Voter ID Laws

4:49pm

Thu August 22, 2013
Politics

Justice Files Voter Discrimination Suit Against Texas

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 4:50 pm

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said Attorney General Eric Holder was "wrong to mess with Texas."
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11:15pm

Mon August 12, 2013
Politics

North Carolina Governor Signs Controversial Voter ID Bill

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 12:59 pm

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory delivers the State of the State address in February in Raleigh.
Ted Richardson AP

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law Monday a controversial measure that overhauls the state's election laws. It requires government-issued photo IDs at the polls, reduces the early voting period by one week and ends same day registration.

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3:58pm

Sun July 21, 2013
Law

The Voting Rights Act: Hard-Won Gains, An Uncertain Future

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 4:21 pm

People wait in line outside the Supreme Court in Washington on Feb. 27, 2013, to listen to oral arguments in the Shelby County, Ala., v. Holder voting rights case. In June, the court struck down a key provision of the law that established a formula to identify states that may require extra scrutiny by the Justice Department regarding voting procedures.
Evan Vucci AP

2:49pm

Sun July 14, 2013
Law

Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law Gets Its Day In Court

Originally published on Sun July 14, 2013 9:13 pm

The Penndot Drivers License Center in Butler, Pa., displays signs promoting the requirement for voters to show an acceptable photo ID at the polls. On Monday, a judge will rule on the constitutionality of the state's controversial voter ID law.
Keith Srakocic AP

Pennsylvania's voter ID law will be back in state court Monday after more than a year of legal limbo. A state judge will decide whether the 2012 law — which hasn't been enforced — violates the state's constitution.

The measure requires voters to show a particular state-issued photo ID before casting ballots. Last week, civil rights advocates like the NAACP's John Jordan railed against the requirement.

"It's a ploy to take votes away from people who deserve them — veterans, seniors, students, people with disabilities, people of color and hard-working folk," Jordan said.

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9:33am

Tue June 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Provision Of Voting Rights Law

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 2:49 pm

Field Director Charles White of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) speaks at a podium outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
Win McNamee Getty Images

By a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has struck down a key provision of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act that establishes a formula to identify states that may require extra scrutiny by the Justice Department regarding voting procedures.

The decision focuses on Section 4 of the Act.

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