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-Edwards
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]
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]
August 29, 2012
by Matthew Pomy
A panel of three federal judges ruled Tuesday that the proposed Texas voting map discriminates against black and Latino voters. Texas' population grew by 4.3 million, which gave it four more seats in the US House of Representatives. The Republican-controlled state legislature redrew the ...[read more]
August 22, 2012
by Max Slater
The state of Alaska filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia alleging that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) unconstionally infringes on Alaska's state sovereignty. In the lawsuit, Alaska argued that Section 5 of the VRA, known as the preclearance ...[read more]
July 22, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans
Attorneys in two cases challenging the constitutionality of the 2006 renewal of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA) filed petitions on Friday with the US Supreme Court asking it to settle the issue in its upcoming term. The first case, Nix v. Holder, originates from the US Department of Justice (DOJ... ...[read more]
July 9, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
Arguments began in the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday in a lawsuit brought by Texas against the US government regarding a voter identification law that was blocked by the Department of Justice (DOJ) under the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA). State of Texas v. Holder ...[read more]
June 27, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida on Wednesday denied a request by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to issue a temporary injunction barring Florida from continuing the practice of purging its voter rolls. The DOJ alleges that Florida's policy violates the ...[read more]
June 13, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Tuesday that it has filed a lawsuit seeking to halt Florida's ongoing purging of voter rolls. The DOJ alleges that Florida's policy violates the National Voter Registration Act (VRA), which requires all voter roll maintenance to cease 90 days before ...[read more]
June 5, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Monday that it would monitor the Wisconsin recall election taking place on Tuesday to prevent voter fraud. The city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will be one of the jurisdictions that the DOJ will oversee to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act of ...[read more]

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