High court voids key part of Voting Rights Act

  • Article by: MARK SHERMAN
  • Updated: June 25, 2013 - 9:43 AM

Associated Press

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burbdwellerJun. 25, 13 9:56 AM

Anyone who thinks all vestiges of racial discrimination have been eliminated, especially in the South, is sadly mistaken. This decision is a huge setback for the cause of civil rights. Dr. King is probably rolling over in his grave because of it.

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LicoriceJun. 25, 1310:00 AM

Republicans must be dancing in the streets. Funded by Koch brothers through ALEC, they have been passing legislation to make voting more difficult for citizens they believe are more likely to vote Democratic. Only the Voting Rights Act has stood in their way in the states that were required to receive federal approval for changes in their voting laws.

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unclegeoJun. 25, 1312:00 PM

It should be expanded to include prohibitions on the many GOP voter suppression tactics including sending less voting machines to Democratic leaning districts, voter ID measures, caging, intimidation -among all the others. With gerrymandering giving the GOP a 7% advantage over Dems from 2012 to 2020, what does it say about a party that feels they still need institutionalized voter suppression to win? On the other hand, many voters seem to prefer this perversion of democracy because they keep electing Republicans.

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mylittleidJun. 25, 1312:28 PM

"The court did not strike down the advance approval requirement of the law that has been used, mainly in the South, to open up polling places to minority voters in the nearly half century since it was first enacted in 1965." ---- This requirement is really the heart of the law and it was left untouched. The Voting Rights Act is very much alive.

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