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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.

Restore Voting Rights

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.RestoreVotingRights.org.  

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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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Supreme Court Rules that Voting Rights Act’s Coverage Formula Is Unconstitutional

June 25, 2013 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

In a 5-4 decision authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that determines which jurisdictions have to preclear any voting changes with the federal government before those changes can go into effect.

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Supreme Court Upholds Primacy of Federal ‘Motor Voter Law’ in Arizona Voter Registration Ruling

June 17, 2013 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled (7-2) in Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA), Inc., that the federal National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993 pre-empts an Arizona voter registration law requiring documents showing proof of citizenship.

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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Arizona’s Challenge to Federal ‘Motor Voter’ Law

March 15, 2013 - Posted by Emily Van Dusen

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Monday, March 18, in Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA), Inc., a case brought by the state of Arizona challenging the primacy of the federal National Voter Registration Act (NVRA or the “motor voter” bill) in regulating federal elections.

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Civil Rights Groups File Supreme Court Brief in Support of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act

February 27, 2013 - Posted by Emily Van Dusen

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, joined by 28 other civil rights organizations, submitted an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court in Shelby County v. Holder, arguing for the constitutionality of maintaining a key section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA).

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Senate Hearing Focuses on Need to Reform How Americans Vote

December 20, 2012 - Posted by Ron Bigler

At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing this week, civil and human rights advocates spoke to the need for reforming the antiquated and uneven process governing how Americans register and vote in elections.

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Overcoming Obstacles and Long Lines, American Voters Exercise Their Most Fundamental Civil and Human Right

November 7, 2012 - Posted by Ron Bigler

Last night's presidential election was an important event for all Americans who believe in building a nation as good as its ideals.

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It's Time to Vote

November 6, 2012 - Posted by Ron Bigler

As voters head to the polls today,  the civil and human rights community is working tirelessly to ensure the rights and votes of all Americans.

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New Video: Ensuring Every Voter Counts

October 8, 2012 - Posted by Ron Bigler

Politicians in dozens of states have enacted new laws and rules that threaten to limit who can vote. Students, people of color, low-income individuals, people with disabilities, and older Americans are the most likely communities to be affected by these laws.

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