voting rights

Warren K. Leffler. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, reproduction number: LC-DIG-ds-05267

  

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?

On the April 23rd edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about policies that could get more people to cast ballots. In the 2014 midterm US elections, we saw the worst voter turnout in 72 years. Oregon is tackling this problem by becoming the first state in the country to automatically register voters who go to the DMV. California is considering a similar law. What are other states doing to make voting easier? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you. 

Guests:

Voting rights, affirmative action, same-sex marriage, workplace discrimination...it's been a big week at the
Supreme Court.   Join Linda Wertheimer, along with NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg and NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving, for a recap and in-depth analysis of all the major rulings.
Wednesday, June 26 at 6pm.