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Voting Rights

A Collection of resources to learn about the history and legacy of the Voting Rights Act

The Basics

Voting rights in the United States is an ever-changing issue with the rights safeguarded by the original bill fifty years ago are being scaled back and undermined. A brief introduction to the topic can be found at U.S. Department of Justice, Encyclopedia Britannica, and Civilrights.org.

A concise timeline of events related to voting rights is provided by the American Civil Liberties Union, and this video traces the Voting Rights Act's evolution, from inception to its current status and function. 

Voting Databases

Government Voting and Polling Data directs you to voting databases for the U.S. and other countries and regions.

Election and Voting Data Guide has data on US voting and campaigns throughout US history.

US CENSUS Voting Data Tables gives US census data on the people who vote.

Access to Voting Registration Lists describes who can assess voter lists in each state.

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