April 30, 2014
by Peter Snyder
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 ...[read more]
October 16, 2013
by Sung Un Kim
The Supreme Court of UK on Wednesday upheld the Representation of the People Act of 1983, which prohibits inmates from casting votes. The challenge was brought by Peter Chester and George McGeoch, two inmates who are serving life sentences for murder. The seven judges unanimously rejected the ...[read more]
August 7, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
Texas officials responded Monday to a US Department of Justice filing asking the US District Court for the Western District of Texas to subject the state to a preclearance regime similar to the one required by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA). In a 54-page filing, the Texas ...[read more]
July 26, 2013
by Julie Deisher
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Thursday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will ask a federal court in Texas to subject the state to a preclearance regime similar to the one required by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA). In June, the US Supreme Court ruled in Shelby ...[read more]
July 20, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
The Fifteenth Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees that "he right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude." Ratified in 1870 as one of the so-called " ...[read more]
July 2, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
On July 2, 1964, US President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law. The Civil Rights Act prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or gender in places of public accommodation and employment. The act's many titles include the protection ...[read more]
June 25, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Tuesday in Shelby County v. Holder that section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) is unconstitutional, and its formula can no longer be used as a basis for subjecting jurisdictions to preclearance. Section 5 of the VRA requires jurisdictions with a history of ...[read more]
February 27, 2013
by Michael Haggerson
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Shelby County v Holder to determine whether Congress exceeded its authority when it renewed Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Section 5 requires jurisdictions with a history of preventing minority groups from voting to receive ...[read more]
February 27, 2013
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Tuesday. In Maryland v. King the court heard arguments on whether the Fourth Amendment permits states to collect DNA samples from individuals charged with serious crimes, as allowed under Maryland's DNA Collection Act. The Chief Deputy ...[read more]
November 10, 2012
by Max Slater
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari on Friday in Shelby County v. Holder to determine whether Congress exceeded its authority when it renewed Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Section 5 requires jurisdictions with a history of preventing minority groups from voting to receive ...[read more]

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