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Voting Rights

The basis and foundation of our democratic form of government is the right to vote.  Voting is one of the most important tools Americans have to influence the policies the government adopts.  Unfortunately, many Americans are effectively denied their right to vote.

Voting Rights for Today

The Supreme Court's June 25, 2013 Shelby County v. Holder decision is an enormous setback for votings rights in the U.S. We must respond to ensure that each American can enjoy his or her right to vote—free of discrimination. Get involved at www.VRAforToday.org.  


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Fifth Circuit Rules Texas Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act

July 21, 2016 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday ruled (9-6) that Texas’ strict voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act (VRA) because it discriminates against Black and Hispanic voters. The court also asked a lower court to find a remedy to prevent 600,000 Texans who lack a required form of ID from being disenfranchised in November.

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Murkowski Cosponsors Bill to Restore Voting Rights Act

September 10, 2015 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R. Alaska, on Thursday announced her support for the Voting Rights Advancement Act, making her the first Republican in the Senate to cosponsor legislation to help restore the Voting Rights Act (VRA) in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision in 2013.

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Congress Introduces Legislation to Expand and Protect Voting Rights

March 19, 2015 - Posted by Julie Faust

On March 19, Rep. John Lewis, D. Ga., introduced the Voter Empowerment Act (H.R. 12), legislation that would combat voter exclusion, improve the administration of elections, and expand voter participation.

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Why We Need Stronger Voting Protections

October 20, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

Just two weeks from tomorrow, Americans will head to the polls to vote in the midterm elections. But this year, accessing the ballot may be easier said than done.

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Supreme Court Decision Restricts Voting Rights in Ohio

October 2, 2014 - Posted by Julie Faust

On September 29, less than a day before early voting was set to begin in Ohio, a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling restricted voters’ access to the ballot by removing the first week of the state’s 35-day early voting period.

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Report: Minority Voters Vulnerable Ahead of Midterm Elections

August 7, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

Forty-nine years after the signing of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), the National Commission on Voting Rights (NCVR) on August 6 released a report documenting persistent voting discrimination in the United States, finding that states previously subject to Section 5 preclearance under the VRA (particularly Texas, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Georgia) continue to be the worst offenders.

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Senate Hearing Examines Need to Address Current Racial Discrimination in Voting

June 26, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

One year after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) in its Shelby County v. Holder decision, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday held a hearing on proposed legislation to restore critical protections. That legislation – the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 (S. 1945) – was introduced in the Senate in January by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D. Vt.

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Advocates to Hold Rally for Voting Rights Following VRAA Senate Hearing

June 24, 2014 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. voting rights and civil rights advocates will hold a rally on Capitol Hill urging the House of Representatives to take up a bipartisan bill to update and modernize the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965. The rally will take place right after a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on ongoing racial discrimination in voting and the need for the new legislation.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds Bipartisan Voting Rights Amendment Act Introduction

January 16, 2014 - Posted by Avril Lighty

On January 16, a bipartisan group of members of Congress introduced the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014, which updates the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder.

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Senate Hearing on Voting Rights Calls for Congressional Action after Supreme Court Decision

July 25, 2013 - Posted by Shane Grannum

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s recent Shelby County v. Holder decision, the Senate Judiciary Committee last week held a hearing on the need for developing a remedy to restore crucial voting rights protections that the ruling struck down.

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