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    Supreme Court avoids major voting rights ruling

    Reuters-1:45 pm Monday june 22

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to rule on the constitutionality of part of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act which sought to protect minorities in states with a history of racial discrimination.

    The nation's top court instead ruled on a more narrow constitutional question, deciding that political subdivisions within a state can apply to be exempted from the Act.

    The 8-1 ruling, spurred by a Texas municipal utility district's challenge, could result in other government bodies in 16 largely Southern states seeking to be free of the Act's requirements.
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    Could one of our legal types explain this better for me. It sounds important, but I don't exactly follow the whole issue.

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    Re: Supreme Court avoids major voting rights ruling

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Reuters-1:45 pm Monday june 22



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    Could one of our legal types explain this better for me. It sounds important, but I don't exactly follow the whole issue.
    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-court-voting-rights23-2009jun23,0,2453659.story

    That link explains it better. Basically, since the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Southern states have had to clear any changes in their voting process with the Federal Justice Department. Some writer challenged this as unfair and outdated and Civil Rights Activists were afraid the law would be invalidated. However, the Court decided not to rule on this whole issue and said that the district should be able to file for an exception even though it doesn't register voters.
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    US Supreme Court leaves electoral law in place

    The US Supreme Court on Monday avoided ruling on the constitutionality of decades-old electoral legislation intended to protect against racial discrimination.
    I would like to know who brought this case up to the Supreme Court in the first place?

    The Raw Story | US Supreme Court leaves electoral law in place
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    Re: US Supreme Court leaves electoral law in place


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    Re: Supreme Court avoids major voting rights ruling

    Quote Originally Posted by wbreese91 View Post
    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-court-voting-rights23-2009jun23,0,2453659.story

    That link explains it better. Basically, since the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Southern states have had to clear any changes in their voting process with the Federal Justice Department. Some writer challenged this as unfair and outdated and Civil Rights Activists were afraid the law would be invalidated. However, the Court decided not to rule on this whole issue and said that the district should be able to file for an exception even though it doesn't register voters.
    nice to know the government discriminates against states.
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    Re: Supreme Court avoids major voting rights ruling

    Quote Originally Posted by Caine View Post
    nice to know the government discriminates against states.
    It's not like the Southern states didn't earn it. It might be a tad outdated now, but it should be done away with gradually, not all at once. I give the Court credit for considering such a drastic step before they institute massive change.
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    Re: Supreme Court avoids major voting rights ruling

    Quote Originally Posted by wbreese91 View Post
    It's not like the Southern states didn't earn it. It might be a tad outdated now, but it should be done away with gradually, not all at once. I give the Court credit for considering such a drastic step before they institute massive change.
    The Civil Rights Act did not prevent crooked governments at the state and local levels from preventing minorities from voting. Florida's infamous "Felon's list" is proof of that. And it doesn't take the Federal government to end Jim Crow. In fact, the Federal government is unable to end Jim Crow. It takes the states. Hats off to Charlie Crist for ending the practice in Florida. He is a Republican that did what no Democrat legislation and mandates were ever able to do.
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    Re: US Supreme Court leaves electoral law in place

    Quote Originally Posted by chevydriver1123 View Post
    I would like to know who brought this case up to the Supreme Court in the first place?

    The Raw Story | US Supreme Court leaves electoral law in place
    I believe it was the city of Austin, TX to be able to add a polling place in a fairly new neighborhood that didn't exist prior to the Civil Rights movement. From what I have read, they have been using the garage of a private residence for voting and they want to start using a place more suitable.

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