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The Uncertain Future of The Voting Rights Act

On the heels of the Supreme Court’s controversial decision to invalidate a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, The Takeaway provides a historical look at the law and examines the changes to voting laws in three states affected by the ruling: Texas, North Carolina, and Florida. “Times have changed in the south,” said Chief Justice Roberts in his majority opinion. But have they changed enough?

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The History of the Voting Rights Act: The Origins of the Preclearance Provision

Monday, August 19, 2013

Gary May is the author of "Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy." In his book, he explores the origins of the Voting Rights Act and answers the question: Why wasn't the preclearance test applied to all states and localities in the U.S. rather than the selective ones of the Voting Rights Act?

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Texas & The Voting Rights Act

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

This week The Takeaway is taking you on a tour of states that have started to change their laws since the Supreme Court found parts of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. Texas wasted no time changing its laws in the wake of the Court's ruling. Kate McGee is a reporter at KUT in Austin. She says that the battle over redistricting in Texas began years before the Supreme Court's.

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After VRA Ruling, Florida Looks to Make Sweeping Changes Without Oversight

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

This week, we're looking at how the decision has already started to change voting laws across the United States. Today we look at Florida. Up until the Shelby County decision, five counties had to ask the Justice Department for permission before changing their voting laws. Gina Jordan, reporter for WLRN in Miami, says the state is now making sweeping changes without federal oversight.

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North Carolina Overhauls Election Process

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Last week North Carolina became the latest when the Governor signed an election law overhaul that includes a voter ID requirement, reduces early voting hours, and prohibits same-day registration. Michael Tomsic is a reporter for WFAE in Charlotte, North Carolina. He says what started as a simple voter ID bill took on a new life after the Supreme Court's ruling in June.

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Voting Ballots, Now & Then

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Takeaway provides you with a look at a general election voting ballot from the past and one from present day.

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INFOGRAPHIC: What the Data Tells Us About Voting in America

Friday, August 23, 2013

This week, we've taken you on a voting rights tour of America. to states where the Supreme Court decision in Shelby County Vs. Holder has changed voting laws. What does the data tell us? For that we turn to Dante Chinni, the director of the American Communities Project at American University. He crunched the numbers on voter turnout during the 2012 election.

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Activists Confront a Changing Voting Rights Landscape

Friday, August 23, 2013

This week, The Takeaway has gone on a voting rights tour, examining how the Supreme Court decision in Shelby County Vs. Holder has changed voting laws across the country. Today, Marvin Randolph, senior vice president for campaigns at the NAACP, explains how his organization has had to revamp its get-out-the-vote strategies in light of the Supreme Court's voting rights decision. 

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