Key part of voting rights law requiring federal oversight gets a Supreme Court challenge

  • Article by: MARK SHERMAN , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 27, 2013 - 2:27 AM

WASHINGTON - The most potent weapon in fighting discrimination at the ballot box comes before the Supreme Court in a case that weighs the nation's enormous progress in civil rights against the need to continue to protect minority voters.

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martin64Feb. 27, 13 6:58 AM

Discrimination is alive and well and in some instances such as Minnesota's 6th district, on the rise. We need this governance more than ever thru out the country.

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EleanoreFeb. 27, 13 7:49 AM

“The most potent weapon in fighting discrimination at the ballot box” – Exaggerate much? This sentence right up front sows the propaganda primary function in this “news” story. If the question is about applying different oversight and regulation to those specific southern states, then the only constitutional answer that stands up is that this language needs to be stripped from the law, that it is unconstitutional because it treats individuals in states A different than individuals in states B based on past discriminatory practices. If you want to end poll taxing and Jim Crow, you end it every time it raises its head. You don’t deny individuals in some states the right to self-determination in their processes but not others. One way around this, which might not be a bad idea for any nation, is to have all election regulations the same throughout the nation. There’s a right way and a wrong way to do things. Leave it to politicians to find the wrong way.

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EleanoreFeb. 27, 13 8:23 AM

So why did the court decline to take the case that would have overturned the citizens united decision? This was a footnote in a story the tribune published yesterday but didn’t even include in its online version.

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