Voting Rights Act

Politics & Government
8:23 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Groups Highlight Voting Rights Law in Alabama

President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act in 1965.
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Supporters of the federal Voting Rights Act are planning a series of events across Alabama to highlight the importance of the law.

   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."

   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.

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Politics & Government
8:21 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Ala Democratic Leaders Bash Supreme Court Ruling

The Supreme Court is setting aside the part of the Voting Rights Act that requires federal approval for changes to election practices in the South.
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Two estranged leaders of Alabama's Democratic Party are united in their criticism of a Supreme Court decision on voting rights.

   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.

   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.

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Voting Rights Center
7:22 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Alabama State To host Voting Rights Center

A new facility at Alabama State University will be home to the last stop on the route memorialized as the Voting Rights Trail.
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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.

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.

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.

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Voting Rights Act
2:21 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Supreme Court Considers Voting Rights Act Challenge

One of the exhibits at the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery.
Ryan Vasquez

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.

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Voting Rights-Bus Tour
11:20 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

2-Day Bus Tour Highlights Voting Rights Act

A recreation of the Greyhound Bus firebombed during the Freedom Rider Campaign at the National Civil Rights Museum.
Credit Adam Jones / Wikimedia Commons

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.

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Voting Rights March
2:14 pm
Sun March 3, 2013

Biden Says Selma Beatings Shaped Him, Nation

Vice President Joe Biden attended Selma's Bridge Crossing Jubilee on Sunday.
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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.


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.

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Supreme Court-Voting Rights
5:08 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

High Court To Take New Look At Voting Rights Law

The nations highest court will take up a challenge to the Voting Rights Act originating from Shelby County, AL.
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The Supreme Court says it will consider eliminating the government's chief weapon against racial discrimination at polling places since the 1960s.


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.

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Redistricting
5:10 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Alabama Asks Court To Back Its Redistricting Plan

Alabama is also asking for an injunction against Eric Holder from enforcing certain provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
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Alabama is asking a federal court to rule that its redistricting plan for the state Legislature does not violate the Voting Rights Act.

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.

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