Voting Rights and Redistricting

New and stricter voting laws being considered or implemented by Republican-led state legislatures threaten to disenfranchise millions of voters, including minorities, college students and senior citizens. The laws include requiring a state-issued photo identification card, limits on early voting, and stricter rules for groups that conduct voter registration drives. Supporters of the laws say they are needed to prevent voter fraud, but a Department of Justice study of all 50 states found that voter fraud is extremely rare. Opponents suspect that their true motivation is political in an effort to make voting more difficult or impossible for demographic groups that traditionally support Democrats.

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BET News Special: White House Celebrates 50 Years of Voting Rights

The president calls for a new Voting Rights Act. (8/7/2015)

Federal Court Says Texas Voter ID Violates Voting Rights Act

A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that Texas' voter ID law has a "discriminatory" effect on minorities in a victory for President Barack Obama, whose administration took the unusual step of bringing the weight of the U.S. Justice Department...

Commentary: Hillary Clinton's Bold Move on Voting Rights

Presidential candidate wants an automatic voter registration process implemented across America.

Attorney General Bids Farewell After 6-Year Tenure

Eric Holder begins the next phase of his life.

Supreme Court Orders Review of North Carolina Redistricting

Democrats say Black voters have been packed into too few voting districts.

Supreme Court Rejects North Carolina Appeal on Election Law

The law eliminated same-day registration during early voting.
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