Tag Archives: voter rights

KANSAS: Court Strikes Down Proof Of Citizenship Requirement For Voter Registration, Sanctions Kobach

Talking Points Memo reports: A federal judge on Monday ruled that Kansas’ proof of citizenship voter registration requirement was a violation of the Constitution as well as the National Voter Registration Act. U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson had in previous orders temporarily blocked the requirement, which was championed by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Robinson on Monday handed down ...

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Supreme Court Punts On Partisan Gerrymandering

The Washington Examiner reports: The U.S. Supreme Court sent back a partisan gerrymandering case from Wisconsin that challenged the legislative map drawn by Wisconsin Republicans to the lower court. With its ruling, the high court tossed out a ruling from a district court and sent the case back. It ruled against Wisconsin Democrats who argued state Republican lawmakers engaged in ...

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SCOTUS Narrowly Upholds Ohio’s Purge Of Voter Rolls

NBC News reports: In a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court gave Ohio a victory Monday in a fight over the state’s method for removing people from the voter rolls, a practice that civil rights groups said discourages minority turnout. At least a dozen other politically conservative states said they would adopt a similar practice if Ohio prevailed, as a ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Voting Rights Group Files Challenge To Right Wing Group Contesting Voter Verifications

The Associated Press reports: Voting-rights advocates have joined the legal wrangling over the counting of votes in North Carolina’s close governor’s contest. Lawyers from Southern Coalition for Social Justice asked a federal judge late Wednesday to reject a lawsuit questioning the verification of voters who used same-day registration to cast ballots. The filing was done by some of the same ...

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Federal Appeals Court: Ballot Selfies Are Constitutional

NBC News reports: A federal appeals court on Wednesday said New Hampshire’s ban on voting booth selfies “is like burning down the house to roast the pig.” In a unanimous vote, a three-judge panel of the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston upheld a lower court ruling that declared the state’s ban unconstitutional. It was the first time a ...

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TEXAS: Department Of Justice Accuses State Of Lying To Public About Newly Relaxed Voter ID Requirements

The Texas Tribune reports: The federal government is accusing Texas of circulating “inaccurate or misleading information” to poll workers and would-be voters about relaxed identification requirements for the November elections. “Limited funds are being spent on inaccurate materials,” the U.S. Department of Justice wrote in a legal filing Tuesday. The filing asked U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos to “issue ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Gov. McCrory Asks SCOTUS To Reinstate Racist Voter ID Law For November Election

The Raleigh News & Observer reports: Gov. Pat McCrory wants the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate North Carolina’s voter ID law for the November election. The law, which requires voters to bring a photo ID to the polls, was thrown out by a federal appeals court ruling. Late Monday, McCrory announced that he has sent a formal request to Supreme ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Appeals Court Refuses Stay On Ruling That Struck Down Racist Voter ID Law

Next stop, SCOTUS. Reuters reports: A U.S. appeals court issued an order on Thursday denying North Carolina’s motion to stay the court’s decision last week striking down the state’s voter ID law. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said staying its ruling now “would only undermine the integrity and efficiency of the upcoming election.” On Friday, the court ruled ...

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SUPER SADZ: McCrory Says Dem AG Doesn’t Deserve Paycheck For Refusing To Appeal Voter ID Ruling

The Raleigh News & Observer reports: Gov. Pat McCrory on Tuesday called a news conference to announce that the attorney general will not appeal last week’s ruling by three federal judges throwing out the state’s requirement that voters produce photo identification, along with other changes to election law. The governor said the state would appeal the ruling without help from ...

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John Oliver On Voting Rights [VIDEO]

TIME sets up the clip: Even idiots should have an equal vote, according to John Oliver. On his return to Last Week Tonight, Oliver jumped right into election year issues, specifically so-called voter ID laws, which have proliferated in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to curtail the Voting Rights Act. Proponents of such laws argue that requiring ...

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Alabama To Shut Out Black Voters With DMV Closures

From an opinion piece on AL.com: Depending on which counties you count as being in Alabama’s Black Belt, either twelve or fifteen Black Belt counties soon won’t have a place to get a driver’s license. Counties where some of the state’s poorest live. Counties that are majority African-American. Combine that with the federally mandated Star ID taking effect next year, ...

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TEXAS: Fifth Circuit Court Of Appeals Slaps Down State’s Voter ID Law

The Dallas Morning News reports: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that Texas’ voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act — but it also said the law is not a “poll tax.” In an unanimous decision, a three-judge panel ruled that the controversial and Republican-backed measure violated Section 2 of the landmark civil rights law. The law ...

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Hillary “Lets Rip” On Voting Rights

The wingnuts are already very unhappy about this.

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Voter Turnout: Lowest In 72 Years

From the New York Times: The abysmally low turnout in last week’s midterm elections — the lowest in more than seven decades — was bad for Democrats, but it was even worse for democracy. In 43 states, less than half the eligible population bothered to vote, and no state broke 60 percent. In the three largest states — California, Texas ...

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Quote Of The Day – Sen. Bernie Sanders

“Election Day should be a national holiday so that everyone has the time and opportunity to vote. While this would not be a cure-all, it would indicate a national commitment to create a more vibrant democracy. We should not be satisfied with a ‘democracy’ in which more than 60 percent of our people don’t vote and some 80 percent of ...

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Phyllis Schlafly: Early Voting Must Be Stopped Because It Helps Democrats

“Democrats promote early voting for the same reason they oppose voter ID: because they view early voting as helping their side. In the absurdly long 35-day period of early voting in Ohio in 2012, Democrats racked up perhaps a million-vote advantage over Republicans before Election Day was ever reached. Republicans have been slow to realize how early voting helps the ...

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Lewis Black On GOP Voter Suppression

Fantastic.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Announces Bill To Expand Online Voter Registration

Via the Associated Press: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says people across the country should be able use their computers, smartphones or electronic tablets to register to vote. The New York Democrat is announcing legislation Sunday that would force the 23 states that don’t have an online registration system to establish one. The bill also would expand enrollment access in states that ...

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FRC Cheers Voting Rights Act Ruling

“There will no longer be a special category for these 15 states — many of which are now at the forefront of elected minorities! From now on, these regions will have the same equal opportunity to define their voting laws as anyone else. For too long, states like Alabama, which brought the lawsuit, have been prisoners of history. Instead of ...

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Texas AG: Our Voter ID Law Is Now Valid Thanks To Supreme Court Ruling

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott reacted quickly to today’s Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Rights Act by declaring that all citizens must now present photo ID when voting. Via the Dallas Morning News: “With today’s decision, the State’s voter ID law will take effect immediately,” Abbott announced. “Redistricting maps passed by the Legislature may also take effect without approval ...

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