Friday, May 26, 2017

voting rights

( “No right is more precious in a free country than that of having a voice in the election of those who make the laws under which, as good citizens, we must live.  Other rights, even the most basic, are illusory if the right to vote is undermined.” – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black […]

From Internet and Wire service reports RICHMOND Despite efforts by Republicans to block the restoration of voting rights for ex-felons, Governor Terry McAuliffe said Monday ( August 21)  that he is not deterred. During an event fittingly in front of the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial on Capitol Square, the Governor restored the rights of more than […]

By Jesse Jackson ( Recently, a panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rebuked the North Carolina legislature for acting with “discriminatory intent” in passing restrictions on the right to vote that “target African-Americans with almost surgical precision.” The decision came shortly before the 51st anniversary of the Voting Rights Act on August 6. […]

(Compiled from press and news reports) On July 29, a federal court in Wisconsin joined Texas and North Carolina in striking down voter suppression efforts. The recent ruling in Wisconsin blocked several restrictions including requirements that each city have only one polling place for early voting, an extended residency requirement for city wards, and strict […]

By Leonard E. Colvin Chief Reporter New Journal and Guide On May 3, 2016, for the  first time in his 78 years of life, Isaac Lee Green awoke from his  sleep with one important goal to achieve that day: Vote!! It was municipal election day in Norfolk and three candidates were running for mayor. Green had […]

By Leonard E. Colvin Chief Reporter New Journal and Guide On April 22, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order to restore the voting rights of more than 200,000 felons, which has been applauded by activists around the state and nation. McAuliffe’s order states that convicted felons who have served their sentences and completed […]