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By: Elisabeth MacNamara
The lawyer’s lounge in the Supreme Court building is a soothing shade of green with high ceilings, large windows and portraits of obscure associate justices from centuries past staring down from the walls.
By: Zaida Arguedas
This week the League of Women Voters Education Fund, together with the Inter-American Dialogue, and the International Association of Women Judges, is sponsoring a conference entitled “Women and the Rule of Law: The View from the Americas.”
In conjunction with many of our national partners, the League is participating in a rally at the Supreme Court on February 27, starting with a press briefing at 8:30 am and the rally running from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. If you’re in the DC area, please join us for the rally!
By: Renee Davidson
On Wednesday, February 27th, the Supreme Court will review Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, a case that questions the constitutionality of Section 5 the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965, the landmark legislation that outlawed discriminatory voting practices.
The League of Women Voters of South Carolina is pleased to share continuing progress from the two-year judicial independence and diversity campaign conducted from 2010-2012. On January 24, 2013, a South Carolina House Judiciary panel voted unanimously to advance a bill that would allow the legislature to choose judges from among all candidates deemed qualified by the Judicial Merit Selection Commission (JMSC), rather than limiting the choice only to a slate of three judges sent up by the commission.
This change is one of the top three priorities for the League of Women Voters of South Carolina because: 1) qualified minority candidates are often not chosen for the slate of three judges sent up to the legislature; 2) the JMSC has, in the past, sent up a slate of three with two weaker candidates and a clear frontrunner, thus making a de facto selection; and 3) the policy contributes to the public perception that the process is not transparent-that JMSC "plays favorites" and thereby compromises the ability of the judiciary to be fair and impartial.
Read more about these developments via an Associated Press article on MidlandsConnect.com, the website of Columbia Fox News affiliate, and on Justice at Stake's Gavel Grab blog.State:
In reviewing states (CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NC, OH, PA, RI, SC, VT, VA and WV) that have been affected by Hurricane Sandy we found that most states have not changed their voting procedures. However, some states that were hardest hit have extended hours for registration and early voting.
Below is a list of changes as of this morning October 31, 2012 –
Today, South Carolina voters were the victorious when a U.S. Federal District Court blocked implementation of the state’s new voter photo identification law for the November 6th general election.
By: Cynthia Padera