Supreme Court Revives Republican-Drawn Voting Map in Louisiana

A federal judge had ordered lawmakers to redraw the state’s six congressional districts to include two in which Black voters were in the majority.

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A Broken Redistricting Process Winds Down, With No Repairs in Sight

A brutal battle over drawing district boundaries in the House of Representatives has left the two political parties roughly at parity. But no one is celebrating.

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Trial Alleging Voter Suppression in 2018 Abrams-Kemp Georgia Race Begins

A trial is underway to determine whether Georgia’s handling of the 2018 election for governor was discriminatory, in a case brought by Stacey Abrams’s voting rights group.

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Ketanji Brown Jackson, a Transformative Justice Whose Impact May Be Limited

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will help make the Supreme Court look like the nation but will have little power to halt its rightward trajectory.

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Judge Rules Parts of Florida Voting Law Unconstitutional

The ruling against a major Republican election law, issued by a federal judge in Tallahassee, is likely to be overturned either by a higher appeals court or the U.S. Supreme Court.

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How Are We Still Debating Interracial Marriage in 2022?

The Ketanji Brown Jackson hearings unleashed some deeply retro Senatorial opinions.

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Why Redistricting May Lead to a More Balanced U.S. Congress

This year’s congressional map, despite continued gerrymandering, is poised to have a nearly equal number of districts that lean Democratic and Republican.

#democratic-party, #elections, #elections-house-of-representatives, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965

This Supreme Court May Be an Abomination. But It Is Not an Aberration.

For most of its history, the court has been a friend to hierarchy and reaction.

#black-people, #discrimination, #elections-house-of-representatives, #minorities, #race-and-ethnicity, #supreme-court-us, #voting-rights-act-1965

The Supreme Court Fails Black Voters in Alabama

The voting rights decision is further evidence of an impatient conservative majority.

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Supreme Court Restores Alabama Voting Map That a Court Said Hurt Black Voters

A special three-judge court had ordered lawmakers to redraw the lines, saying Black voters “have less opportunity” than other Alabamians to elect their favored candidates.

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Supreme Court, in 5-4 Vote, Restores Alabama’s Congressional Voting Map

A special three-judge court had ordered lawmakers to redraw the lines, saying Black voters “have less opportunity” than other Alabamians to elect their favored candidates.

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Older Americans Fight to Make America Better

We don’t want to leave the world a worse place than we found it.

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Are New Voting Bill Talks for Real or for Show?

Senators involved in the negotiations underway say the discussions are serious and substantive, but some Democrats remain wary.

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Stephen Breyer Was the Right Justice for the Wrong Age

His belief in the power of facts was out of step in a counterfactual age.

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Alabama Redistricting Decision Reasserts Voting Rights Act

Three federal judges in Alabama ruled that a new congressional map drawn by G.O.P. state lawmakers violated the Voting Rights Act.

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Georgia and Voting Rights: Deep Distrust Over a Plan to Close Polling Places

As legislation to expand voting rights was blocked in Washington, local residents debate a plan from officials in Lincoln County, Ga., who say they want to streamline and modernize their system.

#black-people, #elections, #georgia, #local-government, #republican-party, #voting-rights-act-1965, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Court Throws Out Alabama’s New Congressional Map

A federal panel of judges ordered state lawmakers to redraw the lines, saying Black voters “have less opportunity than other Alabamians” to elect candidates of their choice.

#alabama, #midterm-elections-2022, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #voting-rights-act-1965

Senate Democrats Press Ahead With Debate on Voting Rights Bill

The Senate on Tuesday will begin to debate new voting rights protections, even though the measure appears all but dead in the face of two key Democratic defections.

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Sinema Says She Will Not Support Changing Filibuster

Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s comments came after the House approved a set of voting rights measures on a party-line vote of 220 to 203.

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House Passes Voting Rights Bill, Speeding a Senate Showdown

Democrats used an arcane maneuver to pass the legislation, denying Republicans in the Senate the ability to block it from being brought up, as they have done four times previously.

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Biden Will Endorse Changing Senate Rules to Pass Voting Rights Legislation

In Georgia, the president will express support for altering rules around the Senate filibuster, setting up a confrontation with Republicans.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #democratic-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Voting Rights Groups Skipping Biden’s Speech Over Inaction

Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for governor, also will not be there, but she cited a scheduling conflict.

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Do We Have the Supreme Court We Deserve?

It has become a willing participant in a war for the soul of the country.

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Voting Rights Tracker: What to Know About the U.S. Elections Fight

Since the 2020 election, Republicans have pursued a host of new voting restrictions across the country. Here’s where things stand.

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King Family and Activists Plan Marches to Spur Action on Voting Rights

Prominent backers of stalled voting rights legislation plan a blitz emphasizing the urgent need to counter new state restrictions.

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Justice Dept. Files Voting Rights Suit Against Texas Over Map

The department said the state’s redistricting plan would violate the Voting Rights Act by discriminating against minority voters.

#black-people, #discrimination, #federal-state-relations-us, #garland-merrick-b, #gupta-vanita, #hispanic-americans, #justice-department, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965

Justice Dept. Files Voting Rights Suit Against Texas Over New Map

The department said the state’s redistricting plan would violate the Voting Rights Act by discriminating against minority voters.

#discrimination, #garland-merrick-b, #gupta-vanita, #justice-department, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965

As Gerrymanders Get Worse, Options to Overturn Them Get Weaker

Persuading judges to undo skewed political maps was never easy. A shifting judicial landscape is making it harder.

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Republicans Block a Second Voting Rights Bill in the Senate

Democrats hope that a filibuster of a measure named for former Representative John Lewis of Georgia, the civil rights icon, will help build momentum for a change in Senate rules.

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Republicans Are Expected to Block a Second Voting Rights Bill in the Senate

Democrats hope that a filibuster of a measure named for former Representative John Lewis of Georgia, the civil rights icon, will help build momentum for a change in Senate rules.

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The Supreme Court Has Gone Off the Rails

Justices who once derided judicial “meddling” are now meddlers themselves.

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I Know This Is Crazy, but Maybe We Should Live Under Majority Rule

Or at least try it.

#filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #law-and-legislation, #lodge-henry-cabot, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965

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.

#democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #lewis-john-r, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

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.

#democratic-party, #discrimination, #house-of-representatives, #voting-rights-act-1965

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.

#arizona, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #race-and-ethnicity, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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.

#arizona, #presidential-election-of-2020, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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.

#democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965

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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