Back in June, we reflected on how the Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling in Shelby County v. Holder rolled back key parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and led to rampant voter suppression. Now the House of Representatives has taken a major step towards restoring voting rights protections. On Friday, the House of Representatives voted 228-187 to… Read more
A Voting Rights Victory in Florida!
Big news out of Florida! A federal judge has ruled that Florida cannot prevent the state’s 1.4 million returning citizens from voting, even if they have unpaid fines and fees. Florida voters overwhelmingly passed an amendment during the November 2018 election to restore voting rights to most citizens with felony convictions who have served their… Read more
Shelby, Six Years Later
Activists across the country are taking to the streets this week to mark the six-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder. The decision, handed down on June 25, 2013, stripped the Voting Rights Act of 1965 of its enforcement powers, allowing voter suppression to continue to plague our democracy without repercussions.… Read more
Move to Expand: The Renewed Fight for Voting Rights
Voter suppression has long been part of our election system. Despite our best efforts to fix it, there always seem to be strategies in place (gerrymandering, strict voter ID laws, or polling place closures, etc.) to keep people from practicing their right to vote. Part of this recent wave of disenfranchisement comes as a result… Read more