Voting Rights Challenge Back on Track

January 12, 2012

(This is before the “more” line)

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a decision holding that CIR plaintiffs Stephen LaRoque, John Nix and others have standing to pursue their challenge of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. The decision is a big

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Guam replies to CIR suit challenging race plebiscite

January 10, 2012

In early December, the Government of Guam moved to dismiss CIR’s case challenging its Chamorro-only plebiscite on grounds that plaintiff Dave Davis cannot possibly have been harmed by being excluded from a plebiscite that is advisory in nature. According to Guam, the plebiscite is intended to solicit the opinion of

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Setback in voting rights challenge

December 22, 2011

U.S. Federal District Court Judge John Bates issued a ninety-six page opinion today in LaRoque v. Holder,  CIR’s challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. The court upheld Section 5 against CIR’s challenge following the reasoning in another recent case, Shelby County v. Holder.  In addition to claims raised in Shelby

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CIR files suit against Guam

November 21, 2011

The Center for Individual Rights filed suit today against Guam, the Guam Election Commission and seven named Guam officials for discrimination on the basis of race and ethnic heritage under Guamanian laws that prohibit individuals who are not “native inhabitants of Guam” from voting on a plebiscite concerning Guam’s future

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District Court hears oral argument in voting rights case

October 26, 2011

Today a judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia heard oral argument in CIR’s historic challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.  CIR claims that Section 5, which requires many Southern and other jurisdictions to maximize the voting strength of minorities, is an unconstitutional federally-mandated racial

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Appeals Court: LaRoque v. Holder can proceed

July 08, 2011

Plaintiff Nix, others, have standing

Washington,DC — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today ruled that LaRoque et al. v. Holder, CIR’s challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 can proceed. Previously, U.S. District Court Judge John Bates had dismissed the case on

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Court grants standing in voting rights challenge

July 08, 2011

July 8, 2011 — A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a decision holding that CIR plaintiffs Stephen LaRoque, John Nix and others have standing to pursue their challenge of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. The decision is a big step

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CIR challenges Section 5 of Voting Rights Act

April 07, 2010

Kinston, NC.— The Center for Individual Rights filed suit today on behalf of a group of Kinston,North Carolina voters and prospective candidates in local elections who claim Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1964 exceeds Congress’ authority under the Fifth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

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