating a bill that would require photo identification to vote. The bill had plenty of support, but it had spent the past […]

Voting rights legislation named for John Lewis stalled in Congress

BY: - August 31, 2020

Democrats ranging from presidential nominee Joe Biden to party officials in Georgia are pushing for Congress to restore a key element of the Voting Rights Act as a way to honor civil rights icon John Lewis. The late Georgia congressman was a leader in getting Congress to pass the landmark law in 1965. But so […]

Women’s suffrage 100 years later: Systemic sexism, disenfranchisement of Black women, still block equitable access to ballot

BY: - August 18, 2020

Like other disenfranchised people in the United States, women have employed many strategies over the years in their fight for the right to vote. In the late 19th century, some women pushed for equal suffrage laws in individual states. Others turned to the courts. Still others made their voices heard through public protests, silent vigils […]