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Tag Archives: Voting Rights Act

Supreme Court halts use of key part of voting law (UPDATE)

A deeply divided Supreme Court threw out the most powerful part of the landmark Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, a decision deplored by the White House but cheered by mostly Southern states now free from nearly 50 years of intense federal oversight of their elections.

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U.S. Supreme Court to take new look at voting rights law

The Supreme Court said Friday it will consider eliminating the government's most potent weapon against racial discrimination at polling places since the 1960s. The court acted three days after a diverse coalition of voters propelled President Barack Obama to a second term in the White House.

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US Justice Dept. to monitor recall election

The U.S. Justice Department says it will monitor elections in Wisconsin and three other states this week to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act. The law prohibits discrimination in the election process.

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Judges: Collaboration needed on voting maps (UPDATE)

A federal court on Tuesday asked the parties in a lawsuit over two Milwaukee voting districts to collaborate on drawing new boundaries, a request that means legislators won't be called back into a special session to redraw the maps themselves.

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Judges: 2 voting districts must be redrawn (UPDATE)

Wisconsin lawmakers will have to redraw voting maps for two Milwaukee districts because their first effort violated the federal Voting Rights Act by unfairly weakening Hispanic voting rights, a panel of federal judges ruled Thursday.

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