Alabama and Mississippi both hold presidential primaries on Tuesday. Last year, both states passed voter ID laws requiring a photo ID however, these laws are not in effect. They must be reviewed by the U.S. Department of Justice under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act because of past discrimination against minorities.
Yesterday the Department of Justice formally objected to the new Texas voter ID law, S.B. 14, citing the discriminatory effect that the law would have on Hispanics in the state. A reading through the DOJ’s letter, which was filed with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, brings to light interesting facts surrounding the need to clean up election administration.
For Americans, the right to vote is considered to be a fundamental right and yet it is being threatened all over the country. These threats do not always appear to be sinister or nefarious and are often presented as commonsense reforms. Unfortunately, many of these so-called reforms have consequences that are preventing citizens from having their vote counted.
Over the past two weeks, the U.S. Department of Justice objected to Texas’ photo ID law and to Florida’s law restricting voter registration drives and cutting the early voting period. In other good news, two state judges in Wisconsin issued a temporary and permanent injunction that suspends the photo ID law passed last year.
Texas claimed this week in a court filing that a key provision of the Voting Rights Act should be overturned because it violates the United States Constitution. The state is currently suing the federal government to obtain approval of a law that would compel Texans to produce a photo ID before they are allowed to vote. Texas claims that the strict ID requirement is necessary to prevent voter fraud. However, the U.S.
The biggest story in voting rights this week is news out of Texas that the Justice Department had blocked the state’s new voter ID law. On Thursday, an amended complaint was filed in the case which directly challenged Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.
As we examined the Texas voter ID law last week, the numbers made clear that when it comes to voter records, some states need a good spring cleaning. For those of us who have grown up with computers, the solution seems simple. Modernization of voter data and registration information could lead to numerous changes which would have extreme upsides for individual states, as well as voters and the nation as a whole.
Welcome to the FELN Weekly Redistricting Update. After a brief hiatus, we are back to provide updates on pending redistricting maps and lawsuits. Below you will find news updates for many key states. If you have updates to share – on federal, state and local redistricting plans – please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student voting was a hot topic this week, one that we even covered in our own blog when we discussed how students at several Pennsylvania colleges will not be able to use their student ID to vote because it lacks an expiration date. In Tennessee, State Rep. Joe Pitts advocated to make student IDs acceptable under the state’s new voter ID law.
Many state legislatures are winding down but several are still looking at bills that would change voting laws – both for better and worse – that will have an impact on voter’s ability to cast a ballot. Here’s a rundown of what we could see this week.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently remarked in its opposition to changes to Florida’s voting laws that the state is not doing enough to protect minorities from discrimination. In light of the recent furor surrounding the Treyvon Martin case, a statement like that coming from the DOJ would not come as a surprise to many. Yet this has been largely underreported. While national attention is paid to the Texas and South Carolina election cases, Florida coverage lacks.
The Connecticut General Assembly is currently considering a series of reforms intended to make voter registration and voting itself easier and more accessible. Among the proposals, which are backed by Secretary of State Denise Merrill and Governor Dannel Malloy, is the plan to introduce so-called “no-excuse” absentee ballots.
A Nebraska bill that would have required voters to show a government ID before being allowed to vote died yesterday in the state’s unicameral legislature. Supporters of the ALEC-inspired ID bill failed to generate enough votes to end a filibuster by opponents. According to Nebraskans for Civic Reform, the Nebraska DMV found that up to 130,000 Nebraskans lack a valid ID.
This week was full of great news for voting rights advocates. Voter suppression laws in both Missouri and Nebraska were dealt major blows.
In Missouri, where FELN worked with representatives from Advancement Project and the ACLU, a judge ruled in agreement with a complaint that declared the ballot language of the states’ proposed voter ID amendment confusing and misleading.