Voting Rights Act

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue August 6, 2013

"Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy"

  Today, August 6th is the anniversary of the 1965 signing of the Voting Rights Act. Historian Gary May’s newest book is Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy. In it, he traces the history of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 from its creation during the heyday of the civil rights era to the challenges its historic provisions face. Recent developments have plunged the VRA—and the newest efforts to decimate it—back into the headlines.

Commentary & Opinion
3:47 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Michael Meeropol: This Economist Is Now Just A Citizen Concerned About The Right To Vote

Today I want to talk about the Supreme Court’s recent decision eviscerating the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  

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North Country News
8:30 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Vermont U.S. Senator Leahy to Seek Answers to Voting Rights

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy

Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy says he will call hearings of the Senate Judiciary Committee to see if legislation can be written to protect minority voting rights that many feel were threatened after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Voting Rights Act.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed June 26, 2013

6/26/13 - Panel

Today's panelists are WAMC newsman, Ray Graf and Stephen Gottlieb, the Jay and Ruth Caplan Distinguished Professor at Albany Law School.

Topics:
SCOTUS - Voting Rights Act Decision
DOMA/Prop 8

WAMC News
7:48 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Mass. Dems Fault Court Ruling On Voting Rights Law

Credit wikipedia commons

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and other top Democrats are criticizing the Supreme Court's ruling on the landmark Voting Rights Act.

The justices ruled 5-4 Tuesday that a key provision of the law cannot be enforced unless Congress creates an up-to-date formula for deciding which states and localities still need federal monitoring.

Patrick called the decision "disappointing." He said many areas of the country are moving to limit access to the ballot and that politics is still "racially polarized" in states covered by the provision in the law.

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