Section 5 Voting Rights Act http://apr.org en In Focus: Alabama's Voter ID Law http://apr.org/post/focus-alabamas-voter-id-law <p></p><p>It was one year ago when the US Supreme Court struck down a key section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.&nbsp; That section required federal approval for voting changes in states with a history of racial discrimination, mostly in the south.&nbsp; And after the Supreme Court acted, many of those states rushed to enact laws requiring photo identification to vote, including here in Alabama. The state reported few problems during this month’s primary election.&nbsp; Critics of voter photo ID say they’re waiting for the November election when more voters show up at the polls.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 03:46:53 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 54712 at http://apr.org In Focus: Alabama's Voter ID Law Shelby County V. Holder: One Year Later http://apr.org/post/shelby-county-v-holder-one-year-later <p>It's been one year since the Supreme Court ruled a key provision in the 1965 Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. In Shelby County, Alabama versus Holder the ruling says states with a history of chronic racial discrimination no longer needed to get Justice Department approval for changes to voting rules. Janai Nelson is the Associate Director-Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Alabama Public Radio’s Ryan Vasquez talked with Nelson about the act, and how violations outlawed by the measure are now re-appearing.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 19:50:06 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 54493 at http://apr.org Shelby County V. Holder: One Year Later Southern States Gird For New Fight On Voter Laws http://apr.org/post/southern-states-gird-new-fight-voter-laws <p>New efforts by the Obama administration to put Texas back under voting rights laws knocked down by the Supreme Court has other states waiting to see if they're next.</p><p>The Justice Department wants Texas to continue seeking federal preapproval to change voting laws. That's despite justices stripping that requirement from the Voting Rights Act last month.</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 21:44:15 +0000 Ryan Vasquez & The Associated Press 34918 at http://apr.org Southern States Gird For New Fight On Voter Laws Civil Rights Leaders Promise to Protest Ruling http://apr.org/post/civil-rights-leaders-promise-protest-ruling <p>Alabama civil rights leaders say they'll be creative as they plan ways to protest the Supreme Court decision to throw out part of the landmark Voting Rights Act.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Speaking at a news conference on the Capitol steps in Montgomery on Thursday, Democratic state Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma urged Alabama residents to participate in an Aug. 24 recreation of the March on Washington.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; He also encouraged local protests of the ruling, which black leaders say pushes back gains made since the 1960s.<br> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:42:05 +0000 The Associated Press 33165 at http://apr.org Civil Rights Leaders Promise to Protest Ruling Ala Democratic Leaders Bash Supreme Court Ruling http://apr.org/post/ala-democratic-leaders-bash-supreme-court-ruling <p>Two estranged leaders of Alabama's Democratic Party are united in their criticism of a Supreme Court decision on voting rights.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Both Alabama Democratic Conference leader Joe Reed and former party chairman Mark Kennedy say they'll do what they can to fight the decision released Tuesday.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; A majority of the justices sided with Republican-controlled Shelby County in ruling that a key part of the 1965 law can't be enforced without new congressional action.<br> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:21:42 +0000 The Associated Press 33042 at http://apr.org Ala Democratic Leaders Bash Supreme Court Ruling Ala. County At Heart Of Voting Rights Case Pleased http://apr.org/post/ala-county-heart-voting-rights-case-pleased <p>The Alabama county at the center of the Supreme Court's decision on voting rights is praising the decision.</p><p>Shelby County attorney Butch Ellis says the ruling Tuesday will save local and state governments time and money without hurting the cause of voting equality.</p><p>Ellis says he's "elated" with the ruling, in which the court said a key part of the law is invalid until it's updated by Congress.</p><p>The justices set aside a part of the landmark law that requires federal approval for changes to election practices in the South and some other areas.</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 22:03:38 +0000 The Associated Press 33011 at http://apr.org Ala. County At Heart Of Voting Rights Case Pleased Supreme Court Considers Voting Rights Act Challenge http://apr.org/post/supreme-court-considers-voting-rights-act-challenge <p>All year long here on Alabama Public Radio, we’re looking at the 50th anniversary of some of the pivotal moments in the Civil Rights Era. Times of have changed for the better since 1963, but have they changed so much that we can move on from laws meant to protect minorities. Shelby County is challenging a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 saying it’s no longer needed. Today Mason Davis is an accomplished lawyer in Birmingham, but in 1958 he was just a young law student trying to register to vote in Alabama.</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 19:21:47 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 30286 at http://apr.org Supreme Court Considers Voting Rights Act Challenge 2-Day Bus Tour Highlights Voting Rights Act http://apr.org/post/2-day-bus-tour-highlights-voting-rights-act <p></p><p></p><p>A two-day bus tour to support the Voting Rights Act kicks off Tuesday morning in Jackson, Miss., and wraps up Wednesday afternoon in Montgomery, Ala.</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 04:20:44 +0000 The Associated Press 29365 at http://apr.org 2-Day Bus Tour Highlights Voting Rights Act Activists Planning Rally at US Supreme Court http://apr.org/post/activists-planning-rally-us-supreme-court <p>Civil rights advocates plan to rally in Washington, D.C. while the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on whether to uphold Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.</p><p>Southern Christian Leadership Conference CEO Charles Steele says the group of about 150 will leave Washington D.C. Feb. 27 after a rally and press conference outside the U.S. Supreme Court. Section 5 of the act bars states from altering voting qualifications and procedures without federal approval.</p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 12:39:01 +0000 The Associated Press 25441 at http://apr.org Activists Planning Rally at US Supreme Court