Study: Voter ID Laws Disproportionately Impacted Black & Latino Youth Voters

WASHINGTON – At polling places in November, Latinos and African Americans under age 30 were disproportionately asked for identification, even in states that do not have voter ID laws. Overall, 17.3 percent of Black youth and 8.1 percent of Latino youth reported that the lack of required identification prevented them from voting, compared to just […]

No Action By Supreme Court on Voting Rights Law

WASHINGTON – Three years ago, the Supreme Court warned there could be constitutional problems with a landmark civil rights law that has opened voting booths to millions of African-Americans. Now, opponents of a key part of the Voting Rights Act are asking the high court to finish off that provision. The basic question is whether […]

Voter ID Laws Could Trip Up Young Minority Voters

WASHINGTON – As many as 700,000 minority voters under age 30 may be unable to cast a ballot in November because of photo ID laws in certain states, according to a new study. The lower turnout could affect several House races as well as the tight presidential contest. Using calculations based on turnout figures for the […]

‘Vote Ready’ Campaign Launched & Ready To Fight Voter Suppression

WASHINGTON – The November election is coming soon and African Americans and other minorities across the country must be prepared to combat one of the most controversial issues that is already having a profound effect before one ballot has been cast — voter suppression. In an effort to battle certain Voter IDs laws and obstacles, […]

Poll: Voter ID Support Strongest in Those with Negative Attitudes Toward Blacks

MEMPHIS – Support for voter identification laws is strongest among Americans who harbor negative sentiments toward African Americans is a key revelation in a new National Agenda Opinion Poll by the University of Delaware’s Center for Political Communication. Voter ID laws require individuals to show government issued identification when they vote. The survey findings support […]

Justice Department Opposes 2nd Attempt at Voter ID Law, In Texas

WASHINGTON –  A photo ID requirement for voters in Texas could disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of registered Hispanics, the Justice Department declared Monday in its latest move against Republican-led voting changes in many states that have drawn protests from minorities, poor people and students. The Justice objection means that now a federal court in Washington […]

Pennsylvania State Senate Passes Voter ID Bill: Civil Rights Advocates Concerned

HARRISBURG – Today, the Pennsylvania State Senate passed a bill to require voters in the state to show certain photo identifications before their votes can be counted. The measure passed the state chamber by a vote of 26-23. Pending state House action, the bill may soon be on Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk for signature and […]