In 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, drawing attention to the plight of Black voters in the South. The non-violent resistors who marched that day were met with violent and angry opposition from state troopers who attacked the peaceful protestors with clubs and tear gas as white onlookers cheered. The event came to be known as "Bloody Sunday" and would inspire President Lyndon B. Johnson to sign the Voting Rights Act later that year.
Yesterday, the legislative battle to protect voting rights returned to Alabama as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the landmark case, Shelby County vs. Holder.More »
Considered by many to be "the heart" of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Section 5 provides key protections to minority voters. This Black History Month, ColorOfChange is building a community of knowledge around the Shelby County vs. Holder Case Among other things, the landmark case contests the necessity of Section 5, and will be brought before SCOTUS at the end of the month.
Throughout the 2012 Presidential election, our members fought against discriminatory voter ID laws and voter intimidation. While many of the states enacting these laws were not covered by Section 5, the work it took to push back against threats to voters — particularly voters of color — speaks to the continued need for a legal shield against voter discrimination.More »
This Black History Month, ColorofChange has decided to focus our attention on one of the most significant Supreme Court cases in recent history: Shelby County, Alabama vs. Holder. At the end of this month, SCOTUS will hear oral arguments in the case that seeks to invalidate Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The Voting Rights Act is arguably the most important legislative outcome of the Civil Rights Movement and Section 5 of the act, which provides key protections to minority voters, is widely held up as its key provision. This month, we will be discussing the significance and context of the Shelby County case. We know these legislative victories were hard won battles, but if the 2012 election taught us anything, it was that we must remain vigilant when it comes to voting rights in the Black community.
Help us build an informed and powerful community around this case.More »
The ColorOfChange community worked tirelessly to offset discriminatory voter ID laws this election cycle and people of color turned out in record numbers to cast their ballots on Election Day — but there's still more work to be done.
We're keeping a close eye on states that have tried to pass discriminatory voter restrictions in the past, and the states that are now taking up the cause.
Read a state-by-state rundown of voter ID status' after the jump:More »
This past election season, H.B. 1355 resricted the voting rights of thousands of Floridians. The law, which curtailed voter registration, cutback early voting, and complicated the electoral process for newly moved voters, disproportionately affected communitites of color. Recently, several Republican consultants and officials confirmed what we have known for while; the discriminatory impact of H.B. 1355 was not an inadvertent side effect but actually the law's intended purpose.
The Palm Beach Post has the details:
[...]A GOP consultant who asked to remain anonymous out of fear of retribution said Black voters were a concern. "I know that the cutting out of the Sunday before Election Day was one of their targets only because that’s a big day when the Black churches organize themselves," he said.
To read the full story click here.
Will Ohio Secretary of State, Jon Husted, ever hault his campaign to disenfranchise the most vulnerable among us?
This time he set out to illegally invalidate provisional ballots filed with applications containing poll worker errors. That's right: poll worker errors. Even after a U.S. District Court issued a strong ruling blocking Husted's last minute voter suppression directive, the highly conservative Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals determined that Husted’s appeal of that order was likely to succeed.
As a result, Husted's directive went into effect discounting thousands of ballots in the interim.More »
This election, right-wing attempts to limit the voting power of Black folks, elderly folks, and low-income communities was ruthless. From last-minute voting restrictions in Ohio, to misinformation and intimidation campaigns in Wisconsin — our right to vote was challenged at almost every turn.
In addition to GOP suppression efforts, the tragic events of Hurricane Sandy left many wondering what election turnout would be this year. On November 6, 2012 that question was answered as voter turnout in our communities hit record highs, again.More »
The re-election of President Obama was a major victory won by the tireless efforts of people of color. Strategic organizing, powerful determination, and record-breaking turnout fought back against months and months of voter suppression tactics.More »
Right-wing voter suppression group, True the Vote, was banned from "monitoring" election stations in Ohio. Controversy surrounding the group escalated today as the organization faces allegations of forging signatures, as HuffPost explains:
The Houston-based group, which is dedicated to challenging the legitimacy of voters it considers suspect, had its status as an official vote monitor denied in Franklin County, after the necessary number of candidates to assign poll observers withdrew their support for the group, according to the Dispatch.
Elections officials in Franklin County told the paper that some of application forms requesting observer status for the group's Ohio branch, the Voter Integrity Project, appeared to have supporting names that were falsified or forged.
Read the rest of the article here.More »
Tuesday, an article by ThinkProgress revealed the right-wing voter suppression group, True the Vote, may have committed a 5th degree felony by submitting unauthorized signatures in Franklin County, Ohio. Volunteers from the group were attempting to sign up as poll watchers in predominately African-American precincts. The article on ThinkProgress today explains:
Volunteers with True the Vote, a Tea Party group that claims it is trying to fight voter fraud by challenging the right of voters to vote, may have committed fraud themselves. Plunderbund, an Ohio-based political blog, reported Monday that members of the group attempted to sign up as poll observers in African American-heavy precincts in central Ohio, but may have forged signatures to do so.
Read the full article here. And don't forget to check the ColorOfChange blog for more Election Day news.More »