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Required Sources for Discussion
- Freedom Riders, challenging voting rights in the South (CC available) The film recounts “The story behind a courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South” (PBS).
- Voting Rights Timeline–ACLU
- A guide to the Supreme Court Ruling on Shelby County v. Holder
- Shelby County v. Holderbackground of the Supreme Court case challenging the Voting Rights Act of 1965
- Pro-Publica: How Supreme Court Decision on Voting Rights is Affecting State Laws
- More recent events: Alabama Voting Rights;Texas ID Law
- The Leadership Conferenceworking for civil rights and fair voting laws
- Lambda Legalworks for LGBT rights
In 2013 the Supreme Court heard a case (Shelby County, Ala. v. Holder) challenging Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) which required that states with a history of discrimination get approval from the Justice Department or a special court for any changes to elections or voting laws. One of the points emphasized by the plaintiff, Shelby County Alabama, is that federal monitoring of states’ election practices is no longer necessary since things have changed from the time the VRA was passed. In its decision, the Supreme Court sided with Alabama.
Review the sources in this week’s module to learn more about this case and changes in voting laws in some states and then do the following:
First, briefly discuss the background of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965. Second, explain whether you agree or disagree with Shelby County’s argument in Shelby Co. vs Holder. Lastly, discuss whether you believe the new voting requirements passed by some states are necessary or an obstacle to prevent some groups from exercising their right to vote.
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