voting rights act
January 5, 2017 -
As U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama prepares for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week, civil rights groups are working to block his nomination, citing his poor record on civil rights and role in targeting African-American voting rights activists.
November 30, 2016 -
Gregg Phillips of Texas, a former Republican Party official turned conservative activist, sits on the board of True the Vote, a tea party-connected poll monitoring group that peddles exaggerated claims of voter fraud while pressing for restrictive voting laws.
November 18, 2016 -
Voting changes in states no longer subject to federal preclearance under the Voting Rights Act impacted this year's election, though it's still unclear whether they affected its outcome.
October 27, 2016 -
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's calls for his supporters to monitor the polls in 2016 raises the specter of the South's long history of voter intimidation. Voting rights advocates are ramping up their own poll monitoring in response.
October 6, 2016 -
On what would have been the 99th birthday of Mississippi voting rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, we recall her untimely death from heart disease at the age of 59 — a testament that denying a group of people political power is literally hazardous to their health.
August 26, 2016 -
Citing a weakened Voting Rights Act and Donald Trump's calls for supporters to act as "election observers," the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights has asked an international watchdog to dispatch additional monitors to oversee this year's presidential election.
August 12, 2016 -
With recent court rulings finding that voter discrimination is a real and present danger, voting rights advocates are pressing the case for hearings on legislation to restore the preclearance provision of the Voting Rights Act.