House Passes a Voting Rights Bill, but a G.O.P. Blockade Awaits in the Senate

Named for the civil rights icon John Lewis, the bill is narrower than the Democrats’ sweeping elections overhaul that has stalled in the Senate, but faces similar obstacles.

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House On Track to Pass Voting Rights Bill With Slim Chances in Senate

Named for civil rights icon John Lewis, the bill is narrower than the Democrats’ sweeping elections overhaul that has stalled in the Senate, but faces similar obstacles.

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As Democrats Renew Voting Rights Push, Offsetting Roberts Court Is Top of Mind

The House’s voting rights legislation named for the civil rights leader John Lewis seeks to counter the Supreme Court’s longstanding bid to undermine the Voting Rights Act.

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As Republicans Take Aim at Voting, Democrats Search for a Response

A speech by President Biden on Tuesday could be a signal of how hard the Democrats will fight to protect voting rights.

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How Convenient Should Voting Be? Court Ruling Leaves No Clear Answer

The Supreme Court’s decision on voting rights suggests that limits to the convenience of voting methods may be relatively permissible, while new burdens on casting a ballot in-person might be more vulnerable.

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Trump Is Gone, Sort of. The Fireworks Are Still Going Off.

The Supreme Court, Congress, even the White House. — the reverberations are everywhere.

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Proving Racist Intent: Democrats Face High New Bar in Opposing Voting Laws

Democrats and voting rights groups say they can no longer count on the federal courts, including the Supreme Court, to serve as a backstop for preventing racially discriminatory voting restrictions.

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Democrats Brace for a Narrower Path to Challenge New Voting Laws

The Supreme Court’s ruling on Thursday involving Arizona voting laws appeared to limit the options for voting rights groups to mount legal challenges to restrictive new measures being passed in Republican-controlled states.

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Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Voting Restrictions

The decision, a test of what remains of the Voting Rights Act, suggested that challenges to many new measures making it harder to vote may not be successful.

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Trump and the Republican Party’s Cruel Logic

Why there was Trumpism long before Trump — and there will be long afterward. 

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Justice Dept. Sues Georgia Over Voting Restrictions Law

The lawsuit came after Republicans blocked ambitious federal legislation this week to protect voting rights.

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A Bill Destined to Fail May Now Spawn More Plausible Options

The For the People Act had little chance of testing the limits of what if anything is still possible in Washington. Oddly, it was so far from passage that it may provide some hope, because so many avenues remain to be pursued.

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Republicans Block Voting Rights Bill, Dealing Blow to Biden and Democrats

All 50 G.O.P. senators opposed the sweeping elections overhaul, leaving a long-shot bid to eliminate the filibuster as Democrats’ best remaining hope to enact legal changes.

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The Really Big Fight on Voting Rights Is Just Around the Corner

The John Lewis Act would reaffirm Congress’s central role in protecting the right to vote against racially discriminatory changes.

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A Crucial Voting Rights Decision

Is the Supreme Court willing to step in and settle the fight over restrictive voter laws?

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Stop Hoping the G.O.P. Will Play Ball

Democrats are playing an honor game; Republicans are playing an endgame.

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Garland Pledges Renewed Efforts to Protect Voting Rights

The attorney general’s commitment served notice to Republican-led states imposing new voting restrictions, and included a vow to protect the voting rights of people of color.

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Voter Suppression Must Be the Central Issue

People of color have been pivotal in some recent elections. Republicans are determined to stop that.

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VP Kamala Harris Asked to Lead on Voting Rights, and It’s a Challenge

Her new role comes as the Senate enters a crucial month in the Democratic drive to enact the most extensive elections overhaul in a generation.

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Harris Asked to Lead on Voting Rights, and It’s a Challenge

Her new role comes as the Senate enters a crucial month in the Democratic drive to enact the most extensive elections overhaul in a generation.

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On Voting Rights, Biden Prefers to Negotiate. This Time, It Might Not Be Possible.

The president’s long history of deal making on the issue is crashing into the realities of a more sharply partisan time.

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Inside Democrats’ Scramble to Repel the G.O.P. Voting Push

Lacking effective legislative or legal ways to stop Republicans from introducing new voting limits, Democrats are applying pressure on their allies in Washington and trying to energize supporters.

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Florida’s New Voting Rights Law Explained

Voting rights groups filed lawsuits shortly after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation reducing voting access in the battleground state. Critics said the law will disproportionately affect people of color.

