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Voter Protection

Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District No. 1 v. Holder

In 2006, just days after President Bush signed into law the bill reauthorizing core provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a small water district in Austin, Texas filed a federal lawsuit in Washington, D.C. challenging the preclearance provision known as Section 5 of the Act. ...

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Prison-Based Gerrymandering

Prison-Based Gerrymandering Legislative Reform

“Prison-based gerrymandering” is a practice whereby many states and local governments count incarcerated persons as residents of the areas where they are housed when election district lines are drawn.   This practice distorts our democratic process by artificially inflating the...

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Redistricting

Redistricting

In August of 2010, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), along with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Asian American Justice Center, released The Impact of Redistricting in Your Community: A Guide to Redistricting.

This...

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Barriers to Voting

Scott v. Schedler

Scott v. Schedler is a lawsuit alleging that the State of Louisiana has failed to comply with its obligations under the National Voter Registration Act (also known as the “NVRA” and the “Motor Voter Act”).  The NVRA was enacted in 1993 to ensure that all Americans, regardless of...

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Voting Rights Act

Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is one of our nation’s most effective federal civil rights statutes. Shelby County, Alabama...

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Voting Rights Act

South Carolina v. United States

The State of South Carolina filed South Carolina v. United States in federal court in Washington, D.C. under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, seeking approval of its proposed restrictive voter ID law.  The Department of Justice had already rejected...

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Voter Protection

Terrebonne Parish Branch NAACP, et al. v. Jindal, et al.

LDF and cooperating Louisiana attorney, Ronald L. Wilson, filed a challenge under the Voting Rights Act and the U. S. Constitution to Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana’s 32nd Judicial District Court. A Black candidate has never been elected as a judge on this parish court. A...

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Voting Rights Act

Texas v. Holder

The State of Texas filed Texas v. Holder in federal court in Washington, D.C. under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, seeking approval of its proposed restrictive voter ID law, or, in the alternative, to declare Section 5 unconstitutional.  The Department...
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Voting Rights Act

The Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014

On January 16, 2014, a bipartisan group of Members of Congress introduced the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 (“VRAA”).  Congressmen John Lewis (D-GA-5), James Sesenbrenner (R-WI-5), Steve Chabot (R-OH-1) and John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI-13), among others, introduced...

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Voting Rights Act

United States v. Texas, et al.; Veasey v. Perry

On August 22, 2013, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit  in the Southern District of Texas challenging Texas's discriminatory photo...

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