Supreme Court Strikes Down Voting Rights Provision

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.

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One comment on “Supreme Court Strikes Down Voting Rights Provision

  1. danielfee says:

    I don’t think people understand how the conservatives on the Supreme Court just knee capped democracy. Within two hours of the S.C. decision the State of Texas gave a big FU to the rights of minority voters. Last year they lost in Federal Court, and on appeal, on their voter ID and other changes in voting laws that were struck down as being unconstitutional. The Texas Attorney General said the state would now move forward with these laws even though they were found to be discriminatory and unconstitutional. But the Supreme Court did not say that what Texas has proposed to do was constitutional. What the Supreme Court did was to remove the ability to challenge a clearly unconstitutional law in court. We are now in a legal limbo until Congress pass a new law. That will not happen with today’s Congress. So expect every state controlled by Republicans to start adopting more voter restriction laws. It is going to get very nasty. If you missed the late 1950’s and early 60’s we are about to live through them again.

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