Voting Rights Act

Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

Florida Hispanic elected officials are calling on the state’s congressional delegates to urge passage of a Voting Rights Act amendment. They are pushing for a fix after the U.S. Supreme Court last year struck down parts of the act meant to protect minority voters.  

After the Supreme Court decision, places with histories of racial discrimination, including five Florida counties, no longer must undergo federal vetting before they can change their voting laws. And without that protection, activists say, the state’s minority voters have less power to fight discrimination.

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Florida prison guards are asking state lawmakers for pay raises similar to those given to other law enforcement officers last year. As Jessica Palombo reports, the guards say low pay and inflexible holiday time cause many of their fellow officers to leave prisons for other jobs—and to become less effective at guarding violent criminals.

Florida minority advocates are calling for a federal constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to vote. It’s their response to this week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

The civil rights group Florida New Majority is joining together with the NAACP and others to demand Congress restore voting protection. Florida New Majority Executive Director Gihan Perera said, discrimination is alive and well in Florida, and the nullified part of the Voting Rights Act was critical in protecting Florida voters during the last election.

Five Florida counties needing pre-clearance from the federal government to change their voting laws won’t undergo that review any more. That's after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional.

Associated Press/Alex Brandon

After hearing oral arguments about the constitutionality of key provisions in the Voting Rights Act, Wednesday, it’s now up to the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether the law should stick around.  

The U.S. Justice Department is monitoring polling places in 51 counties in 23 states on Election Day. Officials are looking out for election fraud and possible violations of the federal voting rights laws. Several of those counties are in the Central and South Florida areas.

Early voting is kicking off Monday in five Florida Counties, but the rest of the state will have to wait until the weekend to cast a ballot

A Circuit Court Judge has ruled the congressional voting district map drawn by lawmakers this year will be the one used for the coming elections, despite questions raised about its constitutionality. And Regan McCarthy reports, the Federal Department of Justice has given Pre-clearance to all of the state’s new voting district maps.

Feds sign off on Congressional maps

Apr 30, 2012

The U.S.  Department of Justice on Monday approved the Legislature's plans for new congressional, House and Senate districts Monday, paving the way for the state to begin using the maps in preparation for the November elections.

Even though the Congressional maps have been pre-cleared, they could still be challenged under the state’s Fair Districts amendment.