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 Principal Photography Begins on "Selma" http://apr.org/post/principal-photography-begins-selma <p>The companies behind the movie "Selma" say principal photography has begun and the movie is being shot in Atlanta and in Selma and Montgomery in <font color="red">Alabama</font>.</p><p>"Selma" is the story of Martin Luther King Jr.'s voting rights struggle that culminated with the march from Selma to Montgomery and enactment of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.</p><p></p><p>The chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, Brad Grey, says the story will resonate with those involved in the voting rights struggle with King and with those who continue to fight against discrimination in voting.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 11:23:35 +0000 Associated Press 52527 at http://apr.org Principal Photography Begins on "Selma" Groups Highlight Voting Rights Law in Alabama http://apr.org/post/groups-highlight-voting-rights-law-alabama <p>Supporters of the federal Voting Rights Act are planning a series of events across Alabama to highlight the importance of the law.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Activities are being held in Selma, Huntsville, Montgomery, Birmingham and other cities on Tuesday in conjunction with what organizers are calling "National Voting Rights Day."<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The Supreme Court recently overturned a key section of the law, and activists are trying to draw attention to their claims that the act is still needed.<br> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 13:23:33 +0000 The Associated Press 35489 at http://apr.org Groups Highlight Voting Rights Law in Alabama 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 Alabama State To host Voting Rights Center http://apr.org/post/alabama-state-host-voting-rights-center <p></p><p></p><p>The board of the Alabama Public Historical Sites and Parks Improvement Corporation has authorized $1.2 million in bond money for a landmark voting rights center in the capitol city.</p><p>A new facility at Alabama State University will be home to the last stop on the route memorialized as the Voting Rights Trail, officials said Tuesday.</p><p>Finance Director Marquita Davis told Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey and House Speaker Mike Hubbard the center had been funded in 2001, but the project didn't get off the ground.</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 00:22:08 +0000 The Associated Press 30849 at http://apr.org Alabama State To host Voting Rights Center 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 Biden Says Selma Beatings Shaped Him, Nation http://apr.org/post/biden-says-selma-beatings-shaped-him-nation <P>Vice President Joe Biden said nothing shaped his consciousness more than seeing TV footage of voting rights marchers being beaten by state troopers on Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965.</P> <P>Biden traveled to Selma on Sunday to participate in the Bridge Crossing Jubilee. The event commemorates the 1965 march, which prompted Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act and add millions of African-Americans to Southern voter rolls.</P> <P>Biden said the beatings became a moment of clarity for the nation and made people realize the right to vote was not settled. Sun, 03 Mar 2013 20:14:06 +0000 The Associated Press 26000 at http://apr.org Biden Says Selma Beatings Shaped Him, Nation High Court To Take New Look At Voting Rights Law http://apr.org/post/high-court-take-new-look-voting-rights-law <P>The Supreme Court says it will consider eliminating the government's chief weapon against racial discrimination at polling places since the 1960s.</P> <P>Acting three days after the election, the justices are agreeing Friday to hear a constitutional challenge to the part of the landmark Voting Rights Act that requires all or parts of 16 states with a history of discrimination in voting to get federal approval before making any changes in the way they hold elections.</P> <P>The appeal from Shelby County, Ala., says state and local governments covered by the law have made significant prog Fri, 09 Nov 2012 23:08:56 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 20525 at http://apr.org High Court To Take New Look At Voting Rights Law Alabama Asks Court To Back Its Redistricting Plan http://apr.org/post/alabama-asks-court-back-its-redistricting-plan <p>Alabama&nbsp;is asking a federal court to rule that its redistricting plan for the state Legislature does not violate the Voting Rights Act.</p><p>The state filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking a declaratory judgment that the plan does not deny or abridge the right to vote based on race or color.</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 22:10:35 +0000 Associated Press 15228 at http://apr.org Alabama Asks Court To Back Its Redistricting Plan