The Voting Rights Act, Changing Laws And 2016

Source: Diane Rehm Show, August 13, 2015
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Two years ago, the Supreme Court overturned Section Five of the Voting Rights Act. The result was that certain states with a history of racial discrimination no longer had to get pre-clearance before making voting changes. The consequences in some states was immediate. Texas passed a photo ID requirement, and in North Carolina, a number of voter restrictions were also approved. The courts have taken up cases in both states, leading to many questions about how much power the Voting Rights Act still has. We look at new voting laws, court challenges and a call from President Barack Obama to fully restore the legislation.

Guests:
• Spencer Overton professor, George Washington University Law School; president, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies; author, “Stealing Democracy: The New Politics of Voter Suppression
• Bruce Fein principal, Bruce Fein & Associates; author, “Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for Our Constitution and Democracy
• Jim Rutenberg chief political correspondent, The New York Times Magazine
Related:
Nine Years Ago, Republicans Favored Voting Rights. What Happened?
Source: Jim Rutenberg, New York Times Magazine, August 12, 2015

Voting Laws Roundup 2015
Source: Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, June 3, 2015