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That Gut Feeling You Had About That Law in Texas

That Gut Feeling You Had About That Law in Texas

A quick recap:

In 1870, the 15th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. It prohibited the denial of the right to vote based on a citizen's "race, color, or previous condition of servitude."

In 1965, in the wake of Selma's "Bloody Sunday", Congress passed the Voting Rights Act to ban racial discrimination in voting.

But it hasn't all been forward progress.

Both the federal government and some states have aggressively rolled back voting rights in past years.

In 2011, the state of Texas passed voter I.D. requirements that civil rights advocates have argued were intended to keep people of color from voting.

A court just agreed. Federal Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos determined the law was passed with a "discriminatory purpose", finding "a pattern of conduct unexplainable on grounds other than ... race."

How to help protect voting rights

Applaud and support the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which brought the first case against the Texas voter I.D. law.

Follow and connect with more groups working to protect voting rights, including:

Election Protection (866.OUR.VOTE)
Voto Latino
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Project Vote
National Council of La Raza
Demos
State Innovation Exchange
NAACP
Brennan Center for Justice
Advancement Project
League of Women Voters

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