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    US Supreme Court strikes down voting rights act clause

    BBC News - US Supreme Court strikes down Voting Rights Act clause

    The US Supreme Court has overturned a key part of a landmark civil rights-era electoral law designed to protect minority voters.

    By a margin of 5-4, the justices quashed section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

    They ruled that an updated formula was needed to decide which jurisdictions' election laws need monitoring.

    The law requires all or parts of 15 US states, mostly in the South, to receive federal approval for election changes.

    The Voting Rights Act was extended for 25 years by Congress in 2006 with broad support.

    "Congress did not use the record it compiled to shape a coverage formula grounded in current conditions," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the court's opinion.

    "It instead re-enacted a formula based on 40-year-old facts having no logical relationship to the present day."
    Using facts that are 40 years out of date typifies much thinking about race, an issue for which progress isn't allowed lest special privileges be lost.

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    Re: US Supreme Court strikes down voting rights act clause

    Striking section 4 also removes the ability to enforce penalties for gerrymandering along perceived racial lines.

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    Re: US Supreme Court strikes down voting rights act clause

    The SCOTUS more or less signaled last time they heard a VRA Act case that Congress needed to update it very soon if it was to survive, and they did not. This is the price of legislative inaction.

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    Re: US Supreme Court strikes down voting rights act clause

    It's the right call. States being held perpetually responsible for Democrats
    and their Jim Crow Laws was wrong.

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    Re: US Supreme Court strikes down voting rights act clause

    Quote Originally Posted by Samhain View Post
    Striking section 4 also removes the ability to enforce penalties for gerrymandering along perceived racial lines.
    But they still can gerrymander along partisan lines. So "We didn't put them in that district because they're black, it's because they're Democrats."


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    This issue has been plowed more times than Paris Hilton.
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    Too bad we have to observe human rights.

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    Re: US Supreme Court strikes down voting rights act clause

    Yep. We cannot, in a such a traditionally racist nation, remove special voting laws until we have elected a minority president. Oh wait... never mind - we must keep these "good" discriminatory voting laws until the white male is a minority in this nation. Oh wait... never mind - they must remain forever discrimiantory out of fairness.
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    Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

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    Re: US Supreme Court strikes down voting rights act clause

    I've often heard right-leaning pundits throw around the term "judicial activism" when a court makes a decision which the pundit believes exceeds the Court's role or authority. I wonder if they'll say the same thing here?
    I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.

    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

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    Re: US Supreme Court strikes down voting rights act clause

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    Yep. We cannot, in a such a traditionally racist nation, remove special voting laws until we have elected a minority president. Oh wait... never mind - we must keep these "good" discriminatory voting laws until the white male is a minority in this nation. Oh wait... never mind - they must remain forever discrimiantory out of fairness.
    If the wihite male became a minority and applied these rules, they would suddenly become a lot more popular on the right.


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    This issue has been plowed more times than Paris Hilton.
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    Too bad we have to observe human rights.

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    Re: US Supreme Court strikes down voting rights act clause

    I also wonder if conservatives who don't think it's appropriate to (re-)interpret the Constitution with modern reality in mind will object to this.
    I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.

    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

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    Re: US Supreme Court strikes down voting rights act clause

    Quote Originally Posted by TacticalEvilDan View Post
    I've often heard right-leaning pundits throw around the term "judicial activism" when a court makes a decision which the pundit believes exceeds the Court's role or authority. I wonder if they'll say the same thing here?
    No of course not. "Judicial Activism" is something only liberals do. Like the race card.


    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    This issue has been plowed more times than Paris Hilton.
    Quote Originally Posted by Oborosen View Post
    Too bad we have to observe human rights.

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