A New Face Off Over Voting Rights: State Voter Registration Rules Upheld by Court

Friday, March 21, 2014

Activists hold a pro-voting rights placards outside of the US Supreme Court on February 27, 2013 in Washington, DC as the Court prepares to hear Shelby County vs Holder. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty)

A federal judge in Kansas ruled on Wednesday that federal election authorities must help states enforce their own voter registration laws, even if they differs from federal rules.

This ruling comes after Arizona and Kansas sued the Federal Election Commission for refusing to include stricter citizenship regulations on federal voter registration forms in those states. Now, 10,000 Kansas voters and 2,000 Arizona voters will have their voting rights suspended until they can prove their citizenship to the state. 

This all comes after the Supreme Court struck down key parts of the Voting Rights Act this past June. To help us break down the case and it's implications is Kareem Crayton. He's a professor of law at the University of North Carolina, specializing in voter's rights. Also joining the program is Chris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State.

See Also: The Uncertain Future of the Voting Rights Act

Guests:

Kareem Crayton and Chris Kobach

Produced by:

Allie Ferguson

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [3]

CAROLINE from NJ/USA

It is not good to "buy" votes or stuff the ballot box; we would all agree, but that is exactly what the large corporations, and wealthy individuals in this country are trying to do.

All the while, very characteristically, similar interests are trying to control who's voting; distracting from the "clear and present danger" of greed and corruption to focus on the lesser - the illegal immigrant, the elderly, the poor, the disenfranchised, further dimming and dumbing down and clouding the argument with bickering . . .

It's incredibly ignorant of any justice system ~ all to human are those who are so blind they will not see.

Mar. 23 2014 08:31 AM
Mildred Mulno from 01876

Wanted to vote for Walter White for best character. Couldn't find how to do it, so came to this article...
I enjoy the takeaway and other shows.
I could relate to Walter, as he reminded me of science teachers in Juniot High, where I also taught. I don't believe they would ever resort to his tactics for improving his finances. I enjoyed how Jessie always called him Mr. White, showing respect for him under the most hateful circumstances.

Mar. 21 2014 12:24 PM
Larry Fisher from Hollywood, Cali

Whenever I don't understand why people are doing what they are doing, (especially when it involves a political issue), I work hard to try to understand the story till I have a headache. I now have that headache to start my day.
Oh, I will listen to this segment again, but much later today...

Oh and by the way, when I get a headache because I can't understand some convoluted news items, I feel dumb, until I realize that someone doesn't want me to understand exactly why something is being done...it usually involves money or manipulation of power..It never has an innocent result and I just end up feeling frustrated or angry.

Mar. 21 2014 11:42 AM

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