VOTING RIGHTS
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Federal appeals court reinstates voter ID law in Wisconsin
September 13, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Friday reinstated Wisconsin's voter photo identification law after the three-judge panel issued an order staying the injunction issued by the US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, stating that the state may require photo identifi....... [more]

Federal judge orders Ohio to restore early voting
September 5, 2014
A federal judge ruled Thursday that an Ohio law that cut down the 35 days of early in-person voting violates the US Constitution and the Voting Rights Act. US District Court Judge Peter Economus ordered Ohio to restore the full 35 days, including the "golden week" where residents can register to vot....... [more]

Florida group asks judge to reject changes to congressional districts
August 19, 2014
A Florida coalition on Monday asked a judge to reject a newly proposed map of the state's congressional districts. The coalition, which includes the League of Women Voters of Florida, is suing to change the districts and called the new map "brazenly partisan." The map was passed by the Florida Legi....... [more]

Federal judge denies stay of Wisconsin voter ID ruling
August 14, 2014
A federal judge on Wednesday denied a request by Wisconsin's Attorney General JB Van Hollen to stay the his April ruling against the state's voter identification law. The April ruling found that the Act 23 requirement that all residents present photo ID when voting violated the Voting Rights Act and....... [more]

Federal judge refuses to block North Carolina voter law
August 11, 2014
A judge for the US District Court Middle District of North Carolina on Friday rejected preliminary relief in the form of an injunction against a new voter law in North Carolina. The law will require voters to show a picture ID at the polls by 2016, but other changes are already in effect and were at....... [more]

Wisconsin high court upholds public unions restrictions and voter ID requirements
August 1, 2014
The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday issued a pair of rulings limiting the ability of public sector employees to unionize and requiring voters to present identification. In a 5-2 decision in Madison Teachers, Inc. v. Walker, the court upheld legislation known as the Budget Repair Bill or Act 10 ....... [more]

Florida judge rules 2012 redistricting illegal
July 11, 2014
A Florida judge ruled Thursday that the state's 2012 congressional redistricting plan illegally favors Republicans. Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis ordered that two of the state's 27 districts be redrawn, which will likely affect neighboring districts as well. Lewis found that the 2012 plan violated....... [more]

Supreme Court to rule in Alabama redistricting cases
June 2, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear two cases challenging Alabama's redistricting plans, consolidating them for one hour of oral argument. In Alabama Democratic Conference v. Alabama, the court limited review to question 1: 1(a). Whether, as the dissenting Judge concluded, this effort amo....... [more]

Pennsylvania governor drops appeal defending voter ID Law
May 10, 2014
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett announced Thursday that the Office of General Counsel will not pursue an appeal in defense of the Commonwealth's voter identification law. The law, passed in March 2012, required all voters to submit a government issued photo ID in order to vote in all elections. Th....... [more]

Federal judge rejects requests to put voter citizenship ruling on hold
May 9, 2014
US District Judge Eric Melgren on Wednesday ruled that Kansas and Arizona voters will have to provide proof of US citizenship while registering to vote using the federal form, despite a pending appeal by a US agency of the federal judge's ruling that aids in the enforcement of new voter registration....... [more]

Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin voter ID law
April 30, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin ruled Tuesday that Wisconsin's Act 23, which requires residents to present photo identification to vote, violates the Voting Rights Act and the US Constitution. US District Judge Lynn Adelman found that the requirement violates....... [more]




WEBSITES

    1965 Voting Rights Act [US DOJ]

    National Commission on the VRA

    Voting Rights [ACLU]

    Voting Rights [civilrights.org]

    Renew VRA [civilrights.org]

    VRA at 40 [NAACP]

    NVRI

    ACVR

    Immigrant Voting Project