Voting Rights and Redistricting

New and stricter voting laws being considered or implemented by Republican-led state legislatures threaten to disenfranchise millions of voters, including minorities, college students and senior citizens. The laws include requiring a state-issued photo identification card, limits on early voting, and stricter rules for groups that conduct voter registration drives. Supporters of the laws say they are needed to prevent voter fraud, but a Department of Justice study of all 50 states found that voter fraud is extremely rare. Opponents suspect that their true motivation is political in an effort to make voting more difficult or impossible for demographic groups that traditionally support Democrats.

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BET Wire: Voting Rights Activists Locked Out By House Speaker's Office

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BET Wire: Activist Arrested for Handing Out Voting Rights Leaflets

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Police Arrest Black LGBT Activist for Distributing Voting Rights Leaflets

Ty Turner was detained at a rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, condemning the state's record on racial profiling and voting suppression.

A Guide to the Trial Over Texas Voter ID Law

The judge will decide if the law discriminates against minorities.

Talking Loud and Doing Something: 13 States Launch a Moral Week of Action

The weeklong event looks at ways to effect change.

This Day in Black History: Aug. 6, 1965

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act.
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