The Supreme Court, ruling 5-4, struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which requires the Justice Department to review voting law changes in nine states and six counties in six other states, based on their past history of racial discrimination. Congress renewed the law in 2006 for another 25 years.
The majority decision said any attempt by Congress to rewrite Section 4 must rely on current conditions and cannot rely on past discrimination.
Based on what I’ve seen in our most recent elections, in terms of efforts to suppress minority votes, I think we unfortunately still need Section 4.
I know everybody’s outraged about Paula Deen, but they should be outraged about this decision.