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Supreme Court Limits Enforcement of Voting Rights Act, Requiring Congress to Update Key Provision

Today the Supreme Court issued a narrow ruling, split along idealogical lines, against a key enforcement mechanism of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. On a 5-4 vote, the majority said Congress lacked grounds for requiring some states, and not others, to obtain "preclearance" or, federal approval, before changing election rules, according to Section 4 of the act. The Court ruled that the formula for states required to obtain preclearance, which was based on historic patterns of discrimination against minority voters, is outdated and must be updated by Congress.

Massive Moral March in Raleigh

A massive march and rally is planned for February 8 in Raleigh, NC, bringing together a broad coalition of activists united against North Carolina laws that restict voting and labor rights as well as widen economic disparities>

The Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments on Arizona's Voter ID Law

On Monday, March 18, 2013, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the landmark voter registration dispute of Arizona v. The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc (ITCA).

 

The case made its way to the highest court after 7 years of litigation between advocates and the opponents of Proposition

Centennial Celebration of the Women's Suffrage Parade in Washington, DC

From suffrage-centennial.org:

 

A coalition of organizations including the Smithsonian Museam of American History, the Alice Paul Institute, the Newseum, and others are hosting a centennial celebration weekend honoring the "historic fight for women's right to vote."    The event marks the 100th

Supreme Court Considers Constitutionality of Voting Rights Act

On Wednesday, February 27, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Shelby County v. Holder, a case which challenges a clause central to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  The Act, which is considered a landmark in civil rights legislation, has successully defeated efforts to disenfranchise minority