Your Call: What is the current state of the Voting Rights Act?

Aug 6, 2015

  

Today we mark the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.

In 2013 the Supreme Court ruled that states with histories of disenfranchising voters no longer needed federal clearance to enact new voter laws. The Brennan Center for Justice says the ruling unleashed a rash of discriminatory voting laws. This year, 15 states will have more strict rules than they did in 2012.  How is this affecting the right to vote? Who is it affecting?

Guests:

Gerry Hebert, the Executive Director and Director of Litigation at the Campaign Legal Center.

Tomas Lopez, Counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, where his work focuses on voting rights and elections.

Web Resources:
The Campaign Legal Center 

The Brennan Center for Justice 

The Southern Poverty Law Center 

Bill Moyers: Book Excerpt Bending Toward Justice 

Brennan Center for Justice: Voting Laws Roundup 2015 

NY Times: A Dream Undone, Inside the 50 Year Campaign to Roll Back the Voting Rights Act

U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Voting Section