Voting Rights Act

Federal Court Strikes Down 'Discriminatory' Texas Voter ID LawA federal appeals court has struck down Texas' voter ID law, ruling that the Republican-backed measure first passed in 2011 violates the Voting Rights Act.
Supreme Court To Hear Texas Districts CaseThe Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear a case about whether states must count only those who are eligible to vote when drawing electoral districts for their legislatures.
Last United States 'Freedom Train' Makes Its Final TripThe last of the nation's "Freedom Train" rides paying tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. made its final trip in California on Monday after more than 30 years of operation.
Texas Voter ID Decision Not Expected Before Nov. ElectionsA federal judge on Tuesday began reviewing tough new Texas voter ID rules challenged by the Obama administration in a trial that could threaten the polarizing law.
Court: School District Violates Voting Rights Act A federal court has determined that the Irving Independent School District denies Hispanic residents an equal opportunity to vote and elect candidates of their choice.
Texas Election Maps Trial BeginsA federal trial over Texas election maps is giving the Obama administration a chance to argue that the Voting Rights Act should still apply to the Lone Star State.
Feds Taking 'Prime Role' In Texas Voting Maps CaseEfforts by the Obama administration to wring protections out of a weakened Voting Rights Act begin Monday in Texas over allegations that Republicans intentionally discriminated against minorities when drawing new election maps.
Obama To Focus Civil Rights Message On VotingA day after hailing the Civil Rights Act as a lasting legacy of Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency, President Barack Obama is using another civil rights forum to issue an election-year warning against erosion of the Voting Rights Act.
Texas Redistricting Fight Is Boon To LawyersThe fight in Texas over the once-a-decade redrawing of election districts is a boon to lawyers with a court battle still raging four years after the 2010 census.
Alabama Church Marks 50th Anniversary Of BombingAn Alabama church is marking the 50th anniversary of Ku Klux Klan bombing that claimed the lives of four young black girls.
U.S. Attorney General Takes Texas To Task Over Voting RightsU.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is asking a federal court in San Antonio to require the state to get federal approval or "pre-clearance" before it makes any changes to its voting laws.
U.S. Attorney General Targets Texas Voting Rights, Texas AG Strikes BackThe Obama administration opened an aggressive new front in the battle over voter protection Thursday, singling out Texas for legal action.
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