National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) was passed by Congress 20 years ago to provide a standardized, simple way for Americans to register to vote in federal elections. The law provides for a form prospective voters can fill out and mail to state boards of elections. States are required to “accept and use” the form. The law also requires the form be made easily available in many offices, including Departments of Motor Vehicles. That’s how the law became known as the “motor voter” law.
AFJ Audio Analysis
Alliance for Justice analyzes key cases before the United States Supreme Court, and circuit courts of appeals, using audio excerpts from oral arguments.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a narrow ruling, deciding that once a fundamental right like the right to marry is granted, “the people may not employ the initiative power to single out a disfavored group for unequal treatment and strip them, without a legitimate justification, of a right as important as the right to marry.” This holding draws directly from Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion in Romer v. Evans, in which the court ruled that laws motivated by animus toward a particular group violate the Constitution.
For decades, conservatives have been working to eliminate programs designed to ensure racial and ethnic diversity in higher education, and the latest challenge has been brought regarding the admissions practices at the University of Texas at Austin. The majority of the student body of the university is admitted pursuant to the state’s Top Eight Percent… Read more »
Section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) denies more than a thousand different different federal rights to legally-married same-sex couples. Those benefits range from Social Security death benefits to the right to take family medical leave. DOMA even can separate spouses of different nationalities.