A key, but often overlooked, provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is Section 208, which states that all individuals who need assistance when voting can receive that assistance from a person of their choice.
Members of the military and U.S. citizens living overseas face special barriers to voting. In today’s Explainer, we’re breaking down the federal law that protects these voters and ensures they’re able to vote absentee in federal elections.
We outline how the filibuster actually works, its history of thwarting progressive policies and given the intransigence of today’s Republican party, what steps Senate Democrats must take to enact voting rights legislation.
We’re looking back at the March on Washington, how federal legislation to protect voting rights has progressed since then and how to fight back as Republicans continue their attacks on voting decades later.
Special sessions can mean the difference between bills passing or dying — and the circumstances under which they are called can spell the difference between protecting or restricting voting rights.
Voting rights activists have brought Section 2 claims under the Voting Rights Act against a variety of election laws including voter ID rules, registration restrictions, early vote requirements and redistricting legislation.
Statehood for Washington, D.C. is a pressing voting and civil rights issue. D.C. statehood would return self governance to more than 700,000 Americans and give them proportional representation in Congress.
Section 5 of the VRA was a powerful and effective tool to protect the voting rights of Black Americans, and it is vital that Congress strengthen and expand it in the face of unprecedented attacks on our democracy.
The state of voting rights in this country is concerning — but there are signs of hope. The VRA established a vital foundation and gives us a guide for what lasting and equitable voting rights reform can look like at the federal level.
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