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North Dakota Court Recognizes Discrimination in Voter Law

August 2, 2016

Federal Judge Daniel L. Hovland this week blocked enforcement of North Dakota’s voter ID requirement, ruling that the law violates the voting rights of thousands of Dakotans who cannot easily obtain the required identification. The lawsuit was filed by members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, who argued that many Native Americans could not afford the necessary ID.

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Court Upholds Straight-Ticket Voting in Michigan

August 1, 2016

On July 21, a federal judge struck down Michigan’s attempt to ban straight-ticket voting, finding that the restriction placed a “disproportionate burden on African-Americans’ right to vote.” The court also ruled that Michigan’s $5 million plan to upgrade the machinery of its elections to offset that burden was “woefully insufficient.”

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Federal court strikes down North Carolina Voter ID law

August 1, 2016

Wide-ranging legislation to make voting in North Carolina more difficult was struck down last week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Common Cause North Carolina is among the plaintiffs that challenged the constitutionality of that law.

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Disabled voters still face trouble at the polls

July 20, 2016

With the November elections approaching, national efforts towards increasing voter turnout are underway. During the second week of July, the National Council on Disability hosted “National Disability Voter Registration Week” in hopes of ensuring that the disability community’s voice, both collectively and as individuals, will be heard this election year.

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