Arkansas’s restrictive photo ID law violates the state constitution and must be struck down by the state Supreme Court, the Brennan Center argued in an amicus brief filed with a group of Arkansas historians and law professors.
Despite the ruling, the photo ID law will not be in effect because a federal judge blocked it earlier this year. Importantly, the state court changed a provision that would help voters get an ID for free.
One year after the Supreme Court’s Shelby County ruling in, the Brennan Center's new paper found a number of states have moved forward with controversial election changes in the absence of a key protection under the Voting Rights Act.
New voting restrictions developed since 2010 are slated to be in place in 22 states this November, according to a new Brennan Center report. In 15 of these states, 2014 will be the first federal election with new restrictions in effect.
Hundreds of bills to improve access to the polls have been introduced leading up to the 2014 election, in sharp contrast to the spate of restrictive laws introduced before 2012, a new Brennan Center analysis found.
From its first days, the Voting Rights Act united members of both parties. Critically, this proposal continues that bipartisan approach. We need an election system that works well for everyone, and doesn’t tolerate discrimination against anyone.
Restrictive laws requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote violate federal law, the Brennan Center argued today in a court motion filed on behalf of the League of Women Voters and two state affiliates.
Voters head to the polls tomorrow, one year after President Obama said “we have to fix” the long lines that marred the 2012 election. In the year since, there have been setbacks and gains to the cause of election reform.
Two Texas civic groups asked a federal court today to block the state’s photo ID requirement, arguing it violates the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution by making it harder for minorities to vote.
The Supreme Court’s decision is at odds with recent history. The Voting Rights Act was vital in 2012, not just 1965. For nearly five decades, it has been the nation’s most effective tool to eradicate racial discrimination in voting. And it is still critical today.