-- by Richard L. Hasen for The New York Times:
Has the tide against restrictive voting laws turned?
In the last few weeks, voting rights groups, in some instances working with the Department of Justice, have posted a series of victories that seemed unlikely when their cases against these laws were first brought. The rights of hundreds of thousands of voters are at stake.
-- by Liza Bayless, Yes magazine:
Immigration has been one of the hottest and most contested topics of the 2016 presidential election. It’s an issue that has great impact on Latino communities, which make up 17.4 percent of the United States population and will continue to grow. By the time the polls open in November, 4 million more Latinos will be eligible to vote than in the 2012 presidential election.
-- by Burgess Everett and Heather Caygle, Politico:
Latino Democrats came close to sharing a historic Democratic ticket alongside Hillary Clinton. Instead they ended up with a middle-aged white guy from Virginia.
Publicly at least, Latino voters and community leaders are just fine with that. Some, in fact, say they are legitimately excited about Tim Kaine.
-- from the New York Times editorial board:
-- by Rafael Bernal, The Hill:
A poll of Latino voters released on Thursday found they are less excited to vote in 2016 than they were in the 2012 elections, even though Latino turnout may prove crucial to Democratic chances of winning swing states this November.
The poll, of registered Hispanic voters in battleground states, conducted by Latino Decisions for Latino Victory Project, found that 36 percent of respondents were more enthusiastic about voting in 2016, while 46 percent said they'd been more eager to participate in 2012.
-- by Erik Larson, Bloomberg News:
North Carolina’s restrictive voting law was struck down by a federal appeals court that found it was passed with discriminatory intent, a major win for the Obama administration and voting-rights activists in a swing state less than four months before Election Day.
-- by Jim Malewitz, The Texas Tribune:
The state’s most powerful courts don’t exactly resemble the population outside of their chambers.
Though Latinos make up more than a quarter of the state’s voting-age population, just one — Justice Eva Guzman — sits on the nine-member Texas Supreme Court. The same goes for the nine-member Court of Criminal Appeals, where Judge Elsa Alcala resides.
-- by Josh Gerstein, Politico:
A federal appeals court struck two major blows for transparency Friday in a Freedom of Information Act case involving records of misconduct allegations leveled at immigration judges.
-- by Anna Brown, Gustavo Lopez and Mark Hugo Lopez, The Pew Research Center:
The long-standing digital divide in internet use between Latinos and whites is now at its narrowest point since 2009 as immigrant Latinos and Spanish-dominant Latinos make big strides in going online, according to newly released results from Pew Research Center’s 2015 National Survey of Latinos. Meanwhile, broadband use among Latinos is little changed since 2010.
-- by Matt Ford, The Atlantic:
A U.S. federal appeals court struck down Texas’s voter-ID law on racial-discrimination grounds Wednesday, handing a major victory to voting-rights activists ahead of the 2016 election.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Senate Bill 14 disproportionately burdened black and Hispanic voters, thereby violating the federal Voting Rights Act’s ban on racial discrimination in American elections.
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