Tag: Voter-id

ACLU Fights Voter ID Laws, Early Voter Suppression

Last week a temporary solution in court granted about 17,500 people the right to vote this Election Day thanks to the efforts of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and the ACLU had been in a court battle over the state’s law requiring people…

Advancement Project: 'Voting rights groups are winning and changing the narrative'

As legal battles wage on fighting issues including strict voter ID laws, one group has chosen to focus on community-centered solutions in the battle for equal voting rights. The Advancement Project is a national nonprofit organization that uses an “on-the-ground” approach to “reform and dismantle” discriminatory policies targeting minorities, including…

Court Denies North Carolina Motion to Stay Decision on Racist Voter ID Law

On Thursday the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a proposed motion to stay the court’s earlier decision to eliminate a voter ID law that disproportionately prevented minorities from voting. The court determined that staying its initial ruling “would only undermine the integrity and efficiency of the upcoming election.”…

Voter ID Laws Smacked Down as Being Overtly Racist

Recent court rulings in five separate states have overturned portions of voting laws the courts determined specifically restricted voting rights among minorities. Two unrelated federal court rulings on Friday explicitly stated that voter ID laws in North Carolina and Wisconsin were created to disenfranchise Black voters. On Monday, a federal…

Texas Voter ID Law Discriminates, Federal Court Rules

A strict voter ID law in Texas does indeed discriminate against Blacks and Latinos, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, saying the law violates the U.S. Voting Rights Act. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in New Orleans, partially upheld a 2014 district court ruling, agreeing that the Texas…

Courts: Texas, Wisconsin Voter-ID Laws Are Racist

By Daryl Hannah Texas voters will not need to present a photo ID in order to cast a ballot this November, thanks to a ruling by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, who likened the newly proposed requirement to a poll tax deliberately meant to suppress Black and Latino voter…

Federal Judges Block N.C.'s Discriminatory Voting-Rights Laws

By Daryl Hannah North Carolina voters will again be allowed to register and vote on the same day and cast ballots in precincts other than the ones to which they are assigned, thanks to a federal appeals court decision that blocked newly proposed changes to the state’s voting-rights laws. In…