Voter ID Laws http://www.kunc.org en Justice Files Voter Discrimination Suit Against Texas http://www.kunc.org/post/justice-files-voter-discrimination-suit-against-texas The Justice Department has <a href="http://www.kxan.com/news/texas-lege/federal-government-to-sue-texas-over-voter-id-law">filed suit against Texas under the Voting Rights Act</a>, claiming that the state requirement for voter identification discriminates against minorities.<p>The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, alleges that the state's 2011 voter ID law was intended to be discriminatory. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:49:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 48699 at http://www.kunc.org Justice Files Voter Discrimination Suit Against Texas North Carolina Governor Signs Controversial Voter ID Bill http://www.kunc.org/post/north-carolina-governor-signs-controversial-voter-id-bill North Carolina <a href="http://www.governor.state.nc.us/newsroom/press-releases/20130812/governor-mccrory-signs-popular-voter-id-law">Gov. Pat McCrory </a> signed into law Monday a controversial measure that overhauls the state's election laws. It requires government-issued photo IDs at the polls, reduces the early voting period by one week and ends same day registration.<p>McCrory, a Republican, called it "common sense reforms," and said it will help ensure the "integrity" of the voting process. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 05:15:00 +0000 48278 at http://www.kunc.org North Carolina Governor Signs Controversial Voter ID Bill The Voting Rights Act: Hard-Won Gains, An Uncertain Future http://www.kunc.org/post/voting-rights-act-hard-won-gains-uncertain-future Access to the polls has not always been assured for all Americans, and before the Voting Rights Act of 1965, many were subjected to so-called literacy tests and poll tax.<p>The law was created to tackle such injustices, but in June, the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/25/195506795/supreme-court-strikes-down-key-provision-of-voting-rights-law">Supreme Court struck a key provision</a> of the legislation. Sun, 21 Jul 2013 21:58:00 +0000 47367 at http://www.kunc.org The Voting Rights Act: Hard-Won Gains, An Uncertain Future Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law Gets Its Day In Court http://www.kunc.org/post/pennsylvanias-voter-id-law-gets-its-day-court Pennsylvania's voter ID law will be back in state court Monday after more than a year of legal limbo. A state judge will decide whether the 2012 law — which hasn't been enforced — violates the state's constitution.<p>The measure requires voters to show a particular state-issued photo ID before casting ballots. Sun, 14 Jul 2013 20:49:00 +0000 Mary Wilson 47074 at http://www.kunc.org Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law Gets Its Day In Court Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Provision Of Voting Rights Law http://www.kunc.org/post/supreme-court-strikes-down-key-provision-voting-rights-law <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-96_6k47.pdf">By a 5-4 decision</a>, the Supreme Court has struck down a key provision of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act that establishes a formula to identify states that may require extra scrutiny by the Justice Department regarding voting procedures.<p>The decision focuses on <a href="http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/vot/misc/sec_4.php">Section 4 of the Act</a>.<p>Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts writes that the decision "in no way affects the permanent, nationwide ban on racial discrimination in voting found in Tue, 25 Jun 2013 15:33:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 46284 at http://www.kunc.org Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Provision Of Voting Rights Law