Source: Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, June 2014
From the press release:
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights today released a new report, The Persistent Challenge of Voting Discrimination, which details nearly 150 recent voting violations. The report was released in advance of the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder, and demonstrates the urgent need to find solutions to protect the right to vote for all Americans, and for Congress to pass the Voting Rights Amendment Act before November’s elections. …
…The new report details 148 separate instances of racial discrimination in voting since 2000, noting that each case, by its nature, impacts hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands of voters. It also includes a separate section detailing potentially discriminatory voting changes that have been enacted just since the Supreme Court’s decision weakened the Voting Rights Act (VRA) in June 2013. The discriminatory activities in the report are drawn from multiple public sources, including the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) website and published judicial opinions.
Some key findings of the new report, The Persistent Challenge of Voting Discrimination, include:
· Racial discrimination in voting remains a significant problem in our democracy. As shown from the 148 separate instances of voting violations since 2000, nearly 50 years after the enactment of the VRA, racial discrimination in voting remains a persistent problem around the country. Additionally, the actual extent of racial discrimination in voting is likely much more extensive than this list may suggest, given that it is only documented instances.
· The problem of racial discrimination in voting is not limited to one region of the country. The examples outlined in this report document instances of voting discrimination from 30 states, representing every region of the country. Racial discrimination in voting remains concentrated in states that were previously covered under the VRA’s preclearance requirement, but is also present in other states and jurisdictions that have not had the same history of discrimination.
· Voting discrimination occurs most often in local elections. The vast majority of instances of racial discrimination since 2000 have occurred at the local level. The changes often concern the election of city, county or other local elected officials, where many of the contests are nonpartisan.
· Discrimination in voting manifests itself in many ways, and new methods continue to emerge. Voting discrimination occurs today in both overt and subtle forms, from cancelling a general election to the closure of polling places in heavily minority areas….