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.
Republicans today know that blocking access to the ballot has always relied on legal maneuvering and political schemes.
Why the G.O.P. doesn’t need to try to pass mostly unpopular policies through the elected branches.
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.
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.
True democracy is within our grasp.
What happens when the biggest election reform bill in half a century runs into one of the most formidable barriers to American governance?
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.
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.
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.
The case was the court’s first on the key remaining provision of the Voting Rights Act in the context of voting restrictions.
The court is being asked how hard it should be for states to pass what might be voter-suppression laws.
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.
The justices are about to consider whether the Voting Rights Act applies to policies that restrict the vote.
If you can’t beat them fair and square, tilt the playing field.
Democracy depends on understanding the connection.
The election and its aftermath have revealed weaknesses in our democracy. Here’s how we can fix some of them.
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.
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.
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.
Our election systems were not built for the modern era. Looking abroad might help.
There is no “both sides do it” when it comes to intentionally keeping Americans away from the polls.
The quest to entrench political conservatism in the country’s highest court comes with a steep cost.
Either we become a truly multiracial democracy or we cease to be a democracy at all.
The justices will consider challenges to Arizona’s ban on “ballot harvesting” and a suit against energy companies accused of contributing to climate change.
The president is harnessing the power of the government, from the Department of Homeland Security to the Postal Service, to disrupt the election. Read the magazine’s five-month investigation.
The first episode of of our four-part series, Stressed Election, focuses on voter suppression in Georgia, where a growing Black and Latino population is on the precipice of exercising its political voice, if they get the chance to vote.
She was part of the Supreme Court’s 4-member liberal wing throughout her 27-year tenure and led it in her last decade.
As an Indian-American professor of African-American history, I am experiencing Biden’s vice-presidential pick as a personal gift.
Party strategists pay a lot of attention to redrawing district maps — and hope you won’t bother to think about it.
Women’s suffrage is the story of a political revolution — with all sorts of parallels to today.
Resistance to eliminating it has long been connected to the idea of white supremacy.
He told us to keep the faith. It’s not easy.
During a reporting assignment in 2013, I received a rare glimpse of both the legend and the man. Neither one disappointed.
Democrats and activists who have long sought to update the Voting Rights Act say the proper way to honor the fallen civil rights icon is to pass it and name it in his honor. Republicans are opposed.
In four rulings in a row, the court has refused to ease voting restrictions.
Willingness to risk his life for civil rights was essential to the quest for justice.
He is a judicial minimalist who seeks to avoid sweeping decisions with disruptive effects.
Efforts by Trump and his allies to suppress the vote are only part of the problem.
She isn’t Georgia’s governor — she will tell you herself — but in “Our Time Is Now” she still has a blueprint for effective leadership.
He isn’t yet the pop culture star that Ruth Bader Ginsburg — “Notorious R.B.G.” to many — is. But his fans think he could be.
Representative John Lewis, the sole surviving speaker from the 1963 March on Washington, is working on a new version of the Voting Rights Act.