• July 12, 2013
    Gary May connects the challenges faced by civil rights marchers in the 1960s with the challenges many voters are once again facing today.
  • July 12, 2013 | Moyers & Company
    An acclaimed historian puts into perspective the 2013 Supreme Court decision gutting the Voting Rights Act, which was signed into law in 1965.
  • July 1, 2013 | Group Think

    The Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder is a setback for democracy -- especially at the local level. Overwhelming evidence shows that too many politicians continue to win elections by unfairly manipulating election rules based on how voters look or talk. The Court’s decision makes this problem worse. The biggest problem will be the manipulation of election rules for local offices that are often non-partisan and escape national attention. In Nueces County, Texas, for ...

  • June 27, 2013 | Group Think
    The Court has left room for remedial action by striking down only Section 4. Congress could broaden coverage through new criteria under a rewritten Section.
  • June 27, 2013 | Group Think
    Voting rights expert Gilda Daniels says that the SCOTUS decision will mean a widening gap between black and white voter turnout.
  • June 26, 2013 | Group Think
    Lawyer Gerry Hebert of the Campaign Legal Center writes that the VRA decision will have a detrimental impact that we can see, and is a "slap in the face" to congressional authority.
  • June 26, 2013 | Group Think
    The Brennan Center counsel says the VRA decision hurts all of us.
  • June 26, 2013 | Group Think
    Lawyer Paul Smith says the decision will pave the way for more attempts to disenfranchise those who oppose the governing majority.
  • June 26, 2013 | Group Think

    The Court went outrageously wrong in assuming we have become a post-racial America that no longer needs to be bound by the legal protections that have preserved the electoral process for nearly a half-century. Indeed, discrimination still happens, and it's not limited just to the southern states covered under provisions of the Voting Rights Act. Discrimination happens across America: North, East, West and South. And, unfortunately, it is not rare. The Supreme Court’s decision utterly ...

  • June 26, 2013 | Group Think
    Ari Berman writes that, with the repeal of the Voting Rights Act, powerful interests will be more able to manipulate electoral rules to preserve their own power.