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WASHINGTON — Democrats and civil rights groups are calling on Congress to act on legislation to restore a key provision of the Voting Rights Act the Supreme Court eliminated three years ago.
As a young civil rights activist, Congressman John Lewis was brutally beaten marching for the right to vote in Selma, Alabama. Lewis's heroism spurred the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the country's most important civil rights law.
'Give Us the Ballot' author says the gutting of the Voting Rights Act could affect the 2016 election
In a small press room on the fourth floor of the Cannon House building, an oversized crowd heard Revs.
Tuesday marked the launch of the first Congressional Voting Rights Caucus. The caucus held a press conference outside the Capitol, led by Co-Chairs Representative Marc Veasey (TX-33) and Representative Terri Sewell (AL-7) announcing the formation of the caucus and the policy goals it hopes to advance.
The list of caucuses in Congress isn’t short. These officially recognized groups of lawmakers, who get together in pursuit of a common agenda, include names that are probably familiar to many Americans – the Congressional Black Caucus, for example – but there are plenty that are far more obscure.
Texas’ strict voter ID law could be dead before the November presidential election.
It should be. Not that a fair law requiring voters to present proper identification at the polls is out of the question, but the law passed by the Legislature in 2011 is and has always been too restrictive.
WASHINGTON — Ahead of what’s likely to be the first presidential election since 1964 without the Voting Rights Act in full effect, more than 50 members of Congress have joined to form the Voting Rights Caucus.
The caucus will work to educate the public about voting restrictions enacted since the Supreme Court struck down a key section of the Voting Rights Act in 2013.
The stakes, no matter who's argument you believe, are incredibly high. If you take the state of Texas' side, argued Tuesday in front of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, requiring specific, high-security photo identification from every voter in the state is essential to preventing widespread chaos and voter fraud, to keep the entire state from turning into Richard J. Daley's Chicago.
U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, Alabama’s lone Democratic in Congress, can add another title to her already impressive resume: co-chair of the newly formed Congressional Voting Rights Caucus.