voting-rights-act

National bill on voting standards pushed anew by Democrats in Congress

BY: - July 19, 2023

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats on Tuesday said they plan to again introduce a bill to set national voting standards in response to state legislatures passing strict voting laws. The bill, known in a previous Congress as the Freedom to Vote Act, would establish national standards for early voting, mail-in ballots and protection of poll workers […]

The Guardian, or Authority of Law, created by sculptor James Earle Fraser, rests on the side of the U.S. Supreme Court on September 28, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Al Drago/Getty Images).

Here’s what the U.S. Supreme Court’s redistricting decision means for Pa. | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 9, 2023

The federal ruling gives Pa. 'mapmakers a little more freedom' to craft majority-minority districts, an expert said.

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How the U.S Supreme Court is poised to roll back decades of progress on racial equity | Opinion

BY: - October 17, 2022

In an Alabama case, the Supreme Court could to finish off the Voting Rights Act, an action with disastrous consequences for communities of color across the nation.

Citizens demonstrate for voting rights and fair voting districts in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 16, the 56th anniversary of the signing of the federal Voting Rights Act. The protest called for passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, named for the late civil-rights activist and congressman. Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Voting Rights Act is hanging by a thread; Fla. ruling may allow Supreme Court to cut it

BY: - April 13, 2022

‘Either the Fifteenth Amendment has meaning here or it doesn’t.'

Congressional Black Caucus calls for Senate action on voting rights

BY: - January 13, 2022

Only one Republican, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, has said she would support Democrats in passing the John Lewis measure.

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These Black children changed American history. Never forget them | Michael Coard

BY: - September 14, 2021

Say their names: Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carol Robertson and Cynthia Wesley, and Sarah Collins

Pa.’s U.S. House delegation splits along party lines on sweeping voting rights package

BY: - March 4, 2021

Even though Democrats control Congress and the White House, their slim majority in a 50-50 Senate is not enough to enact into law a massive package that tackles dark money in campaigns, voter suppression and election security that requires 60 votes rather than a simple majority.

How the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Voting Rights Act opened floodgates for new restrictions

BY: - October 7, 2020

Some observers believe the Shelby County ruling has also caused kind of a ripple effect in places that weren’t subject to pre-clearance.

The landmark Voting Rights Act turns 55: For Black voters, a time to reflect

BY: - February 12, 2020

With a pivotal presidential election approaching, activists and scholars say African-Americans should continue the work of protecting Black voters’ rights.