VOTING RIGHTS
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Supreme Court allows Texas voter ID law for upcoming election
October 18, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Saturday allowed Texas to enforce a strict 2011 voter identification law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls. The court provided no reasoning in its order, which will be in effect for November's general elections. Early voting in the state begins this M....... [more]

Arkansas high court declares voter ID law unconstitutional
October 16, 2014
The Arkansas Supreme Court struck down the state's voter identification law on Wednesday, finding it unconstitutional. Act 592 required "proof of identity in the form of a voter-identification card or a document or identification card showing the voter's name and photo issued by the United States, t....... [more]

Federal appeals court reinstates Texas voter ID law
October 15, 2014
A US federal appeals court on Tuesday said that Texas may enforce its voter ID law despite a lower judge's ruling that the law is unconstitutional. A three-judge panel of thUS Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit temporarily reinstated the law but declined to rule on its merits, stating that the s....... [more]

Federal judge blocks Texas voter ID law
October 13, 2014
US District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos on Saturday filed a permanent injunction against the enforcement of a Texas voter ID law. The injunction follows a 147-page opinion issued on Thursday in which Ramos found that the voter ID law violates the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments of the US Constit....... [more]

Supreme Court blocks Wisconsin voter ID law
October 10, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Thursday temporarily blocked Wisconsin from enforcing its voter ID law. The order vacates a September 12 ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which stayed an injunction on the law's enforcement. Thursday's decision, issued without comment, came as the r....... [more]

Federal judge strikes down Texas voter ID law
October 10, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas on Thursday ruled that a Texas voter ID law violates the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments of the US Constitution because it is racially discriminatory and places a substantial burden on the right to vote. The law requires voters....... [more]

Congressional study: voter ID laws lower minority turnout
October 9, 2014
States that have toughened voter identification laws have experienced steeper drops in election turnout than those that have not, including disproportionate falloffs among black and younger voters, according to a nonpartisan congressional study released on Wednesday by the US Government Accountabili....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds Wisconsin voter ID law
October 7, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Monday that the Wisconsin voter ID law is constitutional. The ruling will allow the state to put the law into effect during the November 4 midterm elections. The ruling did not come as a surprise since the same three-judge panel reinstated the la....... [more]

Texas judge files suit over state's voter ID law
October 6, 2014
A Texas judge has filed a lawsuit in Dallas County in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals challenging the state's voter ID law, claiming that it violates the Texas Constitution. The law, which requires the showing of a photo ID in order to vote in elections, attempts to prevent voter fraud, while....... [more]

Rights groups ask US Supreme Court to block Wisconsin voter ID law
October 2, 2014
Those challenging Wisconsin's voter photo identification law asked the US Supreme Court on Thursday to take emergency action and block the law before the November 4 election. Last month the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that the law would remain in effect while it considers a leg....... [more]

Arkansas court hears arguments for voter ID case
October 2, 2014
Oral arguments for a case challenging Arkansas' voter ID law began on Thursday, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. The Brennan Center for Justice filed an amicus brief supporting the challengers. Act 595, passed in 2013 by the Arkansas legislature, re....... [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