Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Portion Of Voting Rights Act

voting rights actThe Supreme Court giveth some rights, and taketh others away. The Los Angeles Times reports:

A sharply divided Supreme Court has struck down a key part of the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965, freeing the Southern states from federal oversight of their election laws and setting off a fierce reaction from civil rights advocates and Democratic leaders.

The court’s conservative majority moved boldly Tuesday to rein in a law revered by civil rights groups that is credited with transforming the South by ensuring blacks could register and vote. In doing so, the court eliminated a tool that the Justice Department used hundreds of times to prevent cities, counties and states from adopting allegedly discriminatory voting rules.

Speaking for a 5-4 majority, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. pronounced the Voting Rights Act’s pre-clearance process a “resounding success” — and then declared it unconstitutional. The decision is likely to be felt in small towns and cities across the South, legal experts said.

5 Comments on "Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Portion Of Voting Rights Act"

  1. emperorreagan | Jun 27, 2013 at 8:40 am |

    Voting rights, ICWA, & right to remain silent versus DOMA & Prop 8. Hard to judge whether the current session was net negative or net positive.
    Prop 8, in particular, is weird to factor in because the court ruled based on the lack of standing rather than any other merit.

    • emperorreagan | Jun 28, 2013 at 2:05 pm |

      I forgot about the DNA ruling. Definitely a net negative session of the court.

  2. Cyprus Mulch | Jun 27, 2013 at 1:45 pm |

    …the ongoing saga of the New Jim Crow…

  3. BuzzCoastin | Jun 27, 2013 at 6:29 pm |

    now Black voters will have a harder time voting
    for the Coke or Pepsi flavofalve candidate of their choice

  4. Whatever, it’s not like voting actually means anything when every single candidate that actually has a chance of getting into national office is owned and operated by the same fucking people.
    Everyone should totally boycott the entire charade.

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