Aug 6 / Estelle Rogers

VRA Turns 49: Looking Back and Looking Forward at Voting Rights

Rep. Nancy Pelosi at a voting rights rally, following yesterday's Senate committee hearing on the Voting Rights Amendment Act.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi at a voting rights rally, following a Senate committee hearing on the Voting Rights Amendment Act in June.

Forty-ninth anniversaries don’t usually garner much attention, but today a 49th anniversary—though filled with pathos—is worth commemorating. The Voting Rights Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on August 6, 1964. Often called the “crown jewel” of the civil rights movement, the Voting Rights Act has now lost a bit of its luster, tarnished by the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder.

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Aug 4 / Rebekah Enoch

Training Prepares Community Groups to Help Citizens Register to Vote

Project Vote's voter registration training in North Carolina.

North Carolina, home of the Tar Heels, Krispy Kreme Donuts, the stunning Outer Banks, and as Project Vote recently experienced, an amazing range of organizations that share a passion for helping their community get registered to vote!

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Jul 30 / Erin Ferns Lee

Motor Vehicle Offices Are Failing to Register Voters


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Poor implementation of the National Voter Registration Act could mean problems at the polls, wrote Martha T. Moore at USA Today.

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Jul 29 / Max Etin

Voting Rights Event Focuses on Life After Incarceration


“All saints have a past, and all sinners have a future.” Panelist Carl Wicklund shared this old Irish quote in his remarks during the July 22 Bipartisan Panel on Restoring Voting Rights. The event, organized by the ACLU and the Brennan Center for Justice, featured opening remarks by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rand Paul (R-KY), both of whom have introduced legislation that would restore voting rights to those convicted of crimes.

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Jul 28 / Estelle Rogers

Make Voting EASY

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Recently, five forward-looking members of Congress introduced the “Equal Access to Support Youth Voting Act” or “EASY” (H.R. 5144). It should be easy to pass. It is a common sense reform that would help students, one of the very populations that we’re always hoping will become more involved in the democratic process. Unfortunately, like so many other common sense election reform bills in recent years, this one will not be easy to pass.

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