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Supreme Court strikes parts of Voting Rights act

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  1. steveox

    steveox Well-Known Member

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    The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a section of the Voting Rights Act, weakening a tool the federal government has used for nearly five decades to block discriminatory voting laws.

    In a five-to-four ruling, the court ruled that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional. That section of the landmark 1965 law provides the formula for determining which states must have any changes to their voting laws pre-approved by the Justice Department's civil rights division or the D.C. federal court. Nine states are required to get pre-clearance, as are certain jurisdictions in seven other states.

    Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority that Section 4 is unconstitutional because the standards by which states are judged are "based on decades-old data and eradicated practices."

    "Nearly 50 years later, things have changed dramatically," Roberts wrote. "The tests and devices that blocked ballot access have been forbidden nationwide for over 40 years. Yet the Act has not eased [Section 5's] restrictions or narrowed the scope of [Section 4's] coverage formula along the way. Instead those extraordinary and unprecedented features have been reauthorized as if nothing has changed, and they have grown even stronger."

    The court could have made a much broader ruling by striking down Section 5, which dictates that those states must get pre-clearance. However, the court decided that the Justice Department still has a role in overseeing voting laws.

    Nevertheless, civil rights advocates called the ruling a huge blow to democracy.

    "The Supreme Court has failed minority voters today," Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund said Tuesday outside of the court.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57590890/supreme-court-strikes-section-of-voting-rights-act/

    WOW!! This is Huge!! Obama asked congress to work this one out. GOOD LUCK !!! You think John Boehner would help him if After he sic the IRS on the Tea Party? Blaming everything on GEORGE BUSH? Spying on Americans after he pledged in his campaign there will be no spying? You think he would help him after the Black panthers with voter intimidation and Eric Holder wont do a thing? And not to Mention the Fast and the Furious scandal? If I were John Boehner id say Mr president you want me to help you? First youre gonna make Eric Holder resign. Then Your gonna fire key members of the IRS fully. Then youre going to cut off all trade from China and Russia. Then youre going to sign that pipeline deal from Canada and open all oil drilling on our homeland. Then you get our deals on this issue.
     
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    Obama and the NAACP are not happy about this. It will have to go back to congress where it will get stalled.

    Now maybe states can start putting in voter ID laws.
     
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    The only way to get anywhere is to negotiate. You cant get anything done by sitting on your arse and do nothing.
     
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    This is a huge ruling, and great news for those States that were still stuck under the bogus rules in Section 5 (since overturning Section 4 pretty much guts any enforcement of Section 5).
     
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    Now states can target illegal immigration voting. You better prove youre an citizen of the united states of America or youll be asked to leave. If you look latino the election offical will say,,Sir wheres your social security card? The only way to get an social security card you got to be an citizen of the united states of America.
     
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    bout time this reconstruction crap went away.
     
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    Section 4 is clearly outdated after 50 years and the map should be redrawn to reflect the current situation. Of those Southern states which are subject to pre-clearance by the Justice Department, only Virginia has a notable racial gap in voter registration (10%) while most other states have made remarkable progress by narrowing it down to less than 4%.

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    Ever since LBJ signed that civil rights laws that ended segration blacks moved down south. Including Mississippi the home of the KKK.
     
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    I suspect that if the data were current it would be more dramatic.
     
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    Well, all right...more to come.. good night
     
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    trying to point out they are more even know compleatly misses the point. Its like saying we can end slavery laws a year after passing the law...because there was far less slaves a year later thus the law was not needed.

    The reason the numbers a closer now, is the law worked...without it the Republicans will do all they can to block blacks and Hispanics from voting...Your old rich white party will die. Enjoy your sad victory for racism...as its going to bury you.
     
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    the law had no impact on the numbers quoted.
     
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    pocketfullofshells Well-Known Member

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    you have to be stupid to believe that.....
     
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    Texas made voter ID effective immediately.
     
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    Were there not black people in the south prior to LBJ's "civil rights laws"?

    Oh, and BTW ..... Mississippi is not considered the "home" of the Klan. If in referring to "home" you mean where the KKK was founded, that would be Tennessee.

    But, of course ... you know that .... being from "way down south" and all ...
     
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