Supreme Court Voting Rights Act http://apr.org en 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 Chapman Says Plan Will Let Ala. Voters Get Free IDs http://apr.org/post/chapman-says-plan-will-let-ala-voters-get-free-ids <P>Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman says her office has a plan that will allow any eligible voter to receive free photo identification.</P> <P>She said voters will be able to get the identification even if they can't afford to pay. Chapman said voters can fill out a form to receive a free photo ID. She said her office wants to develop a system where voters can receive the photo identification at the county courthouse.</P> <P>Chapman and other state officials have said a new state law requiring voters to show photo IDs took effect this week. That's because the U.S. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 21:42:44 +0000 The Associated Press 33206 at http://apr.org Chapman Says Plan Will Let Ala. Voters Get Free IDs 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