Voting Rights Act 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 Holder Seeks Continued Oversight Of Texas Election Laws http://www.kunc.org/post/holder-seeks-continued-oversight-texas-election-laws Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department will ask a federal court to subject Texas to the same kind of scrutiny that was required of it by a section of the Voting Rights Act struck down last month by the Supreme Court.<p>In <em>Shelby County v. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 22:49:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47544 at http://www.kunc.org Holder Seeks Continued Oversight Of Texas Election Laws 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 A 'Mea Culpa' http://www.kunc.org/post/mea-culpa I have always believed in correcting mistakes, especially bad ones. In <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/07/05/198708325/whose-term-was-it-a-look-back-at-the-supreme-court" target="_blank">my wrap-up piece</a> at the end of the Supreme Court term, I quoted Northwestern University law professor John McGinnis as one of several conservative scholars highly critical of the court's decision on the Voting Rights Act. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 17:47:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 46790 at http://www.kunc.org A 'Mea Culpa' Whose Term Was It? A Look Back At The Supreme Court http://www.kunc.org/post/whose-term-was-it-look-back-supreme-court It would not be an exaggeration to call the recently completed Supreme Court term a lollapalooza. Day-by-day on the last week of the court term, the justices handed down one legal thunderbolt after another: same-sex marriage, voting rights, affirmative action. The end-of-term crush of opinions made so many headlines that other important decisions got little public notice.<p>If this was the term of equality, the question is whose equality prevailed. Fri, 05 Jul 2013 07:35:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 46671 at http://www.kunc.org Whose Term Was It? A Look Back At The Supreme Court