For more than a decade, states around the country have steadily chipped away at one of the biggest roadblocks to voting in the United States.
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The Voting Rights Act was a landmark piece of national legislation in the United States that prohibits discrimination in voting. It was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Also see our section on American democracy as well as our articles on African-American voting rights, Voter Access, and Racism.
If those seeking a narrowing of the VRA are successful, it would significantly diminish the use of the law to challenge ballot regulations.
Despite high voter turnout in last month’s election, the racial turnout gap was larger than any point in the past decade.
Before the Supreme Court is a legal battle over an Alabama voting rights bill that could further undermine federal voting rights law.
As showcased by the impact of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the extension of voting rights can reduce political violence, study.
The Voting Rights Act showcases the political challenges America has faced historically but there are opportunities for a better future.
The right to vote is constitutional and political, so congruence and proportionality shouldn’t apply to federal voting rights legislation.
New York state senators are expected to give final approval to a dramatic change of election laws aimed at increasing voter turnout.
Friday, voting rights groups sued Florida, alleging its new congressional maps will reduce Black representation while benefiting the GOP.
Over the last decade, the Supreme Court has significantly harmed the Voting Rights Act’s effectiveness, and things could get worse.