At a time when leaders of both political parties are uniting to reform our criminal justice system, this veto is a failure of leadership. The legislature should override the veto and give these citizens a second chance.
Texas's strict photo ID requirement discriminates against African-American and Latino voters in violation of the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution, imposes an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote, and is an unconstitutional poll tax.
After President Obama called on Congress to honor the legacy of Selma by expanding access to the ballot, House members introduced a bill to modernize voter registration, which includes the Brennan Center's signature proposal.
Members of Congress today introduced the Democracy Restoration Act — based on a Brennan Center proposal — which would restore voting rights in federal elections to nearly 4.4 million American citizens with past criminal convictions.
Oregon passed a bold new 21st century standard for voter registration, approving a bill to streamline registration at the DMV by replacing a paper-based system with a new process in which voters are added to the rolls electronically.
Texas’s strict photo ID law violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and was passed by the Texas Legislature with intent to discriminate, argues a brief filed today in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, members of Congress today reintroduced a bipartisan bill to strengthen and restore the law’s core protection, which the U.S. Supreme Court gutted in 2013.