voting rights http://wrkf.org en Welcome To Voting Rights Boot Camp http://wrkf.org/post/welcome-voting-rights-boot-camp Election season is getting underway in states all over the country, and voting rights advocates worry some of those places may move to disenfranchise minorities by exploiting a Supreme Court ruling.<p>That ruling last June blew up a system that had forced states with a history of discrimination to win federal approval before making election changes.<p>Now, legal groups are responding by training a new generation of activists to sue. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 07:24:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 24819 at http://wrkf.org Welcome To Voting Rights Boot Camp Voting Rights Fight Takes New Direction http://wrkf.org/post/voting-rights-fight-takes-new-direction It's that time again, when primary voters start casting their ballots for the midterm elections. As in recent years, voters face new rules and restrictions, including the need in 16 states to show a photo ID.<p>But this year, some voting rights activists say they're seeing a change — <a href="http://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/voter-id.aspx#Details">fewer new restrictions</a> and, in some places, even a hint of bipartisanship.<p>Although that wasn't the case last month in Ohio, when the Legislature voted along party lines to eliminate a week of early voting. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:27:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 24384 at http://wrkf.org Voting Rights Fight Takes New Direction Lawmakers Roll Out Voting Rights Act Fix http://wrkf.org/post/lawmakers-roll-out-voting-rights-act-fix A bipartisan group of lawmakers took the first step Thursday to patch a gaping hole in the 1965 Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court eviscerated a key part of the law that allowed for federal oversight of states with a history of ballot box discrimination.<p>The bill, known as the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014, has been sponsored in the House by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., and James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc., and in the Senate by Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Majority Whip Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and Chris Coons, D-Del. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:52:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 21371 at http://wrkf.org Lawmakers Roll Out Voting Rights Act Fix The Racial History Of The 'Grandfather Clause' http://wrkf.org/post/racial-history-grandfather-clause People aren't exempted from new regulations because they're old and crotchety, even if that's what it sounds like when we say they're "grandfathered in."<p>The term "grandfathered" has become part of the language. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:44:00 +0000 editor 17782 at http://wrkf.org The Racial History Of The 'Grandfather Clause'