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December 19, 2012 | By Danielle Ryan
WASHINGTON - Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee debated the necessity of voter ID laws and early-voting restrictions Wednesday, with Democrats accusing Republicans of aiming to suppress the votes of African Americans and Latinos. The hearing followed incidents in which many voters, in Florida in particular, stood in line for hours to cast their ballots in November's presidential election, with some eventually giving up. Democrats on the panel of witnesses said some of the current voting policies around the country disproportionately affect African Americans, Latinos, seniors and the working poor.
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October 28, 2013 | By Michael McGough
Supporters of photo ID requirements for voters are fond of noting that the Supreme Court upheld Indiana's ID law in a 2007 decision written by the then-dean of the court's liberal wing, Justice John Paul Stevens. Now critics of voter ID laws, who portray them as an attempt to suppress the votes of racial minorities and other Democratic-leaning groups, have a comeback. In a new book, the famously prolific Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago writes that “I plead guilty to having written the majority opinion (affirmed by the Supreme Court)
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Monday on “The Daily Show,” John Oliver harshly condemned Southern Republicans for enacting strict new voting restrictions in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling on the Voting Rights Act of 1965 . Following the controversial decision , which struck down a key provision of the landmark civil rights bill requiring federal approval of changes to voting laws in states with a history of racial discrimination, the GOP had, according...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Monday on “The Daily Show,” John Oliver harshly condemned Southern Republicans for enacting strict new voting restrictions in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling on the Voting Rights Act of 1965 . Following the controversial decision , which struck down a key provision of the landmark civil rights bill requiring federal approval of changes to voting laws in states with a history of racial discrimination, the GOP had, according...
OPINION
October 10, 2012
Re "New voter ID laws blocked - for now," Oct. 8 This article substitutes he said/she said stenography - Republicans say photo ID laws prevent fraud, while opponents say they entail voter suppression - for objective journalism. In-person impersonation - the only type of fraud that can be prevented by polling-place ID requirements - is a phantom menace. The GOP - with one party member boasting in Pennsylvania that the law there would deliver the state to Mitt Romney - has been unable to point to a single case of in-person voter fraud ever occurring.
NATIONAL
August 12, 2005 | From Associated Press
The Republican Party says it still has a zero-tolerance policy for tampering with voters even as it pays the legal bills for a former Bush campaign official charged with conspiring to thwart Democrats from voting in New Hampshire.
NEWS
December 26, 2012 | By David Lauter
Despite often-voiced concerns about the effect of voter identification laws, black voter turnout remained high in 2012 and, for the first time, may have topped the rate for whites, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.   Four years ago, the rate of black voter turnout almost equaled that of whites, continuing a trend of a steady increase in black turnout rates that began in 1996. This year, with white turnout appearing to have dropped, black turnout seems very likely to have exceeded the white level, although definitive figures won't be available until the Census Bureau reports in a few months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
I have read that there were gasps in the Supreme Court during arguments last February when Justice Antonin Scalia described the 1965 Voting Rights Act, one of the great achievements of the Civil R ights era, as a “racial entitlement.” At the time, Scalia was questioning the motives of Congress, which had overwhelmingly voted to extend the act in 2006. “And this last enactment,” said Scalia, “not a single vote in the Senate against it. And the House is pretty much the same.
OPINION
August 17, 2012
Re "Voter ID laws are good for democracy," Opinion, Aug. 12 So if I am determined to commit voter fraud, I would have to show up on election day and know a particular name on the rolls of a particular polling place. Then I would have to assume that the person I had chosen to impersonate hadn't already voted and been checked off the list. And for what personal benefit? It's pretty obvious these new voter ID laws are just solutions in search of a problem. And the problem for the Republicans initiating these laws is that too many people might vote for Democrats in November.
NEWS
October 28, 2013 | By Michael McGough
Supporters of photo ID requirements for voters are fond of noting that the Supreme Court upheld Indiana's ID law in a 2007 decision written by the then-dean of the court's liberal wing, Justice John Paul Stevens. Now critics of voter ID laws, who portray them as an attempt to suppress the votes of racial minorities and other Democratic-leaning groups, have a comeback. In a new book, the famously prolific Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago writes that “I plead guilty to having written the majority opinion (affirmed by the Supreme Court)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
I have read that there were gasps in the Supreme Court during arguments last February when Justice Antonin Scalia described the 1965 Voting Rights Act, one of the great achievements of the Civil R ights era, as a “racial entitlement.” At the time, Scalia was questioning the motives of Congress, which had overwhelmingly voted to extend the act in 2006. “And this last enactment,” said Scalia, “not a single vote in the Senate against it. And the House is pretty much the same.
