Supreme Court guts Voting Rights Act of 1965

By Allison Riggs, Southern Coalition for Social Justice Staff Attorney

Community organizing is even more critical after the United States Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a key provision from the Voting Rights Act of 1965 earlier today. Voting rights suffered an unnecessary setback with the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby v. Holder (June 25, 2013). Section 5 is a part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 requires certain jurisdictions, identified in Section 4 of the Act, to get preclearance before implementing any changes affecting voting. In an opinion not consistent with decades of Supreme Court precedent, this Court struck down Section 4 deemed the coverage formula which determined which states and counties had to obtain preclearance before changing its voting laws. Without the coverage formula, states with histories of discriminatory voting practices do not have to consult with the Department of Justice before changing its voting laws. The Court has effectively removed any barriers preventing re-implementation of legislation that prejudices the voting rights of vulnerable populations.

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One of the most important elements of Section 5 is the notification requirements and comment processes the Voting Rights Act established and the centralized flow of information through the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Since the implementation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, jurisdictions had to seek input from affected minority voters, and submit information about the proposed change to DOJ. They are no longer required to do so. Now, organizations on the ground will need to develop a procedure for collecting and disseminating this vital information. www.socialworkhelper.com/2013/06/25/supreme-court-guts-the-voting-rights-act-of-1965/

Comments

This is a huge deal in NC

where the legislature is already moving ahead to suppress and restrict voting using every tool they can.

Yes, huge!

Time for Moral Mondays to mushroom and go viral across the nation, but especially so here in our state.

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"...the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be."

Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

Discrimination is Now Legal...

...and Tillisberger were poised to act. Just when you thought they had reached the limits of extremism, you were wrong.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Sad

It will be much easier to buy a handgun than to cast one's ballot.

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The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR