Monthly Archives: August 2015

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DOJ to 5th Circuit: Texas voter ID law needs to be fixed ASAP

AUSTIN — The Obama administration and several civil rights groups are urging a federal appeals court to fast track the process of temporarily fixing Texas’ voter ID law in time for the upcoming Nov. 3 elections. In court filings Thursday, the Justice Department and civil rights groups asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals…

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How Google Could Rig the 2016 Election

America’s next president could be eased into office not just by TV ads or speeches, but by Google’s secret decisions, and no one—except for me and perhaps a few other obscure researchers—would know how this was accomplished. Research I have been directing in recent years suggests that Google, Inc., has amassed far more power to…

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Federal court strikes down ‘discriminatory’ Texas voter ID

A federal appeals court struck down Texas’ voter ID law on Wednesday in a victory for the Obama administration, which had taken the unusual step of bringing the weight of the U.S. Justice Department to fight new Republican-backed mandates at the ballot box. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the 2011 law…

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If Congress Can’t Fix Voting Rights, Let’s Make Voting Easier, Senator Says

WASHINGTON — When the Supreme Court threw out a key portion of the Voting Rights Act two years ago, it told Congress to fix it. Congress hasn’t, failing to take up even bipartisan proposals. So one Democratic leader, Sen. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), is planning to try a new tack Wednesday, rolling out three pieces of…

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A Democratic presidential candidate just offered 2016’s boldest voting rights proposal yet

Former Maryland governor and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley called for a constitutional amendment “to protect every citizen’s right to vote” today, reports CNN. In the crucial early primary state of South Carolina, O’Malley marked the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act with an address to the bipartisan African-American professional group 20/20 Leaders of America, forcefully pushing…

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Tens Of Thousands Of Californians Are About To Get Their Voting Rights Restored

SAN FRANCISCO — Tens of thousands of California residents will soon have their voting rights restored as the state drops its appeal of a ruling that found the state could not bar individuals who have left prison and completed parole from registering to vote. California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who was elected last fall,…

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