NEWS
December 26, 2012 | By David Lauter
Despite often-voiced concerns about the effect of voter identification laws, black voter turnout remained high in 2012 and, for the first time, may have topped the rate for whites, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.   Four years ago, the rate of black voter turnout almost equaled that of whites, continuing a trend of a steady increase in black turnout rates that began in 1996. This year, with white turnout appearing to have dropped, black turnout seems very likely to have exceeded the white level, although definitive figures won't be available until the Census Bureau reports in a few months.
NEWS
December 19, 2012 | By Danielle Ryan
WASHINGTON - Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee debated the necessity of voter ID laws and early-voting restrictions Wednesday, with Democrats accusing Republicans of aiming to suppress the votes of African Americans and Latinos. The hearing followed incidents in which many voters, in Florida in particular, stood in line for hours to cast their ballots in November's presidential election, with some eventually giving up. Democrats on the panel of witnesses said some of the current voting policies around the country disproportionately affect African Americans, Latinos, seniors and the working poor.
OPINION
October 10, 2012
Re "New voter ID laws blocked - for now," Oct. 8 This article substitutes he said/she said stenography - Republicans say photo ID laws prevent fraud, while opponents say they entail voter suppression - for objective journalism. In-person impersonation - the only type of fraud that can be prevented by polling-place ID requirements - is a phantom menace. The GOP - with one party member boasting in Pennsylvania that the law there would deliver the state to Mitt Romney - has been unable to point to a single case of in-person voter fraud ever occurring.
OPINION
August 17, 2012
Re "Voter ID laws are good for democracy," Opinion, Aug. 12 So if I am determined to commit voter fraud, I would have to show up on election day and know a particular name on the rolls of a particular polling place. Then I would have to assume that the person I had chosen to impersonate hadn't already voted and been checked off the list. And for what personal benefit? It's pretty obvious these new voter ID laws are just solutions in search of a problem. And the problem for the Republicans initiating these laws is that too many people might vote for Democrats in November.
NEWS
June 5, 2012 | By Morgan Little, This post has been updated
As Wisconsin residents decide today whether Gov. Scott Walker keeps his job, reports have surfaced of automated calls instructing voters who signed the recall petition that they don't need to cast a vote to oust the controversial governor. Numerous voters said they received a “robo-call” telling them “if you signed the recall petition, your job is done and you don't need to vote on Tuesday.” Challenger Tom Barrett's campaign has been swift to respond to the claims of misleading information being disseminated by an unidentified group.
NEWS
June 5, 2012 | By Morgan Little, This post has been updated
As Wisconsin residents decide today whether Gov. Scott Walker keeps his job, reports have surfaced of automated calls instructing voters who signed the recall petition that they don't need to cast a vote to oust the controversial governor. Numerous voters said they received a “robo-call” telling them “if you signed the recall petition, your job is done and you don't need to vote on Tuesday.” Challenger Tom Barrett's campaign has been swift to respond to the claims of misleading information being disseminated by an unidentified group.
NEWS
April 21, 2000 | MARY BETH SHERIDAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As night fell over San Francisco Tlalnepantla, the guerrillas made their move. The half-dozen men and women, clutching AK-47 rifles and wearing masks, marched into the center of the mountain hamlet just outside Mexico City. As peasants gawked, one rebel called out: "People of San Francisco, we are the Armed Revolutionary Forces of the People. We call on you to join us in armed struggle." Thus emerged Mexico's newest guerrilla group.
NATIONAL
August 12, 2005 | From Associated Press
The Republican Party says it still has a zero-tolerance policy for tampering with voters even as it pays the legal bills for a former Bush campaign official charged with conspiring to thwart Democrats from voting in New Hampshire.
NEWS
April 21, 2000 | MARY BETH SHERIDAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As night fell over San Francisco Tlalnepantla, the guerrillas made their move. The half-dozen men and women, clutching AK-47 rifles and wearing masks, marched into the center of the mountain hamlet just outside Mexico City. As peasants gawked, one rebel called out: "People of San Francisco, we are the Armed Revolutionary Forces of the People. We call on you to join us in armed struggle." Thus emerged Mexico's newest guerrilla group.
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