“Throwing out pre-clearance when it has worked and is continuing to work to stop discriminatory changes is like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet.” — Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg
Lewis + Sewell, Black Caucus Push Voting Rights Fix Again. Led by Reps. John Lewis (D-GA) and Terri Sewell (D-AL), a group of House Democrats spoke out strongly on the need to fix the Voting Rights Act of 1965 after the John Roberts led Supreme Court gutted it in June of 2013 claiming that racism is over.
After decades of voting games in America that included poll taxes, poll tests and being asked how many bubbles were in a bar of soap, Supreme Court Chief Justice simply wasn’t convinced that making it more difficult to vote isn’t an American tradition. Section 4, the vital section of the landmark civil rights law, which designates which parts of the country must clear any changes they might make to their voting laws with the federal government, was destroyed by the Roberts court.
Hours after the colossally stupid decision by the Roberts court in 2013, the games began.
“With today’s decision, the state’s voter ID law will take effect immediately,” said Texas’ Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is now the Governor of Texas. “Redistricting maps passed by the legislature may also take effect without approval from the federal government,” he added.
But Congress could fix what Roberts broke… if they choose to. Without revealing an actual strategy, a group of 25 House Democrats told reporters today that they are demanding that the Voting Rights Act be fixed. There is no indication from Republican leadership that taking up a fix to the Voting Rights Act is part of their agenda moving forward.