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Video: Harvard students attempt to take 1964 literacy test and fail

By BYP @blackyouthproj 1:06 pm November 10, 2014 A video that shows Harvard University students taking the literacy test some voters were forced to pass to cast a ballot in 1964 shows us just how difficult the test was. Despite the students’ Ivy League status, they failed the test horribly. 

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Report: black students 4 four times more likely to attend high-poverty schools


By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:50 am November 7, 2014 African American children are more likely to attend high-poverty schools than their white counterparts, according to a study released by the Urban Institute. The study also found that blacks of all socioeconomic classes live in higher-poverty neighborhoods than whites of similar income.

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Report: Voter ID laws may negatively impact trangender Americans

By BYP @blackyouthproj 9:37 am September 19, 2014 Courtrooms around the country are battling over whether or not states can impose voter ID laws, but they have focused primarily on issues of access when opposing the legislation. But a new study shows that voter ID laws can negatively impact a portion of the population that […]

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Arkansas Supreme Court strikes down ruling against voter ID laws

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By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:27 am May 15, 2014 Members of Arkansas’ Supreme Court tossed out a judge’s ruling to strike down the state’s voter ID law on Wednesday. In a 5-2 ruling, justices vacated the Pulaski County judge’s decision that the law violates the state’s constitution. 

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Study: North Carolina voting law proves to disenfranchise black voters

By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:40 am February 18, 2014 According to a Dartmouth University study, North Carolina’s recent changes to the state’s voting laws will disproportionately affect black voters. North Carolina was once included in the Voting Rights Act’s requirement that states and other jurisdictions with a history of racism in voting submit changes to their […]

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NAACP, John Legend join fight to restore Voting Rights Act

By BYP @blackyouthproj 4:21 pm December 9, 2013 Grammy-award winning artist and activist John Legend has partnered with the NAACP to promote voting rights efforts across the country. The partnership was formed in hopes of restoring the Voting Rights Act, back to its original form and raising awareness of the obstacles that minority voters face.

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Judge to decide on Wisconsin voter ID law next year

By BYP @blackyouthproj 3:00 pm November 19, 2013 Two lawsuits currently challenging Wisconsin’s voter ID law will have to wait until next year for a ruling. John Ulin, with the support of a wave of black and Hispanic legislators in the state argued that the 2011 law, Act 23, has has a disproportionately negative impact […]

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Provision of Voting Rights Act

A key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act has been struck down by the Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision. The justices have invalidated the requirement that certain states get federal approval before make changes to their voting policies.

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Intimidating Voter Fraud Billboards To Be Taken Down

Activists and community members were outraged when more than 140 billboards warning of criminal consequences for voter fraud were put up in low-income neighborhoods in Ohio and Wisconsin. After much pressure, Clear Channel has agreed to take them down.

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Judge BLOCKS Pennsylvania Voter ID Law

A judge has blocked Pennsylvania’s controversial voter ID law from going into effect on Election Day. Under this ruling, the law can go into full effect next year, but will not impact this year’s election.

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