Voting rights decision ahead for Supreme Court

  • Article by: Ben Jealous and Margaret Moran , MCT
  • Updated: February 21, 2013 - 11:27 AM

As a nation, we aspire to the day when voting discrimination is a thing of the past. But that day has not yet arrived

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rajeeeshFeb. 21, 1312:02 PM

Discrimination for legal citizens should not be tolerated! I would look at the NAACP more favorably if they would start embracing true diversity and start representing the people of ALL colors.

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rondbyFeb. 21, 1312:20 PM

So, keeping section 5 is not working - "Among the evidence presented to Congress when it reauthorized the Voting Rights Act in 2006 was a comprehensive study by University of Michigan Law School that found that voting discrimination was far more common and severe in jurisdictions covered by Section 5 than in the rest of the country." but, of course, we have to keep it. How about concentating on something that will work then instead?

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elmore1Feb. 21, 1312:54 PM

This is really a stretch. Asking all people to follow a few requirements for the honor and right to vote is not discriminatory. This "voter supression conspiracy" rhetoric is a real hoot!

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goldengoph3rFeb. 21, 13 1:12 PM

Voter discrimination is alive and well today; the examples from the article aren't even the half of it. Section 5 will be needed for the foreseeable future.

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gandalf48Feb. 21, 13 1:23 PM

If the same rules are to be followed by all citizens that vote then I find it hard to understand how anyone can claim that discrimination is occurring.

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braxozFeb. 21, 13 1:34 PM

gandalf48Feb. 21, 13 1:23 PM If the same rules are to be followed by all citizens that vote then I find it hard to understand how anyone can claim that discrimination is occurring.________________ The trouble is that the same rules are not applied by the states in making it possible for all eligible voters to vote with the same amount of ease. Considering how the last election was run, more states should be monitored under Sec. 5.

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braxozFeb. 21, 13 1:37 PM

rajeeeshFeb. 21, 1312:02 PM Discrimination for legal citizens should not be tolerated! I would look at the NAACP more favorably if they would start embracing true diversity and start representing the people of ALL colors._______________ Didn't see too many white men in business suits in those hours long lines waiting to vote in the last election.

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firefight41Feb. 21, 13 1:55 PM

The protections in the Voting Rights Act affect millions of African-American, Latino, Asian-American and American Indian citizens, who depend on it to ensure they can participate in our elections and have a voice in our democracy. ************** We will never have a voice in our democracy when a president is elected by an electoral college and not the popular vote.

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gandalf48Feb. 21, 13 1:57 PM

braxoz - [Didn't see too many white men in business suits in those hours long lines waiting to vote in the last election.] *** Try going to a polling station in Bloomington, there were plenty of people in suits on their way to work waiting in line for hours to vote. If you see different rules being applied to different voters, by all means report it to the police and election officials right away.

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tooty123Feb. 21, 13 2:03 PM

The Voting Rights Act is still needed. Until states do not pass laws that limit access to voting equally, the Act must be in existence. In some states it is still very scary for a minority to go to the polling place. It's shameful!

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