The lawyer behind the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Citizens United, is suing Virginia election officials to stop some voters from submitting absentee ballots in the upcoming June 23 primary. Jim Bopp, the Indiana attorney who filed the lawsuit in federal court earlier this month, said the state can’t let voters use “disability or illness” … Continue reading Republicans pulling out all the stops to supress the vote in Virginia
Oh, what a tangled web we weave.. In addition to insulting law-abiding voters everywhere, these lies about fraud threaten the foundations of American democracy. They have provided the justification for state voter-suppression laws around the country, and they could give the Trump administration a pretext to roll back voting rights on a national scale. On … Continue reading Trump administration building a pretext to roll back voting rights on a national scale?
Three years ago this week — on June 25, 2013 — the U.S. Supreme Court in its Shelby County v. Holder decision gutted the Voting Rights Act (VRA), a civil rights law signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965 to ban racial discrimination in voting. Within minutes of that decision, then-Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott tweeted that the state’s strict … Continue reading Restore the Voting Rights Act
Commonwealth of Virginia Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe For Immediate Release May 23, 2016 Contact: Brian Coy, Brian.Coy@Governor.Virginia.Gov Governor McAuliffe Statement on Republican Lawsuit to Preserve Voter Disenfranchisement Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement after Republicans in the General Assembly filed a lawsuit to preserve Virginia’s policy of disenfranchising ex-felons who have served … Continue reading Governor McAuliffe Statement on Republican Lawsuit to Preserve Voter Disenfranchisement
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was a landmark piece of legislation designed to protect a principle of American democracy: equality at the ballot box. But in some states, access to voting is becoming less and less equal. In the aftermath of a controversial 2013 Supreme Court ruling that allowed states to draft their own … Continue reading Why Is It So Hard to Vote in America?