Stories tagged: voting rights
Sun., Dec. 10, 2017
Spin Control: Pre-filed bills try to get a jump on session
Pre-filed bills sometimes get legislators started the coming legislative session.
Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 10:52 a.m.
Poland slams EU Parliament actions as ‘scandalous’
Poland’s government hit back Wednesday after the European Parliament launched action over concerns that the right-wing government in Warsaw has compromised the independence of the judiciary and risks breaching fundamental …
UPDATED: Mon., April 10, 2017, 10:01 p.m.
Judge again finds discrimination in Texas’ voter ID law
Dealing Texas another rebuke over voting rights, a judge Monday again ruled that Republican lawmakers purposefully designed a strict voter ID law to disadvantage minorities and effectively dampen their growing …
Sat., March 11, 2017, 12:14 p.m.
Federal judges find Texas gerrymandered maps on racial lines
Federal judges found more problems in Texas’ voting rights laws, ruling that Republicans racially gerrymandered some congressional districts to weaken the growing electoral power of minorities, who former President Barack …
UPDATED: Thu., March 2, 2017, 10:31 p.m.
Voting Rights bill moves forward on narrow vote in Washington Senate
OLYMPIA – Many Washington cities and counties could elect their council and commission members by district under a bill some senators described Thursday as a voting rights act and others …
Thu., Dec. 15, 2016, 2:08 p.m.
North Carolina Gov.-elect Roy Cooper to state lawmakers: Go home
Responding to the General Assembly’s effort to limit his power before he takes office Jan. 1, Gov.-elect Roy Cooper said it’s time for lawmakers to go home.
Fri., Sept. 9, 2016, 9:03 p.m.
Appeals court orders removal of proof-of-citizenship voting requirements
A U.S. elections agency must remove a proof-of-citizenship requirement from a federal form used by people in Kansas, Alabama and Georgia to register to vote for November’s election, a federal …
Wed., Aug. 17, 2016, 5 a.m.
Pasco approves consent decree in ACLU voting rights lawsuit
The Pasco City Council has approved the submission of documents to a federal judge agreeing that the city’s at-large system for electing council members violates the federal Voting Rights Act.
Fri., Aug. 5, 2016, 10:27 a.m.
Washington jails fail to provide voting access, report says
While most of the country is actively engaged in the election process, an entire class of individuals – inmates in Washington state jails – can’t participate because the officials charged …
Fri., Aug. 5, 2016
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan: There’s little time left to fight the GOP’s Jim Crow 2.0
A new generation of Jim Crow-style laws is facing federal court challenges, and they are being thrown out or significantly weakened, one by one. But it’s not clear if the …
Thu., Aug. 4, 2016, 2:20 p.m.
Pasco’s voting system weakens Latino voice, ACLU lawsuit says
The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is following up on a lawsuit that forced voting changes in Yakima with a similar case against Pasco, alleging that the …
Thu., Aug. 4, 2016
Key ruling helps to safeguard voter rights
A law that makes it harder for minorities to vote can constitute intentional racial discrimination even if might be primarily motivated by a desire to achieve partisan advantage.
Tue., June 25, 2013, 7:16 a.m.
High court voids key part of Voting Rights Act
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced unless Congress comes up with an up-to-date formula for deciding …
Fri., Oct. 8, 2010
Appellate court upholds inmate voting ban
OLYMPIA – Washington state does not discriminate against minorities by denying prison inmates the right to vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today. In an 11-0 ruling …
Thu., Oct. 7, 2010, 5:50 p.m.
Appeals court turns down prison voting
OLYMPIA - Inmates in Washington state prisons don’t have a constitutional right to vote in elections, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today.
Wed., April 28, 2010, 2:05 p.m.
Federal judges to rehear felony inmate voting case
A federal appeals court will reconsider a lawsuit that challenges Washington’s ban on felons voting while they’re in prison.
Thu., Jan. 7, 2010
McKenna to take felon voting to high court
OLYMPIA – Washington state wants the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether it has to give felons in prison the right to vote. State Attorney General Rob McKenna said Wednesday …
Tue., June 23, 2009
Court keeps voting act but OKs exemptions
WASHINGTON – The historic Voting Rights Act – the 1965 law that ended a century of racial discrimination at the ballot box and gave black citizens a political voice across …
Sun., March 22, 2009
Bill eases voting obstacle for felons
OLYMPIA – For tens of thousands of convicted felons in Washington state, only one thing stands between them and the ballot box: debt. Under current law, felons can’t vote until …