Archive for the ‘VOTER ID’ Category

Dec
2016
9

MI House Jams “Democracy-proof” Voter Suppression Bill Into Lame Duck Session

MI House Jams
  Michigan Republicans are working overtime to ram home very troubling legislation during the final days of the lame duck session. Despite swirling controversy around the election results, the legislature had the gall this week to move voter suppression legislation – in the form of HB 6066, HB 6067, and HB6068 – through the House:...
Sep
2016
20

The Show Me (Your License) State: MO GOP Overrides Gov’s Veto of Discriminatory Voter ID

The Show Me (Your License) State: MO GOP Overrides Gov's Veto of Discriminatory Voter ID
  Missouri came one step closer to implementing a new voter identification law on Wednesday after the Republican state legislature overrode a veto by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon. The law requires voters to show a government issued ID before casting a ballot in an election. Republicans claim the move is a common sense measure to [&hellip...
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Jul
2016
22

1968, Part 2: TX Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act but Isn’t Entirely Struck Down by Court

1968, Part 2: TX Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act but Isn't Entirely Struck Down by Court
  The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has confirmed that a Texas voter identification law violates the Voting Rights Act. For the fourth time in as many years, the law was found to be discriminatory, disproportionately affecting blacks and Latinos. The identification requirements are considered the strictest in the nation: Senate Bill 14...
Jan
2016
29

Crow’s Test: North Carolina Voter ID Stands Trial, Will Have Sweeping Implications for 2016 Elections

Crow's Test: North Carolina Voter ID Stands Trial, Will Have Sweeping Implications for 2016 Elections
  In North Carolina, a federal case examining the constitutionality of a voter identification law passed by the state legislature began on Monday.  The law requires that a photo ID be shown in order to be eligible to vote, a requirement that is proportionally harder to meet for the elderly and minorities.  The case has [&hellip...
Oct
2015
2

Alabama Just Closed Driver’s License Offices in Every County with a 75% Black Population

Alabama Just Closed Driver's License Offices in Every County with a 75% Black Population
  Obscured by evidence that Voter ID would disproportionately affect the black community.  During the legal challenge to the law the ACLU explained that 62 percent of black Alabama residents relied on public transportation, compared to 34 percent of white residents.  To boot, ALEA raised the fee for driver’s license renewal from...
Aug
2015
27

“The Most Racist Politician in America” Embroiled in Latest Voting Machine SNAFU

  Campaign speeches, millions of ad dollars, and tens of thousands of volunteers are fundamental to winning elections.  So is illegally suppressing voters that oppose your party.  Or hacking the electronic voting machines that people vote on. In Kansas, the top election official in the state has asked a Sedgwick County judge to block the...
Jul
2015
15

NC’s Archaic Voting Rights Rollback Goes on Closely Watched Trial

NC's Archaic Voting Rights Rollback Goes on Closely Watched Trial
  On Monday, trial began in a Winston-Salem, North Carolina federal courtroom to determine the fate of what one expert labeled “the worst voter suppression law since the 1960’s.”  The case, North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory, claims that a series of changes to the state’s election laws known as the North Carolina Voter Information and...
Oct
2014
15

One Of Their Own: Conservative Judge Admits Voter ID Is “Aimed at Limiting Voting by Minorities”

One Of Their Own: Conservative Judge Admits Voter ID Is
  In his 30-page opinion conservative Judge Richard A. Posner last week dismantled the Republican argument for Voter ID laws after hearing the Wisconsin Voter ID law case as part of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. The law was eventually shot down by the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2007 Posner, a Reagan appointee, wrote [&hellip...
Oct
2014
14

Few Surprises in WI’s First of Two Gov Debates as Burke Dings Walker on Voter ID, Jobs, Medicare

Few Surprises in WI's First of Two Gov Debates as Burke Dings Walker on Voter ID, Jobs, Medicare
  On Friday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his Democratic challenger Mary Burke participated in the first of two planned debates. They touched on subjects as disparate as the minimum wage and abortion just one month before the general election.  For Walker, much of the debate was spent defending his first controversial term in office....
Sep
2014
12

Court Action Keeps Dream of Early Voting Alive in Ohio, Despite Unrelenting GOP

Court Action Keeps Dream of Early Voting Alive in Ohio, Despite Unrelenting GOP
  A federal court has issued a preliminary injunction against cuts to the early voting period in the state of Ohio. The changes violate both the equal protection clause of the fourteenth amendment and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), according to the decision.  The state must now restore the so-called “golden week” [&hellip...
Jul
2014
9

NC College Students Fighting Voter ID Laws on Grounds of Age Discrimination

NC College Students Fighting Voter ID Laws on Grounds of Age Discrimination
  The subject of Voter ID usually revolves around race. Laws have been struck down in states such as Wisconsin and Pennsylvania due to their disproportional effect on minorities and the elderly, but other segments of the population are up in arms as well. Namely, college students.   In North Carolina, lawyers for seven college [&hellip...
Apr
2014
14

Quoting LBJ, Obama Slams GOP-Led Voter Suppression Efforts

Quoting LBJ, Obama Slams GOP-Led Voter Suppression Efforts
  On Friday, President Obama wrapped up a week of commemorating progress made by the civil rights movement with a fiery speech in which he lashed out at Republicans who seek to restrict voting rights through unnecessary legislation.   Aided by the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down aspects of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, [&hellip...