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Voting Rights Act

Jan 16, 2014 — A bipartisan group of lawmakers took the first step Thursday to patch a gaping hole in the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In June, the Supreme Court eviscerated a key part of the law that allowed for federal oversight of states with a history of discrimination at the ballot box.
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Sep 30, 2013 — The lawsuit takes aim at provisions that limit early voting periods and require a government photo ID as an illegal form of discrimination against minorities at the ballot box, according to a person briefed on the Justice Department's plans.
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Aug 13, 2013 — The measure signed Monday by Gov. Pat McCrory overhauls the state's election laws. It requires government-issued photo IDs at the polls, reduces the early voting period by one week and ends same-day registration.
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Jun 25, 2013 — Critics contend that by striking down a key section of the Voting Rights Act, the Supreme Court scrapped Congress' means of determining which jurisdictions required pre-clearance. Voting-rights advocates expect that states and other jurisdictions will now enact voter ID laws that had previously faced scrutiny.
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Jun 25, 2013 — While the decision does not do away with the landmark law entirely, it rendered an enforcement mechanism moot unless Congress acts.
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Jun 25, 2013 — According to Chief Justice John Roberts, the court will finish its work for the term on Wednesday. So, that's when we'll hear about its decisions on two high-profile cases involving gay rights.
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Jun 20, 2013 — With little time left on the 2012 term, cases on affirmative action, gay marriage and the Voting Rights Act are still outstanding. The court could rule on any of these as early as today.
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Jun 17, 2013 — The Supreme Court struck down an Arizona law that required proof of citizenship to register to vote. But while celebrating a victory, voting-rights organizations are still waiting for the superstar voting case of the current term: a challenge to the Voting Rights Act.
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Nov 9, 2012 — At issue is whether states that once blocked African-Americans from voting should still be subject to the landmark 1965 legislation.
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