Supreme Court puts voting rights onus on Congress

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pumiceJun. 30, 13 6:37 PM

From the article: "The federal oversight of the nine states was never intended to be eternal." Nope. That's why the Voting Rights Act has a bailout provision. Shelby County, Alabama has had almost five decades to bail out. Every jurisdiction which has sought bailout since the enactment of the Voting Rights Act has been granted that bailout.

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hobie2Jul. 1, 13 8:49 AM

"But constitutional experts warned at the time that the effort was on shaky legal ground because Congress made no effort to use current information to justify the continued restrictions on the nine states."... Where in the Constitution does it say where the judicial branch tells the legislative branch WHAT they may or may not use in making law? "Current information" is NOT a constitutional criterion. The ruling of unconstitutional is in itself unconstitutional, and Congress and the White house can actually ignore it - that has been done before when the USSC overreached its authority... Probably more effective if they actually passed a resolution so stating, and the President signed it - and then ignored it.

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gandalf48Jul. 1, 1311:20 AM

pumice - [From the article: "The federal oversight of the nine states was never intended to be eternal." Nope. That's why the Voting Rights Act has a bailout provision. Shelby County, Alabama has had almost five decades to bail out. Every jurisdiction which has sought bailout since the enactment of the Voting Rights Act has been granted that bailout.] *** Except that there are political groups that create a new lawsuit every election in order to keep certain counties from ever reaching the requirement to remove federal pre- approval. Oh well, SCOTUS has bailed out the entire South and it's up to Congress to create some objective criteria to determine which regions should have extra scrutiny.

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pumiceJul. 1, 13 5:08 PM

Re: "Except that there are political groups [which] create a new lawsuit every election in order to keep certain countries from ever reaching the requirement to remove federal pre-approval." And yet every jurisdiction which has sought bailout since the enactment of the Voting Rights Act has been granted that bailout.

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alansonJul. 1, 13 8:31 PM

In 1869 the Fifteenth Amendment extended the right to vote to former slaves and others disenfranchised by race prejudice. It gave CONGRESS the power and duty of implementation. For nearly one hundred years after the Fifteenth Amendment, African Americans in the South were systematically prevented from registering to vote, first by fear of the KKK, and then by biased and convoluted laws and poll taxes. During this shameful period of nearly a century the SUPREME COURT gave great deference to the inaction of CONGRESS. The SUPREME COURT never once moved to force the Federal government to enforce the Fifteenth Amendment until finally the CONGRESS enacted the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This Act was renewed by an overwhelming majority of the people's representatives. You would think the court justices would read this history and celebrate the fact that the most democratic branch of government continues to move to maintain a level playing field for African Americans - after a century of inaction by both CONGRESS and the SUPREME COURT. This decision is outrageous and flies in the face of the Fifteenth Amendment itself which specifically mandates CONGRESS to provide for voting equality in all of the United States. Apparently the SUPREME COURT is still only fully comfortable showing deference to CONGRESS when that body is ignoring the rights of African Americans.

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gandalf48Jul. 2, 13 8:28 AM

pumice - [And yet every jurisdiction which has sought bailout since the enactment of the Voting Rights Act has been granted that bailout.] *** Odd how the first two jurisdictions outside the state of Virginia—Kings Mountain, North Carolina, and Sandy Springs, Georgia—successfully "bailed out" from Section 5 Preclearance requirements on September 22, 2010.

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