Features related to voting rights act

Rick Perry at the Texas GOP convention in 2014
July 22, 2014 | On Democracy

In its official 2014 platform for Texas, the GOP has gone for the chimerical bucket list of the extreme right instead of trying out real solutions to address real problems. Continue reading

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., addresses supporters and volunteers at his runoff election victory party Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at the Mississippi Children's Museum in Jackson, Miss
July 12, 2014 | Blog

On the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, advocates continue to push a bill to restore a key Voting Rights Act protection. Their latest target is Thad Cochran. Continue reading

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., addresses supporters and volunteers at his runoff election victory party Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at the Mississippi Children's Museum in Jackson, Miss
June 26, 2014 | Perspectives

Since Barack Obama’s election, GOP-controlled states have embarked on the most significant effort to restrict access to the ballot since Reconstruction. Continue reading

Ed 'Buster' Moore, a plaintiff in the voting-rights lawsuit Wandering Medicine v. McCulloch, stands before the southern portion of Fort Belknap, near where he lives. (Photo: Terri Long Fox/In These Times)
June 11, 2014 | Blog

Nearly 50 years after the Voting Rights Act, American Indians still don’t have equal access to the ballot box. Continue reading

Election worker Dorothy Davis checks a voter's ID at a polling place in Little Rock, Ark., for Arkansas' party primary elections Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
June 7, 2014 | Blog

A number of states have moved to expand access to the ballot in 2014. Many glitches have also developed as states implement new restrictions for the first time this year. Continue reading

People gather at the state capitol building in Columbus, Ohio following a 2004 march sponsored by the Ohio Voter Protection Coalition. October 2004. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch)
May 23, 2014 | Blog

A bill to restore many of the VRA’s key protections remains stalled in Congress. The House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte is yet to hold a hearing on the measure. Continue reading

Photo credit: Lauren Feeney
May 22, 2014 | Smart Charts

We haven’t come very far at all since the Civil Rights victories of the 1960s. Continue reading

Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn
April 15, 2014 | Blog

Democrats are making voting rights a key issue. Republicans used to do the same. Continue reading

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March 7, 2014 | Blog

Twenty-six years after the infamous Willie Horton ad, race-based politics blocked Debo Adegbile’s passage to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights division. Continue reading

Scotty Macom, right, walks with his wife, Kellie, center, and his son, Koal, 2, after he voted in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/The Press of Atlantic City, Vernon Ogrodnek)
January 17, 2014 | Blog
The legislation represents the first attempt by a bipartisan group in Congress to reinstate the vital protections of the VRA that the Supreme Court took away.
Plant Explosion Investigation
December 30, 2013 | Blog

As 2013 comes to an end, we asked editors, journalists and friends of BillMoyers.com: What story deserved more attention this year? Continue reading

A tour group walks past a memorial wreath displayed next to the bronze memorial bust, by Robert Berks, of President John F. Kennedy in the grand foyer of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, on the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's death. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
November 22, 2013 | Blog

The great passion of Kennedy’s last year was a struggle to enact an amendment ending the poll tax and removing other barriers to voting. Continue reading

Voter ID Students
November 8, 2013 | Blog

Shortly after passing the country’s worst voter suppression law, North Carolina Republicans targeted student voting. Continue reading

Texas Votes
October 23, 2013 | Blog

The law seems more focused on stopping the state’s changing demographics from affecting election outcomes than it is on stopping voter fraud. Continue reading

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is proof-of-citizenship laws and the new two-tiered voting scheme in his state.
October 16, 2013 | Blog

Why the voter registration strategy being implemented in Arizona and Kansas will disenfranchise thousands of voters. Continue reading

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