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Shelby County's challenge to theconstitutionality of portions of the Voting Rights Act got on a faster legal track Thursday when a federal judge in Washington denied a government request for more fact-finding.
The Justice Department recently approved Georgia's voter verification law, which requires voters to prove they are U.S. citizens. Federal officials had blocked the law since 2008 but accepted the policy last month.
Jefferson Thomas, one of the Little Rock Nine, died Sunday. In 1957 he and eight other black teenagers in Little Rock, Arkansas, risked their lives to go to the high school they were entitled to in order to prove the greatest declaration of American idealism had meaning.
The Seattle Times: Washington's discriminatory system should not deny convicted felons right to vote9/01/10
FOLLOWING the release in 1980 of a groundbreaking study titled, "Legal Implications of Racially Disproportionate Incarceration Rates," Washington state officials asked themselves a hard question about why the state led the nation in the disproportionate incarceration of African Americans. Shortly afterward, the Legislature commissioned its own study of the effect of race in its criminal-justice system.