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Civil Rights and Race Relations in America and Their Impact on the Lives of African Americans
Ryan Haygood, on Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer, hails judges' ruling against Florida's limit on early in-person voting and details how the limit would have disproportionately affected minority voting.
8/17/12Related Case or Issue:
(Washington, D.C.): A three-judge federal district court in Florida v. Holder rejected Florida’s proposal to dramatically reduce its early voting period in five counties, while approving a new voting requirement for registered voters who move between Florida counties and seek to vote in their new county of residence.
Because parts of Florida are covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, each of these voting changes were required to first be approved by the U.S. Department of Justice or a federal court in Washington, D.C. before they could be implemented.
The picture of who will be the Louisiana Supreme Court's next chief justice may be muddy, but one aspect is perfectly clear: When it comes to the public portion of the fight, Justice Bernette Johnson is winning. Although it's strictly an administrative issue, Johnson's quest to become the state's first African-American chief jurist has taken on the air of a full-throated, mission-driven and confident political campaign waged under the banner of the civil rights movement.
(Reuters) - A judge in the election battleground state of Pennsylvania on Wednesday rejected an effort to block the state's voter identification law, which civil rights groups argued discriminates against minority voters.
The Obama administration on Monday joined a long list of higher-education associations, civil-rights groups, and other organizations in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold race-conscious admission policies in a case involving the University of Texas at Austin.