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More evidence of racial discrimination in NC 'monster' election law   |   February 18, 2014
Following last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Shelby County v. Holder that blocked a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, North Carolina's Republican supermajority...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Just how cozy are Gov. McCrory and Duke Energy?   |   February 13, 2014
Date on which news broke that the U.S. Justice Department launched a criminal investigation into the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)...

 

NC backslides on voting rights by disqualifying 'right church, wrong pew' ballots   |   December 20, 2013
Among the many controversial elements of North Carolina’s new Voter Information Verification Act (VIVA), which requires a photo ID to vote, is the disqualification of...

 

True the Vote denied entry into Texas voter ID trial   |   December 18, 2013
Months before the conservative vote-monitoring group Judicial Watch filed to intervene in the U.S. Justice Department's lawsuit against North Carolina's restrictive new...

 

Judicial Watch joins legal fray to defend restrictive NC voting law   |   December 13, 2013
A conservative group that has previously sued states to get them to purge their voting rolls has joined in the legal fight over North Carolina's restrictive new voting law,...

 

Government shutdown delays Texas voter ID challenge   |   October 4, 2013
A legal challenge to Texas's voter ID law was placed on pause this afternoon at the Justice Department's request, meaning the fight to protect hundreds of thousands of...

 

What the feds' voting rights lawsuit could mean for North Carolina   |   October 1, 2013
Yesterday U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder formally announced his plans to sue the the state of North Carolina for passing what many civil rights advocates have called the worst...

 

Corporate watchdogs call for ouster of BP CEO   |   September 30, 2013
Corporate watchdogs are pressuring BP to fire CEO Bob Dudley, who they accuse of trying to keep the oil giant from honoring its obligations to the Gulf Coast in the wake of the...

 

DOJ reportedly will sue NC over voter ID law   |   September 30, 2013
It sounds like U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will answer Sen. Kay Hagan's call to protect voting rights in North Carolina. Late last night word leaked to the Associated...

 

Why the 2014 election matters for voting rights   |   September 25, 2013
Last month, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) sent a letter to the Department of Justice practically begging them to review her state's new voter ID law, which elections experts...

 

Lawsuits pile up over Texas voter ID law   |   September 19, 2013
This week the NAACP Texas State Conference and the Mexican American Legislative Caucus of Texas state lawmakers filed a legal challenge to the state's photo voter ID law....

 

In effort to end prison rape, questions about a monitor's independence   |   August 30, 2013
By Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica After more than a decade of national legislative efforts to end prison rape, this month was supposed to produce a significant victory: formal audits...

 

Defending the voting rights of black students in Texas and North Carolina   |   August 28, 2013
With events underway to commemorate a historic march for voting rights, legal battles are unfolding in Texas and North Carolina to defend students' right to vote and run for...

 

The growing fight against voting restrictions in the South   |   August 23, 2013
This week, former Secretary of State Colin Powell -- a Republican who served under President George W. Bush -- called out North Carolina on its voter ID law while speaking at the...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Running the numbers on NC's discriminatory voting law   |   August 15, 2013
Date North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed into law HB 589, the Voter Information Verification Act or VIVA, which makes sweeping changes to the state's election laws: 8/...

 

In denial about its racism, Texas fights preclearance under the Voting Rights Act   |   August 9, 2013
The now-neutralized "preclearance" provision of the Voting Rights Act that allowed the federal government to review proposed election changes in jurisdictions with...

 

Five reasons for optimism on the Voting Rights Act's 48th anniversary   |   August 6, 2013
By Brentin Mock, Colorlines Today marks the 48th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, after months of civil rights...

 

Baton Rouge redistricting case will test the future of the Voting Rights Act   |   August 1, 2013
A federal trial is about to get underway in Louisiana that promises to be a case study into what happens in jurisdictions previously covered by the Voting Rights Act's Section...

 

NAACP appealing North Carolina redistricting ruling   |   July 30, 2013
After a three-judge panel in North Carolina upheld a Republican-drawn redistricting plan earlier this month that civil rights groups call an illegal gerrymander, the NAACP has...

 

DOJ to sue Texas under Voting Rights Act 'bail-in' provision   |   July 26, 2013
By Brentin Mock, Colorlines As we reported shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act's Section Five, Texas could still face "preclearance...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: North Carolina turns back the clock on voting rights   |   July 26, 2013
Date on which North Carolina's Republican-controlled legislature gave final approval to House Bill 589, a broad package of election changes that critics called a "full-...

 

Restrictive NC voting bill sparks sit-in, talk of legal action by Justice Department   |   July 25, 2013
Conservatives in North Carolina said back in March that they would “slow-walk” a carefully considered voter ID bill through the legislative process to make sure it...

 

NAACP links proposed NC voting changes to historical white supremacist politics   |   July 24, 2013
The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP and other groups involved in the Forward Together movement against the Republican-controlled state legislature's ultraconservative...

 

How Zimmerman's colorblind trial helps the Justice Dept.'s case   |   July 18, 2013
(This story originally appeared at Colorlines.) Veteran civil rights attorneys and advocates are convinced that enough evidence of wrongdoing remains from the George Zimmerman...

 

Zombie voter fraud attack proved false, again   |   July 12, 2013
According to some state lawmakers, there is an alternate universe where zombies run amok, looking not to physically attack us but vote us out of existence through fraudulent...