Right now, it’s just 46 days until we have the chance to reelect President Obama and send Democrats to office all over this country. But the excitement has already begun: Absentee ballots are now available in North Carolina, Virginia, and elsewhere.
In another major victory for the fundamental right to vote, today the Pennsylvania Supreme Court vacated a lower court opinion and sent the photo ID legislation back for further consideration. The Supreme Court’s ruling requires the district court to consider whether the state is implementing the law in a constitutional manner and actually providing identification to voters who now need it.
Late Friday, there was another victory in the DNC Voting Rights Institute’s ongoing effort to protect voting rights across the country—this time in Iowa. On Friday afternoon, Judge Mary Pat Gunderson issued a temporary injunction to stay the implementation of Secretary of State Matt Schultz’s controversial new rules governing citizenship checks for voters.
Earlier this week, there were two more victories in the DNC Voting Rights Institute’s ongoing effort to protect voting rights across the country—this time in Florida. On Wednesday, the State of Florida agreed to remedy the harmful effects of the state’s unfair, inaccurate, and illegal purge of registered voters by fully restoring the voting rights of thousands of eligible voters. This news followed another recent development in separate litigation where the state of Florida pledged to expand early voting hours for several counties.
47 years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, outlawing the discriminatory practices that had led to the widespread disenfranchisement of African Americans. Mark this anniversary by registering to vote—and making sure your friends and family are registered too.
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Rep. John Lewis writes, ''I can still vividly recall the march across the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, the sit-ins in Nashville, and the boycotts in Birmingham that were all part of the struggle to end discrimination and racial inequality during the civil rights movement. Thousands of Americans, of all races and backgrounds, came together to make our country a more perfect union. And those efforts culminated in the enactment of the 1964 Civil Rights Act 48 years ago today.''