Tribpedia: The Voting Rights Act

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As the Voting Rights Act of 1965 approaches its 50th anniversary, the landmark legislation remains very much in the news. On June 25, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court declared Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. This key component of the act –– which determines which states or regions are subject to preclearance from the U.S. Department of ...

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Analysis: Behind Voter ID, Federal Pre-Clearance

Woven into the recent federal ruling that found the state's voter photo ID law unconstitutional is a bigger question for Texas lawmakers — whether the state should have to seek federal permission when it changes election and voting laws. That requirement was recently lifted by the U.S. Supreme Court, but it can be reinstated when states discriminate against minorities.

Texas Voting Rights Dispute Enters Another Round

Texas Weekly

Texas Republicans and Democrats are still at odds over voter ID and redistricting, but the venue has changed. During the legislative sessions, the Republicans have been on offense with the Democrats on defense. Now, in court, those tables are turned, with Democrats and the Obama administration moving aggressively against the GOP-backed measures.

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Redistricting Plan Set, But Legal Debate Isn't Over

Lawmakers passed a new set of congressional and legislative maps in their first special session. Redistricting has been a long and contentious process, and it is probably far from overThis story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series, a monthlong look at how the bills and budget passed by the 83rd Legislature will affect Texans' lives starting Sept. 1. 

Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at a polling station in the Hancock Center on Tuesday Nov. 6, 2012 in Austin, Texas.
Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at a polling station in the Hancock Center on Tuesday Nov. 6, 2012 in Austin, Texas.

What Would Happen if Voting Were Easier?

Voting is not exactly hard, but it is a hassle. What if it wasn't? Suppose it could be done in a way that got everyone voting without raising serious questions about security and voter fraud. Suppose practically everyone eligible to vote in an election in Texas actually did so. Would we get the same results we get now?

Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at a location across the street from the University of Texas at Austin campus on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at a location across the street from the University of Texas at Austin campus on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.

On Voting Rights Act, Texans Follow GOP's Lead

It’s easy to admit that those other states need some federal oversight, but here in Texas? Get out of town.

Updated: Supreme Court Begins Oral Arguments on Section 5

Leading up to Wednesday’s oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, lawmakers said the decision on whether to uphold Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act will affect progress that propelled minorities to more equal ground in Texas. The court will decide if Congress overstepped its authority when it reauthorized the landmark civil rights legislation for 25 years.