Twitter came alive during the 50th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday civil rights protest in Selma, Alabama. Here are a few selected tweets from #Selma50
— Matt Ford (@fordm) March 8, 2015
— RightWingWatch Fan (@RWwatchMA) March 8, 2015
— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) March 7, 2015
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 7, 2015
— Mario A. Carrillo (@_mariocarrillo_) March 6, 2015
The attack on voting rights has spread to virtually every state in the country. From 2011 to 2015, 395 new voting restrictions have been introduced in 49 states (Idaho is the lone exception). Half the states in the country have adopted measures making it harder to vote. …
Thanks to the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision, states with the worst histories of voting discrimination, like Alabama, no longer have to approve their voting changes with the federal government. The Southern states that were previously subject to “precelarence” have been particularly aggressive in curbing voting rights.
This trend is getting worse in 2015. In the first few weeks of this year, 40 new voting restrictions were introduced in seventeen states. That number will grow as state legislatures consider proposed legislation. Nevada, New Mexico and Missouri are among the states moving to pass voter-ID laws. “It’s surprising and remarkable that in 2015 we’re fighting over the same thing we fought over 50 years ago — the right to vote,” says Wendy Weiser of the Brennan Center.
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