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Constitutional Challenges Loom Over Proposed Voting Bill

The sprawling legislation, known as H.R. 1, could result in lawsuits leading to a dozen Supreme Court cases, legal experts said.

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Black Democrats, Conflicted on a Voting Rights Push, Fear It’s Too Late

In the South, Black Democrats describe a party too slow in combating Republican voting limits. And Black lawmakers are wary that a major elections bill could reduce their power in Congress.

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Learning Caution From a Late Columnist

Sometimes we misjudge the meaning of events unfolding around us.

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Virginia, the Old Confederacy’s Heart, Becomes a Voting Rights Bastion

For nearly 50 years, the state was subject to Voting Rights Act rules meant to deter racial discrimination. Those federal guidelines are now shredded, but Virginia just recreated them on its own.

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The Painful History of the Georgia Voting Law

Republicans today know that blocking access to the ballot has always relied on legal maneuvering and political schemes.

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Republicans Have an Ambitious Agenda for the Supreme Court

Why the G.O.P. doesn’t need to try to pass mostly unpopular policies through the elected branches.

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Georgia Law Kicks Off Partisan Battle Over Voting Rights

Civil rights groups quickly challenged a new law placing restrictions on voting, while President Biden denounced it as “Jim Crow.” Republicans in other states are determined to follow suit with their own measures.

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Democrats Begin Push for Biggest Expansion of Voting Since 1960s

Democrats characterized the far-reaching elections overhaul as the civil rights battle of modern times. Republicans called it a power grab that would put their party at a permanent disadvantage.

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Joe Manchin and Stacey Abrams Can Meet on Common Ground

True democracy is within our grasp.

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For Democracy to Stay, the Filibuster Must Go

What happens when the biggest election reform bill in half a century runs into one of the most formidable barriers to American governance?

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In Georgia, Republicans Take Aim at Role of Black Churches in Elections

New proposals by the G.O.P.-controlled Legislature have targeted Sunday voting, part of a raft of measures that could reduce the impact of Black voters in the state.

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Targeting State Restrictions, House Is Set to Pass Landmark Voting Rights Expansion

The omnibus voting, ethics and campaign finance bill would roll back barriers to voting enacted by Republican statehouses, but it faces an uphill battle in the Senate.

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Supreme Court Case Could Limit Options to Fight Republican Voting Restrictions

The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments on an Arizona case that could further undermine the ability of the Voting Rights Act to protect access to the ballot.

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Supreme Court Seems Ready to Sustain Arizona Voting Limits

The case was the court’s first on the key remaining provision of the Voting Rights Act in the context of voting restrictions.

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Will the Supreme Court Gut the Voting Rights Act?

The court is being asked how hard it should be for states to pass what might be voter-suppression laws.

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A Supreme Court Test for What’s Left of the Voting Rights Act

While state legislatures consider new voting restrictions to address claims of election fraud, the justices will hear arguments on what kind of legal scrutiny such laws should face.

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We Still Have to Worry About the Supreme Court and Elections

The justices are about to consider whether the Voting Rights Act applies to policies that restrict the vote.

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Restrict the Vote!

If you can’t beat them fair and square, tilt the playing field.

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What Trump, San Francisco and the Deer in My Backyard Have in Common

Democracy depends on understanding the connection.

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How to Ensure This Never Happens Again

The election and its aftermath have revealed weaknesses in our democracy. Here’s how we can fix some of them.

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‘Fear the Democrats’: Georgia Republicans Deliver Persistent Message

Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue are resting their re-election hopes on a strategy that calls more attention to what they’re against than what they support.

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Knocking on Two Million Doors in Georgia

Control of the Senate could hinge on Black voters — and on an ambitious effort to get them to the polls in the largest numbers ever for the Jan. 5 runoff elections.

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‘It’s a Big Deal’: TV Coverage Notes Magnitude of Kamala Harris Victory

On Fox News, Donna Brazile recalled that her mother and grandmother could not vote. “Just scoot over and let women also share in the leadership of this country,” she said.

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When It Comes to Democracy, the U. S. Is Showing Its Age

Our election systems were not built for the modern era. Looking abroad might help.

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Why Are Republicans So Afraid of Voters?

There is no “both sides do it” when it comes to intentionally keeping Americans away from the polls.

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Amy Coney Barrett and the Republican Party’s Supreme Court

The quest to entrench political conservatism in the country’s highest court comes with a steep cost.

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End Minority Rule

Either we become a truly multiracial democracy or we cease to be a democracy at all.

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