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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Civil Rights Groups Sue to Get Voter Registration Applications Processed

Georgia secretary of state forced to act on tens of thousands of applications.

50th Anniversary of March to Tackle Today's Issues

Activists are planning to use the event to energize people to address issues of current day voting rights and redistricting.

BET Wire: Is the Ebola Crisis This Year's October Surprise?

The Ebola crisis sidelines President Obama from the campaign trail and could impact the midterm elections; First Lady Michelle Obama says she's losing it; an African-American newspaper endorses a Republican governor; the Confederate flag above Sou...

Courts Block Voter ID Laws in Texas, Wisconsin

Republican-backed voter ID laws get twin blows.

BET Wire: An Ally Calls Out Obama's Leadership Skills

President Obama's "allies" accuse him of weak leadership and respondents in a national poll concur; a Republican congressional candidate uses footage from the beheading of an American journalist in a campaign ad; a second Black congressional distr...

Study: Voter ID Laws Cut Turnout by Blacks, Young

The study compared election turnout in Kansas and Tennessee — which tightened voter ID requirements between the 2008 and 2012 elections — to voting in four states that didn't change their identification requirements.
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