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The following links may prove helpful in further Voting Rights Act research. To add resources to this page, please contact votingrights @

A Google News search of all recent Voting Rights Act news is available here.


In the U.S. House of Representatives

House Judiciary Committee Hearingss

In the U.S. Senate

May 10, 2006: Modern Enforcement of the Voting Rights Act, Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

May 9, 2006: The Continuing Need for Section 5 Pre-Clearance, Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

May 5, 2006: An Introduction to the Expiring Provisions of the Voting Rights Act and Legal Issues Relating to Reauthorization, Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

April 27, 2006: Renewing the Temporary Provisions of the Voting Rights Act: An Introduction to the Evidence, Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

Other 2006 Reports on Voting Rights

Voting Rights Act 1982-2005 Report by the National Commission on the Voting Rights Act

ACLU Report on 293 Voting Rights Cases Brought in 31 States

U.S. Civil Rights Commission, Voting Rights Enforcement and Reauthorization, The Department of Justice's REcord of Enforcing the Temporary Voting Rights Act Provisions

The Voting Rights Act

Click here for the text of Section 2.

Click here for the list of the Senate Factors from the 1982 Senate Report.

Read Full Case Opinions on LexisNexis

Click on LexisNexis Link to read full Voting Rights Act cases and scholarly articles, courtesy of LexisNexis.

Scholarly Resources

CQ Voting and Elections Collection:  A wealth of statistical data concerning past U.S. elections
Brennan Center for Justice - Democracy Program: Provides information in hopes of promoting equal access to the political process
The Election Center:  An information clearing house designed for government employees in charge of conducting elections

 A non-partisan resource on election reform

Election Law @ Moritz:
 News, analysis concerning current topics in election law

University of Alabama Law
– Voting Rights Act Site
Gail A. Partin, Research Guide & Bibliography: Voting Rights (2005)


U.S. Department of Justice, Voting Section – Provides detailed information on the law.
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Advocacy Groups

ACLU – Voting Rights Project
Fairvote – Voting Rights Act
Leadership Conference for Civil Rights
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
Mexican American Legal Defense Fund
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium
Native American Rights Fund
Campaign to End Felony Disfranchisement Coalition

VRA Reauthorization Information:

National Commission on the Voting Rights Act
Renew the VRA
Reauthorization Info from the ACLU

Election Law Web Blogs

Equal Vote Blog:  By Professor Daniel Tokaji, Assistant Professor of Law at Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law.  His blog is focused on the civil right’s impact of changes in election law
Rick Hasen’s Web Log:  Richard L. Hasen is the William H. Hannon Distinguished Professor of Law at LoyolaLawSchool
Votelaw:  By Edward Still, Attorney at Law.


The Voting Rights Initiative of the Michigan Election Law Project presents these resources for further research but does not endorse the views of any person or organization listed here. 